Venture Untamed by R.H. Russell is a great young-adult novel, which has an extremely high rating and is the first in a series. With plenty of action and some forbidden love that'll appeal to adults, the story tells the tale of Venture Delving, who finds his calling and rises from his lowly station to strive to become a champion fighter. It's kind of like Rocky in that way, a protagonist who tugs on your heartstrings and is easy to root for. A great bargain book!
Name: Venture Untamed
Rating: 4.6 stars over 15 reviews
Description: Venture Delving is a bonded servant, a member of the lowest class in the world. Already fatherless, when he loses his mother, he veers from energetic to out of control. But when Venture's rage saves the life of Jade, his best friend and his master's daughter, Venture finds himself in the last place he ever expected—a center renowned for training young boys to be professional fighters.
When Venture realizes he's fallen in love with Jade, he knows that the only way he'll ever have her, the only way he'll ever be free to live the life he's meant to live, is to defy convention, common sense, the trust of those he cares about most—and sometimes the law—and become the best fighter in the world, the Champion of All Richland. Venture must battle not only rival fighters, but the ghosts of his past and the members of a privileged warrior class who stand between him and his dream. Ages thirteen and up.
Reviews: "I ordered this book for my Kindle and finished it the same day, which I rarely do. I couldn't put it down! I would describe it as heartbreaking at times (I literally cried) and it was inspiring other times. Heartbreaking to read about this poor young boy that has been dealt a pretty rough hand at life and at times appears to have little self worth or sense of belonging. But then inspiring as he starts to realize his potential and finds his calling in life and where he belongs. The author's ability to accuratlely desribe the fighting scenes leads to an authenticity to the book that the MMA enthusiast will appreciate. And the forbidden love between the main character and his master's daughter appeals to the romantic in all of us. I highly recommend this book. I can't wait until the next book in the series comes out!"
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