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Praise for Servant of a Dark God
“A great setting, a smart story.”
--Brandon Sanderson, author of Warbreaker
“In his debut novel, Servant of a Dark God, John Brown adds his voice to epic fantasy with a world I can see and smell and taste and believe in . . . and characters I can cheer for, travel with and want to see again.”
--Ken Scholes, author of Lamentation
“A complex, powerful story.”
“[An] engrossing debut. . . . breakneck-paced and action-packed. Patient readers will be rewarded with a thoroughly enjoyable fantasy adventure.”
“A classic heroic saga, dealing with the bedrock issues of good and evil and identity. These are classic themes because they matter; and Brown makes them matter both to his young protagonist and the reader. It promises to continue for quite a distance, and I hope it does.”
“Brown’s first novel, the opener in a new fantasy series, creates an elaborate new world with a rich and deep spiritual and political background. . . . Reminiscent of L.E. Modesitt Jr.’s ‘Recluce’ novels and David Drake’s ‘Lord of the Isles’ series and David Farland’s ‘Runelords’ books, this well-wrought tale of families in conflict against both politics and religion represents a welcome addition to large-scale fantasy.”
--Library Journal (starred review)
“Akin to Steven Erickson’s Malazan Book of the Fallen, or R. Scott Bakker’s The Prince of Nothing. . . . There is the sense, right from the start, that Servant of a Dark God is a tale being told by a first-rate story-teller. It may be his first novel, but … John Brown knows how to grab a reader’s attention and hold it all the way through the book. That’s a talent that works well in any genre, and bodes especially well for the next two volumes in what promises to be an engrossing fantasy trilogy.”
--New York Review of Science Fiction
“A complex and intricate world, filled with all the permutations of human good and evil, as well as evil that goes beyond the human. Neither heroes nor villains are quite what they seem at first, and where the cost of virtue is high indeed, yet where, in the end, the tenacity of such virtue is what is required to triumph.”
--L. E. Modesitt, Jr author of Arms-Commander
“This intricate story buries the truth under layers of corrupted history, forgotten legends, and deliberate lies… A provocative, suspenseful beginning of a new series.”
"Thoroughly engrossing from the first page to the last! John Brown shows himself to be a writer with remarkable depth and power. I haven't seen a debut novel this good in years!"
--David Farland, author of Berserker Lord
Overall, I really liked this, and look forward for the rest of the series.
The characters themselves don't know much about the powers of their world, and as they learn, everything is also clearly explained to the reader.
From the get go, John takes us into a world that is rich and well thought out, full of characters that are unique and lovable.
I could not get through this book. It started to pick up and get kind of exciting but I just could stay interested. Read morePublished 1 month ago by J. Gilbert
Don't mistake my four-star rating. I only rate masterpieces with five stars! Although this may not be one of the great classics 200 years from now, you'll still want to read it... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Teresa Conant
*Be warned - this book builds and climaxes inside of a week in time for the characters.*
A large problem for most new fantasy authors is the the demand for something... Read more
Look, this is a solid story. Well crafted. Really. I'm surprised there isn't a sequel yet and I'm surprised there isn't like... 500 positive reviews. Read morePublished 21 months ago by SmellyNelly
I have read 60% of this novel and I honestly have tried to like it...I do feel that I have given it enough of a chance to be a good read... Read morePublished on September 14, 2012 by D.W.M
That's all I can say after reading John Brown's debut novel, Servant of a Dark God. This is a work that defies the standard tropes of the genre. Read more
This is a very unique fantasy book that doesn't follow the normal structure of most fantasy books. The characters are saturated with the mundane world around them and it makes... Read morePublished on March 13, 2012 by Zachary T. Hill
Right, so, there's a lot that's good about this book and we'll start with those things.
1) The poor peasant boy's family doesn't die immediately. Read more
This is the best fantasy I've read in quite a while, and there were lots of things to like. A diverse, interesting cast of characters that I nonetheless could keep straight... Read morePublished on September 7, 2011 by Mike Shultz