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The Shadow of the Gods

By John Gwynne
The Shadow of the Gods by John Gwynne digital book - Fable

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"A masterfully crafted, brutally compelling Norse-inspired epic." —Anthony Ryan

THE GREATEST SAGAS ARE WRITTEN IN BLOOD.


A century has passed since the gods fought and drove themselves to extinction. Now only their bones remain, promising great power to those brave enough to seek them out.

As whispers of war echo across the land of Vigrid, fate follows in the footsteps of three warriors: a huntress on a dangerous quest, a noblewoman pursuing battle fame, and a thrall seeking vengeance among the 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.

Set in a brand-new, Norse-inspired world, and packed with myth, magic, and vengeance, The Shadow of the Gods begins an epic new fantasy saga from bestselling author John Gwynne.
 

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“(very slight spoilers but i will put the tag on just in case) this is my first john gwynne book and i have to say i’m not disappointed. he writes strong women very well, and he crafted a beautiful world and characters i got lost in. the twists towards the end honestly did surprise me and i love to see how all the main character’s goals are beginning to align with one another. i will definitely be finishing this series!”
Characters change and growDiverse charactersMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenDescriptive writingAddictiveTwistyMagical setting
Thumbs Up“This book FOR ME had such a slow start; I will be honest, I was close to DNF’ing it. BUT!! Had it not been for 1) the fantasy setting, 2) the change of POV’s to switch it up and 3) Fable’s reading progress tracking doohickey device, I would not have completed it. AT FIRST I was annoyed with the whole different character POV change - I’m not sure why, but honestly, I’m glad that it was constructed that way. Keeps it fresh, ya know? I liked Orka’s POV, followed by Varg’s, and then lastly Elvar’s. I don’t know why I wasn’t a fan of Elvar’s. Everyone had such a twisting tale in their lives, which is fantastic, but I found Elvar’s POV to be such a slow climb (eventually respecting her more towards the end). Perhaps same with Varg’s, but like I said before: it all keeps the story fresh. The fight scene with Lik-Rifa confused me: I think in my head, a lot happened that I was overwhelmed with it all. I might need this animated or something to get a gist of everything unfolding (and (h)angry dragon lady awoken). Not a bad thing, however! Overall, this book (despite the slow start) was great. It def had a nice build up as things progressed - I’m looking forward to reading the second book!”
Believable charactersCharacters change and growMulti-layered charactersDescriptive writingFast-pacedSuspensefulTwistyUnpredictableImmersive settingMagical setting

About John Gwynne

John Gwynne studied and lectured at Brighton University. He’s played double bass in a rock ’n’ roll band and traveled the USA and Canada. He is married with four children and lives in Eastbourne, where he is part of a Viking reenactment group. When not writing, he can often be found standing in a shield wall with his three sons about him. His dogs think he is their slave.

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