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Blood of Vengeance (A Battleborn Mage Novel)

4.50  ·  Rating details ·  14 ratings  ·  12 reviews
In the gladiator’s arena of blood and death, magic cuts deeper than steel.

Stolen from the streets and condemned to battle as a gladiator, Killien survives by deceit and subterfuge. He must play the role of “Killer,” the prince’s savage, bloodthirsty champion.

Undefeated in battle, Killien wields a secret advantage: the magic enhancing his weapons and
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Lisa Greiner Maughan
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This story was great. It is fast paced and exciting. Angel is not afraid of writing about blood and gore. She brings you right to the gladiator arena and the tunnels below. We get to see how Killien became a gladiator. What he has to endure as the princes main fighter. For a female writer she’s a no holds bar type of girl. If your looking for romance you won’t find it here but you will find deceit, blood, swearing, sweat, tears, turmoil, gore, magic, death and a bit of comrade. ahh the life of a ...more
Elizabeth Dragina
Oct 31, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars ~

Can I just say that was amazing? It was amazing. I am amazed. Whoa.

The thought of a colosseum-like arena where men fight to the death, and the MC has to survive such a place has always been exciting! Then throw in some fantasy beasts, magic, and revenge. Epic.

However, I do have some problems with the overall message being handed to readers. "It's okay to be angry. It's okay to kill to get revenge. Its okay to be nasty just because you don't have the energy to be kind. It's okay to
Cody Anne
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow!! Such a thrill ride through a Romanesque world. With gladiators who have to fight to stay alive, with one forbidden to have any kind of friendship with the others. Held in an isolated area made to train from sun up to sundown, all for a crime that by rights should have seen him hanging. The Prince is an evil, twisted man with expectations that are beyond any normal man to achieve. But Killien is a mage who fights with powers he has to keep from being shown. The other gladiators know him as ...more
Gayreth Walden
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Wow" just "Wow"! My heart is still pounding from the intense fast paced action!... Killien, captured on the streets as a child, turned into a slave. Trained as a killer gladiator all these years. Killien will do anything to protect his family and find a way to gain his freedom. The cruel Prince who owns him will make sure that never happens because Killien earns the Prince way to much gold... I am amazed and extremely pleased with this well crafted story. A great plot with amazing characters. ( ...more
L. L. Thomsen
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
One of the best discoveries I've made in a while!! Okay so I really didn't know what to expect from this one but I loved the idea of gladiators and fantasy mixed together and holy moly... I was not disappointed! This book reads fast and sharp. There's a fair bit of graphic violence but I think it's nicely offset by the way we get to know main character, Killian, and follow his struggles to please the evil prince to keep his family safe. This is gritty and vivid - all in a good way; I'd recommend ...more
Oct 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed it more than I expected to. Not only was the pacing excellent, it introduces us to a realistic gritty world.We see the world through the eyes ofiIntriguing POV characters, with equally intriguing relationships. This book avoids many overused tropes commonplace in "mainstream" Sy-Fy fantasy. My favorite aspect is probably the lack of any unnecessary romantic drama shoved in. There is some romantic moments, buts its tertiary to the characters' growth and the descriptive action and world ...more
Kerry Dillenburg
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
For a YA I think this book is just fine. It's definitely has action though many of the fights with the animals seemed more of an outline- they needed to fleshed out (no pun intended). I think that is my main criticism for most of the story. Other than 2 characters the rest were treated superficially when filling in just a little more detail could have added immeasurably to the overall quality of the work. I still gave it a rather high mark overall.
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Once again Angel Haze delivers a fast-paced action-filled story which maintains a good balance between back-story and present action.
This book is not for the feint of heart - with plenty of gruesome battles (some with unfortunate but worthy beasts) and exciting twists, Blood of Vengeance will have you gasping, cringing and occasionally cheering throughout.
Mary T
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dark-fantasy
This is a great book. I didn't want to put it down. Killen leads a terrible life under Prince Burne as a slave gladiator. Who is promised his freedom when enough coin is earned. Killen is brutally treated but does what the prince wants him to do to keep his family alive.
I received this book as an ARC.
Sandy Fosdick
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Spartacus with dragons and magic!😁

This is a prequel to the Battleborn Mage saga and just on this book alone I want to read the rest of the series.
The characters are well thought out and fun to read about. One character I'd give anything to feed to the lions.

I can't wait for the rest of this series
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
The story was great. It is fast paced and exciting. it has plenty of blood and gore. I love ther is no romance in this book. Her you will only find, blood, swearing, magic, death and a bit of comrade, which i like.
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Good read! Would like to know more of the time before Killian was imprisoned.
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