Author: Megan Derr
Book: Tournament of Losers
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Publication Date: February 6, 2016
Length: 246 pages
All Rath wants is a quiet, peaceful life. Unfortunately, his father brings him too much trouble—and too many debts to pay—for that to ever be possible. When the local crime lord drags Rath out of bed and tells him he has three days to pay his father's latest debt, Rath doesn't know what to do. There's no way to come up with so much money in so little time.
Then a friend poses an idea just ridiculous enough to work: enter the Tournament of Losers, where every seventy-five years, peasants compete for the chance to marry into the noble and royal houses. All competitors are given a stipend to live on for the duration of the tournament—funds enough to cover his father's debt.
All he has to do is win the first few rounds, collect his stipend, and then it's back to trying to live a quiet life…
Rath is the relatable character. The kind, strong, gold hearted character we all hope we are like. Perhaps not a prostitute but still, that is not WHO he is. It’s something he does to keep himself and his mother safe and fed. Following him through this story was an adventure. Exciting, suspenseful, and absolutely lovely.
Tress is Rath’s “lover” and holds a very interesting secret all the way to the end of this book. Somewhat predictable but the unveiling still made me giddy.
Tournament of Losers was everything I hoped it would be and more. Witty characters, crisp dialog, terrific flow, and entertaining plot lines.
Once again Megan Derr has written an extraordinary book that will leave you desperate for more.