Minna-san, konnichi wa!
Welcome to my first book review ever on this site. Today, I will be doing a review on The Savior’s Champion by Jenna Moreci.
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Lastly, I had originally planned to release this post on Monday like I said I would, but I think that my nerves of publishing my first-ever book review post kept me from posting it during that time.
So I decided to post it on Thursday since I wasn’t expecting to do so, and it definitely helped to calm my nerves when I am not thinking too intently on when I plan to post something and just do it, though I hope to keep to a consistent posting schedule. It’s just my mental health has been a b*tch lately, which can make it harder to post on some posting days, but hopefully I’ll get it together and post consistently.
Now on to my first Moon Star Review. Ikou!
About The Savior’s Champion
Author: Jenna Moreci
Genre: Dark Fantasy Adventure Romance
Trigger Warnings: Contains Graphic Violence, Adult Language, and Sexual Situations
Series or Standalone: Book 1 in The Savior Series
Page Length: 554
Publisher: Jenna Moreci
Date Published: April 24, 2018
The Savior’s Champion takes place in the fictional realm of Thessen and follows Tobias Kaya — a young artist who enters the Sovereign’s Tournament which pits Tobias against nineteen other men.
The Sovereign’s Tournament is a thirty-day gladiatorial-style tournament where men compete — and kill — for a chance to win the Savior’s hand in marriage. And although the Savior is the ruler of Thessen, Tobias doesn’t care for her as his main initiative for entering the Tournament is to save his family.
But when Tobias finds himself navigating the labyrinth, fighting to the brink of death, and falling into an unexpected romance, his situation within the Tournament becomes especially dire.
Review of The Savior’s Champion
The Intro: When I first started reading The Savior’s Champion, I was immediately hooked by the first few chapters. The prologue was a good starting point of what occurred decades before the start of the novel and it helped stir the story’s plot.
I enjoyed Tobias’s introduction and his witty, hilarious banter between him and his best friend Milo and his twin sister Naomi. And I found myself laughing alongside them. I was instantly immersed in the story through thorough world-building, funny dialogue, and an intriguing storyline, which feeds into the concept of breaking traditions, societal expectations, and how society evolves.
The Middle: Shortly after meeting Tobias, he enters the Sovereign’s Tournament and we are then introduced to the other competitors of the Sovereign’s Tournament as well as the palace officials. Here, we are also met with the dichotomy between the characters we love and those we loathe. And it is definitely a rollercoaster of emotions.
There are several characters that I love, some that I love to hate, and others whose morals are questionable that which leaves me feeling conflicted as to whether or not I like or loathe the character. But for the sake of spoilers, I won’t dive into too many details about the characters.
However, if I had to choose one favorite that I love, then that would have to be Leila. She has all the qualities of a female badass — the perfect combination of sugar and spice and what I long for in a female character, so I can’t wait to read Leila’s POV in The Savior’s Sister.
Tobias is definitely up there on my favorites list alongside Orion, Raphael, Delphi, Pippa, and Enzo. I adore Tobias’s wit, charm, and humor, though he can be a bit naïve at times. However, he is a kind soul and his artistry and the use of his artistic skills make him compassionate. I especially love his charcoal drawings of Leila. I thought that that moment within TSC was so cute and romantic. ♥
The End: Now there were some moments where I was able to predict the outcome of The Savior’s Champion, but that is mainly because I am a big-time fan of Jenna Moreci and I am constantly watching her channel on YouTube. And may have been subject to some spoilers, especially in reading the summary to TSS before reading TSC. If it wasn’t for that, then The Savior’s Champion wouldn’t have been predictable.
I am sure that there are subtle hints scattered throughout the book, which would make sense once the climax is revealed, but it is subtle enough, in my opinion, to not spoil any major moments discovered near the book’s end.
The Gruesome: While the likeability of some characters is called into question when it comes to the tension between characters and the overall plot, I was kept on the edge of my seat the whole way through. Moments that were meant to be tense and scary were. Moments that were meant to be sad or angry were. And any deaths or violent scenes were pretty gruesome and may elicit reactions from the readers. With that being said, this book is definitely not for the faint of heart.
The Recommendation: This book is for anyone who likes dark fantasy adventure mixed in with romantic goodness, for anyone who enjoys magical elements and Greek mythology, for anyone who yearns for forbidden romance and lovers who get off on the wrong foot, and for anyone who doesn’t mind gory scenes, adult language, and graphic, to-the-point sexual content.
Rating for The Savior’s Champion
I rate The Savior’s Champion 4 out of 5 moon stars.
Reason: Strong storyline, intense situations, and witty banter. I knocked off one moon star because I did find the dialogue to be a bit stale at times. Certain foul words were used among a variety of characters and I’m not saying there is anything wrong with that, but I did find that the dialogue was too similar among characters and lacked variety at times.
So there you have it! My first official Moon Star Review.
All in all, The Savior’s Champion will make a permanent home on my bookshelf. Yes, I will be reading it again. And yes, I do recommend this book, and the link to purchase it is down below.
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