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God of Broken Things

(Age of Tyranny #2)

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An outcast magician must risk his body and mind to save the world from horrifying demons, in the heart-pounding epic fantasy sequel to The Traitor God.

Tyrant magus Edrin Walker destroyed the monster sent by the Skallgrim, but not before it laid waste to Setharis, and infested their magical elite with mind-controlling parasites. Edrin's own Gift to seize the minds of others
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Paperback, 432 pages
Published June 11th 2019 by Angry Robot
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Nick Borrelli
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cameron Johnston is an author who writes exactly the types of books that I really enjoy. Heavy on the magic, violently action-packed, with plenty of thrills punctuated by characters who don't always behave the way you expect them to. Cameron's first book in his Age of Tyranny series The Traitor God was one of my favorite reads of 2018. It immediately grabbed my attention when I first read it and I've been eagerly anticipating book two so that I could get right back into this amazing world and st ...more
Jody
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Damn! Now that's how you end a book. The story grew quite a bit from book 1. As did the main character, Edrin Walker. He's still a dark and filthy bastard of a tyrant, but you learn to love him just the same.

The grim dark elements mixed with an old school fantasy feel made for a very fine read indeed. The world building was top notch and just as detailed as the first book. I really hope Cameron decides to revisit this world in future books. A duology just isn't enough for me. Possibly a prequel
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Dave
If you were to do battle for the fate of the world with primeval parasitic mind controlling varmints who possessed elemental magic powers and were accompanied by hordes of mind controlled clan-dwellers, you might just want the tyrant magus Edrin Walker on your side. Well, maybe, if you can get used to the fact he crawls inside people's minds, warps their thoughts, and has in the not too distant past laid waste to just about everything that matters. Chosen by the college of magicians to take a ra ...more
Antigone
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The city of Setharis is smoldering. She has survived the war, but not by much. Her hero, Edrin Walker, knows her pain. Having vanquished the enemy host, its inhuman monster, and the mad god responsible for opening these gates to invasion, our rogue mage finds himself spent and spell-weary - trying with all his arrogant might to ignore the splinter of ensorcelled sword lodged in his hand that appears, like some metallic plague, to be crawling up the length of his arm.

And yet...no rest for the wic
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Emily
Aug 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I enjoyed it - it was fast-paced and interested, I thought the ending was great. I liked the characters and appreciated that there could be a quasi-romance where the woman wasn't stunningly beautiful. ...more
Adah Udechukwu
May 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
God of Broken Things is an awesome sequel. The action was top-notch.
Rob Hayes
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic conclusion to the duology and a great send off to mighty Edrin Walker.

So the Age of Tyranny duology is undoubtedly all about Edrin Walker. He's a thief, a magus, a tyrant, and an arsehole extraordinaire. He's also charismatic and downright fun.

God of Broken Things does exactly what it needs to as the second and final book in the series. It upped the stakes, delivered on the mysteries and promises of book 1, and gave a fitting finale to the crass, foul-mouthed bastard who we've been f
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Jon Adams
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Uncorrected Proof courtesy of NetGalley.

The story takes place shortly after the events that took place in The Traitor God. I would highly recommend you read that one first.

As with most sequels, I'll keep the review short. Cameron Johnston definitely has a way with words. The action scenes and magic system in particular were my favorites. Edrin Walker is not that unusual of a character in modern fantasy, but he's a lot of fun to read about.

There were spots in the book that just rubbed me the w
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Matt McAbee
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, netgalley
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for an honest review.

Cameron Johnston delivers again! Edrin Walker is back and has a burning vengeance for the Scarabbus that tried to destroy his home. The sequel to The Traitor God picks up shortly after the end of the book and takes of running from there. Edrin's body is in shambles after his fight with the traitor god but still he presses on to seek revenge for his home of Setharis.

I really enjoyed the first book in the series but when I start
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The
A truly brilliant sequel, bettering it's predecessor in every way, which I didn't think was even possible. Everything I loved about the first book was present in this one, and more besides. Gripping and clever storytelling, fantastic characters and wonderfully clever magics all combine into one of the best follow-up books I've read. This is a series I know I will be re-reading many times over, really epic stuff. Read it, read it nooooow! :) ...more
Lee Alfred
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
HOLY S#%*&

This book was a page burner!! I absolutly could not stop reading! It kept me up all night! The only bad thing is I cant read about Edrin Walker anymore. Cameron Johnston you are an amazing auther and I will read and buy every book you put on a shelf. The dark humor and outright amazing writing of this book is astounding. I cant say enough good things about these books. PLEASE WRITE MORE!!! Your new biggest fan.
Jonathan Wilson
4.5 Stars
Koeur
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Publishing Date: June 2018

Publisher: Angry Robot

ISBN: 9780857668097

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 4.8/5

Publisher’s Description: An outcast magician must risk his body and mind to save the world from horrifying demons, in the heart-pounding epic fantasy sequel to The Traitor God.

Review: The only downer about this novel is that it ended….or it feels like Edrin, Eva and all the rest of the players have walked into the sunset.

Edrin continues to develop into a more complex (and entertaining) character with Ev
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Logan
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
An action adventure sequel that followed a quest structure.

This second novel jumps right into a fast paced story. The real highlight of this book, both books really, is the humor and voice of the main character. He is snarky at times, and thoughtful at others. He rebels against authority but fights for his friends. It all comes across as very real. This book really dives into his backstory and helps explain events that shaped who he is.

The main character is fighting the magic within himself, an
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Matthew
May 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Welp. That was oodles of fun.

I'm honestly not sure how to properly describe Walker, but I'll certainly not forget him anytime soon.

Much like its predecessor it takes off running. Walker is hungry to kill these insect like beings that have taken over bodies. As a fan of The Thing this was all too welcome a plot point.

Really liked the ending (thought I kinda wished it ended how Eva first thought). Having said that, I'd love to see more from this world. Here's hoping!
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RG
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5*

While the first was a muder mystery this was your adventure style quest. I still loved Walker. Great character and the 1st person makes him even better. The action and gore ramps up. I just didnt seem to be as invested in the story. Im glad it was a duology as I feel like it wrapped up Walkers tale very well. Great mage based fantasy
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
3.5 Stars
Series Review: https://youtu.be/vxFOWyIazmg

God of Broken Things is the second book in the Age of Tyranny duology, which follows up after the first book, The Traitor God. The books should absolutely be read in publication order, but I will keep this review spoiler free for any prospective readers who have not started this series.

Picking up where the first book left off, the stakes in this book are much larger and more epic in this second book.The story continues to be very action focused
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Phil Parker
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The sequel to The Traitor God is everything you demand of a follow-up. The threats, like its monsters, are bigger; its villains are a greater menace; the scale of conflict even greater. Yet, despite its galloping inflation, what made the first novel work so well, remains constant.
Its characters.
Edrin Walker is no different in some ways; he’s still the smart-mouth he always was. He’s still disrespectful, unpredictable and distrusted by everyone because of his Gift. After all, he is a tyrant, he c
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Jon Karoll
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Got an ARC via NetGalley

Cameron Johnston has done something exciting: Take one ability that is often associated with a villain, and give it to the main protagonist.

This is why I enjoyed the first book, "The Traitor God," which kicked off as a sort of "fantasy-noir" where our hero, Edrin Walker, investigates the savage murder of his friend. He's what the world calls a, tyrant, because of his ability to tamper with the mind -- including, but not limited to, taking away your free will and altering
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Kaustubh Dudhane
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"I've always said that heroism could get a man killed; luckily I am more thief than hero."



Woah! This has been one of the nastiest and most entertaining books I have read this year. The characters are crazy, absolutely crazy! Especially, our narrator and the MC Edwin Walker. He has matured and been confident enough to take on the world after The Traitor God.

"I have a purpose now, and in these mad times revenge is as good as any."

He is still hungry for revenge and is full of dark jokes which
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Robinski
Apr 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a tremendously satisfying second entry in the Edrin Walker saga. So momentous and epic are the events of The Traitor God and this august volume, so intense and visceral is the rampaging action, that I feel as if I've read a 2,000 page tetralogy. Brutal, amusing, gut-wrenching and heroic, the leads in the form of Walker and Eva (worthy of a co-star tag this time around) are wonderfully compelling, and there is a great cast of ne'er-do-wells around them. The dynamic between Walker's coteri ...more
Ian Hall
Apr 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Edrin walker rules

Bloody good book this. Funny and brutal and exactly the grimdark fantasy I love. Edrin walker was brilliantly written and grew a lot through both books. I am sad that there are only two books but I will be looking for the next book this author writes.
Salfaraz
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A very well thought out book and a brilliant read.
Austin Stinnett
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A worth sequel

Kept me hooked throughout the entire ride. The feel of every impact and the twist of every turn. Would love for yet another return of Walker.
Eric Lewis
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I recently finished Cameron Johnston’s The Traitor God just in time for the second installment, God of Broken Things, to come out. I broke my personal rule not to pre-order things, though that’s mainly for games (looking at you Thi4f!) but it worked out well in this case. Book #2 concludes the story of Edrin Walker in an explosive way. Yep, it’s actually not a trilogy for once.

We begin a couple months after the near-destruction of the city Setharis, and the alien parasite Scarrabus are still inf
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Maxine Robinson
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
God of Broken Things picks up three months after The Traitor God (my review) finished. There is no gentle lead in, this book starts the way it plans to continue, with action, violence and the characters reaching out with both hands to reach their full potential. I loved it from the first chapter.

“The slicks up in the Old Town might be calling you a nightmare given flesh, but-” a ghost of a smile appeared, the first sign of pleasure I’d seen from her, “-you’re our nightmare I guess.”

Walker is bac
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Jo Randall
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What to say about this book that will give it justice... Simple really.
READ IT.
READ IT NOW.

As fast paced and fantastically written as the first, our flawed hero Edrin Walker returns to face the evil threatening his beloved city - though he's none too happy about it.

This book made me laugh, a lot (I will never look at beards the same way again) and it made me cry. And oh, by the Night Bitch herself, what an ending.

Seriously, go read it.

I am insanely jealous of Johnston's raw talent and eagerly a
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Ross Thompson
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
* I received an advance copy of this book from the publishers and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review *



The second and final book in the short series (for once an author who is willing to restrict his series to two books rather than padding out to a trilogy with a low quality middle book!) continues Edrin Walker's fight for his life. Where in the first book the coward found himself accidentally returning to the city where he was banished from, and thrown into a conspiracy to destroy the ci
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Doug Thomson
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Bloody brilliant, hooked from beginning to end, and what an end! Can't wait to read more by Cameron ...more
Ned Lud
Dec 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Superb! Shoulda been a nominee. But the times, ya know......
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