Review: When We Were Kings by Auryn Hadley

When We Were Kings

by Auryn Hadley

The Wolf of Oberhame Book 1

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Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: September 23rd, 2015
Kindle Price: 0.99
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Book Description:

Tossed into the gladiator arena, everyone expected the delicate girl in the fancy pink dress to be the first to die. Leyli had other plans. Surviving was at the top of her list. Revenge was a close second.

Having grown up behind the sheltered walls of the Oberhame Palace, she knew what the crowd wanted. Norihame had built their culture from the scraps of their neighbors. Gladiators were just one part. Evidently, political coups were another, and she’d just become a pawn in the games of men. But why was she still alive? They’d killed her brother, the heir to the throne. Had they gotten to her father? Was the king dead?

In the cell beside her, the Lion of Lenlochlien was impressed. The first day, they all cried. Men, women, it didn’t matter. But this one was different. Her tears didn’t slow her down, they just made her stronger, and when he looked in her eyes, he saw it. Her desperation was feral. It meant she wouldn’t hesitate to do what she had to. She might be cornered, but that bitch was the kind that would bite.

When he offered advice, she took it. When he told her how to be better, she tried. When she kept coming back after each round, he dared to hope that she’d survive. He had no idea that he was about to become her best weapon. Leyli didn’t just want to live through the games, she wanted to protect her father’s throne, but to do that, she had to become someone else. She couldn’t be the Princess of Norihame. The Lion had to make her a Wolf.

Chained side by side, he’ll show her how to be a killer. She’ll give him a reason to keep fighting. Together, they’ll learn that it takes a friend to survive.

**When We Were Kings is a complete novel without a cliffhanger ending.**

Official Review

Review by Veronica Adkins

As an avid reader, I am always pleased when the main female character is not a weak individual. Princess Leyli was thrown into the gladiatorial games by someone in a political move. She knows her brother, the prince and heir to the throne, is dead but doesn’t know if her father, the king, is alive. Despite having a normal upbringing for a princess, Leyli is able to fight through her fears to survive the first couple of games that day. But luckily for her, she won’t be alone for long. The Lion of Lenlochlien is caged next to her and he gives her advice on how to become stronger.

These two end up chained together and must learn how to fight together in order to stay alive. Leyli can’t retreat to the meek, soft princess she was before ending up in the games, and The Lion can’t allow her to be weak either. The Lion teaches her how to survive, giving her the strength she never would have had if she hadn’t ended up there.

This story is set in time where women are supposed to be the weaker sex but this author has done an exceptional job of creating a girl that is forced to grow up or die and through the sudden growing up period Leyli has to learn to be strong. And then instead of having a weak male character to offset the woman’s strengths, he is just as strong and compliments her strength.

This page turner will keep you up to read ‘just one more chapter’ until late in the night. This particular book is in my top ten books I have read, and that is a major feat. I eagerly await the next book in this series and can only hope that it delivers as well as this one did. The only caution I would give is that it does contain violence, curse words, and sex and those who are offended by such things might want to pass- but I would still recommend you read this book.

Reviewer: Veronica Adkins

Lady with Book CroppedVeronica is happily married and hiding away in a section of the east coast she has dubbed the black hole. It’s a cozy spot where everyone comes to retire, yet no one is able to get away. Thankfully, it’s not as close to a horror novel as it sounds.

She devours books from all genres, finding beauty in the written word and stories wrapped up in it. Books are like a protective blanket that let us escape our darkest fears or battle the demons head on. If she’s lucky, she might even discover a new star system while she’s at it. Her favorite thing to do is curl up in her chair in front of the fireplace with a good book to read on a chilly winter day. Granted, any day is a good day to read.


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