When I was going into this book, I thought it sounded amazing. It sounded kind of like Game of Thrones… in a way?? ?? It’s definitely a fantasy and it deals with different Gods, fighting over realms and family feuds. And I was exactly right. But it was just that. Fighting, blood, gore, torture, with a bit of romance thrown in for good measure.
The Mireces worship the bloodthirsty Red Gods. Exiled from Rilpor a thousand years ago, and left to suffer a harsh life in the cold mountains, a new Mireces king now plots an invasion of Rilpor’s thriving cities and fertile earth.
Dom Templeson is a Watcher, a civilian warrior guarding Rilpor’s border. He is also the most powerful seer in generations, plagued with visions and prophecies. His people are devoted followers of the god of light and life, but Dom harbours deep secrets, which threatens to be exposed when Rillirin, an escaped Mireces slave, stumbles broken and bleeding into his village.
Meanwhile, more and more of Rilpor’s most powerful figures are turning to the dark rituals and bloody sacrifices of the Red Gods, including the prince, who plots to wrest the throne from his dying father in the heart of the kingdom. Can Rillirin, with her inside knowledge of the Red Gods and her shocking ties to the Mireces King, help Rilpor win the coming war?
Ok, so you’ve got a gist of what the book is about. Let me just start out by saying that this book had a very slow start for me. It just seemed like it was dragging forever. There were way too many characters and I couldn’t keep up. I had to keep a note of who was related to who and who was working for who. It got to about 40% and I finally knew what was going on, who the characters were and I understood the concept of the Gods more. There was also a bit towards the end of the book where I felt like crying in happiness because one of the ships finally happened ??
The writing style and the description were beautiful and even though I was confused about the characters, the plot was still pretty exciting which is why I might actually give this a re-read in the near future. I think by re-reading this book, I’ll enjoy it even more because I’ll have a better understanding of each other the characters and I’ll know who is related to whom, which characters are fighting for which side, and I’m hoping that I’ll understand the concept of Dom’s knowings a bit more as I’m still confused by them.
Warning: contains triggers of rape, abuse and death.
Disclaimer: this book was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review