God of Broken Things by Cameron Johnston

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God of Broken ThingsGod of Broken Things picks up three months after The Traitor God (my review) finished. There is no gentle lead in, this book starts the way it plans to continue, with action, violence and the characters reaching out with both hands to reach their full potential. I loved it from the first chapter.

“The slicks up in the Old Town might be calling you a nightmare given flesh, but-” a ghost of a smile appeared, the first sign of pleasure I’d seen from her, “-you’re our nightmare I guess.”

Walker is back, he is busy assisting the Arcanum hunt out the traitors, until he gets the call that he is leading a small group of magus to block the invading Skallgrim. Of course nothing is easy and Walker is thrown right back into the fire. Battling demons, blood magic, his own grandmother and possibly the oldest magus in existence, Walker has to embrace who he is and what he can do if there is any hope of saving his precious Setharis. Letting his tyrant magic loose, he risks becoming the very thing they are fighting against.

God of Broken Things is full of action, battles and wicked character development. In the mayhem of war, Walker is forced to push himself further then ever before to protect Setharis, constantly risking himself and those around him. Fighting to keep a hold of his humanity. In this book Walker becomes who I was waiting for him to be in book one. I was frustrated with his slow development in book one, his constant looking back, but here there is none of that here. While we do learn more about his family and the things that happened to him while he was exiled it isn’t rehashed over and over again, the difference in his thinking process shows a distinct shift in what is important to Walker, he seems to be able to hold things at arms length a lot easier and accept that sometimes horrible things need to happen and you just can’t save everyone. This is completely in line with his tyrant magic and what he has lost. It was a joy to watch Walker do his thing and unleash on those in his way. He isn’t nice, but I have a soft spot for anti heroes.

I thought the writing was really good. The story flowed really well, the battle scenes were intense and well put together, combining magic and swords. All of my favourite things really. It was hard to put down and I was so excited to pick it back up and see where the story was going. It had me on the edge of my seat, trying to force myself not to skim read because I wanted to find out what was going to happen so badly. It was compelling.
In The Traitor God Cameron spent a lot of time on world building, giving us a real feel for Setharis and it’s people. Showing the fear and apathy of the population and comparing it to Walker’s memories of his city, it was the perfect way to give us the details without obvious info dumping. In God of Broken Things, Cameron continues to use his kickass world building skills and we see the general populations hope. It’s in the way they walk, it’s in their eyes and it’s in the way they embrace Walker.

Yes I’m aware this review is only just touching on the plot and doesn’t talk about any side characters, but to do either would give away to much about The Traitor God. So if you are going to take anything away from my ramble, know I loved it. It was the perfect ending to Walker’s story.

I received a copy of this from the publisher via NetGalley. This has not affected my review.

You can get a copy of The Traitor God here – AmazonBook Depository
And you can order your copy of God of Broken Things here – Amazon
Title – God of Broken Things (Age of Tyranny #2)
Author – Cameron Johnston
Released – 11th June 2019
Publisher – Angry Robot

5 thoughts on “God of Broken Things by Cameron Johnston”

    1. He has a great character arc, which I loved. I had never come across The Traitor God until I found God of Broken Things on NetGalley, so I was very lucky. I hope you enjoy it whenever you get to it. 🙂

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