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Kidnapped from his homeworld and sold into slavery, Maurin despairs of ever seeing his cousin or his home again. When he is ransomed by a mysterious woman and reunited with Aric, he joins an unlikely group committed to the downfall of the slave trade. But it isn't long before he realizes they are being hunted--not only by the blood-lusting head of the slave ring, but by an ...more
Paperback, 478 pages
Published December 12th 2012 by Crimson Moon Press
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Allan Reini
Dec 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
True confession. Even as an author in the genre, I generally avoid “Christian” sci-fi and fantasy. The overabundance of message-heavy works, filled with awkward references, cheap conversion stories, and “God shows up, so everything is alright,” endings, is problematic. Precious few Christian sci-fi authors are successfully navigating a good solid story—staying true to a faith message without bludgeoning the reader into a catatonic gospel-state.

Robert Mullin is one of the exceptions to the rule.
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K.M. Carroll
Dec 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy-scifi
I read an ARC of Bid the Gods Arise. When I picked it up, I was kind of "meh". I don't really go in for epic fantasy these days. (I've been burned too many times by cliche elves with long golden tresses and heroic knights and everything else people can rip off Lord of the Rings or mine from Dungeons and Dragons). All I knew about BTGA was that it had soul-sucking vampires.

It starts with Aric's dreams and Maurin's common sense. They live in a temple and are looking at becoming a priest and a prin
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Adam Collings
Bid the Gods Arise is unlike anything else that I have read before. The story reads like an epic fantasy but incorporates clear science fiction elements. The story is viewed predominantly from the point of view of characters from a non-technological world, so even when advanced sci-fi technologies appear in the story they are seen through the eyes of people who are not sure how to describe them. This creates an intriguing mixing of genres that I for one would like to see more of.

The book deals w
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J.L. Mbewe
Jan 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This adventure begins as the story of Maurin and his cousin who get abducted off their planet and sold into slavery on another planet, and then we find them playing a part in a much larger, complex story.

I loved this book.

What blew me away first, was the plot. The complexity of it, how the author wove all the subplots together, switching between the antagonist and protagonists. I never knew what I'd find next, it kept me turning the pages.

I liked the balance of action and description when it c
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Mark Carver
Apr 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Robert Mullin throws several genres together in Bid the Gods Arise and the result is a fresh take on traditional fantasy. There are some elements that will be familiar (epic quests, realizing one's destiny, mythical creatures, etc.) but there are plenty of surprises along the way. The book is packed from cover to cover with action and violence, there is a broad cast of characters with their own talents and motivations. There's quite a bit of variety between worlds and races, and the whole story ...more
Peter  Younghusband
Jan 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Book Review: Bid The Gods Arise (The Wells of the Worlds Book1) by Robert Mullin

My first impression was Mullin's writing style. It is smooth and I felt like I was being well supported on a comfortable couch moving with little or no vibration or sense of movement as it transported me to this fantasy world that Mullin so masterfully creates. So easy it is to lose oneself and become so engrossed in this world. From this point of view, Mullin creates a wonderful fantasy world.

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Tony Breeden
Jan 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Bid the Gods Arise follows the adventures of two cousins, Aric and Maurin. It begins in a pretty standard medieval fantasy format with a hint of prophecy and a bit of dissatisfaction with their provincial lives. The characters are likeable enough and their comraderie is evident. Author Robert Mullins then shakes up both their worlds and genre expectations by having these hapless cousins abducted by slave-trading aliens, destroying a wedding in the process!

From that point onwards, we are swept al
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J.C. Lamont
Dec 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
An epic fantasy with a sci-fi twist, Bid the Gods Arise is the debut novel of Robert Mullin, a true wordsmith. The book begins on the dawn of Maurin’s wedding day, but shortly after he vows himself to his bride (who he never even met), he and his cousin Aric are kidnapped and sold as slaves on an unknown world.

Years pass, until suddenly the cousins are rescued by a staff-wielding female (and younger) version of Gandalf, who trains them to be warriors in a daring attempt to overthrow the vicious
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Ron
Feb 15, 2013 rated it liked it
This was a hard call. I tried this book due to the unanimity among the (admittedly few) reviews posted. (I noticed several references to ARCs, so perhaps we must excuse the reviewers for gushing over the accomplishment of their friend.) It's certainly not a five. It's good, but it's not that good. In fact, the first hundred pages were so poor that I almost didn't get any farther.

