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The Shadow of the Gods (The Bloodsworn Trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition
"A Time of Dread reminds me of why I became a fantasy enthusiast in the first place. Fantasy can be an escape from reality, but some stories carry the reader to an enhanced reality, a place where the world seems to have brighter colors and sharper contrasts."―Robin Hobb on A Time of Dread
"Great evils, conflicted heroes, bloody battles, betrayal, and giants riding battle bears! What's not to love?"―Peter Newman on A Time of Dread
"A series that promises the same degree of complexity and depth found in Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time books and George R. R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series."―Library Journal (starred review) on Malice
"Influenced by Gemmell's Rigante and George R. R. Martin's Game of Thrones ... Hell of a debut."―Conn Iggulden on Malice --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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- ASIN : B08HLQL1B2
- Publisher : Orbit (May 4, 2021)
- Publication date : May 4, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 3786 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 529 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #15,616 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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A minor point next but also distracting is the endless use of the term “Thought Cage” as the only word choice for thinking, mind, or one’s brain. As if every disparate character has learned only this solitary term- seeing “Thought Cage” began to become irritating. It lifted me out of the tale. English shares a shocking number of weird similarities with old Nordic or Viking language: traust- trust, oddi- odd, Porsdagr/ Thor’sDay- Thursday, knifr- knife, etc. In this world, however, we learn any reference to thinking, pondering, brain or mind was ALWAYS referenced ONLY AS “Thought Cage.” Trivial? Yup but the endless repeats of “Thought Cage” yanked me out of the tale time & again.
The story starts grimly & the tone remains steadfastly dour & grievous. After the sorrowful end of the final book in Mr. Gwynne’s series "Of Blood and Bone," (A Time of Blood,) I found myself on guard within the first few pages of "Shadow of the Gods." And that anxiety was appropriate. The despair and losses in this book may foretell the pattern of this new series. Maybe not. John Gwynne is an astonishing storyteller, but he has also shown no hesitation to bring grief Again in this book now, we see hope burn into sorrow. This author is unafraid to snatch away gladness; frequently choosing grief & betrayal for characters I had begun to love. Perhaps my jumpiness will be unwarranted in what is to come but the author's willingness to end A Time of Blood in such a mournful way. had me leery as I now read this violent tale. Mr. Gwynne is the author & of course gets to tell the tale. I am just a whiny reader with endless admiration for this writer. Even when we become attached only to lose another fictional soul to tragedy and death. He needn't cater to Happy Ending freaks like me. I just prefer books I can read again & again; such is his talent. Alas, that means only his first trilogy, "The Faithful and the Fallen" is enjoyable a second and third time. I will, of course gratefully read on in this newest series. Hoping against hope his storyline could conclude with less wreckage & betrayal. Other readers, more hearty than myself, will manage fictional calamity and chuckle at someone who becomes bereaved over an imaginary character. I find myself believing the characters & becoming invested in the characters Mr. Gwynne animates so profoundly.. You may be partial to lots of battle scenes ( then you are in luck!) & less dependent on how it all plays out. he favors realism, logic, motivation; his values are there in every one of his plots. He clearly avoids the Happy Ever After Club; my personal club membership too trivial to even scoff over. I highly recommend this book, well worth the anguish.
Please read this novel if you enjoy excellent writing and strong story-telling. The strength of character will win out over the brutality and maybe change your thoughts on what family is. Can’t wait for book 2.
It's a John Gwynne book. It's going to be flipping fantastic. He's proven himself to be such a masterful storyteller that when this book was listed for preordering, I clicked the "preorder" button so fast that I didn't even resister that I did it. "Oh, wait--I just bought something. OH MY GOSH IT'S A NEW JOHN GWYNNE BOOK! Yep, no regrets."
I had a huge reading slump after college, and for years couldn't pick up a book to save my life. Mr. Gwynne recaptured my love of reading where no other author succeeded. You won't regret buying one of his books.
(I will say that his first book in his "Faithful and the Fallen" series, "Malice", was very slow in the beginning, but it quickly made up for it.) I will edit my review in the future. :)
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Shadow of the gods is a Norse inspired fantasy epic boasting a large cast of characters. It filled the absence of looking forward to watching Vikings, which I am abating with Assassins creed Valhalla. Now I have another tale to enjoy over the forthcoming years. I have to mention the cover is just incredible, showing how I always imagined a dragon.
I will avoid spoilers, and the description of the book gives a good overview already. One aspect stood out more than any other; the action is awesome. It will appeal to everyone. Worldbuilding and character development are sublime, with monsters so good I was rooting for them at times. Dead gods bones and blood are melded into the world, breathing life into the backstory and setting the scene for the Novel.
I love how John blends humour into the tale, enhancing the adventure and raising it to another level. Strong female protagonists complement the saga with some brilliant plotlines. At one point, I felt I was reading a Viking take on the film Taken, a savage hunt by a parent for their child. Character-wise, the protagonist Varg was my favourite.
John manages to evoke a world that feels real, that you sink softly into without realising as the shadowy tendrils of the worldbuilding wrap around you. Suddenly something will jar you out of a waking dream; breaking the hypnotic tales spell, you realise just how quickly you lost track of time. It is fantastic writing, the best book I have read this year. I was satisfied with how the book ended, though there is a cliffhanger. Luckily book two is written according to the internets rumour mill.
I've given a lot of books five stars because I enjoyed them. Rarely an exception comes along, one which reminds me what a truly great book is. The Shadow of the gods is one such book. I liked the book enough to purchase a copy after reviewing it. I'm simultaneously annoyed that I have to wait for the next book and happy since I haven't read any of his previous work. If you like a fantasy book, buy this now, it's a must-read. It is an Epic; I did not find any weak spots, a strong candidate for book of the year. Buy this now.
The characters feel so rewl it's like being in the shield wall with them.
The story pace is fast and at times intertwine. You are there for the emotion, the ride of heart aching anger, the joys of victory and sorrows of losses felt as though it was your warband and your shield-kin around you.
Already chomping at the bit to jion the bloodsworn on the battle plain again.