Godblind

Godblind[Download] ➵ Godblind Author Anna Stephens – Oaklandjobs.co.uk Godblind Godblind. ARC provided by Skyhorse Publishing in exchange for an honest review.I do want to start this review by saying that this is a grimdark fantasy novel, which means that it has much darker andbrutal tones than regular fantasy Many of the characters are morally grey, and do very ruthless, savage, and inhumane things I personally do enjoy this type of fantasy, but I know this subgenre isn t for everyone This all being said, there are a lot of trigger warnings for brutal violence, rape, attemp ARC provided by Skyhorse Publishing in exchange for an honest review.I do want to start this review by saying that this is a grimdark fantasy novel, which means that it has much darker andbrutal tones than regular fantasy Many of the characters are morally grey, and do very ruthless, savage, and inhumane things I personally do enjoy this type of fantasy, but I know this subgenre isn t for everyone This all being said, there are a lot of trigger warnings for brutal violence, rape, attempted rape, graphic torture, genital mutilation, religious sacrifice and other things along in those veinsThe gods demanded victoryThe basic premise of this book is that in the world of Gilgoras the people either worship Dancer, the Goddesses of Light, and her Fox God son or the Red Gods who are the Dark Lady and the God of Blood The Mireces people choose to worship the Red Gods, but they pay the price by being exiled to the cold and miserable places of Gilgoras, while the people that follow Dancer and her Fox God son get to thrive in RilporRilpor will belong to Blood again and, after it has fallen, all the world will know my wrathThe Mireces people not only worship the Red Gods, but they make incredible sacrifices to them, too I m talking excruciating pain until death type torture sacrifices Yet, they are finally strong enough, and have enough people following their Gods path, to try to take over Rilpor once and for all so they no longer have to live in the shadows.Meanwhile, there is a man who is part of the civilian watch of Rilpor who is directly connected to the world of the Gods They speak to him, among other agonizing things, but he is normally able to let his people know before something catastrophic happens Then he rescues an escaping Mireces who he believes is the key to something much bigger And he s right.Add in a sick king, mourning the loss of his wife, a commander trying desperately to protect that king, while also trying to uncover what is true, a general, who doesn t know what to believe but wants to do what s right, another newly appointed king who has a very questionable adviser, a very lucky or cursed man, depending on how you look at it, with two different colored eyes, and a couple of Gods that want to live and rule among humans Yeah, this is a pretty epic story with a lot going on.This story is told in many different points of view, but it is blended seamlessly and never feels like it s too much or over the top It s just an amazingly well crafted dark tale, filled with twists and turns that made me unable to put this book down There are betrayals and backstabbing, dark rituals and salvations, friendships and loves, this book has everything I want in my fantasy This book has some amazingly strong female characters A girl coping with her abuse and PTSD to become the fighter she s always wanted to be The best officer Rilpor has ever seen, while constantly having to put up with misogynistic and sexist things The most badass old woman, who never loses sight of her God or her faith, ever Hell, even a villain that doesn t want to be a sidekick to a male and his agenda any This story has the representation I want to see as a woman who reads and loves fantasy Anna Stephens is Queen, end of storyThen fuck you all, she thought, I ll save myselfAnd speaking of representation, Crys like instantly became one of my all time favorite characters He honestly might be my favorite character in all of 2017 I do not believe sexuality is ever a spoiler, but if you feel differently, do not read the rest of this paragraph I love how we get to see Crys explore, deal, and accept his feelings for men It was such an unexpected joy in this very dark world The scenes where Crys accepted his self, and who he truly was, warmed my heart to no end and were some of my favorite moments in this entire book Plus, you guys know I m always here for the bi gay representation, always, and Crys was expertly done.And the friendship in this book is truly spectacular, too I loved seeing the growth of some of these friendships, but I loved seeing the forgiveness and acceptance evenFriendships are never perfect, and sometimes they start out really rocky, but that doesn t mean that they aren t worth it.I also loved the lesson of starting over, and how you are never the mistakes you have made it your past And you certainly are never the terrible things that were forced upon you Seeing the escaped Mireces, Rillirin, healing from her abuse sexually, physically, and mentally and the PTSD caused by them, was beautifully done and I was so happy it was added into this book And then seeing her be able to love and accept love again was nothing short of magic to read Discussions like this, especially in fantasy, are so needed and I completely applaud Anna Stephens for thoughtfully