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Child of a Mad God

(The Coven #1)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  1,112 ratings  ·  171 reviews
From R. A. Salvatore, the legendary creator of Drizzt Do’Urden, comes the start of abrand new epic journey.

When Aoleyn loses her parents, she is left to fend for herself among a tribe of vicious barbarians. Bound by rigid traditions, she dreams of escaping to the world beyond her mountain home.

The only hope for achieving the kind of freedom she searches for is to learn how
Hardcover, 496 pages
Published February 6th 2018 by Tor Books
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Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
[4.5/5 stars] I’ve been reading (and enjoying) R.A. Salvatore for almost 20 years, so what struck me as profound during Child of a Mad God was how well-rounded a writer he has evolved into. He was always an accomplished storyteller, but compared to his early works in the world of Corona (published in the late 1990s) it’s immediately clear how next-level his work has become. Child of a Mad God was superbly written and I don’t have a single critical thing to say about any craft-related aspect of t ...more
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Freaking loved it!!

Mel 🖤🐾🐺
Sean Gibson
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
If you’ve paid any attention to my reviews at all over the course of time (and, if you have, you are clearly bored and in need of some more diverting entertainment, such as a root canal, or perhaps a colonoscopy), you know I’m a big fan of Bob Salvatore (see, for example, my apparently premature eulogy for Drizzt Do’Urden). So, take that into account when considering my take on Child of a Mad God.

For the first time in several years, Salvatore leaves the shared world of the Forgotten Realms behin
Feb 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths.

Child of a Mad God is a return to Corona for R.A. Salvatore, but this time out the familiar lands are far away, as a wilder, dark world far beyond the Wilderlands takes center stage. Here savage tribes reside. Brutal raids see innocents killed. Ritual sacrifices are common. Slaves are taken. Women are raped. Demons hide in the shadows. And covens of witches aid their warriors and pass on their secrets to selected girls. To say this book showcases a grittier, bl
Feb 06, 2018 rated it liked it
It's clear that Salvatore wants Child of a Mad God to be a progressive, feminist novel, and it's almost there, but several moments sabotage his efforts, and show how far we still have to go before we can break away from the genre's tired tropes. That aside, Child of a Mad God is a welcome return to the world of Corona. As a big DemonWars Saga fan, I was thrilled to return, and fascinated by the way Salvatore revealed new things about the world's magic. It can be difficult to return to a world af ...more
DNF @30%

Does this book ever start making sense? There is very little difference between the two groups of humans, and the thoughts of the demon are inane ramblings.

Into the abandoned book pile; there's better stuff out there.
Apr 15, 2018 rated it liked it
I've been a big fan of R.A. Salvatore and although I love the Drizzt books and the Forgotten Realms, I've been dying for him to finally return his world of Corona. When I learned that that's exactly what he was doing I leaped and squealed like a little girl.

Child of a Mad God may be a return to the world of Corona but it is completely different than his past novels. Whereas the DemonWars Saga and Saga of the First King were set in Honce-The-Bear, a typical civilized fantasy setting of nobles, c
Nov 09, 2017 marked it as owned-to-read
Shelves: 2018-releases
I don't think I've been interested in picking up any of his books until I saw this
Jul 10, 2018 marked it as dnf-try-again-later
After 2 months of sitting on my "currently reading" shelf, it's definitely time to DNF this. It wasn't bad. I just lost my desire to read it after I couldn't renew it anymore from the library and had to return it. I kept telling myself I was going to check it out again and then I did and STILL didn't read it.
Michael Furman
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Child of a Mad God by R.A. Salvatore

On February the 6th, New York Times Bestselling author R.A. Salvatore will launch his newest epic fantasy novel series. Child of a Mad God, a Tale of the Coven is Salvatore's first novel in almost 8 years to be set in the land of Corona. This world, created by Salvatore himself, is also home to his very popular Demonwars and Saga of the First King novels.

I was lucky enough to receive an advanced readers copy of Child of a Mad God from Bob as
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a dark & gritty tale. Slavery and demon fossa hunting. Covens that teach magic through use of crystals. Warriors selecting females for their potential mates to further strengthen their prowess.

This is the best Salvatore novel in some time. I highly recommend it!

(I won this ARC through Goodreads)
Marc Anthony
Feb 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’m giving this book 4.5 stars. From the beginning it reels you in. From trust and loyalty, the love and regret they carry will have you on edge. You will feel sad at times , you will feel happy at times, nervous for any outcome is possible. This is not the end.... only the beginning.
Matthew Stefan
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
Definitely not a favorite... the plot for this one was just so boring and repetitious. I had a hard time getting invested in any of the characters. It wasn't terrible but it definitely wasn't anything special.
Iryna KL
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
I received an egally of this book via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Tor Publishing!

4.5 out of 5 stars

Child of a Mad God is a gritty, bloody, fascinating and engrossing epic fantasy novel that I absolutely could not put down.

Set in Corona, in remote mountains, Child of a Mad God is written from two POVs: that of Aoelyn & Talmadge. Aoelyn, a daughter of a witch and a witch herself, is an orphan, raised in a truly hostile and barbaric tribe. Talmadge is the only trade
Jul 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Probably not my favourite Salvatore book. It combines what I liked about his writing when I was really following his Drizzt books. Great fight scenes, old school fantasy world buidling, funny and witty dialogue and great characters. It just doesnt compare to Drizzt and his companions. Homeland is by far the best of his writing. Ive never read any of the other novels which are set in this world so really cant compare it to them. If youre a fan of Salvatore give this a go, you'll be reminded of al ...more
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
Dark fantasy. Expect murder, kidnapping, rape, violence on every page. Mostly it was long, I was bored, and I'm seriously surprised I made it through.
Victoria Rose
It's been a bit of a while since I've read a fantasy so delightfully gruesome!

