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

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Special thanks to my Patrons on Patreon for giving me extra support towards my passion for reading and reviewing! Then there’s Gudvarr who is a morally ambiguous character, he leans more towards villainy than goodness, the only person he loves apart from himself is his aunt, I bet he can screw her over if his life is on the line. Along their journey they meet new challenges and strengthen their friendships with their fellow warriors. 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. It may not be Abercrombie's level yet—to be fair, no one can do what Abercrombie did with Glokta—but I am pleased to see Gwynne trying out new things and making it work.

I reread The Hunger of the Gods as it was released a few weeks ago, but this time tried it out in an audiobook format.

The following three books in the series – Valour, Ruin and Wrath, were all shortlisted for the David Gemmell Legend Award for Best Fantasy Novels of 2014, 2015 and 2016. They are strong individuals that would circle the land to fight for what they believe in, sacrifice themselves to save the ones they love, and prove their worth to the world. This is yet another incredible book from John Gwynne, and for me cements him as the best active fantasy author.

We travel with them as they give us some insight into the "bad guys" and what they are planning for the future of Vigrid. I love Orka so much, she is brave, strong, resilient, loyal, fierce and she will do anything for those she cares about. I wanted to savor every page and slow down to enjoy it more, but at the same time I couldn't help devouring it in huge marathon sessions because the story is just that great. En los libros de John Gwynne que he leído y en los que voy a leer, seguramente, reflejan su muy marcada habilidad para retratar una realidad sombría y brutal, sin exagerar, ni empleándola sin razón.Elvar was the main character that took me longer than the other characters to feel invested in The Shadow of the Gods. I was delighted by the beginning of the book, which included a character list and a summary of book 1. I am not big into rereads and many readers are like me so I think more authors should be doing this small yet very impactful act of including summaries of the previous books in series. Consequently, the themes of loyalty, determination, morality, family, courage and leadership are at the forefront in this book! Check out my new youtube channel where I show my instant reactions to reading fantasy books seconds after I finish the book.

I live on the south coast of the UK with my beautiful wife, three sons and my daughter, and an assortment of animals (at the moment three dogs, a horse and a lamb who thinks she's a dog). However, the use of language added another layer of enjoyment to this book that most readers will unfortunately not experience. I was planning on rereading The Shadow of the Gods before picking up this book, but that was not necessary due to a recap being included, so thank you, Orbit! It's easy to forget where each POV character is going because everyone was constantly traveling to a place before moving on to travel again. So I finished fairly quickly for an almost 700-page doorstopper and now I am quite sad that I will have yet another long wait for the next one.

That difficultly of keeping track of them led to me struggling to emotionally connect to the characters. Also, if it has been a while since you’ve read The Shadow of the Gods, Gwynne has included something handy and helpful for his readers, just proving even further that he cares about his readers. It is the first book that rekindled my love of reading this year which makes it deserve a 5 stars rating.

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