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The Hunger of the Gods: 2 (The Bloodsworn Trilogy)

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On the other hand, some chapters could've been removed especially in the first half since they didn't add much to the story, or at least should've been summed up and combined with another chapter. John Gwynne has certainly done his homework and created one of the greatest escape reads I've ever come across. Colin Mace does a really great job narrating this, and he gets across that build of tension to a great crescendo of an ending. The characters are household names, so it almost feels as if they are real, and thus the trials, tribulations and torment they are put through just wrenches my heart.

My minor issue with the pacing aside, The Hunger of the Gods have furious battle scenes, savage display of power, intricate world-building, and well-written characters.I do admit that shorter chapters mean a faster reading pace to me but some could've definitely been longer.

Gwynne added two new POVs that gave us perspective on the villains and this added a lot to the brewing conflict. The Shadow of the Gods, the first instalment of The Bloodsworn, is released publicly next month, so I can't say too much. John Gwynne is a master of his craft, and his characters in this story are (in my opinion) the best he's ever created. The gods begin to emerge more and it really takes this already engaging plot to another level entirely. Highly recommended * SFFWorld * Tightly paced and with invigorating action throughout, The Hunger of the Gods is the epic payoff to the foundation Gwynne meticulously laid down in The Shadow of the Gods and a thrilling setup for the series conclusion * Polygon * A stellar entry in a series that is worthy of the saga-song title * Fantasy Book Critic * The Shadow of the Gods was a great book; The Hunger of the Gods surpasses it .They all have strong motivations, and this book helps us to understand intellectually what their goals and needs are.

She has more than earned her moniker of Orka Skullsplitter, which is one of the cooler names in fantasy I have to admit. I think what sets Gwynne’s writing apart (aside from mind blowing world building), would be his incredible way of portraying exceptional characters. As Orka continues the hunt for her missing son, the Bloodsworn sweep south in a desperate race to save one of their own-and Varg takes the first steps on the path of vengeance. The world building is beautifully designed, the story is incredibly engaging, and the battle sequences are raw and relentless. This creates a much more appreciated aspect of "morally grey" characters all around, whereas the first book felt more black and white.The author did such a great job of describing and developing the characters, they were so realistic and complex. I haven't come across a main character who I've immediately connected with quite like I have with Orka. As Orka continues the hunt for her missing son, the Bloodsworn sweep south in a desperate race to save one of their own – and Varg takes the first steps on the path of vengeance. Orka is still desperately traversing the continent looking for those who tore apart her family, while hoping that it still isn't too late to save her son. No longer are we dealing with disputes and battles among humans, now ancient (and in some cases downright evil) gods are attempting to influence matters.

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