Arena, Repackaged Edition

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A journey she did not choose will test her courage and change her life forever       

When Callie Hayes agreed to participate in a routine psychology research experiment, she had no clue she'd find herself plunged into a terrifying world where a battle rages between good and evil. With limited resources and only a few cryptic words to guide her, she must unravel the mysteries shrouding her only route of escape or risk succumbing to the deadly deception of the Arena.

Multiple-award-winning author Karen Hancock leads readers on a mesmerizing journey as her compelling characters navigate the deadly terrain of a hostile world in this repackage of her acclaimed debut novel.


Through vibrant description and well-paced action, Karen Hancock creates a compelling world of both horror and hope. Arena gives Christian fantasy lovers something to cheer about.

Brandilyn Collins, bestselling author of Eyes of Elisha

When other books are long forgotten and out of print, I believe people will still be reading Arena. It's destined to be a classic.

Rene Gutteridge, author of Ghost Writer

An allegory for the third millennium! If you liked Pilgrim's Progress and The Matrix, then you'll love Arena.

Randall Ingermanson, co-author of Oxygen

Arena is a wonderful and clever allegorical tale with all the excitement of good science fiction.

Judith Pella, author of Written on the Wind

Clever, creative and full of non-stop action, Arena is a wonderful introduction to new writer Karen Hancock. Don't miss the opportunity to wrap your mind around this fascinating book.

Gayle Roper, author of Summer Shadows and Spring Rain

Karen Hancock's Arena sets a new benchmark for contemporary allegory--throughly imagined, intelligently written, and as vivid as last night's unsettling dreams. Well done!

Kathy Tyers, author of the FIREBIRD trilogy

The Author

  1. Karen Hancock

    Karen Hancock

    Karen Hancock has won Christy Awards for each of her first four novels--Arena and the first three books in the Legends of the Guardian-King series, The Light of Eidon, The Shadow Within, and Shadow over Kiriath. She graduated from...

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...Hancock's intense debut is an excellent though edgy contribution to the [SF] genre.... If this book is any indication, the future should be bright for this promising novelist.

Publishers Weekly