Saturday 23 April 2022

The Shadow of the Gods (Bloodsworn Saga #1) by John Gwynne - A Review


“We are the Bloodsworn, closer than kin. A brotherhood, a sisterhood: we live and die together.”

The Shadow of the Gods by John Gwynne is a adult fantasy book and it is the first in the Bloodsworn Saga. The book was released on May 2021.

This is the first book of John Gwynne that I read and I loved it. 
It is set in a Norse inspired world and it is full of magic, adventures and vengeance. I loved the world building and I cannot wait to explore more of it. I also really liked the writing style and the way John Gwynne wrote his characters. 
We follow the story through three POVs (Orka, Elvar and Varg) who seem separate at the beginning but towards the end their stories come together in a fascinating way. My favourite of the three is Orka who is a character perfectly written from the start. She puts her family above everything and that is what drives her vengeance forward. 
One of the themes in the book is found family and that is evident in all our POVs but especially in Varg's.
The book is full of battle scenes that are all exceptional. 
The last part of the book was intense and action packed and also full of violence and emotions. 

I am really excited to learn more about the world, the Gods and the magic in the sequel The Hunger of the Gods.

Rating: 5 Stars

Synopsis of the book
After the gods warred and drove themselves to extinction, the cataclysm of their fall shattered the land of Vigrið.

Now a new world is rising, where power-hungry jarls feud and monsters stalk the woods and mountains. A world where the bones of the dead gods still hold great power for those brave - or desperate - enough to seek them out.

Now, as whispers of war echo across the mountains and fjords, fate follows in the footsteps of three people: a huntress on a dangerous quest, a noblewoman who has rejected privilege in pursuit of battle fame, and a thrall who seeks vengeance among the famed mercenaries known as the Bloodsworn.

All three will shape the fate of the world as it once more falls under the shadow of the gods . . .

See you in the next post and don't forget to keep reading!!!

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