It has been a very long time since I've had the free time to sit down and actually read a book, a fact which I very much regret, but this novel was captivating, and I absolutely could not put it down. Not only was the plot extremely compelling, full of exciting twists and turns, but it was also incredibly well written. I highly recommend this book to all fans of young adult literature, especially low fantasy. The Savior's Champion combines the thrill of risk of life and death competition, intriguing and complicated romance, and themes of duty and commitment to both family and country. The style of writing was refreshingly human, if at times crude, but it only serves to enhance the humanity of the characters.
The characters in this novel are some of the most realistic, well-rounded, and well-written I have ever encountered. This novel perfectly captures the nature of young men, from the way they interact with one another, to their cruelty and their lust for women and for power. Each of these characters has a distinct personality, and every single one of them is compelling in their own way.
Not only were the characters and plot astounding, but this was one of the best examples I have seen of LGBTQ representation in literature, especially in the medieval fantasy genre. The representation was present in many ways, avoiding the one token character that we so often see. It was also seamlessly integrated into the text; it was never questioned and always accepted as something that was perfectly normal, a refreshing take on incorporating representation into writing.
Overall, The Savior's Champion was the best read of 2018, and I cannot wait for the sequel.
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