Dom Templeson is a Watcher, a civilian warrior guarding Rilpor’s border. He is also the most powerful seer in generations, plagued with visions and prophecies. His people are devoted followers of the god of light and life, but Dom harbors deep secrets, which threaten to be exposed when Rillirin, an escaped Mireces slave, stumbles broken and bleeding into his village.
Meanwhile, more and more of Rilpor’s most powerful figures are turning to the dark rituals and bloody sacrifices of the Red Gods, including the prince, who plots to wrest the throne from his dying father in the heart of the kingdom. Can Rillirin, with her inside knowledge of the Red Gods and her shocking ties to the Mireces King, help Rilpor win the coming war?
I had been hearing everyone rave about this book for weeks and when I finally read the description and saw it compared to Abercrombie and Mark Lawrence I knew it was a book I needed to check out. I love both Abercrombie's and Lawrence's work and if those two actually combined writing powers to create a fantasy novel I think my head would explode with happiness.
I want to first give a trigger warning for this book and I don't think I've ever considered doing that before...
There are scenes that can be particularly traumatic for trauma survivors, particularly the rape scenes. But I can say, if you're having a good day and think you can handle it, I think you'll be happy you stuck with it. These scenes aren't just there for shock value, they're to show you what's wrong with the world and to prove that survivors can come back stronger and kick their tormentors ass, and that's always an encouraging thought. That you can come back from this, and be better and badder than you've ever been.
Godblind is definitely dark and puts many 'grimdark' authors to shame for not being horrific enough with their poor mistreated characters.
I think I prefer my books toned down a bit, with a bit more comedy to break up the pain and anguish ruling the world, but Godblind is a great debut, an imaginative world with strong writing.
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