Blood and Sand by C.V. Wyk

Blood and Sand

FORGED IN BATTLE...FROM THE DUST OF THE ARENA...A LEGEND WILL RISEThe 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...For teens who love strong female protagonists in their fantasy and historical fiction, Blood and Sand is a stirring, yet poignant tale of two slaves who dared take on an empire by talented debut author C. V. Wyk.Roma Vic...

Details Blood and Sand

TitleBlood and Sand
Release DateJan 16th, 2018
PublisherTor Teen
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Reviews Blood and Sand

  • Cait (Paper Fury)
    Oh wow this was definitely an explosion of bloody sand and people shouting, "SPARTACUS" and waving swords around. Epic, my man, epic. I actually really like this gender-bending of historical books (like And I Darken!) and I wish for 501 more of them (like someone please make Alexander the Great a woman yessss) and this was so much fun! And also frikkin' devastating. Just in case you thought were all here to have a good time.nO.We are here to have...
  • Alyssa
    4.5 stars. There is a specific reason why this book isn't getting 5 stars from me. 💔😭 I LOVED the story. It was fantastic and I adored the two protagonists. But.Now I'm sad.I'VE CHANGED MY RATING TO 5 STARS DON'T HATE MEEEEEE. After sleeping on it, I feel like that part of the ending isn't going to stick. Aaaaaand there is a sequel so that's a good sign. I'm just hoping and crossing my fingers!!!!***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog...
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    2 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum, that was, unfortunately, not as good as it could have been. Though, if you’re simply hankering for a standard Young Adult novel with a flavor of Ancient Rome, I’m sure this book will serve its purpose. I just wish it hadn’t been so…hokey.What do I mean by that? You could feel the intrusive force of the author’s hand, nudging her characters through to the des...
  • Sophie
    5 wild stars For the wandering and the wild, the new heroes gazing fearlessly into the dark. For the young ones rising. For two days I was nose stuck in a book. I simply did not want to blog or follow my social feed or...shoking for a blogger I know!I just had to follow Attia and Xanthus journey. Was this book the best written book in history? No. It is undoubtedly well wrtitten but more important: it was calling to my heart.I used to read ma...
  • Laura
    She could see the anger etched into his soul as permanently as the scars on his skin. She didn’t fault him for it. She had been raised by violent, ruthless men. She had been trained to be one of them, to lead them. If anything, she was more like the gladiators than the rest of the slaves. This was exactly what I needed after the sequel to The Valiant left me so disappointed. This is what I wanted. Brutal, bloody and action-packed! I found myse...
  • Crazy4Books
    This female reimagining of Spartacus was simply fantastic. I dont think Ive ever read a historical romance, but what an incredible book to start with and a debut at that. Her people massacred and taken from her home Attia is purchased by a Roman as a gift for his gladiator, the Champion of Rome, but more than likely he is using her as a means of controlling him. While keeping her identity as the warrior princess of Thrace a secret, Attia plots h...
  • Nadhira Satria
    3.5 STARSIt was good. but not that good. but still good. but ok I guess. But because I haven't read a good historical fiction these days, I'll just round it up to 4 stars✨ What I liked ✨1.Historical Accuracy It's honestly so rare to find a YA historical fiction that is actually HISTORICAL. I mean this book is so historically accurate and just... wow. 2.Attia just bravo. yas. you go girl 3.Xanthus, Albinus, Iduma, Lebuin, and Castor The bante...
  • Allison
    4.5sdjks;dasdnjaksd was waiting on this one for ages and was planning on doing a live-tweet of it but read it in one sitting instead. Oh well.After The Valiant let me down, I was looking forward to another lady gladiator novel and oh boy yes just as tragic as you can imagine.
  • Justine
    This was a compelling read, with fantastic characters and a terrific slow-burn romance. Attia is written unapologetically strong, both physically and emotionally. Xanthus is gentle and kind, despite the continued horror he experiences with his own role as Champion of Rome. The secondary characters, such as Sabina, Lucretia, Rory, and the other gladiators were all equally interesting and added so much to my enjoyment of the story. And really, as f...
  • Cori Reed
    This was a gem of a novel! I thoroughly enjoyed this story of a female Spartacus. Attia was a complete badass while not falling into the "I am too injured and hard to love anyone and anything" trope I so disdain. A badass girl! With feelings! Huzzah!Not only that, but Xanthus, the gladiator who so easily could have been written as domineering and awful, is kind, gentle, and doesn't try to make Attia anything she isn't. Again, huzzah!This book has...
  • Dani (Dani Reviews Things & Love in a time of Feminism)
    Trigger warnings for physical abuse, sexual abuse, and suicidal thoughts.I seem to be having a particularly good reading streak. I can't remember the last time I read this many 4-5 star books in a row. And Blood and Sand is right up there with them, a damn near perfect book in my eyes.I have not watched the TV show Spartacus, nor did I know much about the historical figure, before I started reading this. I was simply entranced by "warrior princ...
  • Jaime Arkin
    I loved this book- I devoured the show Spartacus so when I read this summary that said 'what if Spartacus was a girl...' I knew I was going to need to read it immediately even though it's not out until 2018. GET THIS ON YOUR TBR NOW! The characters, the story, the writing... all perfection! Full review to come!UPDATED FULL REVIEW:This was probably my favorite read this year. I knew when I read the summary of this that I wasn’t going to be able ...
  • Ashley