and respectively adding them in her already phenomenal storyYou weren t a whore you were a victimMy biggest, and maybe only, complaint is that I went into this believing it would be a standalone, which it is totally not In fact, I think this beautiful book spent most of its time setting up for the events that are going to take place in the next installment Most the time, when you receive a physical ARC, you will get a sell sheet that will say something along the lines of epic new first book in a series or something along those lines, but my sell sheet totally didn t say anything like that, and neither does the description, so I went in ignorantly believing this would be a stand alone Obviously this is not the fault of the author or this books what so ever, in fact after reading, I saw on Anna Stephen s author bio it says it s a trilogy releasing a book a year So, this is totally and probably my fault for just not doing my research and realizing that it was the first book in a new series, but regardless I was a little disappointed, especially because of the massive cliffhanger s of an ending Yet, now I realize that I getbooks in this world and with these characters, so maybe it s not as much as a disappointment as I originally thought But I do think it is important to note, especially since Goodreads also doesn t have this listed as the first book in a series yet But I do need to get my hands on the next book, like, yesterday Seriously, who do I need to sacrifice Please give this a try upon release on June 20th 2017 I really believe it is something special and something so worth reading if you re a fantasy lover I loved this book wholeheartedly I instantly loved the premise, I quickly fell in love with the world, and eventually fell in love with most of the characters The discussions are important, the representation was amazing, and the story is addicting as well I am so impressed with this debut novel and author, and I cannot wait to get my hands on book two Blog Twitter Tumblr Instagram Youtube Twitch The quotes above were taken from an ARC and are subject to change upon publication. 3.5 5 StarsAn enjoyable grimdark debut with one Mortal Kombat level of brutality scene.This is one of those occasions where I truly hate Goodreads rating system, a 0.5 is a must have here 3 stars are too low while 4 stars are too high so take the rounding down or up here with a grain of salt, I m rating this book 3.5 stars, a great book with some cons but still very enjoyable.Honestly, I m in sorrow This is not an easy book for me to review I really wanted to love this bookespecially af 3.5 5 StarsAn enjoyable grimdark debut with one Mortal Kombat level of brutality scene.This is one of those occasions where I truly hate Goodreads rating system, a 0.5 is a must have here 3 stars are too low while 4 stars are too high so take the rounding down or up here with a grain of salt, I m rating this book 3.5 stars, a great book with some cons but still very enjoyable.Honestly, I m in sorrow This is not an easy book for me to review I really wanted to love this bookespecially after seeing the raving reviews it received from several reviewers I know, but I can t give this a higher rating because of some cons I had with it.Before I start my review, I ll give a warning to those of you who are sensitive on the topic of violence and rape, there are several scenes that might trigger you The book itself started with an attempted rape and then continued with tworapes scene happening off screen, later on,to a mother and a teenagernear the end of the book Plus, as I mentioned in the beginning of my review, the existence of one very brutal scene that I usually only find in other media, will definitely make you wince.Picture Goldsboro s Books June Book of the Month, taken from the author s blogIf you think for one second that hammer and nail in the picture are there for decoration, you couldn t bewrong I can never look at hammer the same way again after this book, that s all I ll say on this matter Consider yourself warned.The plot of the book revolves around the Mireces people, who worship the bloodthirsty Red Gods, that s plotting an invasion of Rilpor, which is filled with thriving cities and fertile Earth and the people worship the Dancer and the Fox God If you ve been following my reviews, I always avoid bullet point s review but I must make an exception for this one because a number of things I enjoy and dislike areor less equal I ve been staring at this review for hours and I honestly don t have any idea how to tackle this one other than using this format I ll start with the cons first so this review can end on a positive note because, despite the problems I had with it, there s no doubt that I enjoyed reading this book The overkill short chapters If I may be brutally honest, the first 30% of the book was boring due to the huge amount of POV s and short chapters Don t get me wrong, I don t mind short chapters, in fact, one of my favorite series of all time, The Faithful and the Fallen series by John Gwynne is done in the same manner However, in this case, it s just too much The book is less than 400 pages, there are 106 chapters in it Yes, that means most chapter consist of only 3 pages, this kills the sense of immersion and made the characters really hard to get attached to, especially in the beginning Not to mention there seem to