A brave warrior risks a battle with the gods to save his family in this “gripping, horrific, and unique” grimdark fantasy (Seanan McGuire, New York Times–bestselling author)
Since time began, the Grakhul—immortal servants of the gods—have taken human sacrifices to keep the world in balance and the gods appeased. But when warrior Brogan McTyre’s entire family is chosen as the next offering, the Grakhul are met with a resistance they never expected.
Determined to free his family from their terrible fate, Brogan begins the toughest battle of his life. But when you challenge the power of the gods, you challenge the very fabric of society. Declared an outcast, Brogan and his family are hunted like criminals—though they aren't the only ones who suffer the consequences of their rebellion. When the gods turn their wrath elsewhere, Brogan realizes his fight is not just for the lives and freedom of his loved ones, but for the lives and freedom of the entire world.
File Under: Fantasy [ Hunted by the Gods | A Great Refusal | By Land and Sea | The Ultimate Sacrifice ]
Prolific fantasy and horror author Moore launches the Tides of War epic fantasy series with this inconsistent novel. His setting, reminiscent of Scotland by way of Middle Earth, is full of angry gods and unrepentant mortals. When Brogan McTyre's wife and children are held captive and later murdered by the Grakhul, a host of immortal servants to the gods, he vows to stop at nothing to seek his revenge. The plot is zippy and Moore adequately captures his characters' attributes. However, his voice is inconsistent; grandiose language ("the foolish that trespassed did not live long to speak of their journeys") often collides with coarse colloquialisms ("You only ever get that smile when you've just been laid"). Repetition of phrases and story elements distracts from the plot. Newcomers to epic fantasy might enjoy Moore's newest book, but to seasoned readers it will feel like a retread of older concepts.
A fascinating story about an avaricious and bloodthirsty pantheon of morally dubious deities and their revenge on an “unfaithful” world.