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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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 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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When reading Anna Stephens Godblind you can see why her work has been compared to the likes of Mark Lawrence or Joe Abercrombie, but I think that comparison almost does this debut novel a disservice in as much as Anna has a created a big bold  masterpiece with a unique voice of its own and whilst this book has brutality to spare (and then some) it's the characterization that takes this read to the next level.... Not since David Gemmell, Erikson or early Abercrombie have I grown to love (or loathe) characters so much. The plot is
Centered around the uneasy truce between the kingdoms of Rilpor and Mireces and the border lands between patrolled by vigilantes known as wolves who keep their families save at any costs..... Whilst those of Rilpor worship the gods of light, the Mireces worship the red gods of death, fire and destruction and with the King of Rilpor dealing with crippling grief the time is right for Mireces to make its move and try and bring back a time of horror......
Told via multiple points of view from both sides at no point does the story become muddled and the pacing is spot on throughout the book.... With great world building.... Well thought out fights on both an individual scale and bone crunching, blood spilling battles this book in turns had me wanting to throw it across the room or jump up for joy.... All leading up to a blistering end that practically begs for another book.... This is one of two standout debut fantasy reads this year and I would and will highly recommend it.
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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.
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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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