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Arena 13

(Arena 13 Trilogy #1)

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The first book in the exhilarating new fantasy sequence from Joseph Delaney, the multi-million-selling author of The Spook's Apprentice.

Welcome to Arena 13. Here warriors fight. Death is never far away . . .

Leif has one ambition: to become the best fighter in the notorious Arena 13. Here, punters place wagers on which fighter will draw first blood. And in grudge matches, t
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published June 4th 2015 by Bodley Head
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Angela Catlady it is a new book it is a great read i enjoyed and if you like his work you should too its not like the spooks or tom ward so dont expect that
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Simona Stoica
May 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recenzie: http://palarisme.ro/chef/carti/76-car...

„Delaney a fost mentorul meu şi mi-a adus la viaţă toate simţurile. Până atunci, nu ştiam cum este să îţi fie teamă pentru un personaj, să te strecori în poveste şi să alergi de duşmani, de monştri fără chip şi de fiinţe plămădite din ceaţă şi fum, nu ştiam cât de frumos este să renunţi la reguli şi să îţi eliberezi mintea, să citeşti un roman cu sufletul la gură, să iubeşti, să plângi şi să râzi alături de personajele tale preferate.”
Teodora
Aug 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Bulgarian review: https://bookishipster.wordpress.com/2...

I really enjoyed this book! I know a lot of people were quite disappointed, but i liked it. It was a fast read, although not at all light, because there were lots of savage and bloody scenes. I definitely recommend it if you need something different and quick to read - Arena 13 has got some potential.
Crina (Reading Addict)
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Originally posted on Reading Addict

Citisem cam jumătate din cartea asta şi mă gândeam cât de mult îmi place ideea şi faptul că totul e dozat, şi că personajele nu fac lucruri (prea) prosteşti şi că ador descrierile şi locurile din oraş, ce sunt pe atât de frumoase şi interesante, pe atât de sângeroase şi parfumate (şi de cele mai multe ori nu miros bine deloc). Doar că lipsea ceva. Şi dacă mă citiţi de ceva timp, atunci ştiţi şi ce mă deranja. Nu puteam să simt personajele şi nu m-ataşasem de e
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Adela Cacovean
Apr 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
http://vanillamoonbooks.blogspot.ro/2...

Trebuie să vă mărturisesc că am avut o mică de tot reţinere înainte de a mă afunda în lectura cărţii Arena 13, întrucât Joseph Delaney e un autor de la care citisem şi îndrăgisem nespus de mult numai cărţile din seria Cronicile Wardstone, apărute tot la Corint Junior. Îmi era oarecum teamă că nu se va ridica această nouă serie la nivelul aşteptărilor mele şi voi fi nevoită să-l cobor pe autor de pe piedestalul copilăriei mele.

Pe parcursul lecturii, am avut
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Brett Gregson
Jun 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites

When I first picked up this book and read the synopsis, I wasn't really impressed. From what the synopsis suggested, the book was based, in my opinion, on an over used plot in novels these days, with the protagonist's parents being killed by the antagonist of the novel, resulting in the protagonist looking for vengeance against the antagonist. However, as Joseph Delaney is one or my favorite authors, I decided to read this book anyway, and I am certainly glad that I did!


Throughout the whole nov

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Elena
Jul 02, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Леко съм разочарована, но се радвам, че прочетох книгата. Историята беше интересна и доста странна, автора се беше постарал да измисли свои думи като ордум, Крансин, улум и т.н., които първоначално не можах да разбера какво точно означват, но след известно време (и препрочитане на някои части) схванах. Героите имаха необичайни имена( е, някои като Лейф или Дейнън), което също ми хареса. Хареса ми цялостното развитие на действията, защото мен заглавието ме подведе и очаквах неконтролируем бой на ...more
Amalia Danciu
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
cât pot să ador cartea asta....vreau volumul 2!! de ce nu e atât de cunoscută pe cât ar merita?
Христо Блажев
На Арена 13 се лее лесно кръв: http://knigolandia.info/book-review/a...

