Title : Set Fire To The Gods
Author : Sara Raasch and Kristen Simmons
Publisher : HarperCollins
Pages : 432
Genre : Fantasy
Ash is descended from a long line of gladiators, and she knows the brutal nature of war firsthand. But after her mother dies in an arena, she vows to avenge her by overthrowing her fire god, whose temper has stripped her country of its resources.
Madoc grew up fighting on the streets to pay his family’s taxes. But he hides a dangerous secret: he doesn’t have the earth god’s powers like his opponents. His elemental gift is something else—something that hasn’t been seen in centuries.
When an attempted revenge plot goes dangerously wrong, Ash inadvertently throws the fire and earth gods into a conflict that can only be settled by deadly, lavish gladiator games. The fights put Madoc in Ash’s path, and she realizes that his powers are the weapon her rebellion needs—but Madoc won’t jeopardize his family, regardless of how intrigued he is by the beautiful warrior.
But when the gods force Madoc’s hand, he and Ash uncover an ancient war that will threaten more than one immortal—it will unravel the world.
The world is divided between the Divine (with obvious powers) and the Undivine (with none). While Ash has gladiator ancestry, Madoc grew up in the streets, fighting and surviving.
The world building is fabulously creative, with arena fighting, all the gladiator vibes and intense action.
Madoc and Ash relay the story to us in alternating povs and not once did the narrative stutter.
What did not work for me though was how the story began. It was confusing and without gradual introduction it was kinda messy.
The pace was pretty slow and as much as I wanted to enjoy and feel perked up for climaxes, it didn’t happen. So I think what I would look forward to in book two are more of animation in the plot, a little more of fighting sequences, character development and relatively perceptive writing.
Otherwise, I think it’s pretty decent and has a lot of potential to become something much greater and bigger with better execution. And as you all know, I’m a sucker for fantasy. So keep ’em coming 😍
Rating : 3.5 Stars 🌟
Review by Sayantoni | @thegirlonthego_reads