Venture Unleashed (The Venture Books – 2) by RH Russell
(Excerpt from Goodreads) In Venture Unleashed, the second novel in the Venture series, Venture Delving leaves his home in Twin Rivers to train at the renowned Champions Center, in pursuit of his dream to escape his bonded class by becoming a champion fighter. There, Venture meets two men who hold the title he longs to claim himself one day—Champion of All Richland. But a violent encounter with one of them nearly ends his life and destroys his dreams.
Thrust into the center of growing political turmoil and confronted with choices he never imagined he’d have to make, Venture must find a way to keep his hope and his love for Jade, his master’s daughter, alive. Thanks to the privileged Crested warrior class who’d rather see him die than live his dream, the worst nightmares of Venture’s past and his future are about to follow him onto the mat as he fights the match of his life.
Venture has won the chance to train at the Champions Center, but it is going to be one of the toughest experiences he has faced yet. He is still bonded and looked down because of that. Also, this is the proverbial school of hard knocks. He will be beaten, and beaten badly as he trains. He is going to have to learn to work through the pain and doubts of if he really wants to be a champion, free, and able to be with Jade.
Jade is supposed to be learning how to fit into her social status and all the proper things that is expected from her. But she doesn’t really want anything except Venture. She also doesn’t understand why he is fighting and become spiteful. This just tears up Venture more because he starts to question all the training, fighting and abuse, is it really worth all this to reach his goals.
I have to say that this is one of my favorite series. I love the message of setting your goals and fighting to get to them, both literally and figuratively. It can be hard to read some of the fights but it’s very true. You have to fight through the pain, wanting to give up, and others doing everything they can to try to tell you to quit, give up, and not reach your dreams, very inspirational.
This is a great story. Be sure to read Venture Untamed, the first book in the series. Now I’m off to tackle Venture Unbroken, book 3.
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.