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When a tidal wave strikes the coast of New Zealand, Ben Henare and Lucy Campion are separated in the chaotic aftermath.

As earthquakes shake the land and volcanoes erupt on the Pacific Rim of Fire, Ben wrestles with his Maori heritage as he faces the supernatural powers that threaten the land of Aotearoa. He must fight his way north on a quest through ice caves and oceans,
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Published January 3rd 2017 by Curl Up Press
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Coco.V
Dec 08, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Kate M. Colby
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
Risen Gods follows two main characters, Ben and Lucy, as they navigate the aftermath of a devastating earthquake in New Zealand. While at first, it seems like a normal natural disaster, Ben and Lucy soon realize that it's actually supernatural. The ancient gods have awoken, and they're ready to take back their land.

The action begins in the first chapter and doesn't let up throughout the novel. Ben and Lucy are separated and thrust into different journeys, where they must face the devastation
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Icy Sedgwick
Feb 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

I'm involved with the academic community around New Zealand Studies and as I'm also a longtime fan of J. F. Penn's writing, I was curious to see how Risen Gods might pan out. It certainly involves the madcap pacing and desperation of her ARKANE series, although here relocated to New Zealand during a series of natural disasters provoked by the return of angry Maori gods.

Using mythology in fiction provides its own interesting
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Toni Osborne
Jan 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It took time and a couple of books before I became a fan of Ms. Penn, now I easily can say I am one of her faithful readers that simply can get enough of her dark fantasy adventures.

Set against the backdrop of Aotearoa, New Zealand, “Risen Gods” is rich with myth and history of the island. It opens with Ben and Lucy are out sailing when a tidal waves strikes the coast and the two lovebirds are separated in the chaotic aftermath. New Zealand is rocked by earthquakes and aftershocks, volcanos are
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Karen Towle
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Margaret requested a copy of this book for the family shelves - she follows the author's blog/videos & is working through one of her writing courses.

I was pleasantly surprised - the author wove mythology & cultural threads very effectively throughout. It was extremely fast paced. The characters were rather utilitarian - the story was more about the actions/reactions and natural phenomena. It felt rushed - I think it could have been fleshed out to better effect (plus the rushing
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Kay
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was too pell mell in action as the characters, Ben, a young native man in New Zealand, and Lucy, a white young woman from a prominent family, find themselves separated and propelled through a fast-paced adventure triggered by a tidal wave. Both soon learn there are demonic forces at work as more traumatic natural disasters strike. They're both driven to proceed north, each possessing a piece of what's needed. I do think writing action is difficult, and this book succeeds at that. What ...more
Janell Michaels
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Such a cool read! Natural disasters, gods rising from the deep, two heroes on a journey to save humanity...what's not to love?

Set in New Zealand, this thriller covers the story of angry, ancient gods rising to destroy mankind. The book opens with an exhilarating, fun scene that got me immersed instantly...and then disaster hits.

I enjoyed the fast pacing and loved the rich depiction of the setting and culture. So many times I could picture this as a big screen movie! My only niggle was that the
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Steve
I'm a big fan of J.F. Penn's ARKANE series, so I was eager to try give this book a shot. I won't go as far as to say I was disappointed, but this story lacked a lot of detail and felt rushed to me. I still enjoyed it, but I would have loved some additional character development and a more complete story.
Marbea Logan
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very fast-paced sequences, but very full of information and suspense. The drama and the action was exhilarating. I can't tell what year this book was set in or if this was more mystical fantasy than romantic suspense. This book has great moments, and exciting worldly elements.
J. Rose
I am a big fan of Joanna Penn's podcast and non-fiction author work, and I wanted to read some of her fiction as well. In combination with J. Thorn, the two have written a fast-paced, richly imagined plot in a world gone crazy with just about every disaster happening at once. I loved this!
Lise h. Foley
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Risen Gods

I enjoyed Risen God's.the book was very entertaining, the plot moved right along and was believable.the characters were very realistic and likable.
Lonnie Trout
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great

