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Venture Untamed

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Venture Delving is a bonded servant, a member of the lowest class in the world. Already fatherless, when he loses his mother, he veers from energetic to out of control. But when Venture's rage saves the life of Jade, his best friend and his master's daughter, Venture finds himself in the last place he ever expected-a center renowned for training young boys to be professional fighters.

When Venture realizes he's fallen in love with Jade, he knows that the only way he'll ever have...

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Overview

Venture Delving is a bonded servant, a member of the lowest class in the world. Already fatherless, when he loses his mother, he veers from energetic to out of control. But when Venture's rage saves the life of Jade, his best friend and his master's daughter, Venture finds himself in the last place he ever expected-a center renowned for training young boys to be professional fighters.

When Venture realizes he's fallen in love with Jade, he knows that the only way he'll ever have her, the only way he'll ever be free to live the life he's meant to live, is to defy convention, common sense, the trust of those he cares about most-and sometimes the law-and become the best fighter in the world, the Champion of All Richland. Venture must battle not only rival fighters, but the ghosts of his past and the members of a privileged warrior class who stand between him and his dream.

Book one of the Venture series. Ages 13 and up.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781494769970
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 1/2/2014
  • Pages: 292
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

R.H. Russell has been on the mat with talented young fighters since 1993. Their ambitions, struggles, and triumphs inspired her to write the Venture books. She hopes to share the fascinating world of fighters with readers in a unique way-a way anyone can identify with, because she truly believes there's a fighter in all of us. She's having a great time letting Venture and his friends loose to play on the page, writing about brawls and big dreams, betrayal and camaraderie, and of course, Venture and Jade's forbidden love.
She also writes the Unicorns of the Mist series as R.R. Russell. Wonder Light, the first of these novels for young readers, is now available.
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  • Posted December 5, 2011

    Extremely Recommended - You Need To Read It!

    I absolutely loved this novel! It surprised me because when I first read the synopsis, I wasn't sure I would enjoy it. Boy, did I change my mind. It was a wonderful story about a boy determined to rise from his situation and become what he always dreamed of.

    Although it started slow for me, I can't deny that I was drawn in by the story and it's characters. The world was incredibly well built, I honestly believed that I was there even though I don't know everything about it, the author brought it to life. The characters, even the lesser ones, are so relate able and you can't help but fall in love their stories and their struggles.

    The fighting was epic! I can't even tell you how captivated I was by each move and how the author described it. Honestly, I have never been one to read books about fighting but this has completely changed my mind and my opinion.

    If you think that the fighting isn't something you're into, trust me, the story is bigger than that. The love story between Jade and Venture is wonderful, the relationship between Venture and his elder brother is sadly captivating, and his relationship with fighting is different than I would've thought.

    I recommend that everyone read this wonderful book! It's captivating and I loved it!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2011

    It's not about fighting it's about spirit

    Written so well that even though I know nothing about martial arts I was sucked into the life and struggles of Venture right away. I'm ready for more!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 10, 2014

    Good writing, but the story is more for a young boy. I can't fin

    Good writing, but the story is more for a young boy. I can't finish it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 6, 2012

    This book has something for everyone! Great read!

    I wasn't sure what to expect with this book; all I really knew is it was a book about young fighters written by an author with personal experience. By the end of the book, I was definitely a fan. I was very impressed by both the writing talent and the character development. The main character of this new series is Venture Delving, a teenage boy with a heck of a lot of heart and determination. He was sure to do everything in power to make certain that his station in life did not define his destiny; that's something anybody can admire. From the beginning I wanted nothing more than to see him succeed in fighting and become champion. Luckily he had some important people in his corner, such as Grant and Jade Fieldstone, and his own brother, Justice. Grant is actually Venture's master, but he definitely didn't treat him as such. He seemed more like a father figure to the young fighter; he had such a huge heart as well and wanted nothing more than to see Venture follow his dreams. Grant's daughter, Jade, is Venture's best friend and obviously would do anything for him as well. Don't let the fact that she's a girl fool you, because she is tough and can definitely hold her own. Justice is Venture's brother and does absolutely not want him to go into fighting. Their father died doing that very thing and it makes sense that he wouldn't want to lose his brother too. Regardless, he is there for Venture no matter what. I really enjoyed the budding relationship between Venture and Jade. It is obviously a forbidden pairing, with Jade being his master's daughter, but that just makes it more exciting. They don't get the opportunity to act much on their feelings in this first book of the series, but I definitely anticipate reading more about this romantic sub-story in the next books. The fight scenes were well written and easy to follow even for someone who doesn't know much about the technical aspects of fighting. It was easy to visualize these young men going head to head in an attempt to better their own lives and root for them every step of the way (well, some of them at least!). Overall this was a really good read and a fantastic start to a new series. Readers will enjoy this book even without any knowledge of fighting, so certainly don't let that scare you off! I'm definitely looking forward to reading the next book in the series, Venture Unleashed, which is available now!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 15, 2011

    Want a wholesome read?

