TITLE: Beyond The Wall
AUTHOR: Tanya Landman
TRIGGER WARNING: Abuse, social divide, mentions of rape
WHERE DID I RECEIVE THIS?: Walker Books Australia sent me a physical copy in exchange for an honest review!
GENRE: YA Fantasy
Britannia. A conquered land.
Running. Weeping. Blood on her lips.
Blood in her mouth.
Blood that is not her own.
After maiming her master, Cassia has no choice but to run. Beyond the river, fair to the north, stands Hadrian’s Wall – the furthest limit of the mighty Roman Empire. And beyond the wall? Freedom. With dogs on her trail and a bounty on her head, the journey seems impossible. But then Cassia meets Marcus – slick, slippery, sliver-tongued – a true and perfect son of Rome. And her only hope.
Wow, beyond the wall was a wild ride from start to finish.
This novel follows a slave, Cassia after she maims her master and goes on the run, she meets a Roman man and he is her only hope to survive, but not all is as it seems.
This novel originally interested me as I’ve always been fond of roman and Greek history, and the idea of slaves rebelling is a story that should be told. Right from the beginning, I loved Cassia and didn’t fully trust Marcus. She was full of fire and wit where he was over cautious and didn’t explain his reasons, and honestly? sometimes he acted a little weird. I really enjoyed the beginning part where you got to see Cassia bond with the other slaves and show solidarity and humanity. I think there wasn’t a single character I felt ‘meh’ about, all of them had some kind of impact on me, from the slaves that I felt love for, to Cassia’s master whom I hated.
I think the most interesting point of this story for me was the magical elements added into this, The will of the gods was often shown and there were soothsayers and shaman who told of the future.
I found this book slow going but once I got into it I really enjoyed it and could tear through it faster than I expected to. My favourite part was honestly the last two pages, finding out who narrates the book and how they wrap up the story with so many questions left actually gave me shivers down my spine.
Overall I’m giving this 4 stars as I didn’t really get into the start of it, and I don’t think it’ll stick with me, but it was one hell of a ride and I am SO glad I read this novel
I recommend this to lovers of Rome, Historical based novels, and novels where people learn what’s right!
Until next time,