be no distinctive voices between the male characters until around halfway of the book Characters are severely lacking in physical description Up until the end of the book, I have no slightest idea on what every character facial features should look like Despite the huge amount of casts, the only concrete information I got was that Rilllirin has red hair and she s 20 years old, Dom is less than 30 years old, Gilda is old but that s it Call me nitpicky but I prefer to know how the characters supposed to look like Finally, world building still needed a lot of improvements There seems to be no other reason for the conflict between the Gods other than the almost thousand year exile of the Red Gods The author might be saving this plot device for the sequels so I may change my statement on this one in the future if it ended up being true The world also felt so small and quite lacking in vivid description.Now, on to the pros Short chapters Yes, the short chapters are also the positive part of the book The book is highly focused on plots, dialogues, and actions which made the book really hard to put down after the 30% mark It s fast paced and there s always something going on in the story The best part of the book for me lies within it political machinations Despite being predictable, there s always this sense of I can t wait for this part to arrive and that s always a good thing in my dictionary Well written female characters Rillirin, Lanta, Gilda are all unique in personality and compelling to read Rillirin s development throughout the book from the beginning is amazing A huge plus on the beautifully detailed map In my opinion, maps are a staple in high epic fantasy books these days, it allows a better sense of location and how far each location in the world are from each other.Don t let my short explanations on the pros put you off, I m just highlighting the main point for you to enjoy it yourself so that you ll have a better experience when you read it Overall, although I expected to love this book , Godblind is still a very enjoyable book despite the problems I had with it and it s a good beginning to a trilogy I will look forward to what Anna Stephens has in store for the trilogy in the future You can find this and the rest of my Adult Epic High Fantasy Sci Fi reviews at BookNest I very much enjoyed this book Well, some parts I had to gloss over because this is a Grimdark and has very cringe worthy scenes So this book is not for the faint of heart Blood guts and torture I was thrilled to get this freaking awesome stained, signed and numbered edition of the hardback I also got a lovely postcard sent from the author Some authors are just so awesome There were several characters that I liked but damned if I didn t write down all of their names Story of my life I di I very much enjoyed this book Well, some parts I had to gloss over because this is a Grimdark and has very cringe worthy scenes So this book is not for the faint of heart Blood guts and torture I was thrilled to get this freaking awesome stained, signed and numbered edition of the hardback I also got a lovely postcard sent from the author Some authors are just so awesome There were several characters that I liked but damned if I didn t write down all of their names Story of my life I did write down Rillirin and Dom s names, although Dom is easy to remember Dom found Rillirin and took care of her He felt like she knew something, like she was meant to be there with him and his people Well she did have a story to tell but it wasn t the one Dom was thinking I enjoyed Dom and Rillirin a great deal and hope everything goes well for them in the next book That ending though I don t know There were other people in that band of people that I loved Strong women and men I didn t like the other people so much as they had the Dark Lady Woman, whatever she was called I just know I hated her and she put out some serious torture on peeps I guess for an evil character she beats everyone I know The two sides are fighting one another while others are fighting and killing each other over the throne It s crazy train In the book you re basically thrown into the story There is no real world, you re just along for the ride wherever you may be with the person you re reading about Oh yes, there are multiple POV s but once I got used to them it wasn t that bad at all I liked the shorter chapters too It helps when you have a tiny brain I m really hoping to get the next book in the special edition, signed and number book as well because it looks amaze balls Freaking awesome cover We shall see God, I wonder what kind of torture of peeps and stuff will be in the next one Like I said, I just skim over stuff like that if it gets too bad because I still like to read great stories And I watch a lot of history type with that stuff in it so I m used to skimming or averting the eyes if it s too much Just know all of that if you re going into this type of book I don t do animal torture and unless it was in some of the parts with human torture I skimmed over, there wasn t anything like that so kudos I think Anyhoo Happy Reading Mel MY BLOG Melissa Martin s Reading List The Red Gods Are Rising Contains minor spoilers I received a free advanced copy of G0dblind in exchange for an honest review Thank you to Anna Stephens and Harper Voyager Please note, I have had to spell the book s title as