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Godblind Hardcover – 15 Jun 2017
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‘Anna Stephens’ debut writes her name in blood on the roster of masters of grimdark alongside the likes of Mark Lawrence and Joe Abercrombie.’
B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog
‘Anna Stephens is easily one of the most exciting début fantasy authors of 2017 … If you’re a fan of the likes of Joe Abercrombie or George R. R. Martin, then you’ll be pleased to learn that Anna Stephens has joined this august pantheon of lovingly horrible and deliciously dark writers. GODBLIND is a triumph of its genre.’
‘Has all the signs of being a sensational series’
About the Author
Anna Stephens has worked in a variety of roles over the years, the latest being in corporate communications for an international law firm. She’s currently living the dream as a full-time writer and hopes never to have to get a proper job again.
Anna loves all things speculative and horrifying, from books to film to TV, and is a second Dan black belt in Shotokan Karate, as well as a keen weightlifter and beginner swordfighter.
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However, I do have a few gripes. I found the writer tried too hard to shock at times and in doing this failed to do so. Similarly, all the baddies are so evil that they are almost cartoonish pantomime villains and are hard to believe in. None of them have any doubts about what they are doing and you can almost hear them twirling their moustaches as they do their dastardly deeds. As to how they trick some soldiers to follow them, this is almost childish, but I can't say much more without a spoiler alert.
Then the book just seemed to stop. It seems to be a bad editing choice rather than blame falling on the author.
Not bad though for a first novel and I will give the next one a go as well in the hope that the faults get ironed out.
I've read a lot of violent stories recently, and Godblind sits fairly close to the top of the pile in terms of sheer gratuity. Now, I quite enjoy this, it can be nice to just run away with. I can, however, see some readers balking at some of the descriptions on offer, as they can be very in-your-face! If anybody is wondering, both sexes take similar levels of punishment throughout Godblind, though there is one scene in particular that leaves me with the sense that men are the worst off in Stephens' world.
Lastly, there are a couple of immersion-breaking errors to be found (minor spoilers): we are told Rillirin hasn't held a weapon *after* she has set in motion story events with a knife, and one-eyed Galtas is sometimes described with "eyes". Regardless of this, the writing is better than anything I have put out, so four stars it is!
I eventually grew bored with all the hacking and slashing (the mechanical gore of warfare wears thin pretty quickly for me), but I find I care enough about the characters to want to read the sequel.
The reader is truly absorbed into the story from the start and gets lost in the war, it is bloody with one of the most brutal torture scenes I have ever read. The action is fast paced and not a page goes by without the plot developing.
I highly recommend Godblind for anyone looking for a new dark fantasy series to binge.
It felt like there were far too many, each chapter seemingly devoting a page or two.
I just couldn't connect.
I wanted to, Rivil had a great role. That just died off once you'd been shown he was interesting.
Then of course, the elephant in the room. Or should I say sneaky elephant.
Waiting until near the end we just have a homosexual encounter.
I do not want to read it.