Sort of grumpy women who are talented with swords and have a no-nonsense attitude will always enchant me. You too? Then you should probably read Godkiller. This multiple POV fantasy debut has something for everyone – optimistic girls as well as snarky and possessive gods. Keep reading this book review for my full thoughts.
Kissen kills gods for a living, and she enjoys it. That is until she finds a god she cannot kill: Skediceth, god of white lies, who is connected to a little noble girl on the run.
Elogast fought in the god war, and helped purge the city of a thousand shrines before laying down his sword. A mysterious request from the King sends him racing back to the city he destroyed.
On the way he meets a godkiller, a little girl and a littler god, who cannot find out about his quest.
(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)
Godkiller swept me away. Kissen was a character I was fated to love. Wronged by a god and turned into a totally badass god killer. Grumpy and hardened – or so she thinks – to the world, Kissen immediately had me in her grasps. But then I met Inara and her companion Skediceth and I was fully smitten. Being multiple POV, I do mean that Godkiller has a character for everyone. With a mentor-who-is-extremely-talented-protector and a somewhat naive-optimistic-girl, Godkiller melted my heart. I know we talk about grumpy sunshine, but can we talk about grumpy protectors and sunshine kids?
While there’s a plethora of action, and plenty of gods introduced which I need to read more about, Godkiller remains rooted in these characters. Those who will instantly charm us, who will leave a suspicious taste in our mouth, or ones who will change our minds. It was a pure delight to watch these characters bloom in front of us. To make mistakes, misguided by our love, or all in the name of protection. Everyone has their own motivations and ambitions – so the multiple POV was key.
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At the same time, Godkiller explores questions about freedom of religion and choice. Kaner forces her characters to examine what is worth the sacrifice. Our lives. In a world where the cruelty and indifference of gods is plain – and from the very beginning – what is worth saving in our lives? What kind of hope, worship, and power is worth fighting for? This is a dynamic and compelling series starter that has me counting down the days. Find Godkiller on Goodreads, Storygraph, Amazon (UK), & The Book Depository.