We’re back in the Krillonian Empire. It’s been four years and during that time Bensin has won his sister’s freedom. Yet, Bensin hasn’t won his own freedom. That will take a little bit of time but there is a glimmer of hope on the horizon. It is possible he could win a second Grand Imperial Cavvara Shil Tourney championship which would get rid of the slave collar around his neck once and for all. There are some good challengers that could prevent this, but Bensin is determined he has the skills and determination to overcome any and all challengers. As determined as Bensin is of prepping for this freedom changing event, other dark circumstances enter his life a few weeks before the championship. Bensin is convicted of a crime he did not commit. Now Bensin must learn the true horrors of being a slave as he’s forced to fight for his life which could quickly end with a swift razor edged blade of hard steel.
Annie Douglass Lima’s The Gladiator and the Guard is a well paced book that will keep readers glued to the pages. There are a few surprises along the way, so keep your eyes open, buckle up and prepare for a grand ride through the Krillonian Empire where slavery is common place and justice gets skewed depending on who’s wearing a collar or not.