The Dreams of a Dying God

I got The Dreams of a Dying God (The Godlanders War Book 1) by Aaron Pogue on a special for $1.99. Based on nothing but the description, I might never have paid the normal price of $4.99. As it turns out, the other two books in the (I presume) trilogy are already out. That’s good, in that I am intrigued. That’s bad, in that I am not sure I am intrigued enough to pay $4.99 each for them. I have months of reading and rereading (to do justice in reviewing stuff I read before I launched this place) I can do before spending another dime on books. Not that I won’t. It’s a weakness. Especially when it seems to be a bargain.

When it came time to start this book, the early part of it had me going back to the description to remind myself what it was about and why a pirate was in the sands of what we might call North Africa, rescuing a slave and conducting a dig for a lost city.

Once it gets going, though, it is completely different from anything I have read. What is real? How does a god create or change reality? How does a god defend himself? How do myths and legends come about? How does reality in the past differ from how we understand it in the present?

I got a sense of quantum many worlds out of this book. That would explain the obvious match for our own world, but with different names, like Hurope. I thought the druids were a great touch. Something like them could make a fascinating story in its own right.

The more I reflect back over it, the more excited I am to read the sequels. I still think they are overpriced – I’d rather they be a buck or two lower – but at least they aren’t current paperback prices.

When I started this place, I had meant to include commentary in my reviews regarding the editing. Were their a lot of corrections needed? What made me think of it is the book I am currently reading, a favorite series, in which I am seeing regular errors. For instance, using the word raise in two different places when raze is the correct word. My inner editor cringes on hitting something like that. The Dreams of a Dying Good did not suffer from editing problems. It was solid.

Bottom line, this was a good book, a rather different fantasy, and you might enjoy it as much as I did. The discounted price I paid was a huge bargain. I’d rather not spend full price, but I lean toward it being worth rather than not worth it.

A last thought: The sequels intrigue me because I can’t begin to fathom what will take place in them. It is not that everything is neatly tied up at the end of this first book, but enough questions are answered to keep me from rushing into the next one because it’s a cliffhanger. I like that. Both the sense of relative completeness and the lack of predictability about where the story will take us subsequently.

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