Author: L.W. Patricks
Publisher: Strange Crow Publishing
Release Date: March 13, 2013
If survival meant murdering an innocent person in cold blood every week, could you do it? Are you able to stick the knife into your opponent’s heart while they look at you with fear in their eyes? Life in the Arena turns everyone into sinners.
When a starving and homeless boy is kidnapped and brought to a modern-day gladiator arena, hidden deep within the abandoned city of Bimini, he is forced to fight for his life. The crude death matches are a source of enjoyment for Ryker, who resides over the Arena as its vicious master. Given the name Dog, the street boy must find a way to survive, even if it means murdering other innocent kids in combat at the expense of his humanity. With every dead body he leaves behind in the pit, the blood and the violence threatens to wake a beast inside him.Allegra, a slave girl in the pits and a victim of Ryker’s constant abuse, is his only key to salvation. She has lost everything already — her family, her innocence, and her dignity — while her will to live hangs on by a thin thread. Can she save Dog’s humanity before she too succumbs to the horrors of the Arena? With death casting it’s long shadow over everyone, how can anyone survive?A tale about survival, tragedy, and human perseverance, SHADOW OF WRATH allows us a glimpse into the world of the Sins of the 7.
Praise“The ending was frustrating and sad. But in a good way. The way it was supposed to be. I can’t tell you why, because that would spoil the book. I CAN tell you that it did NOT end the way I expected it to.” - Tara Lee, Not While I’m Reading Book Reviews
“It was Spartacus meets Mad Max. The story was edgy and raw…I highly recommend reading Shadow of Wrath or I’ll have Dog haunt you.” - Jolene O’Brien
“Shadow of Wrath is raw and suspense driven. For me, it was Gladiator meets the Hunger Games.” - Gabi Daniels
“Wow. A vivid, stark and harsh portrayal of a gladiator-like situation, where death is as common as sunrise and just as bloody.” - Booknut, 21st Century Once Upon a Time Reviews
About the Author
With this love for reading and writing, I took it to the next level and published a book. Sadly no super human fairy tale characters (but it’s always been on my radar).
My debut novel Shadow of Wrath is now published by Strange Crow Publications and can be found at http://www.strangecrowbooks.com/books/shadowofwrath
I am the author of SHADOW OF WRATH and the literary architect behind the upcoming Sins of the 7 series with Book One: AWAKE THE GHOSTS to be published late 2013.
So in a nutshell, what’ I’ve been telling everyone is some half baked story of how I’m the spawn of a typewriting chimp and a literary ninja and I eat Unicorns to sustain my crazy imagination. It may or may not be a cover up…but I like to leave things open for interpretation =).
My short fiction works has been published by Crow Toes Quarterly Magazine, Fiction and Verse literary magazine, and upcoming Denizens of the Dark. I enjoy writing contemporary fantasy with an emphasis on creating urban mythology for my stories.
I was born in Toronto, Ontario where I graduated from University of Toronto’s Fiction Writing course. I have travelled all over the world including Germany, Netherlands, Italy, France, Spain, Czech Republic, Austria, United Kingdom, Thailand, Hong Kong, Cambodia just to name a few. My diverse experience amongst other cultures provides inspiration for my stories.
I currently live in Toronto with my wife where I enjoys the the hot summer days and the cold winter nights.
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