Oh, it's a good story--an exceptional story drawing deep into western myth and legend in a way that still seemed new.
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Kat Heckenbach
Jan 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: re-reading
I'm not sure why, but opening this book I expected traditional epic fantasy. Boy, was I wrong. Bid the Gods Arise is a mash-up of fantasy and sci-fi, with a bit of Ancient Rome thrown in. Yeah, gladiators and everything! Oh, and it's allegorical, too.

Serious strengths in this novel: characterization, dialog, action, originality.

There's a pretty big cast in the story, and I could keep them all straight because Mullin really brings them to life. Dialog really adds to this, without being superfluou
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Pauline Creeden
Jan 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A seamless blend of science fiction and fantasy, Bid the Gods Arise succeeds in bringing something new to the realm of speculative. This volatile tale of two cousins ripped from their home world and sold into slavery has more twists and turns than one would expect. The cast of characters varies from the strong of body and soul Wardens to the Gladiatrix killing machine, Dania and everything in between. As a fan of Terry Goodkind, I couldn’t help but feel that Lord Argoneis, the head bad guy remin ...more
Michael
Apr 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic fantasy!

I very much enjoyed this novel. Having read fewer than thirty fantasy novels, I consider myself a n00b to the genre, but I do like the genre and know a good story when I read one. This tale is well-crafted, and clearly the work of an author who knows how to write. It kept me turning the virtual pages (I read it on Kindle), and kept me up later than I should've been awake. I finished it much faster than I had expected, because I ended up prioritizing the reading over other parts
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Julian
Feb 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Must-Read; Couldn't Put it Down!

An expertly written and completely engrossing novel. I've read a lot of fantasy novels over the years. Many are great, but for a long while I went through a slump where each new novel sounded exactly the same. These fantasy novels all had similar plots, familiar characters, identical settings and world-building, and even some of the over-arching themes were the same. I had lost hope in fantasy. Then along came Robert Mullin and restored my faith in the genre. No
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Melinda Reynolds
Dec 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I rarely give any novel five stars, as I have found few perfect books. I rated this one 5 Stars for exceptional writing, characterization, and plotting.

Well written with excellent world building (and more than one) that doesn’t intrude into the storyline but serves as a convincing backdrop.
Starts out with an “All aboard!” with the introduction of the two main characters, Aric and Maurin; sometimes difficult to keep up with but that may be due to reading it in several sittings instead of all at o
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Parker Cole
Mullin's Bid the Gods Arise is a thrilling, captivating piece of fictional machinery. It's high fantasy, sci-fi, and horror at it's best. The characters jump off the page and hit you smack in the middle of your mind. I particularly love the brotherly relationship between Maurin and Aric. It's not often, as far as I know anyway, that cousins are so close in fiction so it was a different type of relationship I enjoyed. Aric and Maurin's temperaments are different and yet you can understand why the ...more
R.M. Huffman
Dec 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The story is excellent, with all the requisite beats that readers love about sci-fi and fantasy (and, much like Star Wars, this is as much one as the other): characters being thrust into a larger world and finding their places within; a heroic party on a quest of great import; new and creative civilizations, creatures, and settings. The author defies tropes and expectations (mine, at least) of typical spec-fic more than once. I particularly appreciated his restraint in not going full-out "tour o ...more
Christy
Feb 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone!!!
Recommended to Christy by: A friend
Bid the Gods Arise is Amazing!!! Robert Mullin delivered! Very well written. Great imagery without being too wordy. It's filled with great characters, including heroes, monsters, and blood-thirsty villians. It goes from one planet to another, heroes taken into slavery, living apart from the only family they've known and thrown into the real world of blood, sweat, and tears. I picked it up and wasn't able to put it down! If you like Sci-fi or Fantasy you will not want to miss having this new epic ...more
Celesta Thiessen
Dec 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
This paranormal science fantasy was an exciting read. The plot was fast-paced and immersive from beginning to end. I liked the characters. A warning to more sensitive readers, there was several attempted rapes and a significant amount of mostly offscreen rape and sex and also some graphic violence. That's why it lost one star for me. I think the story would have been just as good if the violence, especially the sexual violence was toned down some. But overall, this was an engaging, unique and we ...more
Drev
Jan 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic combination of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Once you start reading you will not want to put it down. This book is a thrill ride from start to finish. A great combination of the two genres and as a avid fantasy reader a great new twist to the usual order of things. I would highly recommend this book to lovers of either genre or anyone looking for a world to fully engross themselves in.
Tiger Hebert
People will hate themselves for overlooking a true epic.

There is so much to say about Bid the Gods Arise. I could rave on and on, because I absolutely fell in love with this story, but I would rather you spend time reading the book, instead. It will serve you better. For those that insist, my review follows.

