Ruthless Gods

Ruthless Gods

Book - 2020 | First U.S. edition.
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"The voices that Serefin hears in the darkness, the ones that Nadya believes are her gods, the ones that Malachiasz is desperate to meet--those voices want a stake in the world, and they refuse to stay quiet any longer"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Wednesday Books, 2020.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9781250195692
Characteristics: 535 pages : map ; 25 cm.

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miraellie
May 09, 2020

Frightening or Intense Scenes: The depiction of the gods and other monsters may be intense for younger readers.

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May 09, 2020

Sexual Content: A scene of strong sensuality very late in the book.

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May 09, 2020

Violence: Scenes of characters injuring themselves to work their blood magic

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May 09, 2020

Coarse Language: Some increased cursing in the sequel.

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May 09, 2020

“What happens when a monster tries to become a god?”

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May 09, 2020

“He was everything; he was nothing. She was torn apart in a thousand directions but there was only one and it was forward. There was nothing else but this.”

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PimaLib_ChristineR Dec 01, 2020

2.5 ⭐ Duncan's second entry in the Something Dark and Holy series, Ruthless Gods suffers the same deficiency as many self-published, or smaller publishing house, books I've read this year: lack of editing. The fact that this is a major release from a St. Martin's imprint makes that lack all the more unforgiveable. Did no editor look at the phrase "weird and eldritch" for the sixth time and think "hmmm, maybe we could tighten this up?" Or look at the hundreds of pages of Nadya voicing angst over Malachiasz, and thought "we could lose 50% of this and replace it with adequate descriptions of this world." Seriously, this is a world at war and has been for decades. As our characters travel along the whole axis of the front they see nary a burned out field, but more interestingly, they encounter no people. In hundreds of miles they come across one fort which is used for a dramatic face-off, but that's it.

And the lack of editing is especially disappointing because Duncan has the bones of a decent story and interesting premise. I'm not mad that I read this book, but I think I'll be stepping away from the series at this point and calling it good.

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