In an effort to turn the tide in a generations-old war between the old and new gods, Malik the god of war and peace has fashioned nine swords that are capable of slaying gods. They can only be wielded by a specially chosen Avatar. Nathaniel Goodsmith, whose mother was slain at the behest of a priest of the new gods, has no use for old or new, but he’s chosen to be Avatar. The problem is, Nathaniel’s existence must be hidden from the new gods if he is to succeed, but he has come to the attention of one of their priestesses—who is herself suffering a crisis of faith.
One (The Godslayer Cycle Book 1) by Ron Glick is the first in an ambitious series of nine fantasy novels that follows the path of each of the godslayer swords. This is sword and sorcery at its best, with heroes and heroines, villains, and magic aplenty. You’ll laugh and weep with Nathaniel as he comes to terms with his special talents, confronts the warped desires of the gods, and copes with the loss of everything familiar in his life—exulting in his every victory, regardless how small.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my review. I give it four stars.