Харесах “Чиракът на Прогонващия духове” на Джузеф Дилейни, продължението “Седмият син” ме остави с по-смесени чувства, но интересът ми бе достатъчен, за да седна да прочета началото на нова поредица от него – “Арена 13″, което обещава нещо като гладиаторски битки сред фентъзи свят. Попаднах в още една приятно изградена реалност, в която мизерията на ежедневието е гарнирана с магично господство от чудовище на име Таласъма, кое
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Liviu Szoke
O lectură cu un ritm destul de alert, deși nu se întâmplă extraordinar de multe lucruri, iar autorul este tare zgârcit cu detaliile a ceea ce s-a întâmplat cu oamenii înainte de a fi închiși în Midgard - un fel de război cu roboții umanoizi creați de ei? De ce trebuie să se lupte între ei în Arena 13, când a mai rămas doar o mână de oameni? Ca să creeze locuri de muncă? O explicație cam ciudată, după părerea mea. I-aș fi dat mai mult de trei stele dacă acțiunea ar fi început înainte să se termin ...more
Cass
Oct 15, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
3,5/5 stars

English Review

Joseph Delaney has created an interesting world although sometimes a little too complex. I like the similarity between programming lacres and programming computers. However, I expect a lot from the author about lacres and their consciences in the next book.
The characters are well introduced but I could not tie me to the hero, Leif, neither to Kwin (I hope she will grow up fast and change behavior). The author has a nice pen that allowed me to enjoy this book despite thi
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Shelley
Jun 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
I have really enjoyed delving into the new world that Delaney has created. As a fan of the Spook's books I knew that I would take pleasure in the writing style and I was nit disappointed. I felt that there was excellent character development, Leif and Kwin are fantastic. Tyron is a character who intrigues me and I am looking forward to discovering how his plans work out.
My only bugbear with this book was that the Trainee Tournament scenes towards the end of the book felt rushed. There was not as
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Leninha
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: desafio-dl-2017
"Iniciar uma guerra é fácil, mas algumas guerras não tem fim."
Barb Middleton
Mar 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, ya
Students will like the action in the book, but I won't remember it with its flat characters, meandering plot, and contradictions. I had more questions at the end than answers. I have read a lot of Delaney's books and I wouldn't call him a flowery writer that inspires me with his word choices. Instead, I like his simple plots, strong character arc, and creepy monsters. His books have violence in them but because the villains are monsters, it creates a slight buffer for younger readers. This book ...more
Vampress Bathory
Apr 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am a fan of Joseph Delaney's work mostly because of The Wardstone Chronicles which is one of my fav series!!! If I am to be honest, even if I was excited when I found out about this new series, I really didn't expect much from it especially after reading the synopsis. I gave it a try though and I'm glad that I did, because the book delivers. At first I was off the track with everything that happened in the book, I wasn't really grasping the world. I was a bit confused with the events and pract ...more
Galleane
Jan 08, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

Ma première rencontre avec Joseph Delaney n'a malheureusement pas été mémorable. Pourtant son imagination avait de quoi donner quelque chose de très bon et l'univers qu'il a construit avec cette série et tout bonnement original et séduisant. Le reste n'est cependant pas à la hauteur. Des personnages manquant de charisme à l'intrigue pas toujours à la hauteur du monde créé, plus les pages défilaient, moins l'envie de continuer était présente. Le héros déçoit et les seconds rôles marquent peu ou s
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Mycoton32
Nov 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
17/20
En bref, dès les premières pages l'auteur nous entraine dans son monde avec des explications sur l'Arène 13 et les habitants du pays de Midgard. Mais petit à petit on apprend de nouvelles choses, on s'attache à Leif qui veut se prouver qu'il est capable de combattre et de débarrasser le pays de Hod, ce djinn qui terrorise tout le monde et qui s'autorise tout. J'ai adoré le récit qui se passe dans le futur mais dont on a l'impression qu'il est dans le passé. Une ambiance bien faite, des pers
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Naïma
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, jeunesse
Superbe. Une belle découverte. J'ai aimé le style, le héros, l'histoire... j'ai envie de lire la suite! Et quelle imagination! Une Terre du futur retombée dans un mode de vie archaïque après je ne sais quel conflit causé par une technologie mal maîtrisée, des combats de presque zombies programmables se déroulant dans une arène, des paris, des djinns, des danses de combat... des morts, du sang et des larmes... Bien sûr ça n'est pas trop violent, il s'agit d'un roman jeunesse quand même. Bref je r ...more
Maddison
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I knew this book had a gladiator theme going on, but I definitely know it would be such a complex story, and that it wasn't gladiator fighting exactly. This story was set so far in the future that they had reverted back to Ancient times. I found myself re-reading passages with long explanations because I knew I just had to properly understand the definitions and how it worked.
This is so different to his other series, and I'm not sure if I'll buy the remaining two. I think I will, because this is
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Nikki
Sep 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Interesting, but reads as a really long introduction to the next book. I enjoyed it though, and may well pick up the next book.

