MY ⭐️ RATING: 4.5/5
Format: Kindle Whispersync
The Kingdom of Alanya is home to mystic warriors and mischievous djinns, vulgar poets and vain philosophers, soaring simurghs and scheming shahs. Little do the people know that a power struggle between an ancient sorceress and an upstart sultana threatens to bathe the sands in bile and bones. A bloody cauldron boils, and primeval gods laugh whilst they stir it. As warhorses charge, arrows shower, and cannon shots brighten the night, all must choose a side.
In Gunmetal Gods, I had an issue with the narrator’s main character voices being too similar which led to some confusion on my part at times and me giving it 4.25 stars, despite how amazing the book was. I was running into a similar issue in Conqueror’s Blood, with both Cyra and Zedra, the new POV’s voices being similar. After speeding up the audio from 1.0 to 1.25, I could hear a bigger difference in their voices and this may be because Peter Noble reads a bit slow. That may also have been why I judged Gunmetal Gods audio too harshly. If you plan to listen, I would recommend listening at 1.25 or faster, for a much better experience.
This is an incredible sequel with a fast paced and deep plot of political intrigue, divine intervention, well written characters that are not free from harm, and dazzling Middle Eastern settings of landscapes, palaces, bazaars and foods that make you wish you were there seeing all these places, eating the food and drinking the date wine. As mentioned, we get 2 new POV’s in Cyra and Zedra who are at first friends and later become enemies and the fate of all is in their hands. The gods and Djinn are creepy but at the same time, they are absolutely a epic (look at the cover). The ending was terrific and gives a nice twist that leads us into book 3, which I expect to be just as epic.
“We are but playthings for the gods. They dress us up and set us against each other.”
The author has said he believes this is his best work yet, and I have to agree. This took what was already a great story and took it to another level, and only makes me thirst for book 3 to come out. What I love most about Zamil’s world is how little I know of Middle Eastern history and culture. While most of us know a lot about Greek, Norse and Roman mythology, there is a seriously untapped market for Middle Eastern. Some will find it as a detriment because they don’t know it, I love it. I love learning, and the more I read from Zamil, the more I look up and the more educated I feel.
The only thing I wished this had was a “story so far” even though it wasn’t really needed to keep up with this story. Just a refresher of what happened so far and what lead to the events in this book, since there are elements of book 1. Fingers crossed for one in the next book of the series though!