THE GREATEST SAGAS ARE WRITTEN IN BLOOD.
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 Vigrio, 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.
I read The Shadow of the Gods (The Bloodsworn Saga, #1) by UK author John Gwynne.
The Shadow of the Gods follows three main characters: Orka a Bloodsworn warrior and Ulfir Tainted mother seeking her stolen Tainted son Brecca. Elvar from the Battle-Grim warriors on a quest for battle fame. The thrall Varg seeking vengeance. In this world where the old gods fought and died, their bones hold immense power for those brave and strong enough to seek them out through lands where monsters now roam.
Queen Hekla of the Raven-feeders is determined to free and the old dragon god Lik-Rifa from her imprisonment in a chamber beneath the earth and to whom the Dragon-born like Queen Hekla are sworn to serve and follow. But the magic required to free Lik-Rifa uses the blood of the Tainted (those sharing bloodlines of the dead gods). Tainted children were the easiest to make thralls of and steal away so their blood can be used to free Lik-Rifa.
The final battle will see fame found, saga tales returned the land fall as warriors seek power with the death of their enemies.
The Shadow of the Gods is a unique reimagining of Norse mythology with extensive world-building and strong, well-developed characters. The battle scenes are visceral and can be at times, gratuitous. The female characters are strong and independent which was pleasant to find in a dark fantasy.
A reimagining of Norse mythology with extensive world-building. A great read for those who enjoy dark fantasy, mythology and Norse-inspired fantasy. A recommended read!
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