Takes off like a train and doesn't let up. Reading this makes me want to visit now...I've been to the Hawaiian islands and these must be even more pristine. The Maori myths are a nice fulcrum around which to write a nice little novel with some godly mayhem and destruction.
scott a. smith
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read

Great read. The story line did not leave any gaps. Interesting story. I will recommend the Author and the book to my family and friends
Melissa Hayden
The story is a journey for Ben and Lucy to find each other again after being separated along with stopping the gods from destroying the humans that have lived here for ages. They never told each other they loved the other, but in the wake of the disasters they realize it. They also know they need to survive and save their families, or what's left of their families, too.

****FULL REVIEW****
*This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased
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Kai
Mar 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-books
Risen Gods is a great supernatural thriller. Ben Henare and Lucy Campion are two best friends living in New Zealand. Both have grew up together. Ben is from a Maori heritage while Lucy is Western. Lucy is enjoying her vacation from medical school with Ben. When a tsunami separated Ben and Lucy, both hoped to regroup back on land without realizing that the ancient gods of Maori have awaken and are very angry of how the native islanders have mistreated their land. The gods needed to be appease.

Ben
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Kai
Dec 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books
Risen Gods is a great supernatural thriller. Ben Henare and Lucy Campion are two best friends living in New Zealand. Both have grew up together. Ben is from a Maori heritage while Lucy is Western. Lucy is enjoying her vacation from medical school with Ben. When a tsunami separated Ben and Lucy, both hoped to regroup back on land without realizing that the ancient gods of Maori have awaken and are very angry of how the native islanders have mistreated their land. The gods needed to be appease.

Ben
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Diana in SC
Apr 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An action-packed thrill ride!
I initially bought the ebook, and then I won a free copy of the audiobook from one of the authors in return for an honest review. This review focuses on the audiobook.
First, I want to comment on the narration. The narrator did a good, solid performance with really good pacing and excellent pronunciation of unusual Maori words. He has a pleasant, slightly gravelly voice. I have one minor complaint that when he is not doing characters' voices he sometimes sounds a
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Diana Johnson
Nov 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A huge shout out to J.F. Penn and J. Thorn for their brilliant collaboration! Absolutely Five Star Material!

I was completely pulled in to this amazing mystical world!
As the story unfolds an unlikely pair are doing what they both love the most, sailing on the ocean that has been their playground since they met at the age of 9. Here they've always been equals despite their different stations in life. Ben suddenly feels a cold breeze and Lucy notices a huge tidal wave touching the horizon,they both
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Kay Smillie
Nov 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Kay by: I enjoy JF Penn and now J Thorn too!
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I don't do any other kind!

I enjoyed this book very much. I liked the concept that the old Maori Gods were displeased and wanted to "wash us away, rid the world of the human plague and return it to how it was in the Time Before". Both the Pakeha (the white New Zealanders) and the Maori (the tangata whenau) had lost their previous connections to the natural world. I think now you could say that about the people of most countries - pity!

This
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Barbara
Dec 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book free from the author in return for agreeing to write an honest review.

I have read all of Penn's other books, but have never read anything by Thorn (I may have to correct that after reading this book!) As is usual with Penn, this is a fast-paced book and very descriptive, so that you feel you can almost see and experience what she writes. I would highly recommend this book if you like action, with a little fantasy and romance thrown into the bargain. One thing that I really
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Anne
Dec 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was given a free copy of Risen Gods in exchange for an honest review. I am a great fan of J.F. Penn’s ARKANE Series. So I wasn’t sure what to expect with the collaboration with J. Thorn. It did not take long for me to realize that this is another winner. Their collaboration gave the same depth of writing that I am use to with J F Penn. Their telling of the story brings the reader into the story to experience what the characters are experiencing. Again JF Penn brings in the history, mythology ...more
Jane Blanchard
Jan 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
J. F. Penn and J. Thorn coauthor the supernatural thriller Risen Gods. In New Zealand, the Maori culture has legends that connect the people with the gods. In this story, the gods rise to destroy man and possibly the world.

