There was a time when the Red Gods ruled the land. The Dark Lady and her horde dealt in death and blood and fire.
That time has long since passed and the neighbouring kingdoms of Mireces and Rilpor hold an uneasy truce. The only blood spilled is confined to the border where vigilantes known as Wolves protect their kin and territory at any cost.
But after the death of his wif...more
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 and more brutal 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 ...more
An 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 book more especially af ...more
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 ...more
*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 ...more
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 viol ...more
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 ...more
Move 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 ...more
This 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 ...more
Many things happen, including build up to a religious war, rom ...more
Godblind is a book that would seem tailor made for my tastes in grimdark. It’s epic in scope, characters, and setting. There are multiple points of view. Plenty of action. Lots of gut-churning violence. I enjoyed this novel, I won’t lie. But it is also a debut, and it kind of shows. The writing is solid, but the plotting is predictable and scripted, as if the author placed certain elements into her story that she felt shou ...more
• I enjoy multiple POVs, but only if they are distinctive characters with something to add to the story. In Godblind, the average chapter lasts about 3 pages, we never get to know any of the characters - and it all feels very messy and disjointed. Most of the male characters are barely distinguishable ...more
This book is a new release set to come out on the 15th of June in the UK and I wanted to read it just before so I could review it for then (which, yay, I managed!). I requested this when I heard it was a new Grimdark book written by a lady - something I've not really read before - and I haven't read any Grimdark in a fair while so it seemed like a perfect collision of circumstances.
This is the story of a world trying to forge ...more
I might say maybe they were too short for my taste, because I ...more
My only regret was that I let this sit on my kindle for over a year before reading it! For a debut book, this is excellent! If you like Joe Abercrombie you will love this! It's dark, it has action, it has the usual mixture of love and betrayal and it has humour.
If you are looking for faults and were being picky then there were one-or-two typos but that's it! There was a bit that made me feel a little uncomfortable around 75% but that wa ...more
Have you tried Biryani? Remember that spicy taste burning through your tongue, the aroma of that hot pot of biryani you could not refuse but it made you cry Ganga and Yamuna (Missipi-Missouri or Thames, or whatever river you swear by) as it burned your tongue? Or think Tex-Mex. Godblind, the brand new grimdark fantasy novel by debutant Anna Stephens, is equally addictive. It stirs your emotions, tugs at your heartstrings, throws you agains ...more
Those who are active in meddling with human lives and those who seem docile and reluctant to respond.
Of course, as per usual, active Gods demand from their worshipers heinous acts of atrocities as proof of their devotion, while those indifferent Gods choose deafness as reflection of their love for their followers.
And since evil Gods are undoubtedly clear in their intentions (which is world dominance) and proper way of devotion (which is through pain and suffe ...more
So, it’s a good long book. Well, ish. It’s actually a good long third-of-a-book. I have to say up front that this is the first of a trilogy, and it ends as such and therefore doesn’t completely stand alone on its own. Which is perfectly fine of course and no different to Abercrombie’s First Law trilogy, but I ...more
*** I WILL mention, that now that I've really stepped back and thought about it, there were a few sce ...more
Let me go ahead and warn you that Godblind is not for the faint of heart or weak of stomach. I’ve read piles of books featuring violence of all sorts, but a ...more
I found it to be a bit of an odd book to be honest. On the surface it's everyth ...more
It actually isn't easy to pull of because for a surprise to be shocking there has to be some emotional involvement. Some build up is needed and the reader has to have ...more
Don't be put off by the multi-character narrative either (although it does take a bit of getting used to). Brilliantly written and thoroughly gripping. I struggled to put it down.
They say blood begets blood. In the country of Rilpor, if you spill enough of it, blood begets gods.
Anna has a BA ...more