G0dblind with a 0 otherwise GR s removes the word from my review for some reason To begin with, I must admit that after reading the excellent G0dblind I think I will be eternally afraid of betrayal and hammers The world of Gilgoras had an uneasy truce between King Ras The Red Gods Are Rising Contains minor spoilers I received a free advanced copy of G0dblind in exchange for an honest review Thank you to Anna Stephens and Harper Voyager Please note, I have had to spell the book s title as G0dblind with a 0 otherwise GR s removes the word from my review for some reason To begin with, I must admit that after reading the excellent G0dblind I think I will be eternally afraid of betrayal and hammers The world of Gilgoras had an uneasy truce between King Rastoth of Rilporian and King Liris of the Mireces The former were followers of the Gods of Light and the later under the direct command of the banished Red Gods After recent events which caused the seemingly perpetual madness of one King and the murder of another, it seems like the Red Gods are now playing their hand, after years of plotting and they are hoping to send the world into bloodthirsty chaos If so much blood and gore are delivered then the veil that has kept the Gods exiled from the physical world for so long will break and they can be made flesh once again G0dblind is labelled as Grimdark for a reason If Abercrombie presented lectures on how to write gritty, brutal and tortuous fantasy then I imagine Anna would have been his star pupil To truly enjoy this book I think readers need to know what sort of journey they are getting themselves into beforehand The themes and language presented and used are very adult Towards the beginning of the narrative, there is an attempted rape, some good old fashioned cheating at cards, a savagely violent sacrifice and a regicide This certainly sets the tone for the action which is to follow A couple of early reviews have stated that they couldn t handle the violence subjected to ladies in G0dblind which I see could be upsetting to some people At the same time, there are some very strong female characters here and the violence given is not restricted to just the ladies There is one particular scene where it will be the men reading who are the ones cringing and perhaps even feeling sick I had to put the book down for ten minutes Returning to the statement regarding violence to women, the transformation of one character from being a recipient of the aforementioned to her position at the book s finale made for an excellent character development arc I believe that this book would not work if it was utterly and unconditionally horrific throughout and if the players involved were nothing but bloodthirsty cavemen like individuals The good news is that is not the case at all There are some really nice moments here such as love found in unexpected places and there is a great amount of loyalty and honour amongst certain factions and troops Stephens debut is typically a good vs evil tale yet it is only about halfway through that the sides seem fully aligned and that leads to some amazing plot twists up until that point Out of the main characters, my personal favourites were Captain Crys who is a brave and influential soldier and the warrior Dom who is a seer who receives often unwanted messages from the Gods The world of Gilgoras is not as grandiose as some recent epic fantasy creations but it works well presenting the tales the book is trying to tell The ARC I received didn t contain a map and this was fine so I would comment the final version probably doesn t need one either because of how descriptive the book is The world building is excellent from the short sharp chapters leading the narrative to be presented via approximately twelve points of view perspectives As the world isn t that large and the action normally only takes place in three or four locations at any time there will sometimes be a continuation or slight overlapping going from one character s portrayal of an event to another character s views of what comes next The narrative will then switch elsewhere on the map to pursue what is happening in other areas This is the first book of a proposed trilogy It concludes in pretty awesome fashion but it isn t really self contained and is the first portion of the bigger picture the same way The Lord of The Rings was The intense and climactic ending definitely makes me want to pick up the next, currently untitled book as soon as I can I noticed a lot of intriguing statement snippets which I believe are seeds tocomplex events and happenings and Stephens is working hard on the groundwork here to ensure that the following books becomecomplex, deeper and ultimately fulfilling There is a sort of cliffhanger during a certain siege and I am really intrigued to see how those events are concluded G0dblind is a thrilling, unrelenting and a brilliantly presented debut that lets readers walk on the darkest plains visited in the fantasy genre Highly recommended It is not for the faint hearted but definitely for fans of Abercrombie s The First Law and for fans of ASOIAF s structure, characterisation and most brutal moments 3.5 4 12 17 Sighs This is one of those books that I really wanted to love and went into with high hopes unfortunately, it fell a little short So, here goes For the most part, I really enjoyed it and it was what I