Gudernes Krig #1 Gudindens Avatar
Title: Gudindens Avatar
Series: Gudernes Krig #1
Author: Henriette Hesselholdt
Finished Reading: April 2020
Genre: Fantasy & Young Adult
This is my personal review without spoilers of the actual plot.
Den unge præstelærling, Paleon,
bliver trukket med ud af det trygge kloster
på en hemmelighedsfuld færd
gennem landet Serelia.
Han skal hjælpe med at bringe
elveren, Si’il, til gudinden Haias tempel
hvor hun har en vigtig plads at udfylde
i den lurende krig mellem guderne.
Med sig har de tre gamle krigskammerater
der hver gemmer på deres hemmeligheder,
samt en ung kvinde med en tilsværtet sjæl.
Gudindens avatar er første bog
i serien Gudernes krig
hvor mennesker, elvere,
trolde og vampyrer
kæmper for deres guder,
og guderne kæmper
for deres egen magt.
I reviewed a copy of her second book, and thought that it was time to read the first one, since I had just acquired it. In a way, I wish I hadn’t gotten the book from the author, because now I feel forced to read the second one too, even though I didn’t really like this one.
I’m not a big fan of high fantasy. If I had known this was the genre, I wouldn’t even have bothered. I wasn’t a huge fan of Lord of the Rings, but even that is viewed as a masterpiece. I appreciate the author trying and for that, I continued the book.
My biggest issue with this book was the amount of characters that we met in the first chapter. I was frankly, overwhelmed with the amount of names and characters I had to get to know and it ruined my reading experience a bit, since I stressed out due to my incapability of making a distinction of the characters. They seemed so similar in the beginning it wasn’t until very late in the book I could tell them apart. Some of them I couldn’t quite understand why was introduced, as it seemed like they didn’t play a part in the bigger picture.
Language wise it was a nice change from the commonality of the young adult genre. It was both more mature and interesting than what I am familiar with and the book had other focus points, which again, was a delightful change.
I wouldn’t call the book predictable per say however, when a character is acting in a certain way; you’re force to question their integrity and morale.
Another issue I had with the book was my lack of knowledge of whom was the main character since they all acted as if they were the lead character. A story can work with two or three main characters but not six or seven in this case.
I will be reading the second one soon, I promise.