It’s been almost exactly a year since I wrote a review extolling the virtues of Rachel Dunne‘s debut novel In The Shadow Of The Gods. I heaped praise upon it for the beautiful setting and extensive world building that she had created. It is therefore safe to assume that I was not at all hesitant to dive into the sequel so as to write a review prior to the release. Unfortunately, my expectations were set too high it seems. The Bones Of The Earth was not at all what I expected.
Well hello there, dear reader. Welcome to my newest book review! This time around, I’m giving you the highs and lows of the dark fantasy novel In The Shadow Of The Gods. It’s the first in The Bound Gods series from Rachel Dunne. Additionally, it’s her debut novel from what I understand. I guess if you’re going to break out onto the book scene you should definitely do it with a badass book. Because trust me, she certainly did.
While it’s not flawless, it was an absolute joy to consume. I use the word consume because I couldn’t put the blasted thing down! Every time I made an effort to do something else, another plot hook popped up and reeled me back in. Sorry for the fishing metaphor there, but it summed up my feelings succinctly. In my years managing bookstores, I have read quite a few novels from budding authors, some good and some not so good. Few however, have had the same depth of characters as this one. I didn’t like every person in the book, but I was absolutely drawn in and ensnared with their personalities. But I’ll cover some of them in due time. Suffice to say that I found the book intriguing and well written.