could ve asked for in a Grimdark Fantasy I would point out, however, that this is not for everyone The themes and language presented and used are very adult The narrative starts out with an attempted rape then dives into other dark and gritty scenes including a savagely vio 3.5 4 12 17 Sighs This is one of those books that I really wanted to love and went into with high hopes unfortunately, it fell a little short So, here goes For the most part, I really enjoyed it and it was what I could ve asked for in a Grimdark Fantasy I would point out, however, that this is not for everyone The themes and language presented and used are very adult The narrative starts out with an attempted rape then dives into other dark and gritty scenes including a savagely violent sacrifice a cringe worthy torture scene I was not prepared for andbloody scenes It didn t hold back on anything and though it had so much potential, it lagged on many things I appreciate in fantasy books One of the biggest drawbacks was in the world building Being that, THERE WAS NONE The entire time I was reading, I felt like I missed out on the foundational part of the book and dove straight into this one Not a lot if any was explained about the world, the characters and the deep conflict between the Red Gods and the others which, if I m not mistaken was the whole point of the entire plot Another drawback was that this book took what I absolutely love and look for in every fantasy book multi POVs and short chapters and basically wrecked it Very annoyed For starters, the chapters were so short that I was never given the chance to really get to know the world or the characters as much as I would ve liked to because, after two or so pages, it d change straight to another character And the POVs I absolutely love books told from many different perspectives but Godblind had some character POVs that were plain unnecessary We move across ten characters, some of whom havechapters than others but then switch to another character who was right next to the one we just read about It was utterly pointless and felt like a page filler.Out of the main characters, however, my personal favourites were Captain Crys, a soldier of Rilpor who always finds himself in trouble inways than one, and Dom the seer who receives often unwanted messages from the Gods Yet another thing that lowered my rating was the lack of feeling of connectivity I did not feel any emotional connection to any of the characters whatsoever None I couldn t care about them or care about who lived or died And feeling no connection to your characters is practically one of the worst things that could happen when you re reading a book Contrary to my review, I did enjoy some parts I just wasn t blown away by it despite my wishes For a debut novel, it was an unrelenting and brutal dark fantasy that might not have been executed ever so perfectly but was thrilling nonetheless It s not for the faint hearted but definitely for fans of Abercrombie and Lawrence.1 12 17Right, so I was told that this is one hell of a dark book which contains the bloodiest most gruesome scene in fantasy Here goes It s SO AWESOME to read a Grimdark fantasy written by a female author We don t get many and we should There s this term we are using in the Grimdark Fiction Readers Writers fb group, called Grimdark AF A term to identify the grimdarkest of grimdarks As grimdark as it gets GRIMDARK AS FUCK I believe it deserves to be a sub genre of Grimdark Fantasy, and Godblind may as well be the very first novel classified as such The Mireces were exiled from Rilpor almost a thousand years ago, and their Gods were imprisoned beyond reach Being savages, outnumbered and outclassed, they didn t dare fig There s this term we are using in the Grimdark Fiction Readers Writers fb group, called Grimdark AF A term to identify the grimdarkest of grimdarks As grimdark as it gets GRIMDARK AS FUCK I believe it deserves to be a sub genre of Grimdark Fantasy, and Godblind may as well be the very first novel classified as such The Mireces were exiled from Rilpor almost a thousand years ago, and their Gods were imprisoned beyond reach Being savages, outnumbered and outclassed, they didn t dare fight except from the odd ambush here and there But when a new Warlord takes command, and while the Rilporin King is unwell both in body and mind, the Mireces plot invasion with two targets in mind destroy everything, and bring back the Red Gods A powerful Seer, an ex slave, a General and a Captain are called to stop them But are they enough, or is Rilporin doomed to be erased from human history The Blessed One hissed and drew all eyes back to her Our gods are trapped on the borders of Gilgoras like us, but They weave Their holy work inside its bounds nonetheless With the help of my high priest, Gull, who lies hidden in the very heart of Rilpor, They draw one to Them who can finally see Their desires fulfilled She bared her teeth Know this now, and rejoice in the knowing The gods plans are revealed to me, and soon enough to you Begin your preparations and make them good Come the spring, we do not raid Come spring, we conquer And by midsummer, we will have victory not only over Rilpor but over their so called Gods of Light as wellGodblind is told by many points of view with short, sharp and to the point chapters A lot of debuts and especially first books in a series suffer