My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Actual Rating: 4.5
I really enjoyed this book! Originally I thought that this book was going to have more of a fantasy element, but it is definitely more of a historical fiction than a fantasy novel. I loved Fallon and how she was so strong and fought for herself. She was always learning and wasn’t the perfect female main character you get in some books, she was definitely flawed and made mistakes, but she learned from them and that’s part of why I like her so much.
I don’t mind the romance in the book, although I do think it go really intense too quickly, especially considering how much Fallon hates the Romans and the love interest is a Roman soldier.
The plot was something that I’ve never read before and was really different and refreshing! Fallon is the daughter of a Celtic king who’s sister was killed in battle with the Romans. Fallon really wants to be a member of her father’s war band, but doesn’t get the chance after she is captured and ultimately is sent to become a gladiator for Julius Caesar.
I love the friendship that Fallon develops with Elka even though they were off to a rough start when they met, they always have each other’s backs.
The ending of this book set up the second book wonderfully, and I cannot wait until it comes out!