THIRTY-TWO WOMEN. ONE ARENA. A BATTLE TO THE DEATH.
After a long war, corporations have replaced countries. Sports are fought to the death. The most popular game is Last Valkyrie, a live tournament where women kill each other for marriage into a powerful family.
For Nova, living in poverty with her mother and sister is a harsh reality that she cannot escape. But when she is kidnapped and forced to fight on the show, her world changes. If she refuses to fight, the bomb in her head goes off. Now winning means her freedom.
With death lurking at every moment, Nova has no idea if her next fight will be her last. But one thing she knows for certain: only one is making it out alive.
Perfect for fans of Hunger Games, The Selection, and The Princess Trials. You won’t want to put down this exciting page-turner!
Title: Nova’s Blade
Author: Will Scifi
Publication Date: January 29, 2022
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian
Bellona’s up. She marches to the ring to a dead crowd. She has no entrance music or theatrics. She focuses on the ring, holding only a shield.
“Bellona is an interesting Valkyrie,” the commentator Fox states. “The sheer power she has makes up for her lack of personality and words. We saw that during the 1st round.”
“Power worked for her before, but it ain’t gonna cut it in the ring,” the other commentator Brom says. “You need patrons, proper training, and great equipment, if you want to survive this. That lone wolf act can only get her so far. Today we’re going to see it end.”
Pyro shoots up from the top of the ramp. From the fire steps out Hybris in a fireproof suit. She takes off her suit and helmet, revealing her armor. In her hand is a long metal chain hooked to a curved blade. Dancing to the ring, she swings the blade in the air, hurling words to the crowd.
“I’m on fire tonight! I’m the baddest on this show! Nobody can touch me!” she boasts.
The crowd throws roses at Hybris. She earned a handful of patrons for her brashness, claiming the Valkyries are nothing to her. The internet lit up with fans and critics when she mocked Bellona’s late mother who had committed suicide.
Her armor is bright and thick, providing protection for her body. The suit, weapon, and even the pyro is paid for by her patrons. I can only imagine how plain my entrance will be.
“Compared to what Hybris has, Bellona might as well have brought a slingshot!” Brom laughs.
Hybris shoves her blade to the camera.
“I’ma cut her up,” Hybris teases.
They meet in the center of the ring, face to face before the bell. Bellona keeps her head down as Hybris dances up and down, amusing the crowd.
“Tell mommy I said hi,” Hybris laughs.
They go back to their corners, and the bell rings. Hybris swings the blade. Bellona puts the shield up, taking the hit. Before Hybris can pull it back, Bellona grabs the chain and yanks it forward, propelling Hybris towards her. Hybris screams in fright. Bellona decks Hybris in the face with the shield, knocking her to the ground covered in blood. Hybris’ teeth fly out. The crowd awes as Bellona mounts Hybris and bashes her face in with the shield.
“Oh god!” Fox shrieks.
“Bellona is turning Hybris’ face into a mud hole!” Brom yells.
Bellona brings the shield down on Hybris’ throat, slicing her head completely off. Hybris’ head rolls as blood spurts out her body, painting the canvas. Bellona lifts Hybris’ head in the air, roaring with her bloody shield. The crowd erupts with cheers. Fox comes up to Bellona with a microphone.
Bellona storms past him with her trainer. The camera rolls back to Fox.
“Well like they say, actions speak louder than words,” he states.
Blaze enters the ring. He picks up Hybris’ head by the hair and swings it in the air. “Who wants her head?!” he yells.
The crowd goes ballistic as he tosses it to them. The camera shows the crowd fighting over the head. I’m in disbelief at the entire fiasco. As a kid it was a spectacle, but knowing I’ll be in it soon, is unbelievable. I finally see the nature of this show for what it is. It’s barbaric and so are the people cheering it on. Maximus turns off the tv.
“Come on, continue with your training,” he states.
Will Scifi is a pen name for an author from California. He loves reading and writing mainly science fiction that touches on themes surrounding American culture. He draws inspiration from the over 500 movies he has watched in the last 5 years, books, tv shows, and real life. When he is not writing, he can be found in the gym or watching movies at home or in the theaters. He thanks all of his fans for their support and highly encourages anyone who has read his work to always leave a review.
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