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The Wild Hunt (The Godless Saint) (Volume 1) Paperback – November 30, 2014
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OK so I picked this book up after seeing the author mention it on Reddit Fantasy. I was intrigued by his sales pitch and he wasn't pushy. Someone asked for a recommendation and he gave his.
The Wild Hunt, if you are into mythology or other fantasy books, should be familiar. A Germanic/Norse/Pagan hordes led by a God/Faery King/Etc takes his charges through one awful night slaughtering those who fall into their path. You can run, die or join. The idea of the Wild Hunt is an amazingly fun thing to play with when writing.
Thomas Galvin took the idea and ran with it. This book is all about the action. It is fun, exciting and keeps you on your toes. And even while the action keeps going (Literally, there are action sets every 3-4 pages) he manages to introduce a world, show us how some of it works, give backgrounds and develop side characters.
Caden Lyndsey is a man with a terrible past, but he has the talent to stop the world from ending. He just doesn't care for God so much anymore. With his own good reasons. He receives a vision warning that something dreadful is coming to our world and he does what he can to stop it. He's sassy, clever and he has a bit of a wise ass attitude, but it works for him. I don't want to spoil much, but this really digs into some cool ideas and develops them. One thing I absolutely loved is how magic is his weapon. Armed with a blue/white fire, Caden is a spellslinger and could hang with the best. One thing I never see enough of is when a mage goes to town with his magic, tossing his spells like he don't care. It's refreshing to see someone use magic like it should be used, not relying on martial arts/big ass guns/Swords made impossibly sharp to stop the bad guys.
As a downside (Even with a five star review), the action pieces do feel overwhelming at times because you don't get to rest. I hope when we get the Godless Saint Book 2, the world may take a moment to breath some. The author plays with some troubles (particularly the I care for you and you are tough, but you'll die if you are with me) a bit too much for my taste, if only because it's used often in Fantasy.
Thomas Galvin has a fan in me. I plan to follow more of The Godless Saint adventures and I cannot wait to see everything it has to offer. If you want some fun times, cool action, and want to see the Wild Hunt in action, please check out The Wild Hunt. You won't regret it.
I really tend to dislike works written in the first-person, but this was a great exception to that rule for me.. I think it was the humor of Caden's voice, as well, perhaps, as some sense of affinity I had with that character, that really cemented the experience.
The magic is decently thought-out, and I hope to see the limits and effects explored more in later books in the series.
I think that some readers might have issues with the way the Germanic gods and mythology is portrayed, but the issues I had with that were eased when reading more. Galvin's take on religion and the reality of deities and the supernatural as manifestations of beliefs coupled with the fact that the events were kicked off by the rituals of reconstructionist pagans reduces such hair-splitting to even more minor scales.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a fast, fun read.
1. The main character, Caden, reminded me of the Rocky character! He let the bad guys beat him almost to death before he'd really get tough and finish it - time and time again. The battles went on and on. I got frustrated with that.
2. I was also frustrated by his moral dilemma about killing people who may not have been really bad but made poor choices! I can understand, but I sure hope he learns so balance in the next book because he let too many totally innocent people get killed while he was debating, letting himself get beat up and not using all available tools.
3. He needs to go back and get Miranda! (..and Cassandra, the lonely forest being who saved his butt!) Duh! He needs to get over this lonely hero idea and build a team!
although I understood his moral
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