- Blood of a Fallen God
- Joshua C. Cook
- February 27, 2020
- Eric Bryan Moore
- Forgemaster Cycle, Book 1
I previously reviewed Bridgefinders by same the author. When I was contacted by the author about my review, they suggested I review Blood of a Fallen God. I’d already requested and been granted access to a review copy. That impacted how I viewed this book. Until I read that email, I had no idea these books shared an author.
Bridgefinders had an interesting concept but was lacking in pretty much every other way. I went into Blood of a Fallen God with the note from the author that it was a much better book. He was not kidding. The difference is night and day.
Everything about Blood of a Fallen God is interesting. The locations are all distinct and intriguing. They have their customs and cuisine, dangers and traditions. The characters are characters in this book and not cardboard cutouts. They have genuine feelings and emotions that go past the current plot contrivance which seems to be a rarity in novels these days.
Despite the predictability of where the story would eventually end up if found it is no less engaging and exciting. The A plot and the B plot were equally as compelling and I never found myself wanting to skip ahead or speed up when it switched.
At one point, I thought the story was ending. I checked Audible and found that I had 4 hours left. I was both excited that it wasn’t over yet as well as upset that I only had a few hours left. Blood of a Fallen God is easily one of the better fantasy stories I’ve reviewed and one I’m genuinely interested in following up on when I get the opportunity.
The narrator is equally as top-notch as I found the story. There were times when I had to remind myself that I was listening to this story for review because I was so enthralled. What stood out to me were the character voices and just his overall performance. He doesn’t just make each character feel unique; he reads every line with gusto.
NOTE: This copy was provided to me free of charge as a digital review copy. The opinions stated in this review are mine and mine alone, I was not paid or requested to give this book a certain rating, suggestion, or approval.