godkillerFollowing a bloody war, the worship of gods has been forbidden in the Kingdom of Middren. Kissen is a veiga, a killer of the gods appointed by the king, and she has a score to settle. She may be god-touched, but she will never forgive them for the death of her family. But when a young noble asks her for help, she finds herself faced with a god she cannot kill, not without risking the life of the child. Instead, they must seek answers from a place where the gods were left to be forgotten.

Gods were born out of human prayers, and no one wanted to be on the bad side of those.

So we all know I bought this for the gorgeous cover, and for once a book lives up to its beautiful packaging. I loved this story of a begrudging found family forming as they travel into the territory of the gods. The world might be harsh at times, the law unforgiving in regards to religion, but the people contained within the story are good people and there is plenty of kindness among the suspicion and lies.

Skediceth is a god of white lies and is frankly quite adorable. His time as a child’s companion has made him seem quite harmless, a god without a shrine, mysteriously bound to Inara. As the story progresses, he becomes bolder, and you start to see how the gods became dangerous and feared.

A little carving in someone’s kitchen, a token in a drawer to stop the spoons sticking, a pile of stones by a log store to keep the wood dry. Kissen didn’t go around stomping into people’s houses and scattering their little grottoes of insanity, but she knew they were their.

The concept reminds me of the gods system in Discworld, if you believe in something enough it pops into existence, but those gods need belief to carry on existing.

The events at the start of the book leave Kissen an amputee and she goes on to prove that doesn’t stop her being a kickass godkiller. The text acknowledges that sometimes her prosthetic causes trouble and she has to push through her leg hurting, but she is not defined by her disability.

A knight and a veiga follow a pilgrim trail and are attacked by god-made monsters. It sounded like the start of a joke, except no one was laughing.

The last member of the motley crew is Elogast, a retired knight who would rather be left alone to bake bread, but the king needs one last favour. It turns out that gods aren’t quite as banished as everyone thought.

This was so close to a five star read for me, but the pacing is a little uneven. Of course, it needs time to introduce the worldbuilding and characters which was done through their journey to Blenraden, but the ending felt rushed in comparison. Still, I am eager to find out what happens next!

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