By Zamil Akhtar
I received a free copy of Gunmetal Gods from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.
They took his daughter, so Micah comes to take their kingdom. Fifty thousand gun-toting paladins march behind him, all baptized in angel blood, thirsty to burn unbelievers.
Only the janissaries can stand against them. Their living legend, Kevah, once beheaded a magus amid a hail of ice daggers. But ever since his wife disappeared, he spends his days in a haze of hashish and poetry.
To save the kingdom, Kevah must conquer his grief and become the legend he once was. But Micah writes his own legend in blood, and his righteous conquest will stop at nothing.
When the gods choose sides, a legend will be etched upon the stars.
Summary from Goodreads.
I have been sitting here for the last 4 days struggling to convince myself to put my thoughts to paper. Honestly, I think that just perfectly sums up how I feel about Gunmetal Gods.
Gunmetal Gods is set in a completely different world from ours. Imagine the Middle Ages, but set in the Middle East (at least from what I could gather). They have a weird version of a monarchy that I would struggle to explain here, since I still do not fully understand it myself. But then in another kingdom is another monarchy who have been at a tentative peace with each other. All of this changes overnight by complete luck.
The writing style did not draw me in. I found myself lost more often than I would like to admit, and things seemed to jump around way too much. I was unable to get invested in any of the characters partially due to this, the other part is I just was constantly questioning their actions. There did not seem to be any consistency in what occurred from chapter to chapter.
Gunmetal Gods started off very slow for me, I almost put the book down around half-way through it. Fortunately for this book, I was on an airplane home so I decided to just continue with it as otherwise I do not believe that I would have completed it.
Considering how much I love science fiction and fantasy, I am sad to say that this did not live up to my expectations.
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