Way of Gods: (Buried Goddess Saga Book 4) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B07MPD4NL4
- Publisher : Aethon Books (April 2, 2019)
- Publication date : April 2, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 4676 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 672 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #333,874 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Muskigo's daughter Mahraveh has never had any desire to follow a traditional woman's life. She wants to be a warrior and has managed to have her father and his men train her in the art of warfare. Her father insists she learn to fight with a spear as her preferred weapon of bow and arrow is useless in close combat. This training stands her in good stead when she masquerades as a man to compete in a tournament to win the al'Tariq afhemate.
Sora continues to fight what seems to be a losing battle to force Nesilia from her body. She comes to realize that Nesilia is toying with her and that Sora isn't able to influence her at all.
Whitney is aided by Lucindur, a lightmancer, in contacting Sora, much to Nesilia's disgust. The performers he has been traveling with are victims of a Drav Cra raid. He is captured by the Drav Cra as he follows them in an attempt to rescue his friends.
I've barely touched on the events that occur to the various characters in this volume. Needless to say there is never a dull moment.
The Daughter, Mahraveh, or ‘Mahi’, is none other than the daughter of Muskigo, the Afhem who led the army of Saujibar against the Glassman previously, only to be defeated by Sir Torsten.
In this book, we find out what has happened to her people as a result of the failed battle, the missing Caleef, and the attacks by the North. We see this through the eyes of The Daughter, as she sees the land ravaged by invading armies, their men having been taken to fight elsewhere, or the rest in the city, fighting to become a new Afhem in place of those that have died. It is a place that sees woman only as tools, not as equals, and yet, we learn that previously, Mahi has had opportunities that most other women will never get. As a result, she takes us on a thrilling path as her journey in this book seeks to see her people have a true leader, not one looking to further just their own gains. This part of the story, ‘The Daughter’ is only the start, and will continue on in the next book.
‘The Thief’, Whitney, is travelling with a troupe of Glintish trying to get to Sora. As usual, his story is full of humour, painful moments (as in No, don’t do that Whitney, as you slap your head when he does something really stupid…), and then amazing moments when he does something incredible you didn’t see coming. We see a real change in Whitney in this book though, as his time the Elsewhere has changed him. There are some brilliant characters in Whitney’s parts of the book, Talwyn, Lucindor, and the rest of the Troupe, especially young Gentry. Aquira, Sora’s Wyvern is again, exceptional, and is also developing into another individual character, as opposed to being Sora’s ‘Aquira’. The changes in these characters is very distinct in this book, showing the superior writing skill of the Authors.
As for ‘The Knight’, Torsten is still reeling from the battle atop the mountain when we join him at the start of this book. Having sustained crippling injuries, the loss of both of his eyes, he is unable to fight anymore, even walk around without the guidance of someone else, so he doesn’t trip and break his neck, or a leg. You get the impression that they have just kept him around in the castle, and dressed as a Knight out of recognition to his previous duties, and for killing Redstar, not because he is still one of the best minds in the castle.
However, Torsten is not done, and when a new snake slithers into the fold, in the form of Valin Tehr, a mobster from the less fortunate parts of the city where the slums are, and the majority of the brothels, which Tehr owns, Torsten knows he has to stop him before there is another ‘Redstar’ incident.
This leads to a fascinating and engaging part of the story, in which we see many of the less Major characters King Pi, Lucas, Rand, Abigail, all take part, as Torsten and Valin go head to head to see who can win the ear to the throne,
This is were we really see the writing skill of Bruno and Castle at their best, with some incredible Character writing, as well as exceptional world building and creative descriptive work, to really bring the story to life. You can read some stories and the Author just fails to provide a comprehensive and intricate portrayal of what is occurring, maybe brushing over the event in a rush to tell the next part of the story. Not so here, with the Authors taking the time to vividly detail and craft their scenes so that you are living each and every moment, making this story so much more extraordinary, and captivating than other books.
As stated, the superior Character work makes this book equally outstanding. Each Character, from the Five Main Titled Characters, to multitude of other Characters, every one gets such an engaging amount of attention.
The Authors have also paid the same amount of detail to their world building, this is a story of Epic proportions, and the world building is set to match it. From the details of the fighting pits of the Afhem, to the city streets of the Kingdom, there is just so much detail on every page, that you really feel like you are in the throne room, or sitting at the camp fire with Whitney, or in the dungeons with Torsten, the writing is just beyond outstanding.
The only character I haven’t mentioned so far is Sora, ‘The Mystic’, and I don’t want to say too much about her particular part of the story, as I really don’t want to give away any spoilers. This part of the story is incredibly powerful, and we learn some really interesting things about Sora, and the story. We are finally introduced to Nesillia in all her glory, which is a fascinating experience, and one well worth being a part of. The Mystic’s story is just outstanding.
Overall, this is probably the best book in the series, again, the Authors have outdone themselves, surpassing the other previous versions, which is saying something. This is an Epic series and one not to be missed, and if you have been following it, you will love part 4, and if you haven’t, now is the time to jump in.
I loved the first three, and the concluding third book had me tearing through the pages to find out the next revelation and how the action would wrap up. Perhaps it was starting the fourth one right after that hit me: understandably, the story slows in pace as new characters are introduced and the build-up to the next conflict begins-
Torsten had the best plotline: having undergone some serious changes, he has to accustom himself to a new position as the conflict continues.
New character Mahra was another treat, but her arc felt a little curtailed with too much left for the next book.
Whitney was fun, but having reformed he's more Whitney-light, while still in the same role, also his story starts off the slowest and doesn't pick up until later, where he runs into old adversary.
Sora - perhaps the big disappointment for me and defintely not what I'd hoped to see from her, considering the revelations in Book 3.
I also don't like the decision to make the Buried Goddess as a two-dimensional villain. There was always some ambiguity in the background about the god feud and who was really at fault. I'd have preferred her to have better intentions and a little more ambuguity in what she's doing and what her goals are beyond 'conquer everything.'
But I'll read the rest and see where it goes.
Top reviews from other countries
Good story telling,and intrigue. You don't expect the twists and turns. And know one is safe. Just not usual hero's get it right and nothing seems to hurt them, uneven that's not a given, but hopefully the story written true to the reader and keep is guessing, pray the authors can keep that up.
Don't want a totally happy and I alas, But don't want massacre either.