The Shadow of the Gods by John Gwynne

Title: The Shadow of the Gods.
Series: The Bloodsworn Saga #1.
Writer(s)John Gwynne.
Publisher: Orbit Books.
Format: Advance review Copy.
Release Date: May 6th, 2021.
Pages: 496.
Genre(s): Fantasy.
ISBN13: 9780356514185.
My Overall Rating:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.


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34 thoughts on “The Shadow of the Gods by John Gwynne

  1. Glad that Gwynne hasn’t disappointed you with this one.

    While not at all tempting to me anymore, I’m wondering if Gwynne is trying to become a slightly darker version of Sanderson. Gwynne has been steadily putting out books, doesn’t appear to be slowing down and is really putting the Epic into Epic Fantasy. It feels like he’s picking up Sanderson’s slack since he started delving into the more YA side of writing.

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    1. That has to be the most positive things you’ve ever said about Gwynne so far! 😛 But it’s true… Dude writes fast and a lot! I doubt anyone can still catch up to Sanderson even if he’s exploring YA more nowadays. Sanderson is still pushing 1000+ pagers of his beloved series. Not to mention upcoming Mistborn books…

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  2. Thank you so much for helping me revisit one of the best reads of this year! John Gwynne has by now become one of my favorite fantasy authors, and one whose books I tend to grab sight unseen, but this new novel marks a new level in his oh-so-powerful storytelling, indeed…
    Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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  3. I absolutely love the way your reviews are structured! I haven’t heard of The Shadow of the Gods yet but if it’s inspired by ANY mythology, I know I’ll devour it 🙂 Thank you for putting this one firmly on my TBR 🙂

    -Megan Bookstacks & Golden Moms

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  4. I’ve no doubt this is one I’ll pick up and hopefully enjoy. I love the Norse inspiration. And that’s a killer cover, who wouldn’t be at least a little curious after seeing that? 🙂

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  5. I’ve seen this book quite a lot in the book blogging community, but to be honest, I haven’t paid too much attention. It does sound like an interesting story and universe and I like the links to Norse mythology. Great review, Lashaan!

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  6. Fantastic review, Lashaan! I have never read a book inspired by the Norse mythology, but I am pretty sure I would love it, and this one, with its very detailed world seems perfect for that! 😊

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