    Venture Untamed was an uplifting example of a hero with honor, courage, and tenacity. First he loses his dad and then is mom. As a young boy he learns to honor hard work, those who help him, and the faith of his mother. All this while he discovers his talent and what true love really is. It's obvious that this author has discovered her talent also.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2011

    Good portrayal

    Realistic portrait of a martial artists training.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 22, 2014

    I would recommend this book

    This is a good book. Shows the sweet innocence of young love & the lengths they will go to, to protect that love.

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  • Posted January 8, 2014

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    Great Story About Rising Above Where You Were Placed

    Venture has lost his parents and is a servant. Basically he is the lowest class and has no value. He looses control after the passing of his mother yet that rage saves his master’s daughter Jade. Venture starts falling in love with Jade but he knows that with his low class they will never be together. Venture then finds professional fighters. If he can win, then he can get a higher class and possibly be with Jade.

    This is a great book. A classic underdog story, but don’t let that stop you from reading this book. I really felt for Venture, here he is lost, without a point or purpose until he saves Jade. I loved how he set his goals and never gave up in his pursuit to win the championship and Jade. The fight scenes were remarkable, very realistic and very descriptive.

    You will get sucked into this book and not put it down until the wee hours of the morning. This is one book that you have to read. There is a little bit of everything in it.

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  • Posted March 22, 2012

    Since he was young, Venture wanted to be a prize fighter. His m

    Since he was young, Venture wanted to be a prize fighter. His mother was a private nurse for Jade, the daughter of Grant Fieldstone. When his mother passed away, the Fieldstone family kept him so he could have a possible future. Where there is trouble, Venture will be found. He’s been bonded at a young age and is now in training to control his fighting and learn how to fight the proper way. Venture and Jade have a close friendship and that is causing trouble for him. He has to learn that she is his mistress and can’t show the friendship they share out of respect for her and her family. He’s in training and that as well is causing problems for him. It seems no matter what he tries to do right, it isn’t. Venture is about to make a life changing decision, but would it be the right one? He knew that society would frown on him wanting Jade in his life but that was all he thought about. He wanted to be with her and no one else. What would he do to have her for him and him only?

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  • Posted January 27, 2012

    Characters you will love...

    R. H. Russell has eighteen years of training in judo and other martial arts, and that experience really shows in Venture Untamed, a fantasy set in a world where class distinctions are the rule and fighting is the sport of choice. This book is marketed as YA fantasy, probably because of Venture’s age (twelve when the story begins), but it felt like more of an adult fantasy to me, perhaps because the writing was so mature. Venture Delving, whose parents are dead and has only an older brother for family, is bonded to Grant Fieldstone, a successful land owner and farmer, and must serve his household until he turns nineteen and becomes a free man. Fieldstone is a fair man and lets Venture study with his daughter, Jade, who is his best friend, but Venture has a temper and trouble seems to follow him. After getting into a serious fight defending Jade’s honor, Venture is given one last chance to stay with Grant Fieldstone: he must train in the art of fighting at Beamer’s, the local training center for boys. There Venture comes into his own as a fighter, making friends at the center, but enemies as well. Most of the boys there have one goal: to be allowed to participate in the Quarter Championship and earn a spot in the Champion’s Center, where a fighter can train to be Champion of All Richland. Although Venture’s dream is to acquire this title someday, something is standing in the way: his own brother, Justice, will never allow him to fight professionally because of a terrible family secret. In order to convince Justice to let him go, he argues that by leaving the Fieldstone household, he will be distancing himself from the temptation of being with Jade, whom he loves but will never be allowed to marry. Eventually Venture succeeds and is on his way to the Youth Quarter Championship. I found one of the strengths of Venture Untamed, and there are many, to be the powerful fighting scenes. Normally I wouldn’t choose to read a book about hand-to-hand combat, but Venture is such a headstrong and earnest character that I was rooting for him from the beginning, when he was a scrawny orphan, to his teen years as a young man who is determined to rise above his station in life. The fight scenes themselves were emotionally packed, and I could almost feel the sweat and blood running down the faces of the fighters. Venture is beaten down many times, but he always gets back on his feet and tries to improve his fighting skills with every loss. The class system Russell has created is very effective and allows for lots of tension between Venture and his best friend Jade, a delightful and scrappy girl who sticks up for Venture and thumbs her nose at the “cresteds,” the members of the elite class. While Venture is little more than a slave, Jade is expected to marry a crested someday, although she only wants to be with Venture, the boy she has known most of her life. Their relationship is heartbreaking at times, as everyone in their lives conspires to keep them apart. Although Russell sends Venture off to the Champion's Center without resolving things with Jade, the stage is nicely set for the sequel which is, luckily for us, already available. For believable characters, strong world-building, and a story with emotional impact, Venture Untamed is highly recommended. Many thanks to R.H. Russell for supplying a review copy of Venture Untamed.

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