Blood and Sand (Untitled #1) By C.V. Wyk [Review]

Blood and SandRELEASE DATE: January 16th 2018
C.V. Wyk
Young-Adult, Historical, fantasy, Action, Fiction.
Tor Teen




The action-packed tale of a 17-year-old warrior princess and a handsome gladiator who dared take on the Roman Republic―and gave rise to the legend of Spartacus…

Roma Victrix. The Republic of Rome is on a relentless march to create an empire―an empire built on the backs of the conquered, brought back to Rome as slaves.

Attia was once destined to rule as the queen and sword-maiden of Thrace, the greatest warrior kingdom the world had seen since Sparta. Now she is a slave, given to Xanthus, the Champion of Rome, as a sign of his master’s favor. Enslaved as a child, Xanthus is the preeminent gladiator of his generation.

Against all odds, Attia and Xanthus form a tentative bond. A bond that will spark a rebellion. A rebellion that threatens to bring the Roman Republic to its end―and gives rise to the legend of Spartacus…



MY REV (Copy)

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OMG, This book was absolutely amazing and totally epic! I’ve been excited to read this book since I first heard about it. I’ve read some books that has female gladiators but I never heard of a book that has a female spartacus so I knew I had to read this book. I love it when authors experiment gender bending thing on historical figures and we need more books like these in the future. Blood and Sand was truly an incredible read. It was a short book but I really wanted it to be a bit longer. I loved Attia! She’s a total badass and I really loved her character in this book. For a debut, this was really a great start. Wyk did a wonderful job in writing this novel. She totally nailed it and it’s going straight into my favorite list. I’m not saying it was a total perfection without flaws but I really had a great time reading it.

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Seventeen Year Old Attia is a warrior princess of Thrace,  the greatest warrior kingdom the world had seen since Sparta. She is the sword maiden who’s destined to become the Queen but her whole world turned upside down when the Romans attacked their kingdom and destroyed everything she loved. Attia is the only survivor who’s left alive and now she’s become a slave. She’s dragged to Roma Victrix and paraded with other slaves for auction and gets sold to Dominus Timeus. Timeus buys Attia as a gift to his warrior Xanthus, champion of Rome. When Attia learns of her fate, she plans to kill him before he could touch her. Xanthus Maximus Colossus has been a gladiator since he was a young kid. He was shoved into the arena when he was only nine years old and after ten years of blood shedding, he was finally fed up with his life. He was the greatest champion of Rome and everyone in the Rome loves him but they’re not aware that he hates being a gladiator and he doesn’t enjoy killing. When Xanthus and Attia meet they quickly make a connection because they’re both slaves who lost their families to the Romans. Together they spark a rebellion which will soon start a major uprising against the roman empire.

I absolutely loved Attia! She’s freaking badass and ruthless when it comes to her enemies but she’s very caring, protective, and loyal towards her loved ones. She never gives up without a fight and always keeps her promise. From the start, her character intrigued me and I really admired her stubbornness throughout. I also liked Xanthus. He’s a complex character who’s been dealing with some inner issues. In the arena, he wears a mask and becomes people’s champion and a ruthless killing machine but in front of Attia, he’s very sweet and caring. He also deeply cares for his brothers, the other gladiators who’s the only family he got left. They all train together and I liked the fun banters and bromance between them. I enjoyed the sweet romance between Attia and Xanthus. Although they develop feelings quickly, It didn’t bother me much because I really loved them together. The secondary characters aren’t great but they’re not bad either. Xanthas brothers were pretty fun characters but I really wish they were a bit more fleshed out. Besides them, I also liked the little girl Rory, Lucius, Sabina, Lucretia, and Ennius.  In the second half, we meet some new characters but it is a bit spoiler-ish to mention their names.

The plot was amazing! It was well executed, engaging and totally action packed. From the start, I was hooked to the story and it was hard for me put this down even for a second. It was totally unputdownable and I just finished it in one sitting because it was that good. The pacing was perfect but few scenes felt a bit slow which is understandable because the author wants to focus in character development too. The violence, gore, abuse, and romance in this book was PG rated so it can be suitable for young readers, but honestly I would love to read an Adult version of this book. The action scenes are well executed and my favorite part was obviously Xanthus and Attia together kicking ass in the Arena while the crowd is roaring for them in the background. There are some unexpected twists I really loved except for that last scene which totally broke my heart. The author’s writing style was addictive and captivating. The story was told from Attia and Xanthus third person pov. The world building was pretty great. The world the author created was quite brutal and dangerous. She described the setting vividly which made it easy for me to imagine everything clearly.

Overall, I freaking loved this book! I’m so glad it wasn’t a stand-alone because I really don’t want this to end so quickly. After that heart wrenching ending, I can’t wait to know what happens next.

Recommend it?

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I highly recommend this book to everyone who loves action packed YA historical books! This book is totally worth reading! Don’t miss it!

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34 thoughts on “Blood and Sand (Untitled #1) By C.V. Wyk [Review]

  1. book_tales January 28, 2018 / 12:30 am

    Awesome review! I’m so glad you enjoyed this book, especially because I ordered it a couple of days ago! I’ve been hearing such amazing things and I can’t wait to read it ASAP!

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    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions January 28, 2018 / 12:32 am

      Thank you! I’m so excited for you to read this book! It was an amazing read and I really hope you enjoy it as much as I did! 🙂

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  2. LairOfBooks January 28, 2018 / 12:51 am

    EeeK! Excellent review Raven! This was on my radar a while back because I love all things Spartacus but a gender bend?!?! YASSSS PLZ!!! 🙌🏼 I’m so glad you enjoyed this book. Tor has been releasing some pretty amazing short books but I’m glad this will have a follow-up. I’m a sucker for character development so it may irk me if side characters I really enjoy aren’t really well fleshed out but I just can’t resist giving this one a shot 😆 good to know you loved it! 💜💜💜

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    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions January 31, 2018 / 2:53 am

      Thank you, Lilly! This book was soo good and so much better than valiant. I love Tor’s YA books and this one was just amazing. You’ll definitely love it! I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on it.


