Title: Master of Sorrows
Author: Justin Travis Call
Published: 21st February 2019
Series: The Silent Gods 1/4
My Rating: ★★★★☆
Disclaimer: I received an ARC from the publisher – Gollancz – for free, all opinions are my own.
Thank you Gollancz for sending me a free ARC copy of this book!
“What if you were destined to be a villain?”
Master of Sorrows is a dark fantasy and a story of an anti-hero… Annev is raised by an old man, Sodar, who is a priest and Annev is trained under him as well as attending the Academy, in the Academy Annev is trained to become a warrior-thief and is on his final trial into becoming a master.
The Academy is against magic and they have a vault that hides away all magical artefacts whether they are of the most evil intents or harmless items.
This story starts with a tale of the Gods and this is mostly to give insight to the God Keo who is ‘evil’ so if anyone has an sort of deformity you are then considered a Son of Keo and therefore you must be evil. Annev, is a missing an arm in which is covered up by a magical prosthetic arm in which Annev then covers up with a glove so that no one will discover his secret.
Admittedly I did find the first 100 pages to be a little slow, not too much but I wasn’t overly interested but once I got pass that it picked up a lot more and got more intense and gripping which was good because this was a hefty 579 page book so I’m glad that it picked up really quickly and that there were no other slow moments in this book for me. This has been such a refreshing read and I really enjoyed reading this book, it was a good story, great characters especially character development and I loved the world building of it.
This story is mainly only done from Annev’s point of view but at the beginning of each part there is section done about the Gods which like I said gives a little bit of insight to Keo.
I definitely recommend this book, the ending of this book though was DEVASTATING! Everything just happened at once that just got you raging because WHY DID THAT NEED TO HAPPEN?! D: but then the epilogue, oh my gosh, that was a twist I was NOT expecting whatsoever! I’m definitely buying myself a full cover copy of this book and I especially need the second book in my life.. as soon as possible!