Harper Voyager. (Godkiller, Bk. 1). Sept. 2023. 304p. ISBN 9780063348271. pap. $18.99. SF
DEBUT Years after King Arren waged war on the gods and forbade their worship, godkiller Kissen hunts down lingering divinities sustained by their remaining faithful. She’s unprepared for a request for help from Inara, a noble girl somehow bound to Skedi, a god of lies. Elogast was a knight until Arren’s uncompromising hostility toward the gods disenchanted him. But when his king asks him for help that only a god can grant, Elogast picks up his sword and journeys to the ruined, god-infested city of Blenraden to find a miracle. The story’s protagonists meet en route to Blenraden, and their clashing goals stir up immediate tension. As they are forced to rely on each other during their journey, they develop a found-family dynamic that will please many readers, though others may find the shift rushed. Inara and Skedi’s connection is an interesting variant among many stories tackling gods powered by their believers, with more to uncover in later installments.
VERDICT In this debut trilogy launch, already a best seller in the UK, Kaner provides a satisfying payoff, along with twists setting up a sequel with much higher stakes.
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