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The Shadow of the Gods (The Bloodsworn Saga) Paperback – 27 Jan. 2022

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A masterfully crafted, brutally compelling Norse-inspired epic ― Anthony Ryan

A satisfying and riveting read. The well-realised characters move against a backdrop of a world stunning in its immensity. It's everything I've come to expect from a John Gwynne book ―
Robin Hobb

Visceral, heart-breaking and unputdownable ―
Jay Kristoff, NYT bestselling author of Empire of the Vampire

A duly exciting start to the series ―
Publishers Weekly

A masterclass in storytelling. It is epic, gritty fantasy with an uncompromising amount of heart. A near-perfect combination of
Vikings and Cornwell's The Last Kingdom, but with a fantastical flare that Gwynne executes flawlessly ― FanFiAddict

Quintessential Gwynne honed to perfection, sharpened to a deadly edge and it does NOT disappoint. For new readers enjoy your first time experiencing Gwynne as he is a magnificent storyteller of gritty and grim fantasy that is full of heart. For old and new readers alike, simply, you are in for a treat as
The Shadow of the Gods is absolutely stunning, one hell of an epic series opener and a spectacular dose of Viking-flavoured fantasy. ― The Tattooed Book Geek

Reminds me of all that I love in the fantasy genre.
The Shadow of the Gods is an action packed cinematic read. It feels historically authentic, Viking-esque, yet wonderfully fantastical too. A tale of monsters and magic, Gods and legends, friendship and oaths, blood and vengeance - Gwynne has certainly done it again, if not raised the bar even higher ― Fantasy Hive

John Gwynne has written another classic and easily one of the best books of the year ―
Under the Radar SFF Books

A brilliant Norse-influenced fantasy that grabs you from the first page and never lets go. Another dazzling epic story from a true master ―
Out of This World SFF Reviews

This engaging tale is full of battles, blood, friendship, and epic fame to be sung for ages. I can't rave about it enough. After finishing this, you will be left breathless, hungering for more. I will immediately be reading every book ever written by John Gwynne ―
BookNest

The world is wonderfully rendered with attention paid to what makes the Norse sagas entertaining . . . The three characters are swept up in this larger plot in different ways, which just makes the story richer. The many layers provide a lavish feast for any reader. A great companion to Neil Gaiman's
Norse MythologyBooklist

A merciless and brutal series filled with graphic action, impeccable world-building and an ever-growing ensemble of characters who straddle the lines of morality ―
Polygon

John Gwynne writes some of the most blood-pumping battle scenes that I have ever read ―
Fantasy Book Nerd

Wonderfully atmospheric, and readers looking for a Nordic flavored fantasy adventure will find plenty to love ―
Fantasy Book Critic

John Gwynne is the closest we have to an inheritor of David Gemmell's mantle as master of heroic fantasy with grit and heart ―
Mark Lawrence

The best book I've read this year ―
Miles Cameron

Book Description

The Witcher meets Vikings in this new Norse-inspired fantasy series from acclaimed British author John Gwynne, which will thrill his existing fans as well as being the perfect starting point for new readers

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Orbit (27 Jan. 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 528 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0356514218
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0356514215
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 12.6 x 3.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Customer reviews:
    4.6 out of 5 stars 3,416 ratings

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I am the author of epic fantasy series The Faithful and the Fallen, Of Blood and Bone and The Bloodsworn Saga. I’m also a Viking re-enactor and enjoy nothing more than standing in the shield wall with my three sons, who are as passionate about swords and axes as I am (when I’m not stuck in my coat of mail; it’s harder than it looks).

I live on the south coast of the UK with my beautiful wife, three sons and my daughter, and an assortment of animals (at the moment three dogs, a horse and a lamb who thinks she’s a dog).

My dogs think I am their slave.

Malice, my debut novel, was published by Pan Macmillan in 2012 and went on to win the David Gemmell Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Debut of 2012. That was a truly wonderful moment, as David Gemmell is a hero of mine and one of the reasons I write.

The following three books in the series – Valour, Ruin and Wrath, were all shortlisted for the David Gemmell Legend Award for Best Fantasy Novels of 2014, 2015 and 2016.

My second series, of Blood and Bone, is set in the Banished Lands, the same world as the first series. Book 1, A Time of Dread, begins 130 years after the events of the first series.

A Time of Courage, book 3 Of Blood and Bone, made the Spiegel Bestseller’s List in Germany.

My latest book, The Shadow of the Gods, book 1 of the Bloodsworn Saga, will be published in May 2021. It is inspired by Norse mythology, Beowulf and Ragnarök.

I am represented by Julie Crisp.

You can find me online at:

https://john-gwynne.com

https://twitter.com/JohnGwynne_

https://www.instagram.com/john_gwynne_author/

https://www.facebook.com/john.gwynne.12


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