The Shadow of the Gods

May 6, 2021

by John Gwynne

I was super excited to read this book, not only because I knew of the author and their previous works, but also because of the premise. This is an epic fantasy set in a norse inspired world.

Getting into the story, however turned out to be more of a chore than a fun time.

It was very slow and never really took off. I like the writing and the world and how things are explained, and I know epic fantasy tends to be rather slow paced, but this was extremely slow and with characters that didn’t really stand out on the page for me, it didn’t mix well.

About 25% in and I still had no idea what I was reading, by the 50% mark there were some interesting plot lines that I wanted to follow, but none of them were enough to get me through the massive portions of scenery and unnecessary details in between.

I’m sure devoted fans of the author will love this, but it was too slow and not enough forward momentum in the plot for me. I wasn’t really invested in any of the characters or their journey so, it’s a three star read for me, and I’ll leave it at that for now.

Wrap Up

The Shadow of the Gods

  • 5/10
  • 4/10
  • 7/10
  • 5/10
  • 5/10


  • Interesting premise
  • Beautiful cover
  • Well written
  • Good world building


  • Extremely slow
  • Bland characters
  • Overuse of new/unexplained words
  • Very unfocused plot

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