Author: Tillie Cole
Publisher: St Martin’s Press
Rating: 4.5 stars
Buy Links: Amazon
Type: Novel in Series
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Blurb: Stolen by the Arziani Georgian crime mob as a child, 152 was raised and conditioned to be a Mona—the most subservient of the Arziani Blood Pit slaves.
Gorgeous and kind, she has been and under the imprisoning influence of the Type B drug and under the command of the Blood Pit Master’s sister, Mistress Arziani, for most of her life, until the Master calls her back home to Georgia.
He wants her under his total control, and Master always gets what he wants.
But when 152 is gifted to the Blood Pit’s fearsome champion death match fighter as a prize, 152 suddenly finds out that the men who appear most brutal, may just own the kindest hearts. And love may be found, even when living in hell.
Freedom, family, love, 152 will have to fight for what she wants and ultimately make an impossible choice.
Review: Wow! This book had more twists and turns and required a leap of faith, believing this alternate world view of gulags and slave ownership beyond any other ever known. To kidnap orphans and small children, take away their names and memories and labeling them with numbers. Raising them in this hideous underground dystopian world of fighting and death–The Blood Pit, Georgia, Russia.
Number 152 wakes up into a new reality. No longer a whore for the guards in this underground world of death–she has been chosen to be the High Mona for the ruler of the Blood Pits, Master Arziani. Supposedly this is a move up. After we meet the Master, we know it’s not. He’s going to drug her into being his possession. In fact everyone in this world is drugged; that’s how the Master controls them, along with force and starvation.
The Pit Bull of the Arziani empire is a huge man with 901 tattooed on his chest. He’s survived the brutal training to become the undisputed champion. Unfortunately, the Master is mad at him for not prolonging the fights to get him more money. 901 has gotten a reputation as a stone cold killer, so the master’s cronies don’t want to send their fighters to a sure death. The master wants 901 to slow down and act like the other fighters have a chance.
All 901 owns in this world is his pride. He’ll die before he gives in and slows down and pretends to be something other than the pit bull he has made himself into. After he sees the Master’s new Mona, though, things change. The Master sees this and decides to capitalize on his champion’s soft spot. He’ll use his Mona to make the champion weak.
Forces outside their world are closing in, and while 901 and 152 discover and learn to cherish their time together, the end is coming.
Will they survive?
Fast paced and original, I loved this new world view–thanks for letting me in. I’ve read one of the earlier ones in the series but now I want to read them all!