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Publisher's Summary

From acclaimed fantasy author John Gwynne comes the first in the Bloodsworn trilogy, an epic of wild lands and wilder magic, where not all monsters fight with tooth and claw...and the treasures of the gods come at a price.

This is the age of storm and murder.

After the old gods warred and drove themselves to extinction, the cataclysm of their fall shattered the land of Vigrio.

Now, power-hungry jarls carve out petty kingdoms, and monsters stalk the shadow-haunted woods and mountains. A world where the bones of the dead gods still hold great power, promising fame, and fortune for those brave - or desperate - enough to seek them out. 

As whispers of war echo over the plains and across the fjords, fate follows the footsteps of three people: a huntress searching for her missing son, a jarl's daughter who has rejected privilege in pursuit of battle fame, and a thrall who has cast off his chains and now fights alongside the famed mercenaries known as the Bloodsworn.

All three will shape the fate of the world, as it once more teeters on the edge of chaos.

For more from John Gwynne, check out:

Of Blood and Bone series: A Time of Dread, A Time of Blood, and A Time of Courage

The Faithful and the Fallen series: Malice, Valor, Ruin, and Wrath

©2021 John Gwynne (P)2021 Orbit

Critic Reviews

"Gwynne, a Viking reenactor, puts in the work, with fine historical details that make the story come to life. Fans of the era will be delighted with the accuracy. This is a duly exciting start to the series." (Publishers Weekly)

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Was good but the narrator...

3 of 5 stars.

Well this is the first book in this series, as far as this book is concerned it was good.

I hate to disagree but here we are. I had read The Faithfull and The Fallen series (which I thoroughly enjoyed) and many reviewers I trust said this book is the finest work of the author, as I said I disagree because:
1. I didn't enjoyed the story as much as other people did because except Orka's story other POV's stories hardly progresses(until 90%) in a standard one book, I think. I was bored most of the time, and the narrator was not helping.
2. There are still 2 books to go, to justify "finest work" claim.

My biggest criticism is the narrator. His voice is phenomenal but not his narrative skills, his constant change in sound volume is, to be honest, annoying and irritating. At times I don't know who's talking. If you people find this a problem I strongly suggest you to buy the physical or ebook.

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  • George Palm
  • 10-05-21

Amazing book with an unamazing narrator

The book is amazing, the story is enthralling, and the narrator was the only thing detracting from the book.

Seriously, his voice wasn't great, he constantly mispronounced words, and his characters weren't distinguished from one another even if the writing was. I'd pay to have someone else read this book tbh.

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  • stephen
  • 27-05-21

Nordic Inspired Fantasy

John Gwynne is one of my favorite authors. John writes Epic Fantasy that will remind you of David Eddings, Robert Jordan and Robin Hobb. Colin Mace is brilliant performing this novel which uses 3 POVs to spin the tale. I could listen to Colin Mace performance for hours at a time. Definitely one of my favorite narrator as this is the third series I have listed to that Colin has been the performer. If you want to experience one of the best marriage between author and narrator check out this new series.

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  • Montzalee W
  • 14-06-21

I enjoyed it.

The Shadow of the Gods
(The Bloodsworn Saga #1)
by John Gwynne

This book had plenty of action, great characters, heroes and villains, creatures, and an interesting plot. I enjoyed it for the most part. I did get bored at times. I did like that his women were as tough as the men!
I tried reading his last series and just couldn't get into it. I thought I would try with the start of this new series. Maybe I am just spoiled from reading Bryce O'Connor's books.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-06-21

Can't wait for more!

I loved the story, setting and characters. I had problems with some of the descriptions. The scale was really confusing sometimes. "Head the size of one of the huts... body thick as a tree trunk" That is one goofy looking monster.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-06-21

Epic

What an amazing adventure
Superb, love it.
Great characters
Fascinating world
Very cool magic

Enjoy!

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  • Seth's Books
  • 09-06-21

LOVED THIS

The story held my attention the entire time. I can't wait for the next one.

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  • Zubin M.
  • 04-06-21

I liked the narration

Overall, the story is very solid and I think most fantasy fans will enjoy this. I am mainly writing this review for the narration. I think it is quite good. The narrator has a very good voice/accent and fits the story well. Sometimes characters sound the similar, but I think that it is a minor issue.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-06-21

Great Story. Poor Narration

This is my first experience with John Gwynne. I have yet to read his other stuff, but I've been told this book is unrelated to his other series, so I gave it a go.

I really enjoyed the world he created, and each of the POVs had action filled/ propelled plots. It was a lot of fun. Sadly, the characters seemed to blend together a little by the end, and this is probably caused by the author spending more time on the action sequences. Despite this fact, each of the characters had engaging backstories, so it was easy to keep the POVs aligned with the corresponding characters.

The narration needs an overhaul. Though the storytelling was good (inflections and interpretations of the text was great), the dialogue was subpar. Yes, there was a slight distinction between characters, but it was not obvious or easy to differentiate. That makes for a hard listen. I know using a different voice for every character requires a tremendous amount of skill, and maybe John Gwynne didn't even want largely dramatic voices, but there needs to be a larger gap between narration/dialogue/characters. Too easy to get lost.

All in all, this is a great story that is full of action as our main characters seek glory, justice, and/or belonging. I just think it would benefit from a more detailed narration.

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  • John
  • 31-05-21

Not for me

I have heard nothing but gushing reviews for this book, things like "If you like Brandon Sanderson you'll love this book!" but I see zero comparison. Everything I love about Sanderson was missing in this book, especially interesting characters and a protagonist to root for. The three POV characters were all interchangeably boring from a perpetually unhappy mother who became murderously angry searching for her son (understandable but still not interesting) to Varg, a former slave sad-sack who could have been a great POV but just lacked any qualities to be able to empathize for him to finally a another character I have hardly any memory of or care for (nothing happened to her that I can recall).

I'm happy others liked this book, and perhaps the narrator just made the characters sound sad and uninteresting but I could barely finish this book (I hate to DNF) and ultimately I will not continue. Also, I hope to never hear the term "thought cage" again!

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  • Vuyisile
  • 27-05-21

Fantastic but angering

Jon Wick, Harry Potter and the Disney princess, fast paced, dark and thrilling, worth the buy. My favorite plot line was the Jon Wick one, the character, the world building, the banter. They made me rooot for every character and I'd be upset every time we moved away. Harry Potter was also a great story mainly for the characters themselves. When the plot felt like it was slowing I didn't mind because of characters. The Disney princess highlights why this isn't getting a perfect 5 put of 5. There were times when I genuinely didn't know what was happening. The name for a boat and a soldier to me are the same, they have to be. I played the final battle twice and I still didn't know who was winning who had died. The names were just so similar, hence the nicknames.