from a low tempo and a slow pace in an attempt to establish characters, world building and make you feel familiar with them, before moving into the main story line The result of this is uninteresting and or boring chapters that may force the reader to DNF Fortunately, this wasn t the case with Godblind Stephens is excellent at establishing and developing her characters, exploring and expanding her world, and telling a bad ass story in the process If you can say one thing about Anna Stephens, it s that she s talented beyond doubt But talent isn t always enough it must be combined with hard work and a long term vision and that s exactly what she s done From the smooth as silk prose to the exciting and steadily rising tempo, from the exceptional main story line to the intriguing smallest plot arcs, from the masterfully crafted characters to the fascinating world building, Godblind might as well be the grimdark debut of the year In all of my reviews, I highlight both positives and negatives Anna s debut is a great book, but it isn t perfect Godblind has a problem in its first half, and here s where things are getting weird for the life of me, I can t pinpoint it A lot of things crossed my mind Perhaps the characters are one dimensional Perhaps the story telling is slightly apathetic Perhaps the pacing was uneven But when I focused my attention on these elements, I didn t find them lacking I can only presume that the said problem is insignificant and beyond notice so you won t be able to identify it while searching for it, but you can feel that there s something wrong while reading In conclusion, I guess I ll have to settle with slightly unrealistic due to multiple but minor factors , although I m not entirely satisfied with the term But, this is just a minor problem and didn t affect my rating or the pleasure of reading the book in the slightest All in all, Godblind is an excellent debut and the starting point of a promising author that won t take long to be a household name 4,5 rounded up to 5 because it s a debutYou can findof my reviews over at Originally reviewed here StarsMove over Abercrombie and Lawrence You too, Fletcher.In the past it has been noted that there are almost no mainstream female GrimDark authors Sure, there are those that write dark fantasy, and horror, and even stray into the morally grey area we love so much But they tend to be slightly tamer than their male counterparts I m not sure why, maybe because they think females write only for females rule applies Well no Originally reviewed here StarsMove over Abercrombie and Lawrence You too, Fletcher.In the past it has been noted that there are almost no mainstream female GrimDark authors Sure, there are those that write dark fantasy, and horror, and even stray into the morally grey area we love so much But they tend to be slightly tamer than their male counterparts I m not sure why, maybe because they think females write only for females rule applies Well not anyHere at last we have a true GrimDark book, written by a female author that can not only stand up to the male competition, but also kick it in the balls Halleluyah Or should that be Praise the Red Gods Human sacrifice, attempted rape, murder, and mass murder That is only the first chapter Seriously, you can read it here After I read that I knew I had to get my hands on a copy Thankfully the lovely folks at NetGalley were happy to oblige my indulgence.Set in the world of Gilgoras, this follows the struggles of the followers of the Red Gods They have been exiled to the freezing mountains for the past 995 years All they want is to claim back the land they feel they are entitled to Land presently occupied by the followers of the Fox Goddess Led by their king and priestess, they launch a rather audacious attack on the citizens Rilpor Naturaly this is not an ill advised last attempt to claim back their land, but a carefully laid plan All to allow their gods to pierce the veil into the physical world and win their war.This story is being marketed as for fans of ASoIaF , now that may be true in a sense, there are big differences between the two Godblind is less than half the length of the average GRRM door stopper, there are not nearly as many PoV s The pace is relentless I flew through this in no time at all, and that was with limited reading time I thoroughly enjoyed the brutality, the betrayal, the absolute genius of Lanta She is written just perfectly And that torture scene Even made me flinch Brilliant Make no mistake, this is not for the fainthearted But GD fans will be pleased I received an e copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review This was bloody brilliant Bloody both as gritty and as amount of awesomenessThis is grimdark at is best It is the closest thing I ever found to ASOIAF in tone and scope it does read easier though With Godblind I didn t feel like I would miss important stuff, if my attention waned for even just one second, and still it managed to be epic, have a lot of POVs and characters and an expanding world.I loved the characters, and enjoyed following them and their growth throughout the books They This was bloody brilliant Bloody both as gritty and as amount of awesomenessThis is grimdark at is best It is the closest thing I ever found to ASOIAF in tone and scope it does read easier though With Godblind I didn t feel like I would miss