The Shadow of the Gods /John Gwynne

Title / The Shadow of the Gods
Author / John Gwynne
Series / The Bloodsworn saga – book 1
Published / 2021
Page no. / 496
Overall Rating / ★★

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*I received an early e-copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*
The Shadow of the Gods is the first book in the Bloodsworn saga, a Norse inspired epic fantasy trilogy. It is a multiple perspective story, following three main characters; Orka, Varg and Elvar. This book is my most anticipated book release for this year. The incredible cover art is illustrated by Marcus Whinney. To avoid spoilers, I won’t be going into any details concerning the plot.
After loving Gwynne’s two other series, I was excited to learn about this new trilogy and I’m happy to say that it didn’t disappoint. Gwynne has once again brought us into a vivid world with incredibly well written characters and a compelling plot. The writing is fantastic and I found it so easy to settle into the flow of the story. From the very first chapter, I was engrossed in this new world and characters. I love that the world is a Norse inspired one and it is clear that Gwynne has spent a lot of time bringing this world to life. I can’t wait to see more of it in future books. The characters are so well written and Gwynne continues to show his strength at creating characters with so much depth to them. Another strength is the relationship between the characters – I loved seeing these relationships develop throughout this book. The plot is compelling throughout, although I would be lying if I didn’t say that Orka’s chapters were my favourite. Each of the character perspectives were distinctive and compelling but I was always the most excited for Orka’s perspective. Suffice to say, this book was amazing and will definitely be on my favourite books of the year list.
Overall this was an incredible introduction to this trilogy and I cannot wait for the second book. I loved every second of reading this and I would highly recommend checking it out. This trilogy is set in a different world to his Banished Lands series, so if you’re new to Gwynne then its fine to start with this series. Have you guys read this one? I’d love to know what you thought. Let’s chat in the comments. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.
Pippa

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