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Bound to the Battle God

(Aspect and Anchor #1)

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  4,745 ratings  ·  897 reviews

When I went to my neighbour’s apartment to investigate strange sounds, I never expected to fall through a portal into another world. Yet here I am, a stranger in an even stranger land... and I'm stranded. In this world, might makes right, men carry swords, and gods walk the earth. Within minutes of arriving, I’m enslaved!

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Kindle Edition, 1st Edition, 666 pages
Published June 30th 2019 by Ruby Dixon
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Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Please don't judge this book by its cover!!!!! lol

4.5 stars

Let me tell you all the things I loved about it...

Bound to the Battle God is a slow burn romance, the couple doesn't kiss until 50% into the book. And it's not an Erotica novel. The amount of sex is average, in one word a perfect amount for such a long book.

It's a portal fantasy, an earthling female is being transported to a different planet, WITHOUT the dreaded going back and forth (like Outlander), which I hate. The heroine stays where
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Apparently this book was written over a period of years, and you can kind of tell. It's super long and gets better as it goes on.

First things first - your feminism spidey senses will tingle, especially at the beginning. I wasn't a fan of the beginning because it seemed like there was going to be a whole glorifying rapeyness going on. But, it didn't go there. The heroine was not having any of that crap - which I liked. Still, not a good world for females in general.

Our heroine, Faith, is transpor
Aisling Zena
4.5 stars

For all those that read Kristen Ashley's Wildest Dreams and Golden Dynasty, for all those that read The Winter King by C.L.Wilson, for all those that read Grace Draven's Wraith Kings or any amazing fantasy book and couldn't find something to satisfy you after reading them; look no more and pick this one up as soon as you can.

I don't even want to go into it too much because I feel it will detract from the enjoyment of discovering for yourself how good this one is, so I'll try to keep it
Penny Reid
Feb 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
First and foremost, I'm angry at each and every person who never recommended this book to me. Why have you failed me thus? What hath I doth to offend thee?
Second, this book is so much fun. It's a well written, slow burn fantasy that was also 100% unputdownable. One minute I was laughing, the next I was cringing, the next I'm all like

Basically, if you want to read a 600+ page adventure story with sass, excellent characterization, and wonderful story progression, this is the book for you. Highly,
Giorgia ~ Reads
This was so good!!

I am glad I overlooked the very misleading cover, I know it’s shallow of me but that cover does not make one pick up the book with high hopes!

Anyway, back to the praise. I can start enumerating the things that are so right about this book:

1. The writing is good and consistent.
2. The world building and storyline are top notch.
3. The characters go through a great journey of self discovery I’d say. Not only do they become better people but the book actually has characters reflec
Just Josie

Ruby, Ruby, Ruby...

This book? Damn. Just damn. *insert slow clap 🤩

I lost count of how many times I thought to myself: “Gosh, I love this”.
I was enraptured from the very first page. Ruby Dixon sure knows how to write fantasy romance.

Faith is my new favorite person. Funny as hell, sassy as fuck and so much backbone. Delicious💜
And Aron?
Omfg Aron.
God of Battle.
Arrogant, protective and the perfect amount dick-ish asshole😂 #ilovethemalphas

But what really blew me away?
The world building- Ho
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So Ruby Dixon said this book was an "epic fantasy romance" that's big words and big claims for a book, annnnnd those words are 1000% true. I loved this book in fact hold your seats ladies I think this is the best book from Ruby Dixon to date. Seriously this book blew me away I love Ruby Dixon and this book was nothing short of astonishing. I started this book having no clue it was so long (almost 600 pages) and as I started reading I noticed I was reading and reading and my page count was gettin ...more
don't let the cover throw you... this book is actually a whole lot of fun!

We have our h, Faith, who ends up traveling to another world through some possible manipulation from the Fates *wink wink*


Faith she ends up getting mixed up with a bunch of different gods who have been punished to live and survive in the world of mortals.

