The Hunger of the Gods By John Gwynne
Book/Novel Author: John Gwynne
Book/Novel Title: The Hunger of the Gods
Packed with myth, magic, and bloody vengeance, John Gwynne’s “masterfully crafted, brutally compelling, Norse-inspired epic” (Anthony Ryan) continues in The Hunger of the Gods.THE DEAD GODS ARE RISING. Lik-Rifa, the dragon god of legend, has been freed from her eternal prison. Now she plots a new age of blood and conquest. 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. Elvar has sworn to fulfil her blood oath and rescue a prisoner from the clutches of Lik-Rifa and her dragonborn followers, but first she must persuade the Battle-Grim to follow her. Yet even the might of the Bloodsworn and Battle-Grim cannot stand alone against a dragon god. Their only hope lies within the mad writings of a chained god. A book of forbidden magic with the power to raise the wolf god Ulfrir from the dead…and bring about a battle that will shake the foundations of the earth. Praise for The Shadow of the Gods“There is not a dull chapter in this fantasy epic.” —Vulture (Best of the Year) “A satisfying and riveting read. It’s everything I’ve come to expect from a John Gwynne book.” —Robin Hobb “A masterfully crafted, brutally compelling Norse-inspired epic.” —Anthony Ryan “A masterclass in storytelling . . . epic, gritty fantasy with an uncompromising amount of heart.” —FanFiAddict For more from John Gwynne, check out: The Bloodsworn TrilogyThe Shadow of the GodsThe Hunger of the Gods Of Blood and BoneA Time of DreadA Time of BloodA Time of Courage The Faithful and the FallenMaliceValorRuinWrath
Really enjoyed this book, just like all of John Gwynne’s previous titles. If you’ve read any of his other works and enjoyed them, this will not disappoint.
Amazing story. Great characters, all of them. The ones you hate. The ones you root for. All of them are just the right amount of flawed. I can’t wait for the third book.
John Gwynne is a master at crafting believable characters and enthralling worlds. I am the type of reader that needs both a solid plot and character development in order to really draw me into a story. Gwynne does this so well, that you feel like you know these characters and are in their world with them.This installment expands on the world of Vigrið and introduces us to new characters that help to create a well rounded cast. In the first book we followed the perspectives of Orka, Varg and Elvar and book two provides us with two additional character perspectives. The new POVs did not take away from our main characters and helped to flesh out the world and give us different outlooks on the events that are taking place.Orka is hands down one of my favorite female characters of all time. She is fierce, protective, smart, and ruthless. She will stop at nothing to get her son, Breca, back and will take out anyone in her way. I loved reading from her POV because you get to see the fierce warrior, but also the loving mother who feels fear, pain, and grief.”We are none of us born warriors,” Orka muttered. “It is the world that makes us so.”Varg is an extremely interesting perspective to read from. He is still coming to terms with being free and no longer being a thrall. He battles with these demons and is slowly realizing that the Bloodsworn truly are his chosen family and that they would do anything for him. His character arc has been great over the two novels and we are seeing him come into himself and embrace who he is.”Real courage is to feel fear, but stand and face it, not run from it.”Elvar is another fierce female that doesn’t take flak from anyone. Her journey gets more and more interesting as the plot advances. Of all of the main characters, I feel she has the most growth from book one to book two. I am very curious to see how her story will play out, but I don’t want to go into too much detail on her storyline due to spoilers.Aside from the main POVs, we also get well developed side characters that make up the Bloodsworn, Battle-Grim, and rulers (royals). Svik, Rokia, Lif, and Grend are some of my favorites. The side characters are very well fleshed out and don’t feel like an accessory to the story and rather feel like integral parts that help shape our main characters.”Are you lonely?” Lif asked her.Orka scowled at him and did not answer.To grieve is to be trapped in a world of loneliness.”I am,” Lif said. “Do you ever think of comfort, hope for it?”There is more development with the story of the gods and we get more background on how they have influenced and shaped the modern world. Gwynne did a spectacular job with the magic as well, even though it is not a prominent aspect of the story.I cannot wait to see where Gwynne takes these characters and I’m not sure my heart can handle it.Thank you to Orbit Books via NetGalley for an e-ARC. All opinions are my own.
Definitely reading book 3, extensive character building and a lot going on throughout. Plot twists weaved into the story. When is book 3 coming out?
Picks up exactly where “The Shadow of the Gods” left off. Several twists and turns throughout some completely unexpected! The author’s descriptive and well-researched writing pulls you in to the story. I was unable to put it down until I finished it, not even realizing I was holding my breath towards the end of the book! Absolutely fantastic book!