- File Size: 3728 KB
- Print Length: 578 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Castalia House (May 4, 2017)
- Publication Date: May 4, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B071HHFP3M
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #221,730 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
No Gods, Only Daimons (The Covenant Chronicles Book 1) Kindle Edition
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No Gods, Only Daemon's a world that took a slightly different turn, and Western Civilization uses magic and deals with beings from other dimensions, while the Middle East took a different route. The world actually hangs together and is logical. I wish the author had explained a bit more on the world building part with some end notes. The title of the book is a bit mis-leading, but you will need to read the book to find out why... The mythology makes sense and is not the usual urban fantasy drek. The attention to detail reminds me of the Laundry Series by Charlie Stross. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.
But Luke, our protagonist, is less than one dimensional. He has a big secret - made a deal with the devil, or Unmaker. From time to time he ruminates on it but there is no appreciable struggle as one might expect especially when Luke has also made a deal with the Unmaker's opposite. Pete, Luke's buddy, is just a frat boy teen with some skills. His competitor and gal pal, Eve, is just Luke but she glows from time to time.
All the characters had the same voice and the world they moved in was flat when it should have been wonderous.
One thing I found interesting, however, is that the supernatural is a part of the existence of the people in 'No Gods...' but there is still room for competing religions and the denial of a supreme good. This is an argument that has been made before. "God does not present himself because it would not affect belief." An interesting thought experiment. Another interesting thing was that the terrorists were motivated by a grand-daimon who actually judges a small group of them who are dying as evil and misguided in the very first chapter of the book. We get to see them persist in their evils in the name of the very grand-daimon who has pronounced them hell-borne.
And it was this first chapter that made me buy the Kindle version.
Saddly, I think 'No Gods...' would have benefitted from a scythe, cutting from 500+ pages to 300 or so.
After finishing this book I can confidently say that I wish all alternate histories handled it this way. It flows extremely well and was a lot of fun to discover how much was the same and how much had changed.
The author’s writing style is fluid and comfortable. I never felt dragged out of the book, nor did I ever feel the need to tell him to hurry things along. He hits the right points at the right time and keeps it interesting throughout.
Action is heavy and intense without seeming contrived or overdone. Characters were pretty cool, although don’t expect intense navel-gazing and crying about childhood disappointments. They’re pretty much what you’d expect from an 80s-90s action movie cast, which is to say they’re human enough to attach to without being bogged down by emotional baggage. Think Die Hard and you’re close.
The bits of humor sprinkled throughout were a nice touch, and had me laughing a few times.
Definitely worth a read. Looking forward to the sequel.
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