Monday, July 3, 2017

Knight Takes Pawn (Red Knight #1) by Martha Sweeney (Review)

Knight Takes Pawn (Red Knight #1) by Martha Sweeney

Jagger rules everything. The cities from the elite districts, to the slums, and everything in between are his domain in one of three sovereigns on the planet Jaru. The only law is Jagger Law which can change at any moment. One wrong look or word can get a body part chopped off or have you killed.

Since the beginning of the war, which was almost over three decades ago, the air has had been stale and musty, still smelling of burnt metal. All resources needed to survive are severely limited, causing many Jaruians to pillage one another just to get a single meal for the day.

There are some who wish to end Jagger’s power and they’ve started to infiltrate his organization. Money, amongst other things, are just a farce that Jagger uses to dangle in front of his subjects to keep the population in line and distracted. Those who want to see the end of Jagger’s reign want to take control over the depleting natural resources in order to save the planet and the Jaruian species.

Natalie gets caught up in Jagger’s twisted game of power and control when she’s taken from her sovereign. Against her will, like all women who are caught, Natalie is thrown into the Jaruian sex trade. With her new, unwanted job responsibilities, Natalie takes a stand, willing to die fighting for her life rather than be used. When an opportunity presents itself, is Natalie willing to do whatever it takes to free herself or remain only a pawn?

WARNING: This series contains sensitive material. Reader discretion is advised.

This story is unlike anything else author Martha Sweeney has written before and I think she did a wonderful job with it. This book has some likable characters as well as a few that I wanted to knock around and deliver a few good right hooks to. This story takes place on another planet, Jaru, which makes it a science-fiction story, but it reminded me more of a dystopian story.

Red and Knight are the two main characters and they have a strange love story, at first I wasn't happy with the pairing but after a bit they grew on me. I think it was the way they started off but Knight proved that he was the right one for Red.

This book was a good read which left us with one crazy ending and I look forward to seeing what happens next.

Warning: If you have any triggers of abuse, and/or rape, please know that there is an intense rape scene before you read this book so that you can prepare yourself for it.

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