The Godless (Children Trilogy #1)
The Gods are dying. Fifteen thousand years after the end of their war, their bodies can still be found across the world. They kneel in forests, lie beneath mountains, and rest at the bottom of the world's ocean. For thousands of years, me ...more
The Godless caught me off guard a bit, as it ended up not being the kind of book I was expecting at all. Mainly, it doesn’t read like it was meant to have a traditional story plot, and I don’t doubt that could be the reason for the many reviews I’ve seen describing it as confusing or difficult to summarize. Books like these are generally not my cup of tea, but The Godless did manage to hold me rapt with its epic world and ...more
I mean, clearly I am to be trusted...
Actually, I'm mostly just dropping a link to Tor.com's site, which has the first five chapters up for those who would like a sample to try. In the book, there is a prologue before this, but here you are introduced to the main three characters of the book.
There is also, for those of you interested, a soundtrack.
As always, thank you for your time and your interest, regardless of your opinion of the book or series.
Just a quick update to list so ...more
A siege of a single city thousands of years in the making. Three distinct eras of history in one book each with distinct characteristics and all important to events of the day. Gods with real power, a real sine of wonder, and thought processes that are alien to those on a lesser plain. More importantly these gods have a since of awesome in the truly biblical meaning of the word. The Godless is unique in style, deep in history, and just a little bit wonderful.
The story starts w ...more
The Godless tells the story of many fallen gods whose bodies lay strewn across the world after their cataclysmic war. Their power has not fully diminished however, and it inhabits certain individuals from ti ...more
The focus of the book is on the deaths of the gods and the immortals that have inherited their abilities. There's also a fair amount of time spent on the political situation, but it's all a bit muddled d ...more
Peek certainly delivered on his promise of diversity with all of his protagonists being people of colour. ...more
I've enjoyed Peek's shorter work in the past. Long time readers of the blog might recall my review of Above/Below- a small press publicationby Peek and Stephanie Campisi. Given the high profile sale, my interest in Australian speculative fiction generally and my enjoyment of Peek's previous work, I've kept an eye out for the pub ...more
It is on the literal back of one of these gods that the city of Mireaa, a ...more
From the first lines of “Your eyes,” Illaan said to her, before the sun rose. “Your eye ...more
The book has many strong points, but its strongest are its protagonists—Ayae, Bueralan, and Zaifyr, the ancient "charm-laced man" who provides the Godless with its title—all of whom have sufficient depth to draw the reader into the sort of sympathies without which books like this read very hollow.
There is also considerable invention ...more
Just finished reading The Godless which I have to say I enjoyed. This book is described as epic and I can see why. The scope here certainly justifies that description.
Set in a world where the Gods are dying following war with each other, their bodies now lie beneath the oceans, in the forests and under mountain ranges. One of these Gods, Ger, lies dying beneath a mountain range that the city of Mireea is nestled up against. The inhabitants of the city of M ...more
Last year in April Tor UK came with a press release stating the acquisition of the Children series of Australian author Ben Peek, the first book, then titled Immolation but later changed to The Godless, would be published in May of 2014. When I read the synopsis of the book I knew this was just the book I was looking for. Using Gods in fantasy isn't a new concept but it is a concept that allows for a great story. The synopsis also mad ...more
This was a delicious, unhurried, languid read. I wasn’t burning through the pages in an unputdownable frenzy (although I do like those kind of books also), rather I slowly devoured each tension-laden sentence slowly and carefully to make sure I didn’t miss anything, and stopping occasionally to r ...more
The best epic fantasy is a seamless blend of intricately wrought elements that creates a fully-realised world with a comprehensive and weighty history that continues to affect the lives of the equally real characters that inhabit it. On the (now not so) small screen, shows like A Game of Thrones have replaced the soap opera phenomenon of the 1980s, with audiences glued to the reversals and treacheries of the Lannisters, Starks and ...more
The first in a new fantasy series, The Godless by Ben Peek is an action-packed tale of rival nations in a battle over the territory of a buried God.
The book begins with cartographer’s apprentice, Ayae, in the city of Mireea, where she lives a content life with her partner, Illaan. Mireea is built atop the burial ground of the god, Ger, who many believe to be dormant rather than dead, waiting for the time to rise once more. As a result, the ground is...more
So how did Peek fare? He’s a very good short story writer (see Dead Americans) and The Godl ...more
Doh. Mr. Peek, I certainly hope the next one is coming soon.
My only beef with the book is the character and place naming. Too many names with A's and E's too close together. A small complaint though and it didn't detract e ...more
The worst feeling I can have towards a book is ambivalence, and The Godless left me feeling just that way. It was not annoying to read, nor did it lift me up like I want my epic fantasy to do, or take me on a roller coaster ride of emotion and action where I love and loathe the characters.
The charact ...more
I think that the book had a lot of promise and I would recommend reading it, and keeping an eye out for the sequel based on that alone. The idea behind the book is that the pantheon of gods in the world has fought a war, and they are all in the act of dying. In the aftermath of this death there are those who have become immortal and have gained godlike powers, but they aren't entirely sure what exactly they are, demigods, cursed or even gods the ...more
The chapters in "The Godless" are very short, and this causes two distinct problems. Problem number one is pacing. The story cannot flow fluidly ...more