Daughter of Chief Ruin, Breen, is one of the most fearsome warriors in the Southern Delica Tribe, but nothing can stop the Emperor from reaping the Savage Lands for soldiers.
When her village is attacked, Breen is taken from her home and her family to the Seaburn Academy, where southern savages are broken and chained into a life of service to the Empire. Through the beatings and torture, Drakkone, one of the few Seaburn-born soldiers, brings solace to her days and gives her hope for the future.
Once freed of the Academy dungeons, Breen is sentenced to daily training between her plots for escape. But one night of unexpected passion turns into a problem bigger than either of them could have imagined.
Breen and Drakkone must risk capture and flee the city or death might be a blessing compared to eternal imprisonment.
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I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. I had read Haven by Katherine Bogle and really liked it so I jumped at the chance to read and review this book.
Savages is about Breen, who is taken from her home when she is a teen, locked in a dungeon with other warriors from her tribe, and is tortured until she’s broken. It gets to the point that she either give in or die. One of the enemy soldiers, Drakkone, persuades her to make a decision to give in before it’s too late.
Breen’s honor and determination are admirable. Everything she does is with escape on her mind. She must get home to her people. Drakkone does what he can to help her but it becomes apparent that escape is the only option for both of them.
The second half of the book draws on the story from Haven and would be confusing if I hadn’t read it first. It is nonstop action since Breen and Drakkone are on the run.
Savages is a young adult fantasy that I definitely recommend for young adults as well as adults. But be prepared: it is not a light-hearted read since it is full of fighting, torture, and loss.
About the Author
Katherine Bogle‘s debut young adult novel, Haven, came second in the World’s Best Story contest 2015. She currently resides in Saint John, New Brunswick with her partner in crime, and plethora of cats.
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