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The Savior's Champion

The Savior's Series, Book 1
Lu par : Nick Denton
Durée : 20 h et 36 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (3 notations)

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Description

Tobias Kaya doesn't care about The Savior. He doesn't care that She's the ruler of the realm or that She purified the land, and he certainly doesn't care that She's of age to be married. But when competing for Her hand proves to be his last chance to save his family, he's forced to make The Savior his priority.

Now Tobias is thrown into the Sovereign's Tournament with nineteen other men, and each of them is fighting - and killing - for the chance to rule at The Savior's side. Instantly, his world is plagued with violence, treachery, and manipulation, revealing the hidden ugliness of his proud realm. And when his circumstances seem especially dire, he stumbles into an unexpected romance, one that opens him up to unimaginable dangers and darkness.

Trigger warnings: this book contains graphic violence, foul language, and sexual situations.

©2017 Jenna Moreci (P)2019 Jenna Moreci

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Global

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars

une histoire très sympa et très bien lue, marrant

The Savior's Champion est une histoire avec des gens qui n'ont pas envie d'être où ils sont ou ce qu'ils sont. Alors l'ayant écoutée, je ne sais pas comment écrire tous les noms de cette histoire mais en gros dans cet univers toute la culture dépend de l'existence d'un être magique: the Savior.

C'est toujours une femme et à sa majorité lors d'un tournoi auquel tout homme peut s'inscrire, des candidats luttent pour devenir le champion du Savior, celui qui l'épousera. Tobias n'a pas du tout l'intention de s'inscrire mais sa famille en a besoin. Il est sélectionné évidemment et se retrouve en compétition mortelle face à tout un tas d'autres bonhommes.

Entre action et intrigues de cour, je dois avouer que l'écoute était assez amusante. J'ai découvert l'auteure par ses vidéos sur Youtube et elle avait la langue sacrément pendue alors j'ai décidé de lui donner sa chance bien qu'elle soit en auto édition. Et aucun regret, c'est du bon.

On suit les journées de Tobias d'abord dans les tunnels avec des épreuves teintées de magie, puis au palais du Savior. Les relations entre les personnages deviennnent de plus en plus complexes. Les échanges sont souvent rigolos entre eux.

Bref, je recommande sans aucun souci ce récit assez long mais heureusement fort bien lu de fantasy (sauf si vous n'aimez pas les récits qui ne développent pas trop les univers).

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars

A true journey !

I read the book as soon as it came out and HAD to listen to the audiobook ! I never though I'd enjoy that format but Nick Denton's way of reading completely convinced me ! It was already my favorite book, and I'm so happy the audio experience was goof too. I'll be listening to it over and over again !

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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Holly Mo
  • 15/04/2019

Story Didn't Have To Be This Long

This is one of those stories in which I found myself sighing in exasperation, because the lead female character has an obvious secret--and if she had revealed it earlier on in the book, a lot of people would not have suffered and/or died. She doesn't reveal the secret until the very end, and her reasoning for being secretive is pretty weak, when compared to the loses that result from the secret.

The reader can figure out her secret pretty early in the book, which makes the lead male character look a little dim witted, since he somehow keeps missing all the clues.

I think I'd have a more positive impression, had the book been shorter. It was one thing to be annoyed by the lengthy reveal, but it was definitely exacerbated by the multiple teaser scenes. She'd announce that she has a secret, he'd, say, "what is it?" But instead of revealing it, she'd waver about how she was worried about his reaction... then they'd get distracted, and I'd yell, "AW, COME ON! NOT AGAIN! JUST TELL HIM YOUR DAMN SECRET!"

The story isn't bad, I just felt that it dragged on further than it needed to.

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  • Global
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Kathryn Shaw-Case
  • 16/06/2019

Oh boy

Genuinely shocked at the positive reviews for this work. I'm not one to write reviews normally, but if someone could find this which is in contention with the outrageous four stars, and this saves them some money, then it was worth writing. I feel bad for the voice actor, who wasn't quite as awful, although the random accent changes were extremely confusing.

First, its a romance novel. Don't allow the advertising and author to convince you otherwise. That doesn't automatically make it a bad book, don't get me wrong. Not all romance novels are awful. This just happens to be one that is not only a bad romance book, it is one marketed as an adventure fantasy. The political intrigue and power dynamics are as shallow as a high school teen flick. Nothing makes sense and everyone is dumb. The cliches are murderous. From ceaseless and casual phrases, such as "in another time, you and I could have been friends," to entire characters that start to meld together into bizarre caricatures. The main characters are depicted in such a strangely "aren't they so perfect" way they become completely unlikable. Add in hefty exposition, poor and weak world-building, confusing contradictions, absent descriptions that result in characters seemingly acting as floating heads arguing on a white stage, and bizarre dialogue that will make you cry "who even talks like this??"

