My Favorite Books

The Walking Drum
Ender's Game
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
The Curse of Chalion
The Name of the Wind
Chronicles of the Black Company
The Faded Sun Trilogy
The Tar-Aiym Krang

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Review: Blood of a Fallen God

Blood of a Fallen God Blood of a Fallen God by Joshua C. Cook
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Overall: ****
Performance: *****
Story: ****

This was one of the best performances that I have heard in an audiobook. I had NO trouble seperating the characters (a common complaint that usually knocks off 1 star) and I actually enjoyed the tone and pacing.

Now for the story ... this is pretty much a standard fantasy trope execute well. The world building was solid and revealed through character interactions or dialog (I didn't notice any info dumps, so I must assume they were appropriate when they exist). Main characters were well developed and fairly independent of each other with the expected growth for the main protagonist. The story ended well (yes, I am a sucker for good endings) and wrapped upon most of the major plot conflicts in this book, so it can easily stand alone (with the epilogue introducing a possible sequel); that was also well done and is another common complaint I have with current fantasy stories. I highly recommend this story and I am looking forward to the sequel!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

View all my reviews

No comments:

My Ratings Explained ...

  • [ ***** ] Amazing Read - Perfect story, exciting, engrossing, well developed complex characters, solid plot with few to no holes, descriptive environments and place settings, great mystery elements, realistic dialogue, believable reactions and behaviors; a favorite that I can re-read many times.
  • [ **** ] Great Read - Highly entertaining and enjoyable, exciting storyline, well developed characters and settings, a few discrepancies but nothing that can’t be overlooked. Some aspect of the story was new/refreshing to me and/or intriguing. Recommended for everyone.
  • [ *** ] Good Read - Solid story with a 'good' ending, or has some other redeeming feature. Limited character development and/or over reliance on tropes. Noticeable discrepancies in world building and/or dialog/behavior that were distracting. I connected enough with the characters/world to read the entire series. Most of the books I read for fun are here. Recommended for fans of the genre.
  • [ ** ] Okay Read - Suitable for a brief, afternoon escape … flat or shallow characters with little to no development. Over the top character dialog and/or behavior. Poor world building with significant issues and/or mistakes indicating poor research. Excessive use of trivial detail, info dumps and/or pontification. Any issues with the story/characters are offset by some other aspect that I enjoyed. Not very memorable. May only appeal to a niche group of readers. Recommended for some (YMMV).
  • [ * ] Bad Read - Awkward and/or confusing writing style. Poor world building and/or unbelievable (or unlikeable) characters. Victimization, gaslighting, blatant abuse, unnecessary violence, child endangerment, or any other highly objectionable behaviors by Main characters. I didn't connect with the story at all; significant aspects of this story irritated me enough that I struggled to finished it. Series was abandoned. Not recommended.