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Set Fire to the Gods

(Set Fire to the Gods #1)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  23 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Ash is descended from a long line of gladiators, and she knows the brutal nature of war firsthand. But after her mother dies in an arena, she vows to avenge her by overthrowing her fire god, whose temper has stripped her country of its resources.

Madoc grew up fighting on the streets to pay his family's taxes. But he hides a dangerous secret: he doesn't have the earth god’s
Hardcover, 432 pages
Expected publication: August 4th 2020 by Balzer + Bray
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Helena of Eretz ✰
I received this complimentary ARC from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.


A Greco-Roman inspired world?
Gladiator meets The Hunger Games?
A girl seeking vengeance against the god of fire?
A boy seeking to reclaim his place under the god of earth?
A war between gods and mortals?

♡ Dakota ♡ (Sarcasm is my middle name)
This could be about grating cheese and I wouldn’t care. The title alone makes me excited!
Frank-Intergalactic Bookdragon
Apr 25, 2019 marked it as maybe-read
Shelves: 2020, high-fantasy
Prereview April 2019
This sounds cool but these authors have both let me down before so I'm a wee bit hesitant.
May 26, 2019 marked it as not-released-tbr
Shelves: reviewed
Me: Hmm, I wonder if I should get this


Me: I guess that's a yes.
♠ TABI ♠
Nov 29, 2018 marked it as to-read
Mar 14, 2019 marked it as to-read
okay so epic reads said this is basically LEGEND OF KORRA meets GLADIATOR and has there ever been a book more perfect for me!?!?!?!?!?
Feb 17, 2020 added it
Ember in the Ashes who?
Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
hooooly crap this sounds *amazing*
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HOLY SHIT, this sounds absolutely awesome
Stephanie L (catteabooks)
My classical heart immediately underwent insane palpitations after reading this description:
- Greco-Roman inspired world
- The Gladiator and
- Gods of fire and earth (Hephaestus/Vulcan is that you?)
Carina Olsen
Jan 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs-i-want
When I heard about this book I knew I had to read it. As it looks stunning and sounds great too. I haven't read any books by Sara yet, but have read books by Kristen for years. This book written by both of them was written very well. I liked the writing a whole bunch. But sadly only a three star for me, as I had a few issues.

Which does break my heart a little, as I wanted to love this book a whole lot. But I did enjoy it very much. I just did not love it like I wanted to. The writing was great.
Nia •ShadesOfPaper•
Jan 07, 2020 marked it as tbr-unreleased
Thank you HarperCollins and Balzer+Bray for the ARC.

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Jul 01, 2019 marked it as to-read
It’s a dual POV story about gladiators who use elemental magic in the arena to fight wars for their gods!! Sign me up!!!
Nov 06, 2019 marked it as to-read
Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaamn, that cover is gorgeous!!
Lea ♞ That_Bookdragon
Sep 04, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: releasing-2020
I read a book pitched as Gladiator meets something, I click Want To Read

Jan 11, 2020 rated it liked it
*Spoiler free, 3.5 stars*

I heard gladiators and gods and was ready to read this book that instant. And the more I learned about it, revenge plots and magic and cruel gods, the more I wanted to read it. I actually haven't read any of Kristen Simmons books and only one or two of Sara Raasch's, but I've heard great things about both of them and this book sounded awesome enough that I didn't really care haha. Trigger warnings: gore, grief

This book was good. It delivers on everything that I promises,
Michelle Aschenbrenner
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

Between 3.5 - 4 stars

The cover instantly hooked me and reeled me in! I have read books by Sara Raasch over the years, but this is my first book by Kristen Simmons. I haven't read many books that had co-authors, so I was intrigued as to how the writing would be with two different authors.

Set Fire to the Gods follows the characters Ash and Madoc in a world where six gods rule by having human gladiators fight
Lara Bahr
Set Fire to the Gods was a welcome surprise in the sea of young adult novels re Greek/Roman influences. I thought this one had a nice and original spin to it. The writing placed you right in the conflict's forefront and wow was I impressed by some of the descriptions. I loved Ash's passionate and, dare I say it, fiery personality. And Madoc's quiet strength really turned the tables on what is a strong/dominate man. I loved that their goals were both unique and selfless, but entirely their own to ...more
Nov 10, 2019 marked it as to-read
I'm always up for a story that features gladiators and strong women.

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umm, thIS COVER??? ...more
Nov 14, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2020-releases
Why am I only learning of this now...?
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Cameron [Beacon Book Box]
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I devoured this book! Raasch and Simmons created a vivid, exhilarating story that will enchant you from page one. Make sure to add it to your TBR!
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