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The Hunger of the Gods: 2 (The Bloodsworn Trilogy)

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It is worth noting that the three main POV characters in The Shadow of the Gods didn’t have an intersecting storyline or chapters until literally the last chapter of the book. The three characters are swept up in this larger plot in different ways, which just makes the story richer. So I will do my best, although I feel like no matter what I come up with it won't come anywhere near doing this book or series justice.

Before I start reviewing this book, I have to mention that this book includes a detailed “story so far” section, a glossary and a character list!Highly recommended * SFFWorld * Tightly paced and with invigorating action throughout, The Hunger of the Gods is the epic payoff to the foundation Gwynne meticulously laid down in The Shadow of the Gods and a thrilling setup for the series conclusion * Polygon * A stellar entry in a series that is worthy of the saga-song title * Fantasy Book Critic * The Shadow of the Gods was a great book; The Hunger of the Gods surpasses it . Varg is finally getting used to life as a free man, he is also learning how to fight and how better to use his powers, his POV was always refreshing. By this, I mean that Gwynne is emulating what one of my favorite authors and series of all time did, and that is Joe Abercrombie's style on Sand dan Glokta and Jezal dan Luthar in The First Law trilogy.

Check out my new youtube channel where I show my instant reactions to reading fantasy books seconds after I finish the book.One thing in particular that I really loved about this book is that Gwynne peels back the curtain a bit further on the mythical aspect of this Norse-inspired fantasy epic.

Also, following the epic bloodbath in the conclusion of Elvar's story in The Shadow of the Gods, the calamity and destruction displayed in the last few chapters of Elvar's story in this book were Gwynne's epic and thrilling battle scenes at their best. I think what sets Gwynne’s writing apart (aside from mind blowing world building), would be his incredible way of portraying exceptional characters. The world building is beautifully designed, the story is incredibly engaging, and the battle sequences are raw and relentless.John Gwyne's writing is so immersive you feel like you are right there in the thick of the action with the characters.

My second series, of Blood and Bone, is set in the Banished Lands, the same world as the first series. I do admit that shorter chapters mean a faster reading pace to me but some could've definitely been longer. Malice, my debut novel, was published by Pan Macmillan in 2012 and went on to win the David Gemmell Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Debut of 2012.Although she is still not much better then Biorr) She stepped up and seems to be coming around to seeing how inhumane it is to enslave people. The element of slavery or “thralls” instantly fills me with rage, and from the first book I’ve been hoping for an uprising or revolution. It was one of the things I struggled with in the first book, the new terms and keeping track of everyone. Plus, the battle scenes in her chapters—especially the final few chapters—were utterly breathtaking. But he continues to amaze me with his ability to introduce unique compelling storylines, magnificent otherworldly creatures, interesting characters who you care about so deeply, and that trademark Gwynne writing that is always tight, witty, and filled with memorable quotes that you can't help but highlight and refer back to later.

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