In the Shadow of the Gods by Rachel Dunne

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ShadowofGods_audioTitle: In the Shadow of the Gods
Author: Rachel Dunne
Publisher: Harper Audio
Source: Purchased
Narrator: Alex Wyndham


Eons ago, a pair of gods known as the Twins grew powerful in the world of Fiatera, until the Divine Mother and Almighty Father exiled them, binding them deep in the earth. But the price of keeping the fire lands safe is steep. To prevent these young gods from rising again, all twins in the land must be killed at birth, a safeguard that has worked until now.

Trapped for centuries, the Twins are gathering their latent powers to break free and destroy the Parents for their tyranny – to set off a fight between two generations of gods for control of the world and the mortals who dwell in it.

When the gods make war, only one side can be victorious. Joros, a mysterious and cunning priest, has devised a dangerous plan to win. Over eight years, he gathers a team of disparate fighters – Scal, a lost and damaged swordsman from the North; Vatri, a scarred priestess who claims to see the future in her fires; Anddyr, a drug-addled mage wandering between sanity and madness; and Rora and Aro, a pair of twins who have secretly survived beyond the reach of the law.

These warriors must learn to stand together against the unfathomable power of vengeful gods to stop them from tearing down the sun…and plunging their world into darkness.

My thoughts:

This is not a book you want to listen to unless you’ve already read it. I was constantly backing up to see what I had missed. But to be honest I don’t know that reading the book first would have helped at all.

The story requires you to care about finding living twins, and the final resting place of the actual gods known as the twins. You’ve been told these twins are bad news at the start of the story, and the parents tied them to the earth. Since then, all twins born are killed.

So why does this group want the Twins back? I wish I could tell you. I apparently seriously missed it somewhere. I never connected with this motive, so for most of the story I was lost. I still am, but there is a nice twist at the end and I no longer needed to know. Or at least I felt I no longer needed to know.

I can’t say if I’m going to continue or not. Probably not though since there are so many other stories I’m more interested in.