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Arena

Arena by Karen Hancock: Book Review, Tour, and Giveaway with Celebrate Lit.

About the Book

Book: Arena

Author: Karen Hancock

Genre: Fantasy

Release Date: April 16, 2022

Hancock - Arena

A Journey She Did Not Choose Will Change Her Life Forever

Transported surreptitiously to a terrifying alien world, with limited resources and only a few cryptic words to guide her, Callie Hayes finds herself engulfed in a perilous battle for freedom – for her very life. After agreeing to participate in a routine psychology research experiment, she must unravel the mysteries shrouding her only route of escape or risk succumbing to the deadly deception of the Arena.

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Book Review:

This book absolutely stunned me. In the best possible way. I had no idea what I was really getting into. I just knew the premise sounded promising and I leaped into the pages. Wow. Just…wow! I was immediately hooked on this page-turning drama. It took me a few chapters to see through the layers and understand the absolute brilliance of this author’s work. I knew the story was fantastic, but then I figured out that the story went deeper and the meaning became clear. What a great way to tell a story. I won’t tell you what I discovered. I want you to experience this the same way I did. As Callie makes her way through the Arena, she will be tested. Her actions and reactions drive the story forward and her character arc is such a sweet conclusion. If you enjoy fantasy, you should read this. Even if you don’t enjoy fantasy, I encourage you to give Arena a try. I received a copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. I was not required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

About the Author

Hancock, Karen

Karen Hancock has won Christy Awards for each of her first four novels—Arena and the first three books in the Legends of the Guardian-King series, The Light of Eidon, The Shadow Within, and Shadow over Kiriath. She graduated from the University of Arizona with bachelor’s degrees in biology and wildlife biology. Along with writing, she is a semi-professional watercolorist and has exhibited her work in a number of national juried shows. She and her family reside in Arizona.

More from Karen

Arena was not my first novel. The Light of Eidon was. In those days, however, Christian publishers were not interested in the fantasy genre because it had too much magic and wizards and such, despite the publication of the works of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. They were softening to science fiction, however, and thanks to Kathy Tyers, Randy Ingermanson, John Olson and others the door was opened in 2001 for what is called “speculative fiction.” Arena fit right in, and was published by Bethany House in 2002. It went on to win a Christy Award, which started the ball rolling for the Guardian King series. Three out of the four Guardian King books in that series also won Christy Awards, at which point I was the first speculative fiction author inducted into the Christy Award Hall of Fame in 2013.

I am thrilled to have Arena appear again in this 20th anniversary edition with a new cover and in limited-edition hardcover. Oasis Audio will also be producing the audiobook, for the first time, so it can be available for every type of reader.

Blog Stops

Inside the Wong Mind, April 30

For the Love of Literature, May 1 (Spotlight)

Rachael’s Inkwell, May 1

Beauty in the Binding, May 2 (Spotlight)

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, May 2

Texas Book-aholic, May 3

Inklings and notions, May 4

For Him and My Family, May 5

deb’s Book Review, May 6

Locks, Hooks and Books, May 7

Tell Tale Book Reviews, May 8

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, May 9

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, May 10

Blogging With Carol, May 11

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, May 12

Through the Fire Blogs, May 13

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Karen is giving away the grand prize of a $40 Amazon gift card and signed copy of Arena!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/1d3bd/arena-celebraiton-tour-giveaway

5 thoughts on “Arena”

  1. Thank you for sharing your wonderful review of Arena, this sounds like an awesome story and I am looking forward to reading it

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  2. Congratulations on your release of Arena, Karen, I enjoyed following the tour and learning about your book, which sounds like an exciting and captivating fantasy for me to read and enjoy! Good luck with your book and I hope the tour was a success! Thanks for bringing it to my attention! Thanks Tabitha, for sharing your review! Have a super weekend!

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