The Shadow of the Gods - The Bloodsworn Saga (Paperback)John Gwynne (author)
Opening a new, richly imagined Norse-inspired fantasy saga from the author of The Faithful and the Fallen series, The Shadow of the Gods leads the reader into a world of danger, monsters, myths, vengeance and valour as three warriors seek to shape its fate.
The greatest sagas are written in blood.
A century has passed since the gods fought and drove themselves to extinction. Now only their bones remain, promising great power to those brave enough to seek them out.
As whispers of war echo across the land of Vigrid, fate follows in the footsteps of three warriors: a huntress on a dangerous quest, a noblewoman pursuing battle fame, and a thrall seeking vengeance among the mercenaries known as the Bloodsworn.
All three will shape the fate of the world as it once more falls under the shadow of the gods.
Set in a brand-new, Norse-inspired world, and packed with myth, magic and bloody vengeance, The Shadow of the Gods begins an epic new fantasy saga from bestselling author John Gwynne.
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Number of pages: 528
Weight: 360 g
Dimensions: 198 x 126 x 36 mm
'A masterfully crafted, brutally compelling Norse-inspired epic' - Anthony Ryan
'A satisfying and riveting read. The well-realised characters move against a backdrop of a world stunning in its immensity. It's everything I've come to expect from a John Gwynne book' - Robin Hobb
'Visceral, heart-breaking and unputdownable' - Jay Kristoff
'A duly exciting start to the series' - Publishers Weekly
'Reminds me of all that I love in the fantasy genre. The Shadow of the Gods is an action packed cinematic read. It feels historically authentic, Viking-esque, yet wonderfully fantastical too. A tale of monsters and magic, Gods and legends, friendship and oaths, blood and vengeance - Gwynne has certainly done it again, if not raised the bar even higher' - Fantasy Hive
'The world is wonderfully rendered with attention paid to what makes the Norse sagas entertaining... The three characters are swept up in this larger plot in different ways, which just makes the story richer. The many layers provide a lavish feast for any reader. A great companion to Neil Gaiman's Norse Mythology' - Booklist
'John Gwynne is the closest we have to an inheritor of David Gemmell's mantle as master of heroic fantasy with grit and heart' - Mark Lawrence
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“Gritty, weighty, and deeply satisfying”
This is a brilliant, Norse myth/saga-inspired start of what promises to be a fantastic epic fantasy series. We follow three main characters (and their various companions) as they all journey towards an event which... More
“One of the most anticipated fantasy releases in 2021!”
“Death is our constant companion, a whisper in our ear, but when you see a friend fall…nothing prepares us for it, even though we’ve waded through a river of the dead.”
The Shadow of the Gods is set in Vigrid, a... More
“A Norse Fantasy Epic”
I love this book.
The story follows three similar, though different enough, protagonists as they adventure, hunt and fight their way across a post-ragnarok inspired landscape each looking for either family,... More
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