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Blog Tour Review - To Cage A God by Elizabeth May

 Blog Tour Review - To Cage A God by Elizabeth May To cage a god is divine. To be divine is to rule. To rule is to destroy. Using ancient secrets, Galina and Sera’s mother grafted gods into their bones. Bound to brutal deities and granted forbidden power no commoner has held in a millennia, the sisters have grown up to become living weapons. Raised to overthrow an empire―no matter the cost. With their mother gone and their country on the brink of war, it falls to the sisters to take the helm of the rebellion and end the cruel reign of a royal family possessed by destructive gods. Because when the ruling alurea invade, they conquer with fire and blood. And when they clash, common folk burn. While Sera reunites with her estranged lover turned violent rebel leader, Galina infiltrates the palace. In this world of deception and danger, her only refuge is an isolated princess, whose whip-smart tongue and sharp gaze threaten to uncover Galina’s secret. Torn between desire and duty, Galina mus

Blog Tour Review - The Lost War by Justin Lee Anderson

 Blog Tour Review - The Lost War by Justin Lee Anderson

The war is over, but something is rotten in the state of Eidyn.

With a ragged peace in place, demons burn farmlands, violent Reivers roam the wilds and plague has spread beyond the Black Meadows. The country is on its knees.

In a society that fears and shuns him, Aranok is the first magically-skilled draoidh to be named King's Envoy.

Now, charged with restoring an exiled foreign queen to her throne, he leads a group of strangers across the ravaged country. But at every step, a new mystery complicates their mission.

As bodies drop around them, new threats emerge and lies are revealed, can Aranok bring his companions together and uncover the conspiracy that threatens the kingdom?

The Lost War is a stunning new fantasy novel, and an exceptional start to a new epic series.

I love the core concept here. The action starts after a great war, dealing with what happens after a great and evil spellcaster has been defeated. Where many series would wrap up, the Eidyn Saga begins, and it's a really clever idea that works so well. Everything is not right in the kingdom. There are still demons and undead on the loose, a very nasty plague sweeping the countryside, an exiled queen to install, plenty to do for our group of heroes as they head out on their quest.

The heroes themselves are really interesting. Aranok is a cool main character. He's powerful and influential, but not particularly loved, being from a feared and distrusted caste of spellcasters. His personality certainly felt flawed in some interesting ways, from his lack of trust in some of his companions to his insistence of taking responsibility for everything. They were never frustrating or irritating flaws, just enough to make him an interesting character and give him some depth. The conflict between the members of the group, likewise, was enough to create an interesting amount of tension, while they were still able to come together when needed. 

The setting felt different and new too. There were some familiar fantasy themes there, but presented in new ways that kept it interesting. I really liked the order of holy knights, and how attitudes to them differed so much from the resistance and hostility the draoidhs faced, and Samily was a fantastic character. It's great to see such positive asexual representation in a genre that can often use sex to titillate and attract readers. There is some sex here too, but it's generally kept off the page. It happens, we know it happens, but it's not in our faces. It's actually presented in quite a matter of fact way, rather than being used to spice up the narrative. 

The mystery elements of the story work brilliantly! There are so many things that are just wrong when the characters explore them, people who aren't what they're expecting, places that aren't as they've been reported to be. It builds up a real sense of unease in the reader as well as the characters, and all comes to a stunning conclusion. 

Book two is out now, The Bitter Crown. I finished The Lost War today, and I'm really pleased I can go straight on with the story in the second volume in the Eidyn Saga.


The Lost War and The Bitter Crown, both by Justin Lee Anderson, are out now from Orbit Books.

I was given review copies in exchange for an honest review and participation in this Black Crow PR blog tour.


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