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Praise for The Forgotten Gods trilogy
“A pitch-black thriller with a fierce emotional payload.”—Michael Marshall, New York Times bestselling author of Killer Move
“Gritty and twisty and diabolically clever, it grins as it lures you into reality’s unsettled corners.”—F. Paul Wilson
“Pinborough’s fiction moves at a breakneck pace. Once you start, you can’t stop. More importantly, her stories have resonance. She understands how people tick. I always trust the ride, because I know I’ll wind up someplace good.”—Sarah Langan, author of The Keeper --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Sarah Pinborough lives in Milton Keynes where she works as a full time, award-winning, writer and script-writer. Her published work, almost all of which is optioned for TV or film adaptation, includes the stunning novella The Language of Dying, THE DOG FACED GODS series, THE HIDDEN KINGDOM series, THE NOWHERE CHRONICLES (as Sarah Silverwood) and two standalone novels: The Death House and 13 Minutes. For more information visit www.sarahpinborough.com, or follow @SarahPinborough on twitter. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The first two books of Sarah Pinborough’s FORGOTTEN GODS trilogy opened with one of the members of the shadowy group known as The Bank committing murder most foul — and supernatural — and The Chosen Seed continues that pattern. This time, though, the murders are even more explicitly sacrilegious, for the killer is calling his means of infecting people with an amped-up version of AIDS “the word of your God.” The police know that someone is deliberately infecting random people, but they have little to go on to try to catch him.
Cass Jones is no longer in a position to go after the killer, for he is himself on the run from the police, and has been for months, ever since Mr. Bright framed him for murder. At least Cass has begun to recover from the shot he took to the shoulder, and the weight he lost as a result of the injury has helped disguise him so that he can operate in plain sight. Because Cass still has work to do: he needs to find Luke, his nephew, who was stolen by The Bank at birth. He’s turned for help to people who knows on the wrong side of the law, some of whom still have scores to settle with him, but he has little choice.
Pinborough follows these two threads in alternating chapters, deftly building suspense, and then bringing in yet another, that of Mr. Bright and his attempts to keep control of a growing cadre at The Bank who believe that their own control of the world is growing tenuous. In fact, they’re looking for a way home. By now readers will have figured out who these shadowy men are in the grand scheme of things, and that “home” is not in this world or even this universe. But God seems to have abandoned them just as thoroughly as he seems to have abandoned mankind, and he is not opening the Pearly Gates to anyone, it seems, though the members of The Bank will do whatever it takes to find the way.
Deftly moving from this character to that, balancing the tension among all the different threads, and finally weaving them all into a satisfactory and unexpected conclusion, Pinborough has written a series that keeps readers compulsively turning pages. I especially enjoyed the challenges to religious beliefs, or to the lack of them, that Pinborough poses for her readers; no one, regardless of his or her religious affiliation, can feel entirely comfortable throughout this trilogy, fiction though it may be. Endings are difficult to get right, but Pinborough hits this one right on the nose.
With this trilogy, Pinborough has landed herself on my list of horror writers whose books I will purchase without knowing anything about them except that she wrote them. It’s short list, but she has definitely earned her place on it.
Originally published at Fantasy Literature website. 4.5 stars rounded up to 5.
the-chosen-seed-the-forgotten-gods-sarah-pinboroughCass Jones is a man on the run. Wanted for a pair of murders he didn’t commit. But he knows his fellow police officers will never believe his innocence, they all think he cracked after his brother’s death. So now he’s forced to live in the shadows, depending on a few solid friends to help him along the way.
But while living the invisible life he also is still hunting down Mr. Bright and trying to find his kidnapped nephew. He WILL find Luke, even if saving him costs Cass his own life. He owes Christian that much; to see his boy safe.
The first book in this series blew me away, it was just soooo good. But I’ve found that I’ve liked each of the following two installments a little bit less than the one before it. I think a lot of it has to do with just forgetting so much of what happened from book to book, there are no refreshers in this series! These last two have had so many characters narrating and being involved in general that I just can’t keep them all straight!
But I have finally gotten used to the U.K. spellings of things! I know, took me long enough! It didn’t bother me in this installment in the least!
This book was so detailed oriented and had so much going on that a majority of the book really did go in one ear and out the other. I would read something, especially in the first half of the book, and have no clue what I read when I was done. It took a lot longer than usual to get into it, and I couldn’t for the life of me remember who Cass was accused of murdering until pretty late in the book, when they said something about the knife.
Once Cass found what he thought was his nephew the book got interesting and I enjoyed it. But it took so long to get to that point. I just wish the book could have started there!
I found the ending of this novel to be pretty interesting. Cass becoming what he never in a million years would have expected. The series completely came full-circle with this ending.
I highly recommend reading this trilogy back-to-back so that you don’t miss any of the details. I unfortunately had to wait between books for the installments to be released, and I think it really did hamper my enjoyment of the series as a whole.
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