There is so much wrong with this book, it's hard to even summarize.

The entire conceit begs so many unanswered questions. How could our Mary Sue Savior, who banished all the bad in the world just by virtue of being born, have a competition to the death for her hand in marriage? The book will hand-wave this with "isn't tradition so bad and sad? We should challenge tradition!" This is, of course, without an examination into how traditions are formed or sustained. It is what it is and isn't it bad? Our main character, Tobias, enters the competition because of his sister, who is positioned as a burden and not a person, despite being vehemently opposed to it and after literally a single night of thinking about it. We're never told why he is so exceptional as to question this tradition and think it is stupid, other than that the author herself holds that point of view.

In all the men in all the areas who tried out for the competition, wouldn't you know that Tobias' best friend and neighbor, who convinced him to join in a single night, also makes it in! What are the chances? It makes the world seem incredibly small, despite another Champion claiming to be from another kingdom ruled by another Queen, and a scene near the end where a bunch of foreign rulers show up for apparently no reason other than to bet and give Tobias a reason to talk smack. These sort of convenient set ups are continuous, making little sense and receiving little explanation. The Evil Dudes are evil for no reason, even when it would be in their self-interests to be "good." (The black and white morality of this book is also a huge point of contention for me.)

Even after reading, I have so many questions. Not "ohhh whats going to happen next" questions. No. Questions like: Why all the "cock," Moreci? Why did the main character have a scene touching himself? Why do they speak like teenagers, except the near constant and maddening "apologies?" Why do the characters use the word "God" in a world with a walking Goddess, is this in line with their religions, what are their religions?? Why?

Basically, this reads as a first draft. It is a first draft that needs hard editing, from the world to the writing. There was a concept here that might have worked, given the time and effort and editing required, and the removal of the Mary Sue Savior who cures the world of all Bad Things. Adult concepts are clumsily handled in the style of a middle grade fiction, with characters straight out of a sexist nightmare. There are just so many times a good editor would have gone, "yo, what, dude?"

Such as when a character explains its okay his wife died in childbirth, as she was destined to be with him.

Or when the love interest comforts the main character that, even though his sister's life must be the worst ever because she can't walk, she has him and he is "good."

Or how the quasi-Roman crowd expose their chests to flash the main character in a way that reads like a bad concert fic.

Or how the only other women allowed to exist are either mentally disabled, related to the main character, lesbian, or Evil. Other than the perfect love interest, of course. Which serves to make her exist in a vacuum where she is free of sexual competition, which is bizarre. We are gifted entire conversations between male characters which revolve around how superior love interest is to the Evil female character, who only has "shallow beauty."

That's before we even touch on the sexualized "more girl than woman" who is only added at the end to discuss how she wants to sleep with the Champions. This child is also Evil and begs her much older husband to purchase one (with the biggest cock) for the night for him to watch uh yeah, something he apparently enjoys. Again, what?

Oh, and Tobias' first kiss was with a much older girl who sexually assaulted him??

Clearly Moreci has a big issue with women.

She also positions sexual promiscuity as going hand in hand with being morally evil, and being sexually chaste with morally good. She reinforces this over and over. It's so outdated and strange, I didn't even catch it at first. But there it was, all along. This character is good because she has restraint and won't sleep with Tobias, this character is bad because she wants to sleep with Tobias. Ironically, this traditional message is inherent in the text despite Moreci constantly going "isn't tradition bad??" The cognitive dissonance is so prevalent. It's also prevalent when Tobias' superiority complex rears its head and he laments on "how anyone could love this character they've had one conversation with." All the while, he's willing to die for someone he's had a handful of (often antagonistic) exchanges with. All the conflict between the love interests, which spans pages and pages of fighting and hurt feelings, is entirely because of a failure to communicate.

Wow this review is long. I could go on. I have gone on, already, but this is just touching the surface of the issues within the book. It would take a review exponentially longer than this one to properly go through how awful it is. In sum, what, dude?

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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Jennipher Bishop
  • 15/05/2019

Premise was nice but was pretty basic.

The overall idea was pretty solid, but the execution could have been so much better.

I'll give credit where credit is due. The author worked her butt off for this book, as evident with her YouTube channel. I applaud her for this. Even the narrator was pretty decent, and he did his best.

But the plot twist was evident the entire time. Maybe that was the author's intention, maybe not. The other plot twists didn't exactly appear evident, but they weren't hinted enough either. One was mentioned earlier on in the book, but another one, not so much. The information wasn't given in a consistent manner.

