Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Review for Dissension by K.A. Salidas - 5 out of 5!


Everyone joked about the end of the world, but when it finally happened no one was laughing.

In the dark, militant society that rose up in the aftermath of the apocalypse, vampires once thought to be mythical, have been discovered, assimilated, and enslaved. Used for blood sport in the gladiatorial arena, their immortal lives are allowed to continue only for the entertainment of the human masses.

Mira, a proven warrior with a blade as sharp as her fangs, has spent the last thirty years in the arena, where life and death are determined by the stroke of a sword. Finally she sees an opportunity to escape. But the path to freedom leads her straight to Lucian Stavros, the city's Regent, a human, and the man directly responsible for her people's enslavement.

Mira's survival depends on her ability to play the deadliest game of all: to earn the trust of her enemy


This was great! I love the mix of vampires, dystopian, and sort of a Roman gladiator scenario. An unique and thrilling story! Mira is a vampire that is a slave, and is forced to do battle and kill other vampires in order to survive. The humans torture and demean vampires, and treat them as disposable things. Mira is the best fighter in her city, and has a bit of attitude to match. She has a sassy mouth that gets her in trouble, but she does everything she can to not let them get her down, and she hopes to find a way to escape, but she is finding her efforts fruitless, so when an unexpected source makes her an interesting offer, she doesn't know if she can put her trust in anyone after how she has been treated. Mira is intelligent and a badass, and she has extreme strength to have made it as far as she has in a world determined to keep her down. She has brutal battle scenes, and she endures horrible tortures when she disobeys, but through it all, she maintains a clear head. The story is interesting all the way to the end, and this book just scratched the surface of the journey Mira is going to need to go on to gain her freedom. I'm really looking forward to reading the next book, and to see how Mira is going to evolve. Great start to what is sure to be an exciting series!

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