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Product Details

  • Paperback: 428 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456547100
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456547103
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 8.9 x 5.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,238,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The characters were well-defined, interesting, and likeable.
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I actually WAITED WITH BAITED BREATH for the next chapter and the next... page.
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I would definitely recommend this book to any one whom enjoys fantasy writing.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth E St Andre on March 23, 2011
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City of the Gods is an epic fantasy about the loss of faith and what that can do to a man's spirit. It starts out as a take on the Pygmalion legend-what would happen if a statue came to life, and a man fell in love with her/it. It starts out as an epic tale of gods and pantheons in conflict. It starts out as a quest for identity-Aavi-not her real name-does not remember very much-she can walk and talk, but that's about it. She doesn't even remember food and how to eat. As you can tell, a lot of different things are going on here, and it's not all on the surface.

Our hero, a freeman called D'Molay, notices Aavi's entry into the world, and gets involved in helping her. Getting involved is always dangerous-in this case it leads to D'Molay being sucked into several quests and a war between the gods Set and Ares.

But, let's talk about the setting. The premise behind this novel is that all the ancient pagan gods of Earth had to leave our world behind and go somewhere else to live. They are still immortal, and retain their godly powers, but they can no longer interfere with or control our world. They live in an alternate world of undetermined size-it doesn't actually seem very big . Our protagonists travel back and forth across it just a few days of travel. There is a central metropolis on an island in the middle of a circular lake. The shores of the lake are divided into wedge-shaped realms (for lack of a better term) in which the gods of different pantheons hold sway. There is a Greek realm, an Egyptian realm, an Asiatic realm, an American realm, a Celtic realm and so forth.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Wulfstan TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 18, 2011
This is one of the best looking privately printed books I have ever seen. It is lavishly illustrated with new illustrations and many others by the classic artists Dore, Ingres, Leighton, some of which have been digitally altered to fit the story.

There's even a rather nice map (and we all know how much I like maps!). The tiny quibble here is that this very handy map is tucked away at the very back of the book.

It's an interesting world, sort of an adjunct to Purgatory, a world where the Gods have gone after they left Earth. All the classic Mythologies are here: Greek, Egyptian, Babylonian, Mayan, Chinese, and so forth. Although we meet many of the best known Deities of Myth, what's nice is that several of the lesser Deities are also given the spotlite: Zepherus, Eros, Sektmet, etc. In this realm, the various pantheons each have a Kingdom and also a quarter of the City of the Gods, which is on an island in the middle. Most inhabitants live only to serve the Gods and are immortal here until killed- or sacrificed.

Our Hero is not such a servant however, he is one of the few "Freemen" who serve no specific Deity of Pantheon. He is D'Molay and yes, many of us will have a good idea of who he was in his mortal life, although that is revealed later in the book. D'Molay makes for a good hero; brave, a good fighter, loyal, but still flawed.

The story starts when a beautiful girl falls naked out of the sky, almost at D'Molays feet. Who is she? Why does she have no navel? Why do all the Evil gods want her?

The dialog is a bit stilted. Hard to tell if that is due to the newishness of the authors, or it's part of the style.

Anyway, the book is a great read for those who like to read about the later doings of the classic Deities , or for those who just want a rousing adventure.

Note that I rcvd a review copy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By robloy on April 15, 2011
I enjoy many type of books, but City of the Gods was beyond my expectations! The story provided enough excitement and question to drive the read to the next page at the next chapter. Throughout the entire book the pace picks up steam until the battle at the end and then wraps up the remaining questions by providing answers that fit with the story. Too many times a book gets to the end and throws a chapter in to answer the outstanding questions by making stuff up. Not this book it is a complete package!

While reading you don't even realize that you are learning about ancient history. You are pulled from one realm of ancient gods to the next. You get to know the good ones and the evil ones. There are some scenes that can be graphic, but it is part of the story and feel for the people, a trait that is very rare in literature today.

I would recommend this book for people that like action a good story. The artwork, yes I said artwork, adds to the over all flavor of this special piece of works. No one will be disappointed! As the book picks up a following I would not be surprise to see an HBO series of movie based on the setting and ideas outlines in City of the Gods, much the way that Game of Thrones has found public mainstream and an HBO series!

WAY TO GO M.Scott Verne and Wynn Mercere!! When is the next book coming out? Would love to hear D'Molay's back story or perhaps some quest in the Lost Realms!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mandragore on June 9, 2012
City of the Gods - Forgotten is at first sight the kind of books I could find in my great grandfather's collection.
It has that look and feel of old illustrated books about mythology or legends, except that both the illustrations and the layout were mostly computer-made.
In a way, it looks like the modern version of a classic fairy tales book.
The same can be said, mutatis mutandis, of the book's content.
A classic story of epic combats and romantic love, and of heroes and gods, it is also an initiatory journey, much as the Odyssey, with unexpected developments.
The reader progressively learns who the main character is, who he once was and how he evolves.
The story becomes richer and the pace quicker as it progresses, and you find yourself at the end of the book before long.
A story about imaginary beings in a fantasy world, the novel is also about the cruel (sometimes "adult") realities of the world, and about mankind striving to rise above that world, longing for purity.

It is also, I believe, the first novel written by M. Scott Verne and Wynn Mercere: a promising debut!
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