Hannah Kaner. HarperCollins. (304p) ISBN: 9780008521462

I’d been put off fantasy for quite a while now as the stories seemed to use all the same old tropes without exploring them or challenging them, and a lot of them just felt the same story.

So it was with some nervousness that I started reading Godkiller, but I needn’t have been nervous as this is head and shoulders the best fantasy I’ve read for years and has refreshed my interest in the genre.

A compelling cast of characters with the three main ones fleshing out nicely as the story develops, but Hannah doesn’t stint on making all the smaller characters memorable with some great traits to make them stand out from the crowd.

Wonderful world building really helped to immerse me into the storyline and get invested in what was going on with the world and characters. All the little touches like pilgrim coins, the town over the waterfall, shadow demons, and so many more for once didn’t detract from the story but gave it spice.

I absolutely loved the premise of gods feeding off the desires and wishes of people, growing from small gods, from a genius loci to a wild and unmanageable powerful god with many followers and shrines, there was a fun look at this by Terry Pratchett in Small Gods, but this is far darker than that story.

The arc of the first in the series was so satisfying with secrets coming out at just the right moments to keep you utterly invested in the story. The little twists, little hooks for further investigation in the next instalments, and the emotional development of the three main characters was so well handled.

I am so looking forward to the next in the series.

I was given a review copy of this book on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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