Tuesday, September 27, 2011

131 Days - Keith C. Blackmore

Here's a fantasy gladiator story, set in the same Sunja world as the Troll Hunter it would appear. The story revolving around the yearly festival tournament and the rivalries and skullduggeries (and gambling) surrounding several schools of gladiators. This is complicated by the existence of Free Trained gladiators - not slaves or criminals - but men who choose to fight of their own free will. And they are improving, which means killing more of the house slave gladiators. With chapters of the novella revolving around the various contests it is well structured and raises interesting future possibilities for more stories of gladiator politics and conflict.

4 out of 5

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