In the Shadow of the Gods

In the Shadow of the Gods

Rachel Dunne / Oct 25, 2020

In the Shadow of the Gods A breathtaking talent makes her debut with this first book in a dark epic fantasy trilogy in which a mismatched band of mortals led by violent secretive man must stand against a pair of resentful

  • Title: In the Shadow of the Gods
  • Author: Rachel Dunne
  • ISBN: 9780062428134
  • Page: 270
  • Format: Paperback
  • A breathtaking talent makes her debut with this first book in a dark epic fantasy trilogy, in which a mismatched band of mortals, led by violent, secretive man, must stand against a pair of resentful gods to save their world.Eons ago, a pair of gods known as the Twins grew powerful in the world of Fiatera, until the Divine Mother and Almighty Father exiled them, bindingA breathtaking talent makes her debut with this first book in a dark epic fantasy trilogy, in which a mismatched band of mortals, led by violent, secretive man, must stand against a pair of resentful gods to save their world.Eons ago, a pair of gods known as the Twins grew powerful in the world of Fiatera, until the Divine Mother and Almighty Father exiled them, binding them deep in the earth But the price of keeping the fire lands safe is steep To prevent these young gods from rising again, all twins in the land must be killed at birth, a safeguard that has worked, until now Trapped for centuries, the Twins are gathering their latent powers to break free and destroy the Parents for their tyranny a fight between two generations of gods for control of the world and the mortals who dwell in it When the gods make war, only one side can be victorious Joros, a mysterious and cunning priest, has devised a dangerous plan to win Over eight years, he gathers a team of disparate fighters Scal, a lost and damaged swordsman from the North Vatri, a scarred priestess who claims to see the future in her fires Anddyr, a drug addled mage wandering between sanity and madness and Rora and Aro, a pair of twins who have secretly survived beyond the reach of the law These warriors must learn to stand together against the unfathomable power of vengeful gods, to stop them from tearing down the sun and plunging their world into darkness.

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    1. Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths.In the Shadow of the Gods announces a new voice in the fantasy field. Rachel Dunne setting off on an epic journey with this opening salvo in her Bound Gods series; the story promising divine beings, conflict and betrayal, personal angst, and more than enough combat and magic to satisfy.The world setting for Shadow is an interesting one, dominated by a perpetual state of religious strife. Two faiths vying for control over the masses. The dominant force is that o [...]

    2. There was never a point in this novel where my interest was not piqued. A superb dark tale with an awesome fluidity to it. Hard to believe this was Rachel's debut. This young lady has mad talent! All in all.a KICK ASS story!

    3. First and foremost, let's empower women who write (good) dark fantasy! Well done Rachel Dunne! I am really looking forward to your next activities - and book 2 in this series!It is a great start! A 3.5 stars!The book itself is a debut novel - and there are some elements I love that are missing in this case. For instance, the world building is almost absent. In my opinion, there is very little knowledge and discussion about the world itself, the only element sort of developed (but not really) is [...]

    4. 3.5 of 4 starslynns-books/2016/06/24/inIn the Shadow of the Gods is the debut novel by Rachel Dunne that brings to us a world of divided religion and bound Gods.Many years ago the land of Fiatera was created by Gods now known as the Parents. In later years their children, The Twins, added their own creations to this world and as a result were cast out of Heaven and bound to earth. Since The Fall (as it became known) the people of Fiatera predominantly worship The Parents however there is a small [...]

    5. I got this one from a giveaway, which I feel a little bad about, because I think this book will appeal a lot to the right audience, but I am not that audience. I really, really want to like epic fantasy as a genre, and yetThe hook here is that some 800 years ago (a far cry from the "eons" described on the book cover) the two gods who created the world (the Parents) cast down their children, the Twins, for overstepping their bounds, although we're never quite sure which pair was in the right (th [...]

    6. Original review @ 125PagesIn the Shadow of the Gods by Rachel Dunne is the first epic saga type book I have read in a while that I just could not get into. Basically twins are bad and must be killed, as long ago twin Gods were banished and the fear is that human twins will unleash them and then the sun will burn out. I think that is the gist. This was a very confusing world for me and I did not find a character to latch onto to lead me through the tale. While the author wrote well, and the descr [...]

    7. Rachel Dunne's "In the Shadow of the Gods (Bound Gods #1)" is an original story centering on the fantasy world of Fiatera. On Fiatera, twins are sacrificed in order to prevent the young gods known as the "Twins" from rising again. Overall, I would rate this book a 4.7 out of 5.Characters include Joros, Scal, Vatri, Anddyr, Keiro, and twins Rora and Aro. Rora is definitely my favorite character; her brother, Aro can be kind of irritating. All the characters are developed well, as is the setting f [...]

    8. 4.5/5 Rating Review first posted at MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape and The Speculative HeraldA new epic fantasy author to look-out for!*Discalimer: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher, in exchange for my honest opinion and review.Many months back, I saw the cover of this book and read the description; I then sent out a request for a review copy a minute later. The Parents must have been smiling down on me, for I was granted that request, and In the Shadows of the Gods proved to be am [...]

    9. You can check out more reviews HERE!I received a copy of book from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.That's the first time ever I've said those words! My very first review copy! What's more, an alluring plot about gods. WHY EVER NOT?!PremiseTwin gods cast down from heaven and bound by their parent gods. Worshipers of both the Twins and the Parents. Societal twin hate. A plot to free the twin gods. After the twin gods were subdued by the Parents, twins became an abomination and any newbo [...]

