Godkiller by Hannah Kaner

by | Apr 29, 2024 | Fantasy Book Reviews

I devoured Godkiller by Hannah Kaner, and after finishing it I waited only one day before running out to buy the sequel, Sunbringer. I’m not going to give a rundown of the plot, because that can be found on the book jacket, or if you’d like a bit more, here is a great description. Instead, here are the reasons I loved this book:

Fantastic World-Building, and the magic system in Godkiller is immaculate. Essentially, gods pop up anywhere they are fed by the prayers of people. They grow more powerful—potentially more problematic—as they are given shrines and offerings. There are gods of fire, gods of rivers, and (my personal favorite) gods of lost sandals. And just like people, these gods have their own agendas that may or may not line up with the plans of the main characters.

Speaking of characters, the characters in GodKiller are rich and complex, people with contradictions.

Kissen is a hired “godkiller” driven by hatred for all gods, but forced to ally with them to save a young girl’s life.

Inara: A young girl who seeks Kissen’s help with a “god problem.” She is bound to Skedi, the god of white lies.

Skedi: The god of white lies. I loved Skedi. Who wouldn’t want a Skedi hanging around?

Elogast: A knight-turned-baker. Come for the battle, stay for the scent of fresh bread.

Godkiller features diverse characters, including those with disabilities, mental illness, and various cultural backgrounds. The inclusion of sign language and characters with different sexual orientations adds layers of realism and inclusivity to the fantasy setting.

Godkiller - book cover for the paperback edition

Multiple POV’s—unfolding secrets and the evolving relationships as seen from a variety of charcters create an emotionally engaging page-turner!

The Scenic Depiction was wonderfully rendered. Fantasy fans read to be immersed in another world. I am in awe of Hannah Kaner’s ability to describe a complex battle scene that takes place in a crowded market, all the while keeping the action pumping, seamlessly braided with dialog and interiorty. Masterfully done, and hard to imagine that this is her first novel.

An easy 5 stars in my book. Cannot wait for the final in the trilogy!

 

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Andrea Gabriel is an author & illustrator whose work, both for children and adults, is grounded in her love for the natural world. She has illustrated more than ten books for the children's trade market and written several more. Her books have been published by Charlesbridge, Albert Whitman and Co., Dawn Publications, Sasquatch Books, and Arbordale. She has published for the adult market under the name A.G. Bennett. She lives in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, with her family of two and four-footed creatures.

She works as a writing coach with The Narrative Project and with select private clients.

Books by Andrea Gabriel

For Adults

Shepherd's Derelict, front cover of book

For Children

My Favorite Bear
Wandering Woolly

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