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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 worldEons 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 god. 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 seriesIt is a great start A 35 starsThe 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 the religious structure For instance there is no referent to political and other systems The story telling is interesting view spoiler it jumps of about 8 years for a couple of times and I thought that was an interesting take on the narration hide spoiler

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In the Shadow of the GodsThers 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 darknes. Original review 125PagescomIn 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 descriptions were fantastic I just could not fully follow the story I know there was a sect of priests looking for twins a guy wandering about and a young boy and girl living in the streets and just trying to survive And then there were so many other things going on that I was overwhelmedNow I could picture the hubs loving this book as he really loves delving into the mythos of a fantasy world and discovering all of the little things that tie all of the seemingly disparate parts together but for me this was a tough one to get through Now I have seen some amazing reviews of this so keep in mind that this was just not for me but it could be perfect for you if you can follow alongI received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review

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summary In the Shadow of the Gods 108 ¿ 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 worldEons ago a pair of gods known as the “Twins” grew powerful in the world of Fiatera until thS 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 ga. 35 of 4 starshttpslynns bookscom20160624inIn the Shadow of the Gods is the debut novel by Rachel Dunne that brings to us a world of divided religion and bound GodsMany 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 cult like faction who still worship The Twins and believe that they can be restored to their former glory This first instalment takes a look at a number of characters that will eventually either cross paths or will play a role in finding these bound GodsI think this was a very entertaining read with solid writing and a cast of characters that are interesting to read about It is an ambitious story and without wanting to sound critical is clearly a book that plays the role of ‘set up’ for the rest of the seriesThe story is told from a number of POVs which is a great way to bring to light different aspects of the world We visit the cold North where the climate is so harsh that only the Northmen seem able to survive there They’re a hard race of warriors with their own brand of honour – reminiscent of Vikings – they have no ualms about raiding other villages and killing and pillaging The capital city of Fiatera is virtually split into two with those unfortunate enough to have fallen on hard times seeking refuge below the streets in the Canals The Canals are rife with crime and run by gangs all warring with each other for supremacy Away from the Capital is Mount Raturo home to those who follow The Twins These followers priests and seekers literally live in the darkness beneath the mountainSo to the characters We are introduced to Aro and Rora Being twins they are lucky to have survived as followers of The Parents drown all twins at birth to prevent the Bound Gods being resurrected They have spent the majority of their young lives barely staying alive one step ahead of discovery and eventually seeking refuge in the Canals Aro is an odd character uite a weak boy who needs the protection of his sister Rora – although to be honest I have my own suspicions about Aro that I won’t elaborate on for fear of spoilers plus lets face it I could be massively wrong D Rora is fiercely protective of Aro and puts herself into any number of difficult and dangerous situations to prevent him from being harmed Scal is a young boy – either abandoned or orphaned – and found near a prison camp on the edges of the Northern territories Clearly of the Northmen race nobody is keen to take him in until a Priest in the camp takes pity and provides Scal with a safe home We have a former seeker now turned priest – Joros Joros lives beneath the mountain and has ambitions He plans to rise to the top and his ambitions leave him with a morale compass that lacks a few of the nicer character traits Joros is reluctantly accompanied by a Mage called Anddyr I say reluctantly because Anddyr seems to have been captured by one of the priests and reduced to a shadow of his former self by being forced into a drug dependent state that leaves him desperate for of the foul paste that binds him to Joros Along the way we make the acuaintance of a priestess Vatri who badly disfigured by fire claims to be God chosen and sent to follow Scal on his travels Finally we have Keiro Also a former follower of the Fallen Keiro has been cast out of Mount Raturo He now wanders the land still preaching to those who will listen and relentlessly searchingThe story arcs for most of these characters barring one eventually come together and an unlikely alliance is formedWhilst I do have some niggles with this book I think that Dunne has successfully written a story that will hook most readers and make them keen to continue the journey She has created a world of ambiguity really We’re not really totally sure about who are the good guys here Were The Parents very harsh for throwing their children out of heaven and binding them so cruelly – or were their actions justified and necessary in order to protect the world Are the followers of the Twins right to seek their resurrection There are certainly elements to their form of worship that give me pause for doubt – not only about their methods but also maybe their sanity What about the characters I’m not overly fond of most of them I liked Scal and could definitely read much about his life but he still needs to be injected with a little ‘something’ that I can’t uite put my finger on The Twins – well again they’re just lacking a little bit of spark that would take them from being good to read about to a winning combination Joros and Vatri are definitely not my favourite characters at the moment – they’re both uite obsessive characters who don’t have many redeeming streaks Keira I like the journey that he takes us on and found his travels really interesting I’m a bit puzzled about what he’s got himself into though – time will tellI think the world building could do with adding to At the moment it all feels fairly generic and the only thing that comes across is the religious aspects That being said there’s plenty of time for this to be developed and I suppose it stands to reason that the religious aspects would be primarily focused on for this type of story I would like a bit background both for the places and the characters but again I think it would have been easy to make this into a very wieldy book As it is I think this works very well as a set up book There’s plenty going on and no lack of pace and it will give readers a perfect platform to move onto the next instalmentOn the whole I think this is a promising start to a series I’m keen to find out aboutI received a copy courtesy of the publisher for which my thanks The above is my own opinion