important stuff, if my attention waned for even just one second, and still it managed to be epic, have a lot of POVs and characters and an expanding world.I loved the characters, and enjoyed following them and their growth throughout the books They felt very realistic and changed over the course of the story I especially enjoyed the good mix of female and male characters, that were very divers and not stereotype in any direction neither damsels in distress, nor ice cold assassins, neither heroes in glorious perfection, nor villains just for the sake of it The world was set invitingly, and I ll be glad to return to it with the next installment as I listened to the audiobook, I sadly didn t get to have the wonderful map in the Hardcover version, but I already ordered one for my shelf I need this one to look pretty on thereSome politics, but it never got boring, different factions and religions to follow and gods trying to get back to earth after being banishedThe plot was complex enough to keep me engaged and interested, yet easy enough to follow so I didn t feel like I needed a flowchart to be able to follow the story It was varied and has different subplots, so it never gets boring.The prose was perfectly fluent and I never once was thrown out of my reading flow due to a bumpy phrasing, or chapter breaks at the wrong moments.It is proper grimdark, so not for the faint of heart There are human sacrifices, torture, attempted rape, and all kinds of violence in Godblind But they felt like a natural part of the story, and not at all like they were added just for the sake of it And they are important for character development.All in all I can t really recommend it highly enough what an astounding debut I am conflicted about this book On one hand, I enjoyed it, so this a solid three star rating On the other hand, I felt like it went on too long if you weigh the content of the actual plot There are multiple POVs, at least a dozen The book ends without resolution apparently it s going to be a trilogy The entire book ended up being set up for the next book I didn t feel there was enough meat to justify a higher rating shrug Many things happen, including build up to a religious war, rom I am conflicted about this book On one hand, I enjoyed it, so this a solid three star rating On the other hand, I felt like it went on too long if you weigh the content of the actual plot There are multiple POVs, at least a dozen The book ends without resolution apparently it s going to be a trilogy The entire book ended up being set up for the next book I didn t feel there was enough meat to justify a higher rating shrug Many things happen, including build up to a religious war, romance, political treachery There are dark gods in this who influence man and like suffering, sacrifice, and torture It has dark parts This is not a very nice world.I liked the various characters well enough, but to be honest, if there were fewer POVs and the book was shorter, I would have given this four stars By about 70% in, I just wanted the book to end, and that is about when the real fighting begins and events start unfolding.However, the book is easy to read and I found myself easily engaged to a point This is a debut novel and there is a good story here with good writing, etc I just can t say I loved it, although I will probably read the next one Original post 1.99 on USOctober 19, 2017 I went in to this thinking it was YA only the gods know why but was aggressively disabused of the notion in the opening scene Thankfully I like my fantasy as dark as it comes, but for anyone looking for a lighter read, this is not for you At this point and all the way up to a scene about 1 4 of the way through that will make you wince at the very least , I thought this would be an easy 5 read Not only did it play with genre tropes, it fooled with narrative ones So many moments went like I went in to this thinking it was YA only the gods know why but was aggressively disabused of the notion in the opening scene Thankfully I like my fantasy as dark as it comes, but for anyone looking for a lighter read, this is not for you At this point and all the way up to a scene about 1 4 of the way through that will make you wince at the very least , I thought this would be an easy 5 read Not only did it play with genre tropes, it fooled with narrative ones So many moments went like this reads scene Hang onWtf Did the author just do that reads scene again She did just do that Damn Repeat Then for me it lost itself The multiple POV that had worked well to keep the tension high in the initial stages now seemed shorter not sure if actually true but it felt that way , each person over too quickly and no depth in sight Things kept happening off stage and I wasn t sure whether that was a stylistic choice or whether it just didn t fit, its quite a big book already The sections jumped all over the place and i found it difficult to care what people were going through because I just didn t feel it Added to that the shoehorning in of two romances that were entirely unnecessary and unlikely, and I was struggling I m still giving it 4 because it s trying to do something different and because I was genuinely surprised and thrilled by the first part ARC via Netgalley

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  • Godblind
  • Anna Stephens
  • English
  • 07 February 2019
  • 0008215898