  3. Trang (Bookidote) January 28, 2018 / 2:06 am

    OMG YOUR REVIEW WAS SO MUCH FUN TO READ!!? Like I need to get this book right away. I’ve never head about it before!! :O

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  4. Beware Of The Reader January 28, 2018 / 3:16 am

    Pfew! When I began reading your post I really crossed my fingers as I’ve pre ordered this book thinking it looked great but I recently saw a bad review so… as I know we do react in a similar fashion to most books I’m now REALLY HAPPY! Fantastic review 🙂

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    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions January 31, 2018 / 3:00 am

      Thank you, Sophie! This book was really great! Majority of the people loved this book and I really hope you love it too. I’ll look forward to hear your thoughts on it! 🙂


  5. Kester (from LILbooKlovers) January 28, 2018 / 9:27 am

    I’m so glad you enjoyed this book!!! I read it as an ARC a few month ago, and honestly I didn’t like it as much as I had hoped to. But I did love all the action and adventure in it–I could envision all the battles unfold in front of my eyes!

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    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions January 31, 2018 / 3:04 am

      I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy this book as much as you hoped! I absolutely loved it! Yeah, the action and adventure was really good. I can’t wait to read the next book. I hope it’s even more action packed.
      Thanks for the visit! 🙂

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      • Kester (from LILbooKlovers) January 31, 2018 / 6:21 am

        You’re welcome!! The writing style wasn’t for me (I felt a bit detached) but certainly, I’m glad that so many people are enjoying it! 🙂

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  6. aentee @ read at midnight January 28, 2018 / 5:15 pm

    This sounds like a very intense and engaging read, I am so glad you connected with it so much! I’ve been seeing it around twitter a lot since the release date and I’ve been curious, even though I haven’t had much luck with a lot of the other Tor Teens title (I love their adult line, though)!

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    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions January 31, 2018 / 3:08 am

      I’ve read TOR’s adult fantasy title The tiger’s daughter and it didn’t worked out for me. Blood and sand was really amazing! It was pretty much action packed and engaging. I really hope you give it a shot! 🙂


  7. Jen January 28, 2018 / 10:51 pm

    Oh my gosh, this sounds beyond amazing and I’ve never even seen or heard about this book before! I’m running to Goodreads to go add this to my tbr asap! Thanks for the rec!

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    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions January 31, 2018 / 3:10 am

      Yay! I can’t wait for you to read this book. It was really an amazing read! I hope you enjoy it when you finally get to it! 🙂

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  8. Ikram Reads January 29, 2018 / 2:06 am

    This sounds like it would be right up my alley. I’ve seen it floating around but I’ll definitely have to pick it up now!

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  9. Sophie @ Blame Chocolate January 29, 2018 / 2:58 am

    This does sound amazing! I love Ancient Rome stories and female gladiators and all that it entails, so this is perfect 🙂 There aren’t too many books out there with such a theme, either, except maybe Valiant.
    So glad you adored this book, Raven! And lovely review ❤

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    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions January 31, 2018 / 3:13 am

      Trust me, this book was so much better than the Valiant. It was really amazing and I think you’ll love it too. I hope you give it a shot!
      Thank you, Sophie! 😊❤️


  10. Aila @ One Way Or An Author January 29, 2018 / 8:30 pm

    Yess I’m so glad this one was a hit with you! I really can’t wait to read the sequel and find out WHAT THE HECK HAPPENED TO XANTHUS. *cries brutal tears* the world was just magnificent and I’m excited for more readers to check this action-packed story out!

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    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions January 31, 2018 / 3:20 am

      *spoiler* Yeah, the ending left me quite devastated. I really hope he survived that fall! I’m pretty much dying for the next book. Yes, so many readers aren’t aware of this book and it deserves more spotlight!


  11. Dani @ Perspective of a Writer February 2, 2018 / 3:22 am

    You really sell this Raven, lol! I’m already rooting for this couple and it sounds like a fun read… I need to check it out!


  12. Lydia Tewkesbury February 2, 2018 / 9:32 pm

    I have been seriously craving a good adventure to immerse myself in lately – this sounds perfect! I don’t think I’ve ever read a YA about Romans.

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  13. Kelly G February 7, 2018 / 1:15 am

    I heard of this book a while ago, but I forgot all about it! It sounds like such a great read – and who doesn’t want female gladiators?! I can’t wait to get a copy of this one now. Awesome review!

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    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions February 7, 2018 / 4:35 am

      It was a great read and I can’t for you to read it. I hope you love it as much as I did! Thank you! 😊


  14. Jackie @ Too Much of a Booknerd February 14, 2018 / 3:46 am

    Oh my gosh, Raven, YES! I’m so so SO happy to hear that you loved this book! This was one of my more highly anticipated releases and I was scared it might let me down—but so far I’ve only seen praise! I absolutely love the idea of female spartacus and these characters sound absolutely incredible! I love characters who seem kind of bad and evil on the outside but then they’re so soft and protective of people that they love! I have an ARC of this and I wasn’t planning to read it soon, but after reading your review, I just really can’t wait to start it! Fantastic review and thanks for sharing ❤

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    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions February 16, 2018 / 3:05 am

      Seriously, you need to pick this up soon. This is the best female version of Spartacus retelling. I loved the action and the main protagonist. She was totally kickass! I really can’t wait for you to read it! It was soo good and I think you’ll enjoy it too.
      Thank you! 🙂

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