Faith ends up being tethered to Aron- the god of storms and battle- and has to help him navigate the world of mortals, while trying to find her own way in a new reality t
Meagan ✊🏼 Blacklivesmatter ✊🏼Blacktranslivesmatter
7/15/19 This was fucking perfect! I hope this is the start of a new series because I NEED Yulenna's story and even Markos!
I'm not reading the blurb. I don't give a shit what it's about. I don't care what the cover looks like. I'm going to read the shit out of this! I'VE WAITED TOO LONG FOR MY RUBY DIXON FIX! I will read anything this woman writes!
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to my fellow Goodreads friend B E Love for bringing this book to my attention.
I really enjoyed this fantasy romance and looking forward to more in this series if the author decides to continue with it.
❤️Emma Book Lover ❤️
4⭐️ I love my Battle Gods for sure🤷🏻‍♀️
Just think of Aron as :

or maybe this??

Anyhow..anything is better than that cover ffs... moving on:

So first things first:
•this book is looooong but not long enough to bore you , it was written over the span of several years as a secret project of the author ( which in my opinion nailed it) and maybe in the future we can read more about the secondary characters stories (hopefully, personally I’m dying to read about the God of Dead 😋
4 Stars

Overall Opinion: This was a fun read! I read a few reviews and the blurb and was immediately sold when I saw (what I thought was) the parallels between one of my favorites, The Golden Dynasty, and this book. After reading it, I wouldn't say it's all that similar though. The only similarity I really saw was the alternate universe thing. Which is fine! This was all on its own and an enjoyable story. It was long! It didn't feel that long to me though which I also feel is a good thing. I've
Lacey (laceybooklovers)
This is one thick book so it took me foreverrr to finish, but I really did love it. This fantasy world of Battle Gods and Anchors is so unique and fun – I'm already dying to read more of it!! It's also sloooww burn, which surprised me given that it's Ruby Dixon (who is all about mates and claiming them at first sight) but I loved that the romance was slow! It fit well for Faith and Aron's story. They're thrown together reluctantly but genuinely get to know and fall for each other over time. This ...more
★Me Myshelf and I★
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I don’t think I've ever been to say before now that a book was a slow burn and standalone.

But with 665 pages for the build-up it was the equivalent of getting the romance in book 2! Which I was not complaining about. The pacing and timing was perfect. Slow enough to build the romance and the world with detail but fast enough to keep it moving and hold my interest.

I should have never visited that fortune teller. King of Pentacles—a man like a force of nature? Try a god of storms. A journey about
Jacob Proffitt
Part of me doesn't want to admit that I gave this a shot. It is every bit as schmaltzy as that cover indicates. And I stuck it out way longer than I would have expected given how little Dixon cares about worldbuilding or characterization. The thing is, if you can let go and just flow with the romp through a fantasy land without trying for things to make sense then you're going to be just fine. Faith can be a hoot and she just keeps trying to make the best of things even when they're pretty despe ...more
Aug 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I honestly don't know how to rate this book!!!

I love Ms. Dixon's books; they're light, funny and quick reads. That's not the case here...

Yes, the heroine was occasionally funny. But I found her language too foul and inappropriate for the story.

Our heroine, Faith is snapped from Earth and ends in a world where Gods walk among mortals. She's clueless. And I mean clueless - in the most stupidest way possible! She speaks American slang to people who are obviously in Dark Age. She acts like a 20th c
Parvati Patil
Jul 29, 2019 marked it as to-read
Recommended to Parvati Patil by: Andrijana Đ.
Adding because someone said it's like Pestilence. ...more
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love those books which starts on point A and ends on exactly point Z!

For some reason this book reminded me of the one the whole good-readers went gaga over- Pestilence! Though I can’t exactly pinpoint why.
May be because of the whole god business or it may be, both had that somber rough undertone throughout the story. But storyline that’s entirely different.

I liked the story settings, different cultures, different landscapes, cluster of characters ranging from exiled gods to human to slaves. St
Donyae Coles
Jul 06, 2019 rated it liked it
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Ruby is the Goddess of Stories & Feels!!

Kindle Unlimited!
I can't begin to describe how flipping AMAZING this new world & story is!!
Nice big juicy page count, perfectly wonderful HEA and SO many possibilities to come.
I neeeeeeed to re-read this again immediately!

