The Prey by Joseph Delaney Review

I am trying to catch up on some series and trying my hardest to finish some of the series I have started but didn’t finish reviewing. So after a trip to Waterstones in order to get books to be able to do this, I have now finished The Prey which is the second book in the Arena 13 series so it is time for a review.


The Story

The second instalment of Joseph Delaney’s exhilarating new ARENA 13 series.

Sixteen-year-old Leif continues on his quest to find out the truth about his legendary father. Will his father’s people hold the key to Leif’s future? And will what he learns bring him closer to attaining his goal of becoming the best fighter the city has ever seen? Or will the monster that has stalked his life, wreak his promised revenge?

Taken from Goodreads

My Opinion

I said in my review of Arena 13 that the book seems to be copying a lot of other titles where the main characters parents have died and they are going to do anything in order to get revenge. Even though I still think this I really like the way that it is happening in this trilogy. Instead of every other word that comes out of the main characters mouth being how they want to revenge their mom and dad. Leif is trying to make sure that he isn’t able to love anyone for them to be hurt by the Hob. However this is becoming increasing difficult when he is getting closer and closer to people with each passing page turn.

This is something I have not read before so I am really enjoying this as it is something new, plus  with the addition of the book being part of the fantasy genre I am loving all that much more. Joseph Delany has invited a few new words for this book so that makes the book slightly harder to read but thankfully he has included a glossary in the back of the book so if you forget what one of the words means then you are able to just give the word a quick look up and allow you to be able to continue with the story.

I found myself being immersed into the book as I read on as I couldn’t stop myself reading, I wanted to find out everything I could about the plan in order to stop the Hob and I wanted to know more about how well Lief was being trained and if he was coping with how much people where relying on him in order to beat the Hob. Everything about the way this book was written just made you want to keep on reading.

Of course there is still no swearing for reasons I don’t get but yet again a lot of detail is being mentioned when it comes to blood and heads being cut of in just the right way so that makes no sense to be at all. I don’t think I will be 100% with this series until I see the word Fuck or even just bitch.

If you want to read a good book that has a lot of description and makes you want to keep on reading then give this book a read, but obviously read the first book in the series so you are able to understand the story. Trust me you won’t regret it.


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