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Lik-Rifa, the dragon god of legend, has been freed from her eternal prison. Now she plots a new age of blood and conquest.
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.
Elvar has sworn to fulfil her blood oath and rescue a prisoner from the clutches of Lik-Rifa and her dragonborn followers, but first she must persuade the Battle-Grim to follow her.
Yet even the might of the Bloodsworn and Battle-Grim cannot stand alone against a dragon god.
Their hope lies within the mad writings of a chained god. A book of forbidden magic with the power to raise the wolf god Ulfrir from the dead . . . and bring about a battle that will shake the foundations of the earth.
The Hunger of the Gods follows directly from the The Shadow of the Gods with the imprisoned dragon-god Lika-Rifa freed by Queen Hekla and her dragon-born warriors – with the Tainted children made thralls and sworn to serve Lik-Rifa.
Bloodsworn and Tainted warrior Orka continues her hunt for Queen Hekla and vengeance for stealing her Tainted son Breca. But Orka has the blood of the wolf-god Ulfrir in her veins and aided by vessen monsters. She is formidable and ferocious when the wolf-blood overwhelms her.
Elevar of the Battle-grim warriors aims to fulfil the blood-oath to find another stolen Tainted child. But to battle Queen Hekla, her dragon-born warriors and the dragon-god Lik-Rifa, Elvar makes a thrall of a winged-god and using mad writings of Lik-Rifa, she raises Ulfrir the wolf-god from his bones and the winged thrall Skuld forges a collar for Elvar to make a thrall of Ulfrir. That accomplished, Elvar and her Battle-grim warriors follow after Lik-Rifa and wait for Ulfrir to regain his legendary strength before the battle which could remake or unmake the world.
The Hunger of the Gods continues the epic dark fantasy where Gwynne’s talent for reimagining Norse mythology and world-building is compelling.
A good sequel in the Bloodsworn Saga. An enjoyable dark fantasy of Norse-inspired sagas and mythology with extensive world-building and strong, well-defined characters. A recommended read!