Friday, April 19, 2013


Today on Novels On The Run I have my tour stop for Shadow of Wrath by L.W. Patricks. I have my review and a Giveaway. This book will be a 3D experience you won't forget quickly. It is one of those books that will get under your skin. There will be blood. Lots of it.

Shadow of Wrath by L.W. Patricks
Series: Sins of the 7, #1 
Publication: March 13, 2013
Strange Crow Publishing
Genre: YA Dystopian 


In the Arena, you're either a killer or a victim.

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.

A homeless boy is kidnapped from the streets and finds himself imprisoned in a far more horrifying place: The Arena, a place where teenage boys fight to the death for the pleasure of various lowlifes.

The Arena is the brainchild of Ryker, an ex-convict addicted to alcohol, gladiatorial-esque combats, and money. When not devising new ways for boys to kill each other, he’s ruling his small empire with a ruthless fist, rewarding his guards with sex slaves and punishing those who oppose him with barbaric executions.

Renamed Dog, the boy from the street proves to be an excellent fighter and finds himself surviving week after week, but as he leaves a trail of bodies in his wake, the ghosts of slain boys haunt him and the violence threatens to wake a beast inside him.

Allegra, a slave girl in the Arena 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?

Seeking to defy Ryker as Dog rises to power as his champion, the stage is set for something to give in this murderous world of young combatants.

A tale about survival, tragedy, and human perseverance, the Complete SHADOW OF WRATH is the first book in the Sins of the 7 series.





I am not going to lie. This was a rather disturbing read in many places. L.W. Patricks is a very unpredictable writer, and violent.

I am on the blog tour for this book and the genre is written up as have got to be kidding me, and dystopian. Well, I can see why other reviewers are placing the name The Hunger Games and The Maze Runner in the same sentence with this book. I don’t agree, but I can see why.

I don't get the dystopian part. 

Young children as young as nine years of age are thrown into an ARENA to fight to the death. There is an extra disturbing scene with three nine year old boys up against one eighteen year old boy and what is done before hand.


The ages of the children make this in the YA bracket but not the story. This is a violent story that admittedly kept me turning the pages. Two Thirds of the book is mainly about a character named ‘Dog’ and his survival and the tormenting by the evil Ryker.

Tiberius is a character I both sympathized with and also wanted to shake him about, rattling that brain of his. I understand the fear but ....sometimes.....* shake shake* 

Patricks thinks up very creative and disturbing ways for the children to be pitted against each other, all in the name of underground betting.

We get journal entries from the stories conscience.

Street boys are pulled off the streets and children from homes are taken and brought to one of the most evil villains I have EVER read in a book. 

* cue the dark dramatic music * 


Evil and feared are very understated words for this guy.

Allegra is the slave girl who has witnessed too much, her body is pure and ripening to the age of being sold to the highest bidder. She is a tough girl, the medic for the survivor. She patches up the survivor for his next event. 

Dog meet Allegra.

Ryker likes to deal in child slavery/ trafficking too, one of his extra curricular activities.

In a kind of sick way , this book was addictive. The writing is very 3D in how it will make you feel. The pages will turn but the emotions going through you will steadily boil away.

I am not sure how I feel about the latter third of this book. Patricks will twist you about in an even darker, frightening , deadly, fish bowl. We will be peering through the glass, watching the characters go through ........gahhhhhh!!!

HELL and back.

I really am having trouble placing how I feel about this read. I am fresh finishing it and I was telling hubby about some of the scenes last night and he was like, WT!!

I was like...I KNOW!!! WT!!

But at the same time, Patricks really holds the reader almost captive with our curiosity for the HEA.

This is not a story about romance.

This is a story that is the most dark and twisted story I have read to date. Yet, I stayed. I kept reading.

An interesting ending.

A sad informative journal entry will give us some answers , yet leaves us wondering.

Patricks is very unpredictable with who he allows to be the next books survivor, the ones to make it to those pages.

There is this ???? something with the title of this book, that adds more to this story. More mystery.

This book is 149 pages on my ereader, but it is literally packed with disturbing scenes and violence and moments where you want to shake certain characters and scream at them through the fish bowl.

I was literally tapping away on the glass screaming...NOOooooOooooo.

*F Bomb*

I rate this book highly as it did make me feel , the word entertained is not the right word for me as I am not into violent reads, but it kept me holding the ereader and reading. It kept me almost a prisoner. 

To me that is good writing.

I am still disturbed, lol! but to Patricks credit, he did bring a story that will stay with me. I can't imagine Patricks ever being the type of writer to be happy writing a lovey dovey contemporary. There almost feels like a dark side to him. 

This book will certainly not be everybody's cup of tea , but I am glad in a way that I got to experience Patricks writing.

Predictable...he ain't.

Creatively violent...he is.

Just look at the cover.







L.W. Patricks is the author of SHADOW OF WRATH and the literary architect behind the upcoming Sins of the 7 series with his second book: AWAKE THE GHOSTS to be published late 2013.

His short fiction works has been published by Crow Toes Quarterly Magazine, Fiction and Verse literary magazine, and upcoming Denizens of the Dark. He enjoys writing contemporary fantasy with an emphasis on creating urban mythology for his stories.

Though he calls Toronto his home, L.W. Patricks has a passion for exploration and has 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. His diverse experience amongst other cultures provides inspiration for his stories.

He currently lives in Toronto with his wife where he enjoys the scorching summer days and the icy winter nights while masquerading as a Word Samurai. He claims to be the offspring of a typewriting chimp and a literary ninja.

You can visit him at his website at


  1. I have read before that it is raw and disturbing, but from synposis and cover seems like that would be a given, so glad it delivered :)
    Brandi @ Blkosiner’s Book Blog

    1. Brandi! I am a bit odd. I sign on for things but don't pay attention a lot of the time to blurbs . I want to be surprised! LOL!! Well OMG got that! I am intrigued . I now know what I sign up for with L.W. so I am prepared for book 2....or * whispers* maybe not prepared.

      But, he kept my bum on the seat and my head in the book, so that says something!

      He certainly delivers!!!

      Mich :)

  2. Wow this sounds pretty dark and twisted alright! Right up my alley though haha! Glad you enjoyed it, muffin!

    1. Hey chicken,

      Yes this muffin stayed and did enjoy this relentless tale. Patricks does bring home the bacon for readers of this style of writing:)

      I think you will approve as I know you like darker tales and creepier stories.

      Patricks does write very well, not sure I would want to go camping in a dark woods with him and his family, lol!!


      Michelle aka muffin

  3. I am going to show you all the lovely email I got from L.W. :

    I have to say, yours is one of the most original reviews I've seen yet for my book =)

    Thank you very much for reading it and sticking around despite it being outside your comfort zone. I knew once it was done that it definitely wasn't a book for everyone, especially with the ending.

    I also laughed when you said "I can't picture the author writing contemporary romance." Yeah...

    Anyways because it was gruelling read, I'd thought I'd give you a link for a more "fun" story I wrote.....25 years ago.

    Hopefully you get a kick out of it.

    I'd also be honoured and thrilled for your review to be on Amazon.

    Have yourself a wonderful day Michelle and I really appreciate you sticking it through with this one.


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