Aug 192014
 
Review: The GodlessThe Godless (Children #1) by Ben Peek
Published by Thomas Dunne Books on Aug 19, 2014
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
Format: ARC from Publisher
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

The Gods are dying. Fifteen thousand years after the end of their war, their bodies can still be found across the world. They kneel in forests, lie beneath mountains, and rest at the bottom of the world's ocean. For thousands of years, men and women have awoken with strange powers that are derived from their bodies.

The city Mireea is built against a huge stone wall that stretches across a vast mountain range, following the massive fallen body of the god, Ger. Ayae, a young cartographer’s apprentice, is attacked and discovers she cannot be harmed by fire. Her new power makes her a target for an army that is marching on Mireea. With the help of Zaifyr, a strange man adorned with charms, she is taught the awful history of ‘cursed’ men and women, coming to grips with her new powers and the enemies they make. Meanwhile, the saboteur Bueralan infiltrates the army that is approaching her home to learn its terrible secret.

Split between the three points of view, The Godless' narrative reaches its conclusion during an epic siege, where Ayae, Zaifyr and Bueralan are forced not just into conflict with those invading, but with those inside the city who wish to do them harm.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This is the first book in an epic fantasy series with a very intrigued and complex world. Even after reflecting on the book for a while though, I’m not sure what I really think of it.

I found this to be a very long read. Yes, the book itself is long, but more than the physical length, it just felt long. The world building is very complex, and the plot progresses quite slowly. For a book based on the beginnings of a war, it doesn’t feel like much happens.

The narration is split between three people, Ayae, a regular person who recently developed abilities, Zaifyr, one of the original people with abilities, and Bueralan, a leader of a militant squad. While I enjoyed each person, and each viewpoint separately, it doesn’t always feel like they are part of the same story. There is something very similar, and yet very different about them that I wasn’t quite able to put my finger on.

Overall, I just don’t know what to think of the story. I liked it, but didn’t love it, but I’m finding it really hard to articulate on any specific points. The story felt much longer than it actually was, and is definitely not the exciting, action-packed story I was expecting. It’s quite a heavy story that progresses quite slowly, but it does have well thought out world building. I just wished I connected with it more.

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