Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Savage by KJ Colt

Title: Savage
Series: Klawdia (#3)
Author: KJ Colt
From: Review Copy
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: 17th September 2016
Challenges:  2016 New Release Challenge2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (2 points)
Links: Goodreads - Amazon
Synopsis (from Goodreads): Fleeing the wrath of Skelkra and carrying his child, Klawdia embarks upon a quest with Margan and Jeykal to rescue Sheyla from the brutal Bones pirates. Their voyage to Pirate’s Landing is fraught with danger, and as Jeykal turns spiteful and Margan exhibits a strange dark side to his Speaker abilities, Klawdia begins to wonder just who she can rely on. Impassable peaks and vicious, bloodthirsty nightmares still separate Klawdia from her freedom to the south, but as jealousy and anger bubble amongst erstwhile friends, she realises the worst dangers might not be ahead, but standing at her side.

Savage is the third book in the Klawdia series and I would highly recommend reading books 1 & 2 first as they include important information about the characters and the culture surrounding them. However it has been 18 months since I read Refuge (which is a lot of books in between book 2 & 3) and was able to pick up the important information quickly...either that or Klawdia really stuck with me as a character!) This review may contain spoilers for the previous two books. 

As it had been so long since I read Refuge, I wasn't 100% sure what I was really expecting from Savage (other than adventuring goodness that is!) which actually probably meant I enjoyed the book more because the twists and turns were that bit more of a surprise. Like the previous books, this one really takes you on a story, and I don't know about anyone else but I was never too sure exactly how it would end. 

Nothing came easily for Klawdia in this one, her love life was difficult and her adventure was difficult (and dangerous) but that helped her grow as a character. All through this book she had one main goal and that was keeping her unborn baby safe, and I loved that. It gave her a primary focus that really helped ground her and push her onwards. 

It was also great to see a main character struggling to help someone else with their backfiring magic. Normally it seems to be the MC that needs all the help, but Klawdia is an independant character as it is and that wouldn't quite have sit right. Instead there was more of a focus on her helping and supporting other people. 

This was fantasy with pirates, magic, mythical creatures and a fantasticly built world, definitely worth a read!