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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 4, 2011
First off I LOVED the first book. It was fantastic. I Loved this book as well. The whole concept just grabbed my attention and held on. Not many authors decide to make the main character an actual god, when they can so generically make them the pawn of one.
Most of this story is Jural coming to grips with the fact that he is the God of War and just what that means. He realizes that thousands of people are going to die, all in his name. And if you've read the first book then you know what a big hairy deal this is to him. He finally makes progress in accepting that they are warriors who choose to risk their lives in battle, in effect sacrificing themselves to him, and that his roll in the universe is critical for balance. (I liked that explanation of him actually being a god of balance in the larger picture of things.)Unfortunately that brings me to the reason the book didn't get all five stars. It takes him until the freaking last couple of chapters to come to grips with this. I understand that this is a HUGE concept to grasp but through most of the story he is not trying to understand, he's whining, sulking, and letting his friends down. And when I say letting his friends down it is in a BIG way. I don't know how many times I found myself yelling at my kindle "Oh for crying out loud grow a pair!" This does sound like a bad thing. But the fact that I was so into the story that I was yelling at an inanimate object should say something. I had invested myself emotionally into the story and that sadly doesn't happen often.