The Shadow of the Gods
Books | Fiction / Fantasy / Epic
'A masterfully crafted, brutally compelling Norse-inspired epic' Anthony RyanTHE 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 Vigrið, 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 bloody vengeance, The Shadow of the Gods begins an epic new fantasy saga from bestselling author John Gwynne.Further praise for The Shadow of the Gods'Visceral, heart-breaking and unputdownable' Jay Kristoff'A satisfying and riveting read. The well-realised characters move against a backdrop of a world stunning in its immensity. It's everything I've come to expect from a John Gwynne book' Robin Hobb'A masterclass in storytelling . . . epic, gritty fantasy with an uncompromising amount of heart' FanFiAddict'Quintessential Gwynne honed to perfection . . . The Shadow of the Gods is absolutely stunning, one hell of an epic series opener and a spectacular dose of Viking-flavoured fantasy' The Tattooed Book Geek'Reminds me of all that I love in the fantasy genre. The Shadow of the Gods is an action-packed cinematic read' Fantasy Hive
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"John Gwynne writes another incredible and brutal story. If you loved his previous books with multiple POVs and a lot of realistic battle scenes, you'll enjoy this one as well. It's a blend of Norse mythology (specifically Ragnarok) with a hint of classic epics (Beowulf). Fair warning, it's descriptive in its violence but you'll be rewarded with a well crafted world and relatable characters."
"4.5 stars is more accurate, but I can't do that and I really wanted to continue right into the next book and got very into this so rounded up. Very slow beginning, but it got going somewhere around 1/3 to halfway and I really liked it. Loved Orka and was rooting for her the whole time--raining down the vengeance of a mother and wife. Similar for Uspa and Elvar by proximity. "
"This is amazing! Perfectly paced. Rich, vibrant and completely unique. I’m not a huge fantasy reader. Couldn’t finish Game of Thrones or Wheel of Time, but this grabbed me in a different way. "
"This is one of my favorite books I've ever read. Fantastic world building. Lots of action. An interesting magic system. I could not put it down & was absolutely devastated when it ended. I'm a fan of all of John Gwynne's books, but he out did himself in this one. GRRM better move over, because he's about to be usurped if the rest of the series is as amazing as this book (& Gwynne actually finishes his books)."
"If you haven’t read this book yet DO IT. This book is so well written and I literally cannot put this down❣️"
"Where do I begin with this book. It is quite possibly the best fantasy book I have ever read. At first I was slightly intimidated by the size of the book, but my husband picked it out for me to read, and I’m so glad this was the one he picked. I thought I would have a hard time with the POVs switching, but I actually really enjoyed it and I highly recommend this book especially if you’re looking for an epic fantasy"