This is the first novel I've read by R.A Salvatore, and from reading other reviews, I'm not sure if I would have found it a little more coherent/fully realised had I read some of the author's previous works. However, while I was a bit lost at the start (who are these people? Who's that? When is this? WhAT?), I soon got into it, though I still have a few questions...

Child of a Mad God follows a few different characters
Kari Janine
Mar 08, 2018 rated it liked it
If not for the snow storm that has closed the local library, I’m not sure I would have finished this book. It had, all at once, too much detail and not enough. Maybe in upcoming books, there will be more purpose for Redshanks, or for the strange head shapes of the lake people.
In the meantime, another fantasy book, another headstrong heroine who doesn’t think before she acts. The difference here is that the girl, Aoleyn lives among a tribe of brutal rapist-warriors. No thanks.
The interwoven sto
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
*I received this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*


I should say up front that I've never read a book by R.A. Salvatore. I've seen the author's name around and have been interested in some of the books, so when I saw this book show up on Netgalley and was interested in the summary, I thought this would be a good chance to try out a new high fantasy author.

Unfortunately, this didn't work out for me.

I understand it is a long book, so 15% is really only about 70 pages,
Mar 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Loved the protagonist and the world building but the pacing was too slow for me.

Review to follow.
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have been an avid reader of R.A. Salvatore for decades. This new book,Child of a Mad God,doesn't disappoint. Salvatore writes in several Easter Eggs, that reference his past works in Demon Wars,with such precision that they can't be missed. His introduction of a past Demon Wars character is so well written that you will know who he is well before this character speaks.You can feel the cold wind,hear the song of the magic and see the landscape as if you are standing in Corona alongside the char ...more
Feb 05, 2018 added it
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Thanks to NetGalley and to the editor. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

When I saw this book on NetGalley I was really excited and I was more excited when they approved my request! Some years ago (ok, almost a lifetime ago, since I am speaking of high school) I read some of Salvatore’s books and I loved them! Drizzt was a character that I really, really, really liked so I was really happy to read again something written by him. It was exciting, wasn’t it? I wasn
Amanda Reynolds
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it


Genre: Fantasy

Overall summary: This was my first Salvatore book and his world building is superb! The story is slow, there is a lot of build up for future books. Our main protagonist Aoleyn is extremely likable and I loved watching her grow up. There are a few issues with this book, but I overall enjoyed it.

Trigger warning: Rape and abuse

Brief Description

The Wilderlands is a dangerous place inhabited by 8 tribes who live in pre-historic societies. The most mysterious and most powerful is th
Jun 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
Through this whole book I was set on rating it 2/5 stars but the last 80 pages or so actually redeemed it to a 3/5 stars.

Not a lot of people will agree with me when I say this but don't write a story to be inclusive just because... It doesn't help nor does it feel natural. I don't need a strong female if she is written for the only purpose to be a strong female who takes nothing from a man kinda attitude because it's not natural. Salvatore did this and it was annoying as f*******k. Just give me
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
2,5/5. I’ve been a fan of this author for many years, but I’ve always read is book translated in French, it was my first time reading it in English and I was a bit disappointed. I don’t think that my English comprehension is the cause because I often read in this language, probably even more then in French this year, many it’s the book itself, I don’t know. The fact is this book didn’t please me. I had trouble feeling something for the character and picturing them in my head. The story is slow a ...more
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
Jan 28, 2019 marked it as did-not-finish
DNF 40%

I tried and tried. I walked away and gave myself a break but I just can't get into this book. It's not that there is anything wrong with it. It's just not for me.
Mar 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Rating: 3.5 (rounded down instead of up) / 5

To be honest, most of this book was more boring than I thought it'd be. At first, it seemed promising, and for a while it had my interest. The problem though, I think, is that Salvatore was trying to do something different with this book--not the typical fantasy story wherein two heroes somehow or other wind up together and work together to overcome hardships, but rather, two separate stories remaining separate and intersecting only for a short period
Jamie (Books and Ladders)
Mar 10, 2019 rated it did not like it
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I can't believe I finished but I have so many thoughts and I can't wait to share all of them with you. I definitely do not recommend this book to anyone.
Maxine Robinson
Feb 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2018
I received this ebook from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Child of a Mad God is a character driven fantasy. It’s set in a small part of a much larger world. We have two main points of view throughout the book and through them get an insight into the finer details of the cultures and people.

Aoleyn is from the Usgar tribe, they live on the mountain, surrounded by magic and are considered daemons by the Lake tribes. Even at the age of three, when we first meet her, we
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I received this book free but that has in no way affected by review.

I’m new to Mr. Salvatore’s books. I’ve heard of his name and reputation as an excellent fantasy writer but this is my first foray into his worlds. I can easily see why he has such a strong following. Here is the description from Goodreads:

When Aoleyn loses her parents, she is left to fend for herself among a tribe of vicious barbarians. Bound by rigid traditions, she dreams of escaping to the world beyond her mountai
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As one of the fantasy genre’s most successful authors, R.A. Salvatore enjoys an ever-expanding and tremendously loyal following. His books regularly appear on The New York Times best-seller lists and have sold more than 10,000,000 copies. Salvatore’s original hardcover, The Two Swords, Book III of The Hunter’s Blade Trilogy (October 2004) debuted at # 1 on The Wall Street Journal best-seller list ...more

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