Book Recommendation: The Freedom Game by J.E. Brand

Hey, guys. I’m busy editing/revising Kill Them All, which is part of the reason I haven’t been posting as frequently lately. But while I don’t have a new book out personally, I have something even better:

A book by my sister.

The Freedom Game Cover

Three years ago, the impossible happened: Ethlynn’s role in life changed from an ordinary slave to an all-powerful sorcerer. Now, she’s seeking to become the apprentice of the very person whom she used to call ‘master’. Why? Her brother and sister’s lives are still on the line.

With only the clever but awkward Wystan to call her friend, her days of suppression aren’t over. Despite constantly proving her strength with magic, her peers still look down on her as property. She does her best to keep her chin up and slave collar clean, acting exactly as her teachers instruct.

Each test they put her through she finds herself questioning who she is and who she’s becoming. Will she be able to keep herself from becoming a cold-hearted killer? Is saving the life of her brother and sister worth the lives of countless others? Ethlynn will have to choose, if she can manage to stay alive…

My thoughts

I beta-read this book, so not only did I get a sneak peak before it was published, but I got to give feedback. And while my opinion is totally biased as the author’s older sister, The Freedom Game is SO GOOD.

J. is great at creating characters. You will hate the characters she wants you to hate with the fury of a thousand suns. Ethlynn’s former master is a manipulative creep, and the king she serves is a jerk who needs to get deposed ASAP and locked in a dungeon somewhere.

Meanwhile, the heroes are precious and need to be protected at all costs. Ethlynn’s best friend is so sweet and supportive, and you just want him to stand up for himself even half as much as he stands up for her. He’s the cutest little sorcery nerd.

Ethlynn herself is my new favorite character. I get a Daenerys from Game of Thrones vibe from her, in that she’s stuck in a crapsack world and starts out relatively powerless, but she has a strong moral compass despite all the morally gray situations she’s put into.

You’ll find yourself wanting to give her a hug, because she’s so wonderful, but she has to go through so much. (Her author is evil :P)

Which is not to say there’s a clear line between good guys and bad guys–it’s the opposite, actually. The characters’ morals and loyalties are based on their different cultures and upbringings, and even when you want to smack them for the decisions they make, you can see where they’re coming from.

Then there’s the super cool magic system, the monsters, and the ending–which is so awesome and epic, but I can’t say anything without spoiling the whole story.

So if you’re looking for a fantasy novel with complex characters, awesome magical battles, and themes of revolution, give The Freedome Game a try. It’s a great book written by a super cool author. 🙂

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Kristen Brand

Kristen Brand writes speculative fiction with lots of action, witty banter, and a bit of romance. She loves comic books and all kinds of superhero media, and she's probably drinking tea right now.

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