    Actual rating is 4.5 stars.This was GLORIOUS! It exceeded my expectations. The last gladiator book I read was The Valiant and I was massively disappointed by it. But Blood and Sand is everything I hoped The Valiant would be! In short: if you like the TV show Spartacus I have no doubt you'll love this book. There's violence, politics, revenge, sexual abuse, and romance.Attia was a total badass too. I loved how she could really fight, and she prove...
  • Bright Star
    Oh well, Blood and Sand was really a good book! The historical part was very accurate and well written, so if you love Roman history you'll find yourself satisfied. The characters were incredible and I adored them all (Xanthus, my cinnamon roll ❤). We also had a lot of action, fights and combats, so you'll never be bored while reading it! Only two things left me uncertain: the first was the romance, the bond between Attia and Xanthus was too fa...
  • mith
    you can read this review and others over on my blog!---Oh my god. Oh my gooooood. I’ve been waiting for this novel since I found out it would exist and I am so, so ecstatic to say that this book did not disappoint. Not one single bit. On the contrary--Blood and Sand exceeded every single expectation I had for it. And when you’re anticipating a book for months, yeah that means something. My only complaint is that the book is too damn short. At...
  • Sophie
    Utter perfection! 😍😍
  • Atlas
    She wanted to run and run until her breath was spent, until the ashes of her bones mingled with those of her people* * 2 / 5 In answer to the age-old gladiatorial question: "are you not entertained?", the answer is "only a little bit". I have a fondness for books set in Ancient Rome - The Eagle of the Ninth, for example, or virtually anything by Simon Scarrow - and Blood and Sand promised not only the tale of a gladiator who strives for freedom, ...
  • Rendz
    I cannot recall a moment during my read where I was waning and teetering on the edge of boredom. That didn’t exist for me. It had me engaged from page one and by the end I was rendered breathless.I loved how the author let us into the history of Rome without bombarding us with facts. She just slides in the details, like the kingdoms and peoples the Romans massacred, the structure and layouts of the markets and palaces. The politics was one of t...
  • Rebekah
    HOLY COW.... For some reason I thought this book came out in May! I wouldn't had a review for this ages ago if I had known! I LOOOOOOOOVED IT! And I'm DYING to get my hands on book 2!!!Loved everything about this story! It almost has my favorite troupe with a hate-to-love but not really, it's only like one sided. I love the strong female character in this and she is totally BADA$$! The gender bending in this was super fun and I liked it a lot. Sp...
  • Dark Faerie Tales
    Review courtesy of Dark Faerie TalesQuick & Dirty: A new badass woman is introduced in Attia in this gender flipped take on Spartacus. Blood and Sand is a dark, enthralling, tragic book that I didn’t want to put down!Opening Sentence: They called them slaves.The Review:Blood and Sand by C.V. Wyk is an intriguing, emotional story set in the time of the Roman Empire. I highly recommend Blood and Sand for any fan of Spartacus (especially the TV sh...
  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
    Brilliant! Bloody, beautiful, romantic and tragic. *Review to Come*
  • Damaris (GoodChoiceReading)
    Yesssss! Yes! *fist pumps* yes! What a kick ass book!!!! Guysssss pre-order this one now! Especially if you like brave, fearless female main characters! The romance? A++++! Xanthus never once tried to control or change Attia! The way things played out between the two was perfect in every way! Can you tell how excited I am over this book?!? I cannot wait to own the finished copy!!!!
  • Jessie (Ageless Pages Reviews)
    Though this admittedly plays fast and loose with some dates/events/family trees and the characters can be broadly drawn I could not put it down. If you can ignore the changes (and I could, especially for a female Spartacus), Blood and Sand turns out to be very fun and super readable. I’d happily read a sequel.RTC.
  • Jessica (novelcravings)
    Originally posted at NOVELcravings, review copy courtesy of Raincoast Books.I think your enjoyment of this book will depend on your expectations going into it. I was lead to believe this was about a female gladiator, and I think the cover blurb is very misleading. BUT I also want to say that I really enjoyed the story all the same. All of the characters were well developed and I think they have great potential for further growth in the sequel. Th...
  • Sabrina
    Checkout my full review + giveaway (ends 01/30/18) on my blog! http://omgbooksandmorebooks.blogspot....I loved this book so much. It was everything I wanted and more. I loved this story of Attia, a female Spartacus. I adored Attia and Xanthus, each had their own strengths and weakness but were the same in many ways. The story was a slow build and focused on the development of the characters and certain events that lead the story. The world buildi...
  • nick
    YA historical fiction can be so underrated. I wish there were books out there. So, when I found out that Blood and Sand was set in Ancient Rome, I knew I had to pick it up. While I wouldn’t say that I was entirely enamored by the story, I found it to be an entertaining read, and I’m sure to pick up the subsequent books in the series.I loved the idea of a female Spartacus, which was one of the primary reasons I was attracted to this book. Atti...
  • Nia •ShadesOfPaper•
    You can find this review and others on my blog shades of paper “After all, no man chooses his own name. Why should he be any different? He wasn’t in Britannia; he was in the Coliseum. The trumpets were blaring, and it was time to fight.” HOLY CRAP THIS BOOK WAS INCREDIBLE! Ever since I first read its premise, I knew I had to read it once it came out. I haven’t read many books that take place in Rome or are about gladiators, but I was pr...
  • Morgan (The Bookish Beagle)
    3.5 stars- it's hard to find good YA hist fic set in Ancient Rome! I enjoyed so much of this book, especially the first half. The second half felt a bit disjointed and part of me wishes this was a standalone that was longer instead of a series. That being said, Im very interested in the sequel!