If you follow me on Twitter, you’ve probably noticed me reposting a lot of Jenna Moreci’s posts. This is because (A) her videos are awesome and super helpful and (B) she’s an amazing writer and an awesome human being!
A few days ago, Jenna released the trailer for her upcoming fantasy novel, The Savior’s Champion. Jenna is also the author of the novel, Eve: The Awakening, and her fans are excitedly awaiting her latest fantasy adventure story.
You can read the first three chapters of Eve on Jenna’s website. But what about this TSC stuff that everyone is talking about? Well, TSC will be released on April 24th, 2018. In the meantime, I was able to participate in a giveaway recently, where the lovely cyborg queen awarded me with the first chapter of The Savior’s Champion. What was it like, you ask? It was mysterious, it was shocking, it was touching – it was the promise of an epic read.
First, let me give you some background on the story, straight from the author herself:
“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.” (All rights to Jenna Moreci. Quote from her website)
So basically, the protagonist wants nothing to do with the tournament, but being the awesome guy that he is, he’s willing to sacrifice everything he is – even risk his life – to improve the lives of his family.
When I first read the teaser Jenna sent me, honestly I was pretty shocked. I’d never read one of her stories before and yes the rumors are true, the beginning of the story was quite vivid and bloody. But definitely necessary. This book revolves around this magical holy queen and a tournament, so of course right from the get-go we have to know what’s going on. Packed into this prologue, I read a vivid description of the village setting and got a feel for how much the people relied on their queen, as well as the clear danger she is in. I get the feeling that she is looked at as untouchable, and more so than any other type of queen. As if even touching the hem of her clothes would defile her.
From there, in the first chapter, we see the hard, grueling life of a laborer named Tobias. From what I gather, Tobias longs to follow his passion of painting, but because tragedy stuck his home some time before, he’s forced to give up what he loves in order to scrape together a living for his mother and sister.
When the story begins, Tobias is aware that an annual celebration is starting, in honor of The Savior’s coming of age. He knows that men from all over the realm are signing up for essentially their own deaths – contests in which many will be overpowered and only one can win. They’re lining up, like moths to a flame, reaching for the money and the glory that comes with winning the tournament and taking the Savior’s hand in marriage. As far as Tobias is concerned, it’s one huge show of stupidity – one that even his best friend has been lured into. But he can’t deny that his sister needs more care than he can provide, working dawn to dusk every day, for pennies’ worth of food and medicine. So eventually, Tobias resigns to signing up for the tournament. Thus ends the first chapter.
I’m super excited for this book’s release, I know it’s going to be a fantastic story!
Jenna’s descriptions made the settings appear clearly to me and she created believable chemistry between Tobias and his family as well as with his friend. Chemistry is not easy to get across in the first chapter, and I think she did it beautifully! The challenge for any author is to make relationships plausible as soon as possible because from there the rest of the story can grow on a firm foundation. From the foundations that Jenna laid in this teaser, from the landscape descriptions, to the Savior’s background, to the character chemistry, this part of the book already has me hooked!
So keep watch; Jenna posts on YouTube on Mondays and Wednesdays, and she has a lot of exciting stuff going on! And I am pleased to be able to share the fantastic cover for this book: