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Set Fire to the Gods

(Set Fire to the Gods #1)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  995 ratings  ·  248 reviews
Ash is descended from a long line of gladiators, and she knows the brutal nature of war firsthand. But after her mother dies in an arena, she vows to avenge her by overthrowing her fire god, whose temper has stripped her country of its resources.

Madoc grew up fighting on the streets to pay his family's taxes. But he hides a dangerous secret: he doesn't have the earth god’s
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published August 4th 2020 by Balzer + Bray
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Helena of Eretz ✰
I received this complimentary ARC from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.


Oh boy. Yet ANOTHER book I lost interest in. Le sigh.
Nenia ✨️ I yeet my books back and forth ✨️ Campbell
*bursts through the door*

Sep 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
TW: death of a parent

This had a lot of potential with a gladiator arena backdrop, elemental gods, and elemental magic, but ultimately fell flat for me.

I didn’t feel much connection to any of the characters. Motivations and plot points felt one dimensional and I found myself not caring. I didn’t hate the reading experience, but I will not be continuing with this series.
♡ Dakota ♡ (Sarcasm is my middle name)
This could be about grating cheese and I wouldn’t care. The title alone makes me excited!
Jun 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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ARC provided by HarperTeen through a giveaway.

Set Fire to the Gods can easily be described as Spartucus meets Avatar: The Last Airbender, in which gladiators fight to the death using elemental magic to settle skirmishes between the gods. And yes, it’s just as awesome as it sounds.

The worldbuilding is what really drew me into the story. Set Fire to the Gods is set in a Greco-Roman inspired world in which humans are either divine–possessing elemental magic–o
This was a solid start to a new series, I thought. I received this arc from Simmons herself at one of her signings and was really excited to dive in. I love stories that surround Gods and Goddesses. And written by two well-known fantasy authors, sign me up!

As with any new fantasy series, the world building takes time. I did feel that the beginning of the story was a little slow and so much information was thrown at us that I didn't really retain all of the details, so that took me out for a bit.
Lea | That_Bookdragon
Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
4/5 ⭐️

Thank you so much to HarperCollins for providing me with a free e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest opinion!

As soon as I read "Gladiator" meets "Avatar: The Last Airbender", I was sold on this story.

I particularly enjoyed the way elemental magic was portrayed and used within the whole book, but also the way the Gods were used within the story. The world-building was in my opinion really well made, although I did thought we were given a tiny bit too many information right from the
Frank-Intergalactic Bookdragon
Prereview April 2019
This sounds cool but these authors have both let me down before so I'm a wee bit hesitant.
*Full post on my blog*

“What is a soul but the collective will of the heart? Intention is power, Madoc, whether it be a storm of rage or a whisper of regret. Energeia amplifies that intention, turns it to action.” She pressed her fingers just below her collarbone. “You know what your heart wants, Madoc.”

This cover immediately caught my eye, but once I read the synopsis I was officially sold. It just gave me a really cool vibe and I knew from the start it was gonna be epic. The idea of this novel
cherelle (a bolt out of the book)
disappointing but i was still entertained so hey! || 2.5 stars ✨

I enjoyed this book but there were quite a number of places it was lacking in. The world-building (social disparity, petty politics, powers/magic) was incredible, the fighting scenes in the arena were also really thrilling thanks to the writing...

However, where Set Fire to the Gods fell short for me was the plot. There was a huge info dump in the beginning, random reveals and overall confusing plot for me which def
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Nov 29, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: edelweiss
Brittany Tellefsen (thecontinuingchronicles)
What a surprisingly strong and unique YA Fantasy! I really enjoyed this and will definitely pick up the sequel when it arrives.
rachel ☾

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okay so epic reads said this is basically LEGEND OF KORRA meets GLADIATOR and has there ever been a book more perfect for me!?!?!?!?!?
When I read that this was a gladiator YA book with god powers, I was sold. What a cool idea, of course I want to read it. And I will say, the gladiator fights are awesome and the different powers people can have are pretty sweet too. The issue I had was that there weren't nearly enough fights and we only scratched the surface of the different abilities that come from being related to the various gods. I know the first book has to set up the world and characters, so hopefully book two will dive i ...more
I've only read one of each author's past work, and they were both very mediocre. However, the glorious cover for SET FIRE TO THE GODS and exciting blurb convinced me to pick up their joint creation. What came out from this experience was reading a powerful punch of combined mediocrity. The world-building was weak, the storyline was fine but failed to grip me, and I couldn't care less about the characters. This is odd, because despite everything, the writing was fine. The narrative switches betwe ...more
Aug 16, 2020 marked it as tbr-later
Am I the only one that when I read this title a certain song by Adele starts playing in my head?
Sep 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-reads
*stunned silence*
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The Nerd Daily
Aug 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Marley B

Set Fire to the Gods is an elaborate fantasy novel with an interesting concept, but falls somewhat flat due to the execution. There are some unique ideas explored, but it takes a while for the worldbuilding and plot to get going, although both do pick up in the latter half of the book, and it finishes on a note that will likely leave you wanting the next book.

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Kayla (BOOKadoodles)
Overall, I enjoyed this book but found a few elements lacking depth. I wish the character motivations and relationships were a bit more fleshed out/explored, and the world-building overall could have been more concise. That being said, it was fun and the last half of book was definitely better than the first half, which has me thinking I will read the sequel. The story structure definitely had old-school YA fantasy flair, and it sort of provided a nostalgic touch during the reading experience. C ...more
Not only is it co-written by one of my favourite authors, but it has elements that I absolutely adore in general. I love elemental powers and I am an ATLA fan through and through (I watched it when I was a kid and continued throughout my entire life!). I also am a huge classics nerd, and while I prefer Ancient Greece, gladiators are such an interesting part of Roman history that I can't not love the premise.

The world-building was chef's kiss and while that caused the begi
Becca Fowell
Aug 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was one of my most anticipated books for 2020 and it did not disappoint, it now holds pride of place in my top 10 books of the year. I've not read anything by Kristen before but I have read Sara's Steam Raider's duology which I absolutely LOVED.

I loved the elemental magic system in this book. We have multiple gods who each have a different type of elemental magic (fire, earth, water, etc.) and they each rule over their own country. Each country have mortal children born with the same power
Oct 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Buddy read with Riya💞

Before I started this, I saw it being compared to Gladiator and Avatar: The Last Airbender. While I haven't seen Gladiator, I have seen atla and I can now say that it's not very much like it. Sure it has different elements that can be wielded, but that's bout how far the similarities go.

You're fighting, aren't you? For your people. Your family. Where I'm from, we call that brave.

Other than that, it was a pretty solid book. It had good characters and I like where the c
Aug 30, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I think this book could absolutely work for other readers, it didn't work for me unfortunately.

I liked the world building en the way the story went. I just didn’t like the writing style and I couldn’t feel any affection to the personages through the story. Something that is very important for me. I know this is something from me which is the reason I give this book 3* instead of less.

SO--I really enjoyed the beginning of Set Fire to the Gods. I was into Madoc, in a number of ways, he seemed the right amount of cocky and sweet, with iron fists (figuratively) and a grin to boot. He is undivine--an ordinary among the extraordinary. His brother is an earth bender earth mover thing, and together they scam the SOB "leader" who is trying to take away the money from the poor. Until that same guy comes a knocking and just because he can takes his sister as a servant and tells the bo
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It was um...lackluster? Like it was not BAD it just didn't live to up to its expectations. Yep, not saying anything more. Goshdarnit, now I feel bad.


Well, okay, I’ll admit that this book had higher expectations than much for me. And unfortunately, it did not reach them. By all accounts I’m not saying that it was bad or that I did not enjoy it, the thing is, it did not make my heart sizz
HOLY SHIT, this sounds absolutely awesome
Ember in the Ashes who?
✰ Aileen ✰
Dec 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“He'd entered this war to save his sister. Now he'd have to win it to save them all.”


This book shattered my heart 💔

Normally, I don't care if people don't like the books that I absolutely adore but this time it physically hurt me to see that some gave Set Fire to the Gods only two stars. Ugh.
This book was more than great and although I understand why it's not everyone's cup of tea it still has a lot of potential.

Honestly, it's one of my favorites this year.

Things I
One word: Fearless.

Oh my God, watch me walking into 2021 by reading a book I didn’t have many high expectations from. And being surprised at how freaking great it was!

I do not need to say that the authors have done a fabulous job with the story and also the strings that attach the main plot to sub plot without the charm of either of the scenarios wearing off.

A completely new world, new setting and a new idea where no stone has been left unturned. Very well polished and established. If I go into
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“You're stuck with me," she told him.

Madoc's lips pulsed. "I can accept that fate," he whispered.”
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