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The Shadow of the Gods

By John Gwynne
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Publisher Description

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


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.

331 Reviews

Slightly Smiling Face“Overall a very good read. Felt cold and impersonal at times but I find that to be the case with much Norse inspired stories. Characters: I found them to be pretty good. Varg was actually my favorite which doesnt tend to be common for most folks! I felt he had the biggest and most interesting arc. Pacing: Not great but had a downhill journey. That is to say it started slow and picked up speed. Plot: Not gunna lie this was weakest for me. The magic systems and decisions and multiple locations made it confusing and unconvincing at times. The plot was interesting in the end but left some to be desired. Ending: the ending was excellent and epic. 4/5. Was a 3.5/5 at the halfway point so hang in there. It's worth a read!”
Multi-layered charactersDescriptive writingOriginal writingDark settingDarkViolenceUnengaging charactersUnsatisfying plot
Thinking Face“Very slow in the beginning. I had trouble getting into the book, not really caring about the characters or the story but at the 60% mark it definitely started to pick up for me. The last third of this book was great and made it worth not stopping earlier. It ended on a cliffhanger, the stories finally connected. I would like to know how it ends but I have not yet decided when and if I will read the second book, though I lean more towards reading it sometime in the future”
Descriptive writingImmersive settingDarkViolenceUnengaging charactersUnsatisfying ending
Slightly Smiling Face“I really enjoyed this book! I pulled me in from the very beginning and the characters are very interesting to follow. I readily like the world building too, it’s the perfect mixed of Norse tropes we know and new unique twists. The main reason it’s not fives stars is that there are parts of the book that just felt like endless fight scenes, and while I don’t have a problem with violence in fiction for the most part I felt there were points where it undercut tension of the plot. That said I did really like reading this book and I can’t wait to see what happens in the next one!!”
Multi-layered charactersDescriptive writingEasy to readAddictiveImmersive settingDarkThought-provokingViolence
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“Just awesome Norse fantasy/mythology. I felt like I was observing several Dungeons and Dragons campaigns at the same time with a Viking lens. There was a ton of gore and violence, so if that's not your thing, this isn't for you. I personally loved the ride as well as the ending. I'll be reading book 2 shortly!”
Likable charactersMulti-layered charactersDescriptive writingFast-pacedTwistyDark settingImmersive settingDarkViolence
Surprised Face with Open Mouth“I appreciate the story and the lore -- it's good to read a Viking/Norse/Fantasy kind of story with magic other than swords. Although I might have struggled with how the story was written as I would get lost on the sequence at a turn of the next chapter. The violence was a bit too much for me, too. But if you dig these kind of thing, then I would recommend it. But unfortunately this book might not be for me in essence.”
Multi-layered charactersOriginal writing

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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