    10. ** Review soon to be published on The Warlock's Gray BookI love fantasy, I really do! I have read many fantasy books in my life, and I must say… In the Shadow of the Gods was disappointing.You know what aspect of epic fantasy I absolutely admire? The writing!! I already described it in other reviews of mine, but I’ll say it again: elegant and polished prose is my kryptonite, in fantasy. Think Tolkien, or Martin. Their writing is absolutely riveting, and draws us in their world, and manipulat [...]

    11. I was blessed to stumble upon an advanced copy of this book and was immediately hooked. I'm a huge fantasy fan and always looking for mature, interesting, richly dressed out worlds to explore. Rachel Dunne has created that here in spades. The cast of characters is varied and engaging, complicated and very believable. I got so attached to some of them, I actually found myself talking out loud to them at times (yeah, I'm that reader) and even tearing up some as I witnessed their struggles. Add som [...]

    12. There were things to like about this one but as a few others have said - it felt too much like a pre-amble, and at that, too dispersed between different characters with iffy motivations. I'm not going to bother marking the following mild stuff as spoilers but read on with caution:The main priest guy blew hot and cold, the hollow mountain or whatever felt like bad CGI, and I couldn't have cared less about the itinerant preacher or whoever that was. On the other hand, the writing around the kids t [...]

    13. This started out really strong, really intriguing story lines, with great character development. I fell easily in to it and couldn't wait to get back in to it at each reading time. But it started to drag for me about 3/4 of the way through. The story got a bit bogged down with unnecessary detail and took forever for the characters story arches to finally come together! It was really satisfying when they finally did at the end and I am now looking forward to the next one in the series. I'm selfis [...]

    14. This book seems to have a lot of potential. After reading the first chapter, I'm intrigued by the world where two gods are bound and two gods rule and the cult that seeks to free the bound gods. It looks like it will be fairly dark, but with anti-heroes to love.

    15. This is set in a world where the Father and Mother cast the Twins down. Because of this, twins are feared and killed when they are found (often drowned at birth). We meet a shadowy organisation that worships the Twins and tries to bring them back.I really liked that momentum was carried. Our introduction to Joros takes place when he's bringing people to a mountain - two of the three are killed off, leaving a pregnant woman, Verteira. Our next chapter introduces us to Scal, as a child. Then there [...]

    16. Full disclosure, I received a copy on the giveaway.This is an interesting debut novel. There is a lot here to like. The characters are well colored and multidimensional. They all have flaws and redemptive qualities. The world, which feels a bit focused on a small area to start, begins to expand as the characters do. The one letdown was the pacing seemed a bit slow to start the book. The last third of the book rolled nicely to the finish. I thought the "cliffhanger" ending was a little undesirab [...]

    17. Reeeeeally slow start. Spent most of the book waiting for the main characters to meet up - which would be all right if I actually was interested in more than one of the viewpoints the chapters alternated between. I hated the mean cult priest, was a bit bored by the nice cult priest and the twins, and basically skimmed until I got to the Skal chapters. Things pick up a lot about halfway through, though, right around when Anddyr appears (because then I get TWO characters I'm interested in!). The c [...]

    18. I'm not quite sure what I think of this book. It was a bit slow but the characters and their different stories were interesting. My favorite perspective was probably Scal but Joros was interesting too. He's a difficult character to understand. I think the characters' story arcs came together a bit suddenly but I guess this book's purpose was to outline them and get their individual backgrounds laid out.I bought the second book when I was about halfway through this one and I think I will start it [...]

    19. There was nothing directly bad about this book, but there was nothing that engaged the reader either. The characters were flat and acted without motivation. The plot was dull and hard to follow at times.

    20. I saw this book on the shelf and I thought that I would try it. Glad I did, thoroughly enjoyed it. Grear debut.

    21. Beginning slow and many confusing jumps between many characters, then it's clear and good. Ends in not one, but two cliffhangers though.

    22. The book that went nowhere. At 50% complete I still had no idea what the book was about. While well written, there were too many subplots that seemed to lead nowhere with nothing really tying anything together. I found myself bored and confused and I couldn't justify spending any additional time reading the book because I was so lost.

    23. DNF=60%This is the first book that I decided to write a review on without having finished it. The reason for that is that I believe I have enough information to write a consice review of my thoughts about this story. This review will have a different format from my usual style and I am planning on formally finishing and reviewing the book at some point in the future.Why I decided not to go through with this book:1. I am a big fantasy fan. This book was not representative of what I like to read i [...]

    24. One of the best epic fantasy novels I have read. It is a wonder that it has not received all the attention that is rightfully deserving. Rachel Dunne creates a superb story with crafty worldbuilding and convincing characters. The length of the book is also not like the big giants of Erikson and Martin, but in its condensed form it delivers a satisfyingly good tale filled with action, suspense, clash of faiths and Gods. Dunne's world is harsh, gritty, and grim but is less gloomy than that of the [...]

    25. This is a book that made me feel several ways, and I'm not really sure which one wins out. This was well crafted, but there's a constant inability to get fully behind any one character because they're all pretty murderous and such. It was interesting, and yet at the same time I kept wanting to put it down because it was disturbing. It ended very sharply, not even so much a cliffhanger as a sharp sudden drop into a dark oubliette of confusion, and yet I'm left torn on whether or not I want to rea [...]

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