Thursday, April 25, 2013

Blog Spot: The Shadow of Wrath

Shadow of Wrath by L.W. Patricks
Series: Sins of the 7, #1
Publication: March 13, 2013
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. 


In the middle of the night, a third visitor came to see Dog. Sunny stood within the confines of Dog’s cell and stared at him with bloody eyes.
 He was still bleeding profusely, though his body was translucent instead of a lively flesh color. He did not speak, but his eyes said everything Dog needed to hear.
I’m dead.
“I’m sorry. I didn’t have a choice,” Dog said. “One of us had to die.”
But why me?
Dog rose to his feet and looked Sunny in his pale eyes.
“We were both at the wrong place at the wrong time,” he said.
I had a life.
“So did I.”
I had a family. Someone loved me.
“Someone loved me once too.”
But not anymore?
“No. Not anymore.”
Then you see, I should have been the one to live.
Dog shook his head. “Don’t you see? We’ll all die here anyways.”
Sunny nodded in agreement.
“Are you at peace where you are?” Dog asked. Sunny shook his head.
Not until we’re all free. Until then I can’t leave. None of us can.
“You going to spook me every night? That is until I die and end up like you?” Dog asked. The apparition shook his head.
Others will come.
Dog thought for a moment, before replying thoughtfully. “For what it’s worth I’m sorry. I really am.”
But Sunny was gone and Dog was alone again in his cell. He wondered if it was only a matter of time before he too ended up as a ghost in this hellish place.

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

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