Publisher: Riverbend Press
Series: Divided Realms #1
In a land where magic is banned and where cruel High priests rule, Elena steals the most valuable jewel in the Empire in the hopes to sell it and start a new life. But she is caught, and the punishment for stealing is death. And yet in that moment she is given a choice—death or to become one of the High priests' champions in The Great Race.
Elena is catapulted without warning into the bloodiest race in all the realms, forced to compete with a man she hates while she develops a growing passion for another. She struggles to understand her special skills, her mysterious healing powers that she must keep secret. Within a world built on a religious sect and dangerous secrets, she becomes a woman torn between obligation and desire, between a man she supposedly hates and another.
As Elena comes to terms with her own secret, she discovers the truth behind the race and must stop the ancient, wicked evil that threatens all living things before it's too late.
Coerced to retrieve a stone by the evil Priests, Elena comes to meet a handsome prince while at the same time being followed by a man she believes betrayed her. There's a traditional love triangle that actually turned out the way I wanted! (gif of dancing)
There was a lot of prep before Elena could make her journey, but once she was out of the gates and pinned against seasoned veterans and fighters, she starts to show some of her true colors and starts to get a bit of what she wants. And a bit of what I wanted when she was taken to healer. :D
The characters weren't all that unique, but they weren't unconvincing. I really liked the world building that the author put in place. It made it feel real and corrupted. You wanted the characters to succeed, though I did find the big revelation about the bad guys at the end was a bit predictable. Maybe there were too many hints, but I figured it out when they sent her off. The fun was seeing how Elena would get the stone
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