The two main characters, Ben and Lucy, are given traditional Maori amulets with supernatural powers. With these, can they succeed in battling the Risen Gods and saving the world? The story will keep you on edge as the two face chilling challenges, both individually and as a
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Shen Hart
Nov 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shen-reviews
Risen Gods is different in tone to J.F. Penn’s other works (I haven’t read J. Thorn’s). That isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The fascinating character development that I’ve come to expect from Penn is very certainly there. As a reader, I couldn’t help but connect to the characters as they were pulled through a tumultuous journey filled with twists and turns. This is a book of heroes, of transformation, and how humanity deals with the darkness. The authors do those big themes justice.

The overall
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Uma
Feb 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one's a mix of the fantasy and thriller genres, both of which I love so I lapped it up like PBJ sandwiches.
Ben, a native New Zealander, and Lucy, a non native, make for extremely interesting characters against a backdrop of an amazing Kiwi landscape. My culture also has a lot of stories of Gods and we also have a huge community of natives that strongly believe in those stories - so I completely relate to how a young Ben would not take a story seriously till it hit him in the face (quite
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Betsy
Nov 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent adventure once again

First off, I received a copy from the author in exchange for a fair review, but I did then purchase this excellent book. A completely new direction for this author. She has absolutely no difficulty switching gears, taking us from prior adventures with ancient artifacts and murderous villains in her other series to addressing environmental issues by battling ancient evil gods and geological disasters in New Zealand. We are quickly immersed in the culture and
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Ashok
Nov 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Set in New Zealand, "Risen Gods" begins with a bang. Ben (a Maori) and Lucy (a white New Zealander), friends since childhood, are caught in a freak wave, almost a tsunami which strikes the coast of South Island, causing huge damage. The paranormal twist begins when Ben sees a huge shadowy creature rising from the sea and chasing him. So this tsunami was not caused by an underwater earthquake, but by the ancient Maori gods.

Ben and Lucy are separated and survive, the nail-biting adventure begins,
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Eduan Slabbert
Nov 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I received an advanced reader copy from the author, I immediately dropped everything else I was reading and dove right in. As expected J.F. Penn has delivered again! There was no doubt that it would be amazing when I saw J. Thorn's name beside hers.

Risen Gods is a fast-paced, attention hungry beast of a story, which kept me reading and wanting to find out what happened next. The love for details always pleases me, and the characters were well written and alive.

I know this will definitely go
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dennis barron
Nov 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Risen God's. J.F. Penn J. Thorn

A giant tidal wave strikes the coast of New Zealand. Ben Henare a Maori native, and Lucy Campion a white New Zealander, are thrust into a saga to wrestle the dark powers of the evil God Whirl. A God bent on total annihilation of New Zealand. Only these two are tasked as the saviors. Non stop action!! A tale of heroic proportions!!! This stupendous tale, laced with tales of the dark side is a absolutely fantastic read!!! J.F. Penn with J. Thorn have written a
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Kitty Bucholtz
Dec 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading the first couple pages, I was pretty excited to finish this book, especially knowing it was first in a new series. There was lots of excitement and action, and that's what I really liked about it. But I couldn't give it 5 stars because I wasn't emotionally connected to the characters. I thought that was pretty weird because I knew how they felt, but I didn't feel like I was in their skin when reading the story. Interestingly, the character I connected with the most emotionally was ...more
Megan
Actual rating 3.5 stars
Risen Gods had an apocalyptic feel to it, but with gods and monsters. It was a fast paced little read, with a lot of action. I listened to the audio version of this book. It took me a few minutes to get used to the narrator, but after that he was amazing. He changed his voice a little for each character, which always makes it easier to follow. I had one small issue with this story. I would have liked to see more of a back story where the characters were concerned.
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