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?
I received a copy of this novel from Harper Collins Australia in exchange for an honest review; all thoughts are my own.
GODBLIND is an incredible debut novel for fantasy writer Anna Stephens. Stephens has completely and utterly blown me out of the water with her bloody (emphasis on bloody) and epic novel. Going into this, I had no assumptions - but it was an incredible read, from the characters, settings, the epic battle scenes to the fast-paced plot – it was all insanely amazing.
GODBLIND is written from the POV of multiple characters and whilst at first it is slightly overwhelming trying to remember everyone, you soon easily flick between the multiple characters. From memory, I have never read a novel with as many characters as this one, but I soon found myself absolutely falling in love with the majority of them (I am still swooning over Ash and Crys), and then loathing others *cough* I hate Galtas *cough*.
The character growth throughout the novel is easily my favourite thing about the book, watching one character go from the deep depths of slavery to freedom and taking back control of her life, to watching the immense sacrifice another has chosen to ensure his loved ones are safe: it was incredible and left me speechless. At times, I was fist pumping for the characters, others I was gasping in horror/shock or screaming “NO”.
Stephens has created characters who are so different from one another that I am absolutely in awe of her writing ability.
Stephens’ ability to create epic and bloody scenes is mesmerising. The battles throughout the novel were EPIC! They left me with very visual images of what was occurring, a true achievement!
At 485 the UK Paperback is a solid novel, but at no time did I find myself bored or wishing it would finish - I was entirely enthralled and putting down the novel was immensely difficult. I am very intrigued about the GODS; The Dancer, The Dark Lady and her brother, Gosfath. I am keen to see where Stephens will take the gods in book two, as well as the humanity’s blind faith in them.
Now, I must note; GODBLIND is not for the faint-hearted, not at all. It touches on rape, has slavery and vivid detailing of human sacrifice in the name of “Gods”, as well as a great many deal more horrible things humans are capable of, so please keep this in mind if you are triggered by the above.
The ending left me with my jaw hanging; I've been left on a huge cliff-hanger and I am sitting here reeling at the events. (‘No’ might have been yelled a few times.) I am anticipating the release of book two - I NEED TO KNOW IF THE CHARACTERS I LOVE LIVE OR NOT!!