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Godblind Hardcover – 15 Jun 2017

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  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (15 Jun. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0008215898
  • ISBN-13: 978-0008215897
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 4.2 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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Reviews for Godblind

‘Has all the signs of being a sensational series’ SFX

‘Godblind sweeps you up and doesn't let you go . . . Intriguing, fast-paced and grimly fiendish, the only question it leaves behind is is WHAT THE HELL HAPPENS NEXT?’ Edward Cox

‘[Godblind] doesn’t just raise the bar, it takes a step to the side and puts up its own bar’ Fantasy Book Critic

‘Godblind is a rollercoaster of blood, guts, betrayal, and a hammer’ Adrian Selby

‘Cracking pace and packed with gods, betrayal and mayhem. Nailed it’ Mark de Jager

About the Author

Anna Stephens works in corporate communications for an international law firm by day and writes by night, normally into the small hours, much to her husband’s dismay. Anna loves all things speculative, from books to film to TV, but if you disagree keep it to yourself as she’s a second Dan black belt in Shotokan Karate.

Godblind is Anna’s first novel.


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Be warned once you start reading it will become difficult to stop. It's quite addictive wanting to find out more. Fast paced and frenzied writing the story unfolds at breakneck speed, but this doesn't dilute your enjoyment. Each chapter is from a different character point of view (10 in total) allowing the plot to constantly move forward, there are no "fillers" in this book. Each character has an opportunity to grow in depth and personality. Allowing the reader to connect with them.
However some characters may appear to follow predictable paths, but don't be fooled, this is a grimdark fantasy novel, there is no guarantees. Sit back and brace yourself for a gripping read.
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Yes, i was sure i could taste blood (like most of the many characters) while reading this superb gritty/epic fantasy by Anna Stephens. At times it drips with the red stuff.
It has been said it is a book of two halves, this is true as the pace of the second half does increase to an almost frantic level! I personally enjoyed the first half just as much as Stephens allows her characters to breathe and come to life. It's as much a book about people just as much as battles and blood. Looking forward to the next book in the trilogy.
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Brilliant storyline interesting characters. If you like fantasy fiction with loads of action and adventure this is the book for you. I couldn't put it down can't wait for next instalment.
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By Liz Barnsley TOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 Jun. 2017
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Warning: Do not read this book if you are of a nervous disposition (Cue: Everyone running off to read this book to find out why – excellent, as you are in for one hell of a ride)

Godblind is dark fantasy at its very best, bloody, visceral, excellent characters and a top notch fantasy plot with increasingly imaginative world building. Including at least one incredibly realistic scene that will have certainly have you reeling if you are of the male variety and a whole plethora of adrenalin building action sequences Anna Stephens still manages to create an almost perfect character drama. Shades of grey in an immoral world where the good guys and the bad guys blend into each other for much of the telling until finally shaking themselves out towards the end and leaving you desperate to find out what happens next.

The plot is twisted, multiple points of view keeping us in the overall picture, this is not a straightforward start middle and end but a beautifully layered, often horrific, always compelling journey that takes many paths and drops you in and out of the action, building to a rip roaring, rollercoaster ride of a finale. Very much a part one, the scene is set for what is bound to be the trip of a lifetime. Seriously if somebody doesn’t give me book 2 soon I may actually explode.

Incredibly immersive descriptive prose grips you throughout, the author pulls literally no punches in letting you know what life in this world is like, Godblind is full of magic and mayhem, within an utterly fascinating political landscape that edges around reality within the fantasy and feels totally authentic from first page to last.

Godblind is banging brilliant, accomplished writing, deliriously psychotic plotting, cleverly manipulative character building, a book that once you are in it you cannot escape it until you are done, nor would you want to.

Highly Highly Recommended.
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The Red Gods used to rule, it’s been almost 1000 years since The Light Gods banished them and the world became more “civilised”. But The Red Gods are ready to return and seek vengeance and they have an army to help them do it.

This novel is told from different points of view, but there are an awful lot of them to get used to. A whole list and I’m not even going to attempt trying to introduce them all to you here, what I will do is introduce you to the one’s who I felt most drawn to, or who I felt played significant roles.

Corvus is King of Mireces in Eagle Height, the Mireces worship The Red Gods and they are determined to see the Gods brought back to their glory. Now I think I was supposed to not like Corvus, the evil slayer who is set on slaughtering as many as possible but I was immensely drawn to him. I could happily have just followed him for the entire book watching him kill people. I think that probably says way too much about me but anyway! In a book like this you have characters you hold close and pray nothing bad will happen to them and Corvus was a big one for me. I really wanted him to keep his head!

Rillirin is an escaped Mirecean slave but also Corvus’ younger sister (because that’s not complicated!) She’s ended up with the Wolves, who are teaching her to fight so she can fight the Mireces and her brother. I really loved that this girl who had been through essentially torture had so much gumption, she was also very caring and loving, reading her passages were always immensely moving.

Dom is the Wolf who found and rescued RIllirin and is now protecting her, he is also the Wolves Calestar meaning he gets visions of the future and is able to warn them of things that will happen.
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A solid debut, but not without faults.

I hesitated about writing this as I've seen nothing but 5* reviews all over the place and so I was naturally excited to read Godblind. I enjoy multiple POV novels and this was no exception.
The novel starts out dark - the first chapter was perfect in tone and pace. It immediately grabbed me. I did find that the further I got in the book though, the less invested I was. I started to skim read particular POV chapters and by the end I didn't feel as emotionally invested as I was by the start.
I admit too, I'm not sure I would personally class this as grimdark. It's grim in places. It's dark in places, but it didn't feel like a grimdark fantasy novel to me. I think if you remove the swearing, then the character actions and motivations read like a large proportion of mainstream fantasy.

There were some great characters, Rillirin and Crys in particular caught my attention, and I enjoyed Durdil's POV also, but others I felt weren't needed and added very little to this novel (Mace and Gilda). I think with a few less POV characters I could have potentially connected with them more. 10 POV characters in a 120k novel doesn't leave a lot of room for the reader to really connect with each one.
The world-building was fun, and the gods all good stuff. Nothing overly unique or mind-blowing but well-executed.

I would definitely read the next novel in the series for more about Crys and *spoiler* his fox god link, but if I'm still feeling like a 3, I might not read the third.

So, my final thoughts: If you like gods in your fantasy - this is for you. If you like to be heavily emotionally invested in characters - be wary.
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