I read this because it was selected by my book club. It's not a genre that I'd consider otherwise. The narrative was interesting and compelling in places and I enjoyed to contemporary characters. Also, having visited the area where the action took place made it more interesting to me. The ancient combatants and the story surrounding them lost me though. The plot seemed (was) very contrived and required a lot of "willing suspension of disbelief" on the part of the reader. Seemed geared to a young adult audience, which was fine with me as some of the bloodier and more gory parts were toned down a bit.
I can't see how this story would hold the attention of anyone other than pre-teens. (and I enjoyed the Hunger Games series, so I can appreciate light reads with young characters)
He could have added more description of the area and locations. The dialogue was very predictable, full of clichés and poorly written. None of the characters were developed to any extent, so it was impossible to get vested in their well-being and the outcome of the story.
I liked her tone and pacing. I do have to agree with another reviewer that most of the male characters sound like delirious surfer dudes... but I think that was probably an accurate portrayal because the dialogue was so dumb. I think Kate got it right.
I like history, science fiction and was interested in this town and location in particular, but this story doesn't satisfy on any account. I was not familiar with this author, and I won't be reading him again.