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Godblind Spoiler Free Review

Title: Godblind

Author: Anna Stephens

Publisher: Talos

Release Date: June 20th 2017

Number of Pages: 384

Genre: Adult, Grimdark, fantasy

32072924Goodreads Synopsis

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 harbours 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?

I borrowed this book form the library and then immediately had to go out and buy it as I loved it. Basically this book is everything!!

I also want to stress that this is an incredibly dark and not for the faint hearted. Trigger warning: for rape, violence and torture.

This story takes place in Gilgoras, within the Kingdoms of Rilpor and Mireces. Those in Rilpor worship the Gods of Light and the Kingdom covers most of Gilgoras. Whereas the Mireces worship the Red Gods and due to the brutal nature of the Red Gods they were banished, along with their worshippers, to the outer reaches of Gilgoras. However, the Red Gods are determined to rule again and with the King of Rilpor losing touch with reality and his Kingdom due to the death of his wife a year ago the Mireces have decided that now is the perfect change to rise against Rilpor.

This book is filled with amazing and morally grey characters. This is written in multiple points of view, which is something that I love. I like that you really get a feel for each individual character and I was never once confused about how was who or overwhelmed by the number of characters.

I love strong female characters and this book has them in abundance. From an ex-slave trying to find her place in life , an army Captain trying to prove herself, a woman and her unyielding faith in her gods and a Mireces fighting for power. Not to mention the awesome male characters as well. From a Captain of the Gard trying to protect the king, a solider fighting to survive the war and come to terms with his sexuality (which I really enjoyed reading about), a Commander trying to defend the frontlines, a man trying to interpret messages from the Gods, a Lord who wants the Red Gods to rise and a new King wanting to expand his rule.

There wasn’t one character who’s point of view I didn’t like reading from though I was most invested in the stories of Dom, Rillirin and Crys. (I wouldn’t spoil anything by telling you which characters these are).

The world building within this is also really good and I’m looking forward to this being expanded even more in the next book. The writing was also really good and I can’t believe that this was Anna Stephens Debut novel.

Overall, this book was amazing and I adored how dark it was. It also ended on the biggest cliff-hanger I have ever read and I can’t wait for the next book to come out so I can find out what happens. I gave this 5 out of 5 stars.

 


Have you read this book? What did you think of it? Can you recommend any other extremely dark fantasy books?

Also if I missed anything out in the trigger warnings please mention hem in the comments.

 

 

4 thoughts on “Godblind Spoiler Free Review

  1. Hi, as Godblind’s author I’d just like to say a massive thank you for this lovely review. Things like this really can make a difference to a debut or young author, but mostly I’m just thrilled you enjoyed the book as it is extremely close to my heart! The sequel is due out in the summer and I hope it lives up to your expectations. Thanks again. Anna

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