When the Realms were still new, and the races emerging, a nameless champion arose. from the blood-filled Arenas.
Raised to be a fighter obedient to his owner in a culture where lives were only a means to gain power, can he
win acceptance and freedom from his dark childhood?
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Gladiators in a Fantasy World.
This book is different from other stories in many aspects. The first 2/3 of the book has no dialogue, but it adds to the mysterious life the protagonist leads. Nameless' story starts as a newborn baby. His mom dies giving him birth. He is 'tossed' to another pregnant slave woman for her to take care of him. From there, he fights his way into life, trying to stay alive, but not as a normal slave, he's left alone in a dark cage to fend for himself, never given a name, and never even talked to. That left him without any idea why he sometimes got food and sometimes not, or why they would beat him from time to time. Having no dialogues helps see the world through the child's eyes. So as strange as it may seem, I believe it works well.
One of the few cons about the story is that since the protagonist doesn't get a 'name' until far in the book. He's being referred as the child, the youth, and the Silk, which confused me sometimes. Because of it (and maybe some other things), I often found myself reading a paragraph or two a couple of times before catching the meaning.
Also, the protagonist does something rather inexplicable toward the ends. His reasons were unclear aside from a hint that he might be following the 'beast's plans. I guess we'll learn more about it in the sequel.
That said, over all, I greatly enjoyed the book. If you like gladiators and the likes with a little addition of fantasy, you should give it a try.