I have to say that I thought this was middle grade, and honestly it sort of reads more like a young YA book - certainly in terms of violence!

I enjoyed the world building and the concept, and I really liked some of the history you learn of why the wheel and the arena are like they are. I’d like to know more about why they started at all though, and more about the world
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Jasmine
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had to get this book on Audible because it doesn't look like it's available in the states. At first I had a REALLY hard time with this book, but as it went on I really enjoyed it. (view spoiler) ...more
Книжни Криле
„Арена 13” (изд. „Intense”) е за всички, които си падат по младежко екшън фентъзи. Едно приятно и неангажиращо приключение от нашумелия автор Джоузеф Дилейни, с фокус върху кървави и напрегнати гладиаторски битки и елементи на дистопия. Прочетете ревюто на "Книжни Криле":

https://knijnikrile.wordpress.com/201...
Laurapassage
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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"Arena 13 se révèle comme une belle mise en place de cette nouvelle saga de Joseph Delaney. Entre mythes orientaux, programmeurs et combats, Leif évolue avec astuces, courage et détermination pour atteindre son but."
FoodxHugs
Arena 13 is about an orphaned boy called Leif who's main ambition is to become the best fighter in Arena 13 - a place clearly influenced by Rome and its gladiators. We find out that he's won a blue ticket (the equivalent of a golden ticket) to train with the best Patterner in the city Tyron. Tyron programmes the special language Nym for android-like unsentient fighting machines called lacs. Of course, in the land of Midgarde there exists a villain in the form of Hob, a creature who sucks the sou ...more
Bookslatte
Rollicking, fast paced, fun read! Surprising as I thought Delaney would make this new series as boring as the Spooks series became. Thank the food gods that there was no more repetitious cheese and bread fasting.

Enjoyed the action and training scenes, especially intrigued by Leif’s mysterious lac and Tyron. Arena 13 has a fine balance between blood thirsty Rome, Norse mythology and dystopian ala matrix environment that draws you in.

I don’t see the point of Kwin, a manipulative tease who just us
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Andreea
Mar 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Joseph Delaney writting dystopia is something new and, as always great. Never had been Delaney a disappoinment anyway.

I must admit, this is the dystopia I always wanted to read/write. The dystopia in which humans lost their technology entire, not just parts of it and not just in some specific regions of the world.

This one was a great reading, it was fast, the action was simple and concis, characters were well contured, and, as always, a pleasure to read.

I'm looking forward to Joseph Delaney nex
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Ryan
Mar 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gr8-semester-2
I love this book incredibly much, I just can't put this book down! I just keep wanting to read on and on. This story is incredibly captivating because on a level, you can relate to the story in how a figure can be incredibly terrifying. I would recommend this book to whoever loves a good fantasy book and fighting. I would also recommend this book to people who loves topics about gladiators and fighting. I haven't read such a good book since The House of the Scorpion
Alissa
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was just okay. It wasn't bad by any means, but failed to grab and connect with me. I thought it did strike a good balance between action and exposition, explaining the backstory without getting to boring. The reveal towards the end was unexpected, but might have been more predictable had I gotten more invested in the book, I don't know. Overall, it won't bore you, but you won't be at the edge of your seat for a sequel either.
Valentin
Jul 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Very awesome story, kept me hooked the entire length of the book. I've been waiting for this book for a few months now, and it didn't crush my expectations. Can't wait for the second book.
ArranR
Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
An extremelly interesting world where you want to know more
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Joseph Delaney is a full time writer living in Lancashire, in the heart of Boggart territory. He first got the idea for the Wardstone Chronicles series when he moved to the village where he lives now and discovered there was a local boggart - ‘a man like me needs boggarts around’. He made a note in his notebook ‘a story about a man who hunts boggarts’ and years later when he had to come up with an ...more

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Arena 13 Trilogy (3 books)
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