So I appear to have entered a time where all my ARC reviews that are due are epic fantasy novels with multiple POV’s and they keep getting all jumbled up in my head. I’m going to get it all the right way round now though as I bring you my honest thoughts and feelings about Anna Stephen’s Godblind.
The Mireces worship the bloodthirsty Red Gods. Exiled from Rilpor a thousand years ago, and left to suffer a harsh life in the cold mountains, a new Mireces king now plots an invasion of Rilpor’s thriving cities and fertile earth.
Dom Templeson is a Watcher, a civilian warrior guarding Rilpor’s border. He is also the most powerful seer in generations, plagued with visions and prophecies. His people are devoted followers of the god of light and life, but Dom harbors deep secrets, which threaten to be exposed when Rillirin, an escaped Mireces slave, stumbles broken and bleeding into his village.
Meanwhile, more and more of Rilpor’s most powerful figures are turning to the dark rituals and bloody sacrifices of the Red Gods, including the prince, who plots to wrest the throne from his dying father in the heart of the kingdom. Can Rillirin, with her inside knowledge of the Red Gods and her shocking ties to the Mireces King, help Rilpor win the coming war?
My main problem with multiple POV epic fantasy is and always will be that it without fail takes me a good third of the book to work out who is who. I have to keep flicking back chapters (which is hard to do on a kindle) to remind myself which particular person’s viewpoint we are currently seeing and whether they are a goody or a baddy. In this book, sometimes this was a little easier because they bad guys tended to be really bad. Like, graphic descriptions of torture bad.
The vast majority of the characters we follow in this story were male. Or if that wasn’t the case it did feel quite male dominated which I’ve come to expect from this kind of fantasy at this point. There were some great female characters. There’s the damaged ex-slave with a secret past, the strong female army captain in a male environment and, of course, the evil queen. These characters felt really fleshed out which was definitely necessary in this world (I switch off if there are too many male characters for too long cause I just can’t relate). Having said that, there were some cool male characters both good and evil whom the story follows, to reveal them would be a little spoilery so I’m going to let you discover it for yourselves.
This book is pretty brutal, I’m not going to lie. If you’re not comfortable reading about violence, bloodshed, torture and sexual assault (comfortable is the wrong word) then this is not the book for you. If you have a particular trigger that you want to know about then please feel free to ask me in the comments or direct message me on twitter (@judithcmoore) and I’ll be happy to let you know.
All in all I did enjoy this book, even though this isn’t my favourite genre to read it was well written for the most part, though things did get a little confusing towards the end. This is the proposed opening to a trilogy so I can see there is a way to go yet. In general, if this is the kind of book you enjoy reading then this is a good example of the genre.
My rating: 4/5 stars
By the way, I received a free digital advanced review copy of Godblind from the publisher (Talos) via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own!
Godblind publishes today! Hurray! So, if this is your thing, head on over to your favourite bookshop of internet retailer and bag your copy now!
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