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The Hunger of the Gods: 2 (The Bloodsworn Trilogy)

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Things were happening and we had several well-executed battle scenes that kept me on the edge of my seat. My second series, of Blood and Bone, is set in the Banished Lands, the same world as the first series. Gwynne made my life much easier by including a recap section at the beginning, a glossary for the characters and even a pronunciation guide. I set out this year to branch out a bit more with my fantasy reads and I am so glad I started with this series.

I liked her POV almost as much as Orka's and the others but Varg's POV still remains my favourite (I'm a sucker for found family and brotherhood in the band trope 😅). Now I can say yes I fully understand why is Gwynne so hyped and now I'm motivated again to read the Faithful and the Fallen. This was an epic and action-packed fantasy about vengeance, loyalty, friendship, power, grief and love. But he continues to amaze me with his ability to introduce unique compelling storylines, magnificent otherworldly creatures, interesting characters who you care about so deeply, and that trademark Gwynne writing that is always tight, witty, and filled with memorable quotes that you can't help but highlight and refer back to later.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. So Gwynne has definitely given us a broader view of the players in book two and the results are spectacular. If you are looking for one of the best Norse-inspired epic fantasy stories, then you really must pick up this series.

It's fewer than Gwynne's usual standard, but the Gwynnado in the middle part of the novel that revolved around his chapters were unputdownable. Gwynne added two new POVs that gave us perspective on the villains and this added a lot to the brewing conflict. Un propósito como una partida de ajedrez en el sentido de que Gwynne avanza la trama como quiere y a menudo no ves a donde va, o lo ves pero no aciertas.

If you are familiar with Norse mythology, I doubt it will be difficult for you to predict where the story will go or end up since The Shadow of the Gods.

Firstly, this series continuously integrates Norse-inspired elements such as lore, legends and using Norse languages, making this book feel like a real Norse epic fantasy! The Gods are a big part of the story in this entry which made the world-building and magic systems more complex and I am here for that. And I know John Gwynne and his family are all fans of the Norse-mythology God of War video game, too.I do admit that shorter chapters mean a faster reading pace to me but some could've definitely been longer.

As tension mounts with each passing page, Gwynne delivers exhilarating fights and gruesome battles with such vivid prose the choreography jumps off the page. Colin Mace does a really great job narrating this, and he gets across that build of tension to a great crescendo of an ending. The Hunger of the Gods follows warriors Orka, Varg and Elvar as they continue on their journey and try to save the world. At one point all of the POVs are travelling at the same time to different places and I'm like this is ludacrious haha.Special thanks to my Patrons on Patreon for giving me extra support towards my passion for reading and reviewing! The three main POV characters—Orka, Varg, Elvar—from the first book have to deal with the aftermath of their respective conclusion.

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