The main character did not seem to evolve, at least to me. He remained relatively the same, other than falling in love. He had a lot of things spelled out for him when it could have been used as a great plot point for suspense.

** Mild spoiler ahead**

The biggest example was one of the best scenes of the book, in my opinion. Before the competition moved to the palace, Leila told Tobias to not look at the statues. So much suspense and terror could have been implemented in the garden when the statues came to life, trying to kill everyone. It would have been such an amazing scene if he didn't know something was wrong with looking at the statues and telling everyone beforehand.

I get it, it was written this way to expose Tobias's kind nature as a reflection from earlier when he saved Flynn, but in my opinion, he shouldn't have been given this ONE thing like he had been given everything else.

I feel this book could have been so much better. Maybe the second book will answer many of the questions that I still have.

It reads like a YA novel, although it's classified, at least by the author, as an adult dark fantasy/romance. So if you haven't really read a ton of adult novels, but you want to read adult words like "cock" a lot, then this book is for you.

Overall, it was an alright story. I've seen a lot of people enjoy this book, and I've also seen others who were not as charmed. I'm of the latter group.

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 13/04/2019

Solid start

I think the narrator suited very well for this story. I liked it. I can see where insperations have come from :) But there where conversations and dialogs, I felt could have been a lot better and some choices were odd. Overall a complete firts part of a story.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Rachel E. Johnson
  • 12/04/2019

Absolutely Incredible

I laughed, I cried, I got the female equivalent of blue balls. So good. An amazing, unique story that has some amazing twists and turns. Can't wait for the next one!

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Erin
  • 11/04/2019

This book was an EXPERIENCE

I have such a hard time listening to audiobooks because so often the voices drive me bananas, but the narrator choice for TSC is perfection. Honestly, Nick could read a grocery list and I would listen, but it’s a million times better because he’s telling a story that I love with my whole heart. I’ve already read The Savior’s Champion several times, so I went into the audiobook with high expectations. It was a pleasant surprise that it felt like an entirely fresh story in audiobook form. Nick is an A+ narrator and I loved absolutely everything he brought to it. The voices, the emotion, the skill! It just all coalesced into a truly enjoyable time for me. Of course as important as the narrator is, they are nothing without the story they’re telling, and hot damn does Jenna tell a good one XD In every form I’ve consumed this story I’m just yanked along on this rollercoaster ride. I go through the full spectrum of human emotion on a regular basis with this story. My live tweeting while listening is proof of this LOL. It’s just all so incredibly satisfying. The romance, the deaths, THE INTRIGUE!! I am 1000% into it and I recommend this book to everyone. The romance is way too cute and it’s healthy!!! God do I wish those were more common, but it’s here and that’s what matters. Tobias and Leila are serious OTP with tons of respect and love and all the sexy feelings. The deaths are both heartbreaking and so, so satisfying. Two in particular are my absolute favourite, but I’m not going to spoil. Jenna is crazy talented and I’m impatiently awaiting her next book (and next audiobook). My fave voices are Diccus and Rosebud (wait for them, you’ll see why). My fave scenes from the book were just as epic while I listened as they were when I was reading. I don’t know how to put into words how those scenes make me feel listening to them, but imagine me as that gif of elmo with arms raised and flames in the background. IT’S SO GOOD AND YOU NEED IT. I didn’t know I needed audiobooks until now XD I have no complaints. I had a great time from beginning to end and I would recommend it to anyone.

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  • Global
    1 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Tannie
  • 15/04/2019

Don't waste your credit/money

The story is long winded and pointless. There is no reason for ANY of the things that happen and they are described in such detail it was painful. I bout this because of the 4.8 rating but I don't know how it got that. The tasks were pointless and the characters were vapid. I kept thinking it would get better but it never did. There's 20 hours of my life I won't get back. Such a waste.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Customer
  • 25/04/2019

Enticing!

I’ve been following the author, Jenna Moreci on YouTube for a while, and now on the 1 year anniversary of its release, I have finally listened to it. This book completely blew my expectations out of the water, I listened to it only over the course of a few days! I loved this book so much, I completely recommend it to anyone who loves intrigue and enticing stories!

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Catherine
  • 11/04/2019

Must Get

This is an amazing book! I just spent the last hour listening to this book. I can not wait to hear more. Nick Denton has a wonderful voice. Do pick up this book and get lost in the world. I already am.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Niki Contreras
  • 22/06/2019

MUST READ (or hear)

I read TSC when it first came out and LOVED it, but listening to it made it even better