‘Godblind’ by Anna Stephens.
Publisher: Harper Collins.
Published: 17th June, 2017.
Page Count: 488 Pages.
Genre: Adult, Fantasy.
RRP: $29.99 AUD.
There was a time when the Red Gods ruled the land. The Dark Lady and her horde dealt in death and blood and fire.
That time has long since passed and the neighbouring kingdoms of Mireces and Rilpor hold an uneasy truce. The only blood spilled is confined to the border where vigilantes known as Wolves protect their kin and territory at any cost.
But after the death of his wife, King Rastoth is plagued by grief, leaving the kingdom of Rilpor vulnerable.
Vulnerable to the blood-thirsty greed of the Warrior-King Liris and the Mireces army waiting in the mountains…
GODBLIND is an incredible debut from a dazzling new voice of the genre.
“Rilpor will belong to blood again and, after it has fallen, all the world will know my wrath”.
Firstly, we would just like to say a huge thank you to Harper Collins Australia for sending us this amazing novel to review! ❤️.
With having heard not much about this novel, we were originally drawn to the novel by the cover art alone! The cover art is just truly amazing. However, we found ourselves interested for many more reasons as well! The synopsis was just so intriguing and left us just so enthusiastic to start reading this novel!
Before getting into our thoughts about this novel, we would just like to mention that this is a grimdark fantasy. This means that it’s more of an adult novel as darker and more ruthless things occur throughout the story line.
This is actually our first ever grimdark fantasy novel that we have read. We originally found the novel a little hard to get into at first as we felt as though we were just bombarded with so many characters all at once. However, once the plot progressed we began to really enjoy the novel.
The novel is focused in the world of Gilgoras where people either worship Dancer, the Goddesses of Light and her Fox Godson or the Red Gods which consists of the evil Dark Lady and the God of Blood. The people who follow the Dancer thrive in Rilpor whilst the people who believe in a darker path follow the Red Gods where they are exiled to miserable places.
We were really surprised with the Mireces people who not only worship the Red Gods but they make huge sacrifices as well like to feel tremendous pain and death! They eventually became strong enough to try and overthrow Rilpor and leave their shadow lives behind.
The story is told in many different character’s points of view. We were really confused with all the characters as they were all introduced at once however, all the different points of view linked really well together.
It was truly just an amazingly written dark fantasy tale and we just couldn’t put the novel down!
The author included betrayals, dark rituals, strong friendships and even a little romance. This novel was just so gripping and really interesting!
We just loved all of the characters and strong friendships. The author is just a truly incredible writer! She portrayed each female character with such strength, power and intelligence! We loved the growth and strength that was shown throughout each friendship!
The message that we took from this novel would be that you are never the bad mistakes that you make. Each day is a brand-new day so live in the present and look forward to each new day as it comes!
Overall, we definitely recommend this novel, keeping in mind that it is a dark fantasy. This novel is just something new, unique and exciting!
Book Rating: 4/5 Stars⭐️.