‘This is how it begins,’ he said, rising. ‘People work on your sympathy and you are asked for favours. You are manipulated emotionally or intellectually, or that’s the intention; you can see when it’s happening most of the time. But even when you do it remains flattery, a tip to your ego, because you have more power than they. In the end you do it because of that. You solve their problem. But a new one arises, and another, and they ask again and again and eventually – because you tire of doing it for free all the time – you ask a small token from them to somehow even out the equation. It’s then that the relationship changes, that the power you have alters how you appear to them and they appear to you.
‘Some days, I imagine it is how the gods found themselves to be gods, to be worshiped, and why they became distant like they did.’
The Godless: Ben Peek
The Godless (Children #1) – 5 out of 5 stars
Damn I loved this book. Easily one of the best I’ve read this year – up there with Wool and the MaddAddam trilogy. This is a fantasy novel as it should be done. Engaging characters, amazing setting, great story…
Seriously, forgetting my moderate expectations for this book, it was better than I even hoped it would be. I’ve only read one short story by Peek before, and whilst I liked the writing style… I didn’t really enjoy the story itself. This story though? I will be picking up the second and third books in this trilogy as soon as they are available; pre-ordering if possible. I’ll be checking out Peek’s back catalogue. I’ll be setting up camp outside Peek’s bathroom to take photos… ok, maybe not this last one. Maybe not.
I’m just over half way through my #AusReadingApril personal challenge, this is the fourth book by an Australian author I’ve finished, and this is easily the best so far. Depending on how two other books go (I’ve just cracked the binder on Unwrapped Sky by Rjurik Davidson and I have Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen to read by the 15th of May), this is a front runner for my Gemmell Award vote (Morningstar).
Did I say it was good yet?
It’s good. Continue reading