Riot: A Scarred Souls Novel

Tillie Cole
Riot: A Scarred Souls Novel
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St. Martin's Griffin
Release Date
March 2017
Book 4 of Scarred Souls
Action/Adventure Romance, Romantic Suspense/Mystery


They call me 901. I am a monster, a killer, a champion. In the blood pit I am a god. I have no name, no family, and no identity. When master says fight, I fight…until I am the only one left standing. I have one goal, to fight so well that I am freed. I don't need friends, I don't need women. They are weaknesses. I am strong.

Until I see her. She is gorgeous and kind and off-limits to me. She was stolen as a child to be the worst type of slave and now master wants her. What he wants, he gets. With a smile, she melts my brutal heart. I have never wanted anything more.

I need to make a choice. Freedom or Love. I cannot choose wrong.

Book Review by Ashia (reviewer)
Jan 24, 2017   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
52 people found the following review helpful
This is the first time I've read a book in the Scarred Souls series by Tillie Cole, about boys and girls snatched from orphanages or the streets or families and raised to be underground fighters (to the death) or as sex slaves. It was shocking, horrifying and I'm sad to think that these things are in fact happening in the world today.

The writing is sparse and economical, the words used are simple and stark, and I thought it's fitting for the situations our characters are in. Yet, for all that, the emotions are abundant--both when they were alone and together. What they went through is also relatable--the yearning and fight for identity, for freedom and for love under a master who is determined to reduce them to the most basic level.

While I'm amazed at the world the author has built, and while our characters did defeat the evil master at the end, I find myself wishing I'd known more about Master Arziani. I mean, why did he build this "world" where he's the master? Why? Who is he in the real world? I'm not sure if these questions and more were revealed in the previous books, but the info would've given depth to the story.

Fans of the series would be happy to see cameo roles by the heroes and heroines of the previous books, but more the men than the women. Though I didn't know who they were, I was able to piece together who they were in a "previous life", and so while it may be confusing at first, the author was able to provide enough information to guide the newbie reader along.

The book was written from alternative points of view (901, 152 and Luka), and I enjoyed reading this story, especially those stolen moments between the hero and heroine where they found themselves in each other and in their love. Well worth a read!
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