Faith is an office drone in Chicago.
Average, if boring life.
She starts to hear talking & noises from the empty apartment by hers.

Investigating it, she gets sucked to a whole new world a little on the Game of Throne
Milica's Bookshelf
Dec 17, 2019 rated it really liked it

I love this story! In the beginning, I was skeptical about this book, 'cause it's a big book, but it was easy to read and I love main characters ♥
Nov 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio, ebook-owned
This was about 2 set pieces too long from being a perfect fantasy romance (at least for my tastes!). I absolutely loved Faith as a heroine, with a great balance of being gutsy but not stupid, and the slow burn romance allowed the interesting world/magic system driven plot to shine. Looking forward to more in the series!
For the purchase price of $4.99 on Amazon, a reader will get a 665 page story that includes mythology-Gods, suspense, steamy romance, and oodles and oodles of action-adventure.

Personally, I struggled to read this book. I had a really hard time getting through the first 25%, finally throwing in the towel at the approximate 50% level. My issues were that the story crawled at a snails pace providing me the reader with a drip drip of new content and/or world building progress. I'm just not a fan of
Brittain *Needs a Nap and a Drink*
We have in the red corner A Ballsy Woman From Chicago that has Just Been Informed that she is to be a Sacrifice to a God. In the blue corner, we have A Battle God who is Not Used to being Told No.

Who is going to be crowned the victor in this epic fight?

This book was just so much fun. I was eager to see what happened next and ready to see what the next adventure would bring. It had more depth than I was expecting and so much more heart. It wasn't just sex and battle. It had sweet moments and thes
♛ Mademoiselle Smut ♛
4 Stars!

This book was long...and slow but so funny!


Our Heroine, Faith, keeps hearing weird noises from the apartment next to hers. When she decides to check on the noise one night, she falls into a whole other world. There she is, in her nightgown, in a place that is nothing like earth. She's sold as a slave before she offers herself as the anchor to the Battle God.

Aron, God of Storm and Battle, is an aspect, and he needs an anchor to stay alive on the mortal lands. When Faith offers herself
3.75 stars?

This was quite different for Ruby Dixon.

First of all, this is loooong. The audiobook clocked in at just over 21 hours, which has been unheard-of from her other series. I think Dixon is best known for her shorter form romance, and Bound To The Battle God definitely broke out of that mold.

Second, this didn't give off the same fated mates vibe that her IPB series does. Sure this story is about a god and his anchor, but that doesn't necessarily mean they are fated. It's more of a forced
Laura Elizabeth
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This was tough to rate. The beginning didn’t grab me. I read a few chapters put it down. A few weeks later, read a few more. Then picked it up third time to see if this would be DNF or reading on. I read on. It was good. Sort of a hunger games for fallen gods. The middle dragged a bit but last half was great. This couple had very very slow burn. But in the end this was great.
♛ Garima ♛
Before reading:

New series by Ruby, so excited...please be good

After reading:

3.5 new promising series stars

Reading this book has taken toll on my feminism but it was written alternate universe whose culture matches with Roman armies so I cannot complain much.

Short review:

This is a long ass book – not my words, Ruby’s *chuckle

Faith has been sucked into Fantasy world which resembles to set of Game of Thrones. Upon arriving, she was captured and sold a slave for a God’s offering
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
OMG I LOVED THIS SO MUCH!!! Ahhh everyone needs to pick up this steamy, slow burn fantasy!!! This was such a JOY to read!! THE ROMANCE WAS EVERYTHING! I loved this world so much and I can’t wait to read more from Ruby Dixon!!! I hope we get more of this world soon!!!
Nov 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
This had me more amused and engaged than I was expecting. The start had me a little wary but I soon found myself eagerly reading on, I really liked how Faith dealt with things, she didn't stop and just cry in a corner.

Good world building and I enjoyed the MCs and how they developed.

Really looking forward to book 2.

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Ruby Dixon is the secret penname of a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author. As Ruby, she writes sexy barbarian aliens, grumpy shifters, and domineering bikers.

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