Set Fire to the Gods by Sara Raasch and Kristen Simmons
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publishing: August 4th, 2020
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.
Quick Star Rating: 4.5/5 stars
This book yall was such a fast easy read, but it had such a great story. I was hooked quickly and the world and idea was so fresh! I haven’t read a good gladiator style book in awhile so I was so pumped to pick this one up. I read it under 24 hours and I’m so sad I have months to wait to talk to others with about it and at least a year for the second book how the downfall to arcs :p
I loved Madoc and Ash’s characters so much. I liked how I rooted for both of them and the goals that they had. It wasn’t one where one side felt forced or against the other. They each had good goals in their hearts. Plus a good ole slow burn romance is everything I need and love in books!
I won’t say much else because I don’t want to give a bunch of spoilers, but expect a epic magical world with gods, badass gladitor fights and twist and turns along the way because nothing can ever be easy for our heroines right?!
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