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Review – Darksoul

I really like the cover to these books and I did request this without reading book one… last time I did that I didn’t even like book one.. why did I request this? 🤷‍♀️

This ARC was provided to me by NetGalley in return for an honest review. Thank you.


Darksoul

by Anna Stephens

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Synopsis by NetGalley

The thrilling sequel to GODBLIND, the biggest fantasy debut of 2017.

The Wolves lie dead beside Rilpor’s soldiers, slaughtered at the hands of the Mireces and their fanatical army.

The veil that once kept the Red Gods at bay has been left in tatters as the Dark Lady’s plans for the world come to fruition. Where the gods walk, blood is spilled on the earth.

All that stands between the Mireces army and complete control of the Kingdom of Rilpor are the walls of its capital, Rilporin, and those besieged inside.

But hope might yet bloom in the unlikeliest of places: in the heart of a former slave, in the mind of a soldier with the eyes of a fox, and in the hands of a general destined to be king.


My Opinion

3.5 stars

Highlights

Characters

Crys


Overall

This is a sequel and the second book in a trilogy about the Red Gods. I read book one earlier this month and enjoyed it but there were a bit too much reference to rape and too many ‘almost rape’ for me.

Anyway, I picked up the second book as I wanted to know what happens to Crys, my favourite character.


The Story

The story continues straight after book 1, and the entire book is around the siege of Rilporin. It’s dramatic, bloody and gritty. But that’s it. That is the entire story, a siege. Yes, a lot happens, but at the same time, I feel like there could be a lot more.

There is a lot of fighting, blood, severed limbs, slashed eyes and guts. Then there are spies, betrayals, miracles, and returning gods (very angry gods) on both sides.

Crys’ storyline is sweet in the beginning and then thickens. I did not like his command at the end to Carter. Just saying.


World Building

Not a lot. Most of the world building happened in book 1. I still feel the world is a bit small and a bit flat. In the first book, there is a lot more as you are introduced to the world, the gods and the characters. In the sequel, we get a closer look at Rilporin and the structure of the city. You also get some more info about surrounding areas but that’s it.


Magic System

No magic but religion which then performs miracles.


The Characters

There are about 10 narrators in this book. In the beginning, I was worried that it would become complicated and difficult to separate them, but it wasn’t. I was quite relieved. It’s easy because the author uses the narrator’s name several times throughout, which is a constant reminder. But also there are only two groups of people; good and bad. Then they can be divided based on importance and who they are with. It’s really easy to separate them. Well done to the author for that!

My favourite character throughout the series had been Crys, and it still is. He is just fun, gay and a trickster. He knows the difference between right and wrong but at the same time, he lives between the two.

LGBT+?

Yup! Crys and Ash are still getting it on in this book, and they are quite cute. Though same-sex relationships are illegal in this land, I have a feeling they will still get a happy ending and its legalised.


Writing

The writing is fine. I had zero problems.


Summary

It’s a good series, but gritty and brutal and a tad simple. I did feel there was a lot happening in this book, but at the same time, I felt there wasn’t really that much.

It’s also a little bit flat for me. It gives the illusion of grand epic fantasy, but in reality, the shadow is bigger than the figure. There is just not enough to live up to that shadow, but its very easy to ignore the figure and focus on the shadow.

I’m unsure if I’ll continue with this series. We’ll see what the synopsis is for the last book.


Have you read this? What did you think?

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