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Godblind Hardcover – July 11, 2017
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“Godblind is Anna Stephens’ debut, and it writes her name in blood on the roster of masters of grimdark alongside the likes of Mark Lawrence and Joe Abercrombie . . . This is a grimdark fantasy that truly lives up to the name.”―B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog
“A brilliantly brutal debut from an exciting new voice in dark fantasy. Highly recommended!”―Michael R. Fletcher, author of Swarm and Steel and Beyond Redemption
"Intriguing, fast-paced, and grimly fiendish. . . . Godblind sweeps you up and doesn't let you go."―Edward Cox, author of The Relic Guild trilogy
"A fierce, bold, and epic novel, Stephens's debut will leave blood on your hands, dirt beneath your nails, and the stench of battle clinging to your sweaty flesh. For fans of dark fantasy, this one comes highly recommended!"―Ronald Malfi, author of The Night Parade
“Something new, something special. Something that will excite you and keep you coming back for more . . . takes everything you have come to know and like, and doesn’t just raise the bar, it takes a step to the side and puts up its own bar.”― Fantasy Book Critic
“Anna Stephens is easily one of the most exciting début fantasy authors of 2017. Sometimes you get a book that simply nails a particular genre to the wall and gets everything right. Godblind is a triumph of grimdark fantasy.”― Starburst Magazine, 10/10
“Thrilling, unrelenting and a brilliantly presented debut that lets readers walk on the darkest plains visited in the fantasy genre. Highly recommended.”― Fantasy Book Review
“A delicious journey… Has all the signs of being a sensational series.”― SFX 5/5 review
“Tailor made for my tastes in grimdark. It’s epic in scope, characters, and setting. . . . I hear the series will be a trilogy, and I shall wait for news of the sequel with interest.”― Bibliosanctum
“The grimdark debut of the year. . . . an excellent debut and the starting point of a promising author that won't take long to be a household name.”― Booknest.EU
“Dark fantasy at its very best . . . a book that once you are in it you cannot escape it until you are done, nor would you want to. Highly Highly Recommended.”― Liz Loves Books
“There aren’t enough words to convey how much I loved this book. This might be my favourite book of 2017, but it’s also shot right to one of my favourite books ever. . . . everything you could possibly want from a fantasy novel.”― The Bibliophile Chronicles
“Has the potential to capture the world's imagination, and satisfy its blood-lust, every bit as much as A Song of Fire and Ice… The Red Gods are rising and so is Anna Stephens. She has entered the canon of fantasy literature.”―Simon Fairbanks, author of The Sheriff
“This book was nothing short of amazing. . . . I absolutely devoured it. Godblind was utterly fantastic and completely engrossing to read.”― Paws & Paperbacks
“An incredible debut novel for fantasy writer Anna Stephens. . . an incredible read, from the characters, settings, the epic battle scenes to the fast-paced plot – it was all insanely amazing.”―The Book Tweeter, 5/5 Stars
“Wow, this was good! . . . . a mid-year front runner for my favourite book of the year. . . . there is a sequel planned which I know I absolutely have to read.― Worlds Without End
“Move over Abercrombie and Lawrence! You too, Fletcher. . . . Here at last we have a true GrimDark book, written by a female author that can not only stand up to the male competition, but also kick it in the balls! . . . Brilliant.”― The Queen of Blades, 9/10
“A true joy to read and Anna Stephens is truly a fantastic writer and one to watch. If you are looking for a new grimdark or even a new fantasy book to read then I would highly recommend that you read Godblind.”― Observant Raven
“Anna Stephens has this kind of writing that you’ll just forget what was on your mind because of what was happening on the chapter you are reading. . . . One hell of a ride. This book is a must read.”― The Royal Polar Bear Reads
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I very much enjoyed this book. Well, some parts I had to gloss over because this is a Grimdark and has very cringe-worthy scenes. So this book is not for the faint of heart! Blood guts and torture!
