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Following the death of his father, Narcel longs to escape the ongoing violence and wars of the land of Braze. It doesn't help that his mother is mayor of Valhia and his older brother the top advocate for war. Another point against Narcel is his devious cousin, and the fact that they both love the same girl.

His world is thrown upside down when first his brother goes missing, and then Narcel's taken by the warrior Mawtu and made to become one of their slaves and fighters.

At first he's all alone, caught between his will to live and his hatred for these people. But soon allegiances form and the legends of the gods begin to tempt him and his brothers. If he can survive through training and establish himself in these warrior ranks, Narcel may be able to bring this land and its people to the peace he believes it deserves.

When his two worlds collide, the warrior brothers he's trained with and learned to love, and the village of his youth, Narcel is forced to make a choice that will inevitably bring Braze to levels of war it has never seen.

If you love such epic fantasy books as Prince of Thorns, Game of Thrones, or Way of Kings, you'll feel at home with this series.

©2016 Justin Sloan (P)2017 Justin Sloan

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Keep Reading/Listening - Totally Worth It!!

This story was slow to start but I am glad I stuck with it because it really ended up being a great story filled with tons of action and the love triangle is a story in itself. Jeff Hays does a superb job as narrator. Justin Sloan writes a wonderful tale and I like the way he switches between Narsel's, Kaire's and Lokum's stories. I am eager to see where the author takes this story so I will definitely be purchasing Book #2

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Military Fantasy that stands out!

Would you listen to Land of Gods again? Why?

Justin Sloan’s Land of Gods is a fantasy story that combines many of the elements I liked best from the movie 300 with the first half of Full Metal Jacket. It is part ancient Greek adventure, part military basic training story, and part love triangle.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Land of Gods?

One of the underlying themes in Land of Gods is the bond between brother in arms. Narcel experiences this not just with the other conscripts, but also with his Mawtu trainers. As they ride to war against his homeland, Narcel is torn between his loyalty to the blood thirsty Mawtu and his revulsion of their actions. <br/><br/>“You have friends like me that are like this lake here, always calm and relaxed, always there for you. Then you have our Mawtu trainers. Like the rivers, they are always raging. And the ocean, well, I can’t think of something as perfect at times and insane at others, except for women.” -Semreh to Narcel

What does Jeff Hays bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Jeff Hays does an excellent job as the narrator. The different "voices" he uses fits the individual characters and make it easy to know who is talking at any time. Narrators can make or break even the best story, and Hays's performance makes this one even better.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Justin Sloan does an excellent job using his experience as a United States Marine to describe the training Narcel goes through at the hands of his Mawtu abductors. This is obvious to anyone who has served in the military. The loneliness and hopelessness Narcel feels has been felt by everyone who has ever attended basic training or boot camp. He befriends two other boys, who both later make great sacrifices for their friendship. Initially, all of the conscripts fear and hate their Mawtu trainers. However, as time passes Narcel grows to respect them and eventually somewhat care for them.

Any additional comments?

I read the ebook version of Land of Gods last summer, and I've read the rest of the books in the series. I was pretty excited when this one came to Audible, but I was a little surprised by how much I enjoyed listening to it. There were things that I either missed the first time around or must have forgotten. I hope that Sloan brings the other books to Audible and uses Jeff Hays again as the narrator.

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Even Better in Audio!

If you could sum up Land of Gods in three words, what would they be?

Second time better

What does Jeff Hays bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I'd read this story back in July of 2016 and liked it. Jeff Hayes narration made a good story even better

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, I did.

Any additional comments?

I had to go and get the next book to read.

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Slow start, strong finish, overall good book

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This one started kind of slow and I almost gave up on the story but Jeff Hays did a good enough job on the narration that I decided to stick with it. Ultimately, I'm really glad I did. Once the action actually started, it finally sucked me in and held my interest until the end. I'd consider other books by this author, but hope his other works don't take as long to truly get going.

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Good war and coming of age story

You never know what you can do until you have to face the challenge. This book shows how a boy becomes a man. Narcel faced many challenges and conquered them all. I got this book via audiobook boom. Narrator was good for this type of story

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Good YA book

This story was detailed in some places and rushed through in others, but overall a good story. The narrator did a good job in this book.

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  • Nipa
  • joliet, il
  • 10-18-17

epic!

Really liked the story. The narrator did an excellent job. Looking forward to listening to the next installment.

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  • Zarah
  • St. louis, Mo
  • 08-29-17

not for me

Sigh, I think this was a case of wrong book for the wrong reader, because while I have no issue with the violence or even that the plot just kind of plodded along, the feminist in me couldn't not notice the treatment of females in the story. I'll grant that one of the leaders was female and that's a plus. But she was virtually characterless. Other than her, every single woman was there to be sexually available. Maybe they were all meant to be prostitutes, I don't know, but it was very noticeable.

Then there was Kaire, the love of the main character's life. She was just an object, a prize for two men to fight over. But that wasn't what sent me into a froth though. What got my goat was the way she was supposed to vacillate between two men. I can see what the author was TRYING to do. Unfortunately I cannot express how poorly he accomplished his goal.

The problem was that Sloan's characters were as subtle as a sledge hammer, making one a &quot;good man&quot; and one a &quot;bad man.&quot; So, Kaire's affections for the bad man made no sense. She'd have to be very, very stupid to honestly not see it and she wasn't supposed to be. (I kept hoping that she was playing some deeper game, a spy or something.) Sloan tried to do too much. She was supposed to love one man with all her heart, but still want the second guy. It made no sense, was not believable and basically ruined the book for me.

It's the same sort of dissonance Sloan created when he tried to convince readers a person would change national and familial loyalties and become a perfect warrior in six months, but also still be loyal to their homeland. You just can't do both. So, this whole book was full of contradictions that made no sense to me.

I also lost track of the time line, so people's ages. But none of them seemed old enough for what they were doing