The thrilling sequel to GODBLIND, the biggest fantasy debut of 2017.
The Red Gods have risen.
Anna Stephens’s second novel continues the stories of Rillirin, Crys and Dom as they fight to defend the kingdom of Rilpor from the brutal Mireces.
*69,542 stars for the freaking cover!! Gahhhh! And I got my signed/numbered edition with blue sprayed edges. Oh yeah! See pic below!
I loved both books pretty much the same! It's all gruesome (well, not all gruesome), and evil people out the wazoooo!! I'm looking forward to the next book already. Lol.
The brutal, gory and evocative battle scenes continue in this novel, as ...more
The king is dead the war goes on everybody loses.
The biggest problem with this book is it is exactly the same as Godbind I am not saying it's not brilliant because it is, its violent, savage,brutal but War is. This well written & dark ghostly with the religions of evil as the Gods are in control over this fantasy ...more
So, Anna Stephen’s debut Godblind was a book I had mixed feelings about. I wasn’t even sure I was going to be continuing with the series, but when the publisher unexpectedly sent me the sequel Darksoul, I decided to go for it. After all, despite my issues with the first book, I also felt it was solidly written and the trilogy showed immense potential to develop into something more. I didn’t want to write it off completely. ...more
After falling madly deeply in love with Godblind earlier this year, Darksoul was certainly my most anticipated book for 2018.
I can categorically state: it did not let me down.
I suppose you want to actually know something about the book?
Darksoul is Anna Stephens’s taut follow-up to Godblind and the second volume in the Godblind Trilogy. With a desperate siege and angry gods, this installment shrinks the geography and increases the tension. The characters are really put through the ringer, and not all of them make it out alive.
The ruthless Mireces have joined forces with Prince Rivil and the newly converted East Rank of Rilpor’s army to lay siege to the city of Rilporin. King Rastoth is slo ...more
I already loved Godblind - but Darksoul is even better!
This one is a rollercoaster of a ride. Anna Stephens manages to balance just enough hope to keep you invested with utter bleakness and many deaths and unexpected turns and twists. Nobody is save in this series - and yet not everyone gets killed off and there's still always a glimmer of hope. It just HAS TO work out in the end - doesn't it? At least you are glued to the pages waiting to see and hoping. Always hopi ...more
Go and read this I dare you!
Darksoul is the second book in the Godblind Trilogy, and what a book it is!
It picks up Godblind’s bloodied reins and digs its spurs in, sending us galloping down a dark road and testing the strength of our resolve (as well as the strength of our stomachs…). But don’t be put off by that, because there is so much more to Darksoul’s pages than its dark tone. Anna Stephens injects so much emotion into the story and its characters, she makes yo ...more
She also teased out the humour in the bleakest setting and the love among the hatred, and I'm so thankful she's narrating this series.
If possible Darksoul is even bleaker than its predecessor Godblind.... With the action centering on the seige of Rilporin. As the Red God worshipping Mireces and the forces of the traitor prince Rivil try desperately to force their way in using both guile and muscle, it's left to commander Durdil to keep them out at all costs.
With the story told from multiple points of view there was a danger that pacing might have suffered, but this is not the case... If anything the tension ...more
I know I don't have the vocabulary to convey how good this book is but I'll try...
Anna Stephens has done a phenomenal job of making the reader feel invested in each and every character. I cried at the death of minor characters, I cried at the sacrifice of unnamed soldiers and I cried at every heart wrenching, impossible thing that Mace had to endure. In short - I cried throughout most of the book. I also cheered, wailed and winced s ...more
Okay, calm. Take a breath.
I'd started reading this slowly. Not because of anything to do with the book, but just because lots of travelling and work made it hard to get in the frame of mind to read. But I'm glad I forced myself to, as once I got over halfway through I found I needed to keep going until I was done.
Just like the first book in the series, Godblind, this story barrels forward at a mile a minute. You wou ...more
"Being a consort to a warrior, even a war chief, was never to be my fate, just as being a farmer's wife was never yours. Women like us control the worlds in which we live. We mould the world to shape our wills; we are not moulded by it."
Darksoul was an intense, epic and wild second instalment of the Godblind t ...more
Holy mother-effing Lord, Darksoul was a good book. It was better than good. It was excellent. I had been excited to read it since I finished Godblind so when I saw it on Netgalley, I requested it immediately. I was that excited to read it. It did not disappoint.
For a book that pretty much spends the entire time set in a city under siege, Darksoul doesn’t half have a lot of stuff happen. Not to give too much of the plot away but I loved where it ...more
Well-written, interesting characters, a fa ...more
A good representation of men, women, and an author not afraid to explore homosexuality amongst its main characters means this book is lifted from being standard fantasy into something essential.
This is the highly anticipated sequel to Godblind – one of my favourite books of 2017. I was so excited to receive a copy of this book and I honestly couldn’t wait to dive in. After reading the opening chapter I was completely hooked and ended up devouring this book in a few sittings. It’s dark, bloody and gripping and I didn’t want it to end.
Darksoul picks up right where Godblind leaves off, the Mireces are attempting to lay siege to Rilpor ...more
I loved everything in this book that is engaging, enthralling and a real page turner.
I didn't read the previous instalment but I will surely add it to my TBR list.
It was a great reading experience.
I loved everything from the world building to the characters, from the style of writing to the turns in the plot.
I look forward to reading the next instalment.
Many thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for this ARC
Darksoul is the sequel to Anna Stephens’ 2017 novel Godblind. It picks up shortly after the cruel cliff-hanger ending of the first book and revolves almost primarily around the siege of Rilporin. It follows the characters we came to love (and hate) from Godblind, from both sides as the fight for the Kingdom of Rilpor comes to a head, characters start to step into their destinies and the Red Gods gain strength.
Whereas Godblind was fairly widespread, Darksoul ups the anti by creating a ...more
They say blood begets blood. In the country of Rilpor, if you spill enough of it, blood begets gods.
Anna has a BA ...more