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Lost Gods

(Lost Gods #1)

3.50  ·  Rating details ·  130 ratings  ·  65 reviews
In this extraordinary fantasy debut, a young assassin finds himself hunted by the brothers and sisters he has trained alongside since birth.

Neythan is one of five young warriors trained and raised together by a mysterious brotherhood of assassins known as the Shedaím. When Neythan is framed for the murder of his closest friend, he pursues his betrayer - and in so doing lea
Paperback, 432 pages
Published July 3rd 2018 by Angry Robot (first published April 5th 2018)
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Hiu Gregg
May 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
A brotherhood of assassins? Inspired by African Legends? Supernatural conspiracy?

Consider me sold.

Lost Gods is a book with a fantastic premise, written by an exciting new author, and published by a pretty awesome publisher (Angry Robot).

Our "main" point-of-view character is Neythan, and we follow him as he makes his first kill for the brotherhood and receives his first real assignment. On the way to complete this assignment, Neythan's best friend is murdered by another assassin and Neythan is fr
Rusty's Ghost Engine (also known as.......... Jinky Spring)
3.5 stars

Review first posted

There was just something very readable about this book. Whether it be the simple yet detailed writing or the interesting world building, but either way my favourite parts were the myths and legends that showed up here and there.

This is not exactly a fast paced book as a lot of it involves politics and travelling as well as parts where it’s just about the characters everyday lives. Normally that would really annoy me but like I
K.J. Charles
Alt African epic fantasy with a brotherhood of assassins, kingdom made up of conquered nations, political/religious machinations etc.

I loved the world--it's really vivid and well drawn--but found the story really, really slow. Not even sure why since there's a lot happening. Possibly too much, there's four major plotlines and a *lot* of characters, but that might just be my pandemic brain making it hard to read book good. And after what felt like a very long reading experience, I really wanted
Anna Stephens
3.5 stars for this lush and vivid debut.
It's always a pleasure and a joy to read a fantasy that takes its inspiration from a non-European culture, and this does that excellently. The world and culture and society are complex and fascinating and exquisitely drawn, and for me the highlight of this novel. I felt at times the landscape was more alive than the characters.
I enjoyed the characters and their storylines, though I felt a few were a little 2 dimensional when compared with the complexity
Holly (The Grimdragon)
“Neythan watched Josef go, the mist rolling up ghost-like from the basin below. It was still warm, quiet but for the croaking of insects and the murmur of the stream. A night like any other, save that he was to kill a man.”

Lost Gods is the debut novel from Micah Yongo.

Found family? CHECK! Assassins? CHECK! Non-European fantasy setting? CHECK! Diverse characters? CHECK CHECK! Killing off a deaf character early on to advance the storyline of the main protagonist? CH-..

Uh.. what?


Needless to sa
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book took some time to make me lose myself in it. In fact, I started it weeks ago, but kept putting it off because the story wasn't grabbing me like I thought it would. But yesterday I got stuck at the doctor's waiting room for four hours, so Lost Gods finally got its second chance. I'm glad to say it didn't disappoint.

First of all, it is slow. Especially at the beginning. The writing takes its time to tell the story, which can be boring to most people (not for me - I read and loved LOTR wh
Annemieke / A Dance with Books
With this book I was actually approved for book 2 on Netgalley, but hadn't seen that it was book 2 of a series. So I ended up getting the first book to be able to read it. I was actually excited because the covers are stunning and it being African inspired fantasy is great. But this book did not work for me and I had to DNF it.

One of the things that threw me from the start was reason. We got a deaf side character. He was good friends with our main character and there was use of sign language. In
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Find this review at Forever Lost in Literature!

I have many conflicting thoughts about Lost Gods. A large reason for that is because I was almost constantly wavering between losing interest and wondering if I should stop reading this book and then finding myself once again pulled back into the story and wanting to know what's going to happen next.

Lost Gods has a fascinating premise and an extremely enticing setting--a fantasy inspired by African legends and set in an African-inspired world. I am
May 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: epic-fantasy
A severely underrated fantasy debut.
Anna Tan
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-copy, e-books
There are books you like instantly and there are books that grow on you. Lost Gods is more of the latter for me. It sounded intriguing enough that I requested a review copy via NetGalley. And I liked it, it's not that I didn't. It was exciting and mystifying enough that I kept reading, though it wasn't gripping enough that I couldn't put it down. Yet after finishing it, the pervading feeling isn't one of satisfaction--it's one of confusion and mystification, if that's the right word. I feel lost ...more
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I really wanted to like Lost Gods, but unfortunately, this one just didn't really work for me.

It has a lot of potential and a really interesting concept. It's a high fantasy centred around a secret Brotherhood of assassins, features piles of political intrigue and is set in a Middle Eastern/African-inspired world. I'm not really sure why it failed to click. I think partly it was that the author has perhaps leant too far towards
Sarah (CoolCurryBooks)
I should have quit Lost Gods. I’ll admit that to myself. When you’re not enjoying a book, sometimes you just need to pony up and quit. But since I did end up making it all the way through Lost Gods, at least you’ll get this review.

Neythan has been trained since childhood to join the Shedaím, a brotherhood of assassins. He and four other teenagers are now finally ready to take their vows and be sent out on their first mission. Only, it goes terribly wrong. One of the others new assassins, Arianna
Adrian Collins
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally reviewed on Grimdark Magazine.

