Anumal Empire: Lazarball by David Ayres

Anumal Empire: Lazarball

The race of man is extinct…
A new breed has risen...
Anumalkind shall inherit the Earth...

After merging human and animal DNA together, the Anumal race turned against their creators…and wiped them out.

Now, millennia later, an ancient pact between warring clans has been broken. Dark powers are surfacing, threatening the survival of this hybrid race…and the fate of the Anumal species lies in the paws of a single lion…Clinton Narfell.

Hailing from the desert village of Wooburn, Clinton’s meager life is catapulted out of control the day he steals food to feed his younger brother. As an extraordinary chain of events begins to unfold, Clinton is forced to use skill and cunning to keep himself alive…and is hurtled towards a destiny he did not realize he was born to fulfil…

Facing savage scavengers, vicious anumal clans, and worse, Clinton soon realizes that power does not come from books or spells, but from something far deeper within us all…

My Review:

I received this book from Darren Jacobs to give an honest review.

This book is set in a very distant post-apocalyptic future, where man-kind are now known as anumal's (yes that is how it is spelled) I thought maybe I had read it wrong but nope. Who are made up of human and animal DNA, they have some human characteristics but are more animal looking.
This book was well-written and you can find yourself really liking or hating the characters,. I can say this book is a very different read than I have read before. Humans are almost extinct and the animals are the only species left.
Anumal Empire follows a lion named Clinton Narfell who had to steal and fight to survive in the harsh world. His parent's are done and he has a little brother to take care of. No matter what Clinton does or where he goes trouble always seems to follow him. Clinton's father was a pro at the national sport Lazarball, and Clinton is just as good as his father. After getting into trouble, that cost him everything, Clinton learns that he has a destiny. Another character that plays a big part is Dallas he has so much hatred toward Clinton but unknown to both himself and Clinton they are connected in some way. I would find myself upset with Dallas and the way he treated Clinton every time he saw him, made me just want to smack him. :d
I enjoyed this fighting scenes  as they were so graphic it seemed to come to life. One part that had given me the willies was the whole maggot scene. I won't get into details as I wouldn't want to ruin it. You will just have to read to find out what I mean.
The ending was great as you can definitely tell there will be a book two to this. I do wonder about the badger and his whole role in this series.
Great read for YA and above.

My Rating: 5 wine glasses


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