Often, when writers write, it is because the story they want to read is yet to be written. As a writer, I understand this to be true. It doesn’t mean we don’t enjoy the works of other writers
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Rebecca Minor
Dec 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Review of Bid the Gods Arise by Robert Mullin

Bid the Gods Arise is a satisfying read that spans multiple sub-genres in speculative fiction. The story successfully meshes elements of fantasy, science fiction, and even a smidge of paranormal into one gritty story of identity and purpose.

Mullin has done an excellent job of building a story world with excellent interconnectedness between the cultures, even spanning multiple planets. The ultimate reasoning he gives behind the story-start raid on the
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Lelia Rose
Mar 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Bid the Gods Arise is well-written for the most part, and competently for all of it. There were two reasons why I knocked a book I mostly enjoyed down to three stars: 1. I hate it when God is a character in a book and chats with the other characters. Most people aren't bothered by that, but this is my review, and the practice bugs the snot out of me. 2. I have no problem with fallen-to-primitive-levels cultures, but here we have cultures that use space ships, and they fight with swords???? I sup ...more
Jason
Feb 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Upon completing the last page, I found myself having one problem. I'm not sure I can wait for the second book to be released.
This is not your typical sci-fantasy story, nor is it another run-of-the-mill Christian story full of Tolkien-inspired cliches. It is entirely original, holds nothing back, and is more for adults than for teens and kids.
How for adults? Not only did I come across at least fifteen new words (not only those distinctive to the fantasy world, but actual English words I never he
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Aaron DeMott
Jan 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, sci-fi
The whole "person gets sold/kidnapped/forced into slavery" plot has been done to death, and I'm not normally a fan of this type of plot, but Mullin takes it in a different direction. It never feels like a "oh this is awful, how can I escape this" plot, but more like a "Wow. This sucks, but I'm going to do the right thing anyway" story. Well, there are moments of the other, but they just serve to contrast the other characters decisions.

The book has the whole "Epic Fantasy" feel as well. The slave
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Laura Howard
Feb 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved the book!

There was a large cast of characters who were slightly hard to keep track of. I believe one of the problems I had was that I have my kindle read to me in the car and the pronunciation of the names was a bit different than what I heard in my head while I read.

I thought the story was refreshing and I found it hard to not sympathize with all but maybe one of the characters. Good and Evil were not always clear which made this an extremely engaging tale.

I enjoyed that the story left
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Paul Lee
Mar 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Bid the Gods Arise takes some of the materials of ancient pre-Flood Judeo-Christian legend (although it's not set in an antediluvian world) and gives them life and coherence in a mythic universe. In doing so, it avoids falling into the Evangelical stereotypes of the same source material, and it is definitely not “biblical fiction.” The myth-creation leaves intriguing implications, and few individual novels cover as vast a scope. The worldbuilding does not quite live up to the vast scope of the m ...more
Arpit Srivastava
Mar 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Book is a mix of many Sci-Fi stories. I sometime felt that writer has taken quite an inspiration from star wars, lord of the rings in building story around the characters. There are reamers like dementors in Harry Potter series. There is funda of the one. There is prophecy. There are other worlds. There is one main villain like Voldemort.
Still I won't be doing a right thing if I didn't mention that the book is still worthy of your time. Its imaginative and I would like to read its 2nd and 3rd p
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Story Blogger
Jan 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fantasy lovers
"Bid the Gods Arise" is a great fantasy. Definitely has some great action, heart-pounding adventure, and good friendship and love in the mix. I really liked the character of Aric and Maurin, and how they contrasted each other nicely. The other characters did a great job of showing a wide range of duty, emotion, and humanity (or depravity, depending.) While there's some pretty gory stuff in passing, you shouldn't pass on this adventure.
Joel Parisi
Feb 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: outread-aubrey
A fascinating and thoroughly developed world, with well-rounded characters and an intriguing premise (soul-sucking demon vampires? Don't tell me you don't think that's great).

Overall, this book was very well written. There were some minor grammatical errors and typos, but they were so infrequent as to be barely noticeable. For anyone who's never read Christian SF or has maybe been burnt out on the 'standard fare', this book will be a lifesaver.

4 stars!
Maria Kiguthi
Feb 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book has a complex plot line with excellent characters. Aric and Maurin are cousins who are kidnapped from their home world and sold into slavery. The book chonicles their journey to end the slave trade. It leaves you wondering about what is to come for Aric. I received a copy through Goodreads First Reads.
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