Lost Gods is the debut novel by Micah Yongo. It features a Brotherhood of assassins caught in an ancient and escalating battle between the Sovereignty and the Fellowship of Truths. It is an action packed epic fantasy filled with simple but beautiful imagery and language, diverse characters, African-tinged medievalism, mystery, intrigue, and wisdom that far exceeds the expectations of a debut novel. It is also unabashedly the first in a series, so don’t ex
Micah Yongo
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Yeah, I know. You think I'm biased. But hey, only one way to find out, right? ;-)
Anna Spark
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fast-paced and intriguing… with an African inspired setting that makes a refreshing change.
T.O. Munro
Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Micah Yongo delivers an accomplished debut with this epic immersive fantasy. Lost Gods manages to convey a sweeping majestic world and yet still anchor the tale in a close and deeply personal quest. We follow his protagonist Neythan – a newly “qualified” assassin – in pursuit not only of a betrayer but also of answers to questions he doesn’t even realise he needed to ask.

Neythan travels through a fresh and vividly described world. With deft economical turns of phrase, Yongo puts the reader right
Jess Crafts
DNF at 35%

An epic fantasy in the vein of Raymond E Feist's Riftwar saga. I'd recommend it for fans of those books. It just wasn't for me as this is heavy on the world building, beautiful descriptions and long meandering backstories. I was expecting an exciting fantasy book about someone searching for the people who had betrayed him but instead Naythen is only a small part of a much larger story. (Also killing off the Deaf character especially before we even got to know him sucks.) The way the mu
I read this debut some 5-6 months ago, and have almost forgot the story in details, but I still remember being thrilled and wanting for more. The writing is evocative and brilliant. Yongo is a talented writer, and it is evident in the manner he carries the story, fleshes out his characters, while maintaining the suspense and tension throughout the story. This basically is a coming-of-age tale, and we get to see many familiar tropes and trappings of traditional fantasy, but it feels renewed with ...more
Nerine Dorman
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'll start by saying that Lost Gods by Micah Yongo is an ambitious novel, and Micah most certainly bites off a lot of content for readers to chew on as this adventure kicks off. And this is most certainly a book one in a series, with some narrative threads left undone by the end and some fascinating characters who will most likely still go on to uncovering further mysteries.

Firstly, the world building is something that's right up my alley – a wonderful departure from the standard Euro-centric fa
Anton Marks
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the first few pages, I'm introduced to a new world of mystery, magic, and intrigue. I'm a writer so I understand the difficulty of introducing a massive world such as this without some exposition. Without it, you would simply be lost but it was handled with a deft touch and allowed the story and characters to progress. It captured my imagination immediately and I was transported. The story begins by introducing us to Neythan and the brotherhood of assassins. Micah could have easily introduced ...more
Cameron Johnston
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lost Gods is fresh, fierce, and lush with inspiration from the lands and mythology of ancient Africa and the Middle East.
I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for more from Micah Yongo!
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Warnings: violence, slavery, implied mutilation, death of disabled character, use of ethnic slur

Lost Gods is a fantasy built in epic proportions, about a world where a new kingdom has banished all religion, and pockets of magic still remain. Said to be inspired by African and Middle-Eastern cultures, there is a lot of familiarity with respect to the societies and cultures lovingly described in it, but you wouldn't recognize any of the places mentioned except for Sumeria. In the Sovereign, power
Leigh (ofsparksandmagick)
Lost Gods

Thanks Netgalley and Angry Robot for this copy of Lost Gods by Micah Yongo in exchange for my honest opinion.

'For the dreamers' isn't that a wonderful dedication. Just that, 3 simple words and it made me happy. It made me wonder.
Just as I read the first page, I was instanty taken to Neythan's place. The first few words grabbed me and placed me in that same forested area. I can even imagine the insect bites! Next few pages and I learned that he is not a lonesome character, he belongs to
Jan 16, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, kindle
Overall, an enjoyable read.

I'm not sure if this plot wraps up completely with Pale Kings, or if there is a longer series planned, but this did definitely read as mostly "setup" for more to come. It wasn't really clear where things were going until the last 50 pages or so (not very much telegraphed as to what we might be building toward) so my sense of why we were following particular POV characters and their overall goals/shifts-in-goals felt a bit... meandering for a lot of the book. I never fe
Avery Delany
I'm so torn between giving this a 3.5 and a 4, although for the purposes of goodreads I'll round it up to a 4 anyway.

This is definitely an impressive debut from Micah Yongo. I struggled quite a bit during the first 50-60% of the book as it's quite slow paced and, at points, needlessly over descriptive. I think it could have done with being cut down to make it a shorter, more impactful story. The last section of the book really elevated my rating though as it was exciting, the threads of the sto
J. Taylor
got to page 50 so bored and don't see myself picking this up since none of it grabbed my interest
Phil On The Hill
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: signed, fantasy
This book does take a bit of getting into and I think it would benefit from a map. That said the plot builds and starts to move at some pace in the second half of the book. I am looking forward to the sequel.
Michaela (Journey into Books)
*I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review*

This book is an African high fantasy novel that follows the story of an assassin who has been betrayed by those he grew up with.
This book sounded like it had a lot of potential but sadly it fell short for me and I DNFed it at page 102 for a variety of reasons. Firstly this book is extremely slow paced to the point that I felt bored when reading. The writing in this was also quite dr
Rachel Noel
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*Book received via NetGalley for an honest review.

This was a wonderful introduction to a new world. There was a fair amount of exposition, but it was very well balanced with action, dialogue, and story progression. The use of multiple character perspectives was an excellent way to get a full world view. From the Sharíf at the very top to Neythan hanging out with the very bottom, we get a real sense for the rules and structure of this world. Yongo does a wonderful job with the world building and
Dec 09, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Also, Brave New Words finalist. British Fantasy Award shortlistee, and author of Lost Gods and Pale Kings - ancient Africa/Middle East

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