Ahoy there me mateys! I received this fantasy eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So here be me honest musings . . .
the traitor god (Cameron Johnston)
Title: the traitor god
Author: Cameron Johnston
Publisher: Angry Robot
Publication Date: TODAY!!! (paperback/e-book)
This was one of those times where the stars aligned and the read was the perfect fit for me mood. I read it in one sitting. It was entertaining, engrossing, and a bit violent (Arrr!!). I even refused to get shut-eye and instead stayed up into the wee hours of the morn turning pages because I just had to know how it ended.
The story follows Edrin Walker, a magician, who has been on the run for over 10 years. He left his hometown in order to keep his two friends and their daughter safe. The price – his memories of the reason why. Talk about a fun set-up!
His time on the run is brought to a sudden halt when his friend Lynas is murdered. Edrin feels his death through the secret mind-link that they share. He is so far away that there is scant information on the who and why of the murder. The how however was all too clear. Edrin is determined to avenge his friend no matter what the consequences. He just has to figure out who killed him first.
Edrin is infamous, distrusted, and a rascal. I absolutely loved him. I adored how loyal he is to his friends. I enjoyed the magic in the world and especially how Edrin uses it. I thought it was fantastic that Edrin had an intense phobia that he struggled to overcome. I loved that daemon cats are out to kill him. I frickin’ loved his dagger – seriously it is awesome.
This is seemingly a standalone but I wouldn’t mind having other novels written in this world. Pick this one up and hopefully enjoy it as much as I did.
So lastly . . .
Thank you Angry Robot!
Goodreads’ website has this to say about the novel (with spoilers removed):
A city threatened by unimaginable horrors must trust their most hated outcast, or lose everything, in this crushing epic fantasy debut.
After ten years on the run, dodging daemons and debt, reviled magician Edrin Walker returns home to avenge the brutal murder of his friend . . . Now nothing will stop him from finding the murderer. Magi, mortals, daemons, and even the gods – Walker will burn them all if he has to . . .
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