Friday, March 6, 2020

"Rise of the Champion:
The Champion Series Book One"
by Clara C Johnson

Serra, a young human woman, traveling with Finn, the Dwarven man who had found and raised her after her family had been killed, have just arrived in Adhelm. They are currently working as smugglers, though they have dreams of a better life someday.

Adhelm is a busy town, and many of those living there are elven slaves. Serra often has a difficult time staying uninvolved when she sees anyone being mistreated for any reason; her kind heart often gets both her and Finn in trouble with those in authority. But things truly get interesting when her actions lead to the freeing of a slave whom she rescued from a public flogging. And this is only the beginning of her story.

I enjoyed reading this book a great deal. The author did an excellent job of portraying those who have been so beaten down and abused to the point where they have little will to resist and little hope left for a better life. But still, some just can't help but resist the oppression of their whole species and continue to fight for freedom.

The version of the book that I read was an early Advanced Reader Copy. The story was well put together and held my interest throughout. I spoke with the author about the typos I noticed, and have no doubt that she will have them corrected before publication day.

I enjoyed reading the tale she wove and am looking forward to seeing where she takes the story in the sequel. I would recommend giving this one a try.

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