I was thrilled to get this freaking awesome stained, signed and numbered edition of the hardback. I also got a lovely postcard sent from the author. Some authors are just so awesome ♥ I also have the kindle edition =)
There were several characters that I liked but damned if I didn't write down all of their names! Story of my life. I did write down Rillirin and Dom's names, although Dom is easy to remember. Dom found Rillirin and took care of her. He felt like she knew something, like she was meant to be there with him and his people. Well she did have a story to tell but it wasn't the one Dom was thinking.
I enjoyed Dom and Rillirin a great deal and hope everything goes well for them in the next book. That ending though.... I don't know!
There were other people in that band of people that I loved. Strong women and men.
I didn't like the other people so much as they had the Dark Lady Woman, whatever she was called. I just know I hated her and she put out some serious torture on peeps. I guess for an evil character she beats everyone I know!
The two sides are fighting one another while others are fighting and killing each other over the throne. It's crazy train.
In the book you're basically thrown into the story. There is no real world, you're just along for the ride wherever you may be with the person you're reading about. Oh yes, there are multiple POV's but once I got used to them it wasn't that bad at all. I liked the shorter chapters too. It helps when you have a tiny brain!
I'm really hoping to get the next book in the special edition, signed and number book as well because it looks amaze balls! Freaking awesome cover. We shall see.
God, I wonder what kind of torture of peeps and stuff will be in the next one. Like I said, I just skim over stuff like that if it gets too bad because I still like to read great stories. And I watch a lot of history type with that stuff in it so I'm used to skimming or averting the eyes if it's too much. Just know all of that if you're going into this type of book.
I don't do animal torture and unless it was in some of the parts with human torture I skimmed over, there wasn't anything like that so kudos (I think)
this year has been great for fantasy debut and this is true for anna stephens godblind.
the tagline for the book is the red gods are rising and that is actually the best way to explain this book this book is dark as they come yes this book is grimdark as all hell but it still has people actually wanting to be good and noble which is actually a nice chsnge of pace for the sub genre. this is like one of those fun reads you buy at the airport it's really fun even though it's filled with rape murder and human sarcfice.
this is definitely one of the years best books I really cared for rillirin I think most people will come to love her as her journey from a slave and her charater delevopment through the story.
A lot of nonsensical things happen for the sake of edginess. Mostly to do with rape, which very often happens at ridiculous times, e.g. in the middle of a fight where the rapist in question is part of the losing side. There's even a failed rape attempt in the first chapter, following a human sacrifice, where the rapist (a king) lets his victim kill him effortlessly with a knife for no good reason--this book seems obsessed with rape.
The prose is (usually) comprehensible, but that's about as much praise as I'm willing to afford it. Very often, you will find strings of two, even three sentences next to each other which all start with the same word, and are all structured the same way. Perhaps this was a stylistic choice, rather than a novice mistake. If so, it failed, resulting in a lackluster reading experience that, if it doesn't outright draw you away from the story, will at least make you less interested. In general, the descriptions are bland and repetitive. Sometimes they don't make sense.
As far as plot goes, it's barebones by epic fantasy standards, and follows a fairly basic conflict of good vs. evil despite attempts to make it look more "grey" by having the good guys spout vulgarities every so often. Both the characters and the world they inhabit are highly forgettable. They feel pointless. I don't even remember their names.
If you came here to escape modernity to delve into a more medieval experience, you may be disappointed. As the conflict largely centers around a war between two major powers, martial culture gets a large focus, and it's far too much like our own contemporary martial culture to be convincing as a medieval one. A salute is mentioned but not described, so I assume the author wanted us to picture a modern military salute, though there's more than one form of that as well, so it fails even on that level. There are lots of female fighters--which I wouldn't mind, as I rather like the trope, if the book would stop treating it like it's such a huge deal. Really, you'd think that a culture where about half its fighters are female would have moved past previous prejudices against it, if such prejudices even existed in the first place. The conflict is out of place, coming more from our own world than this constructed fictional one. These are but a few examples of the lazy worldbuilding at work here.
Overall, it feels under-cooked. There is potential here, wasted by a lack of attention to detail. I might have found this engaging if the plot had more going on, the characters and their world felt more real, and the prose wasn't so amateurish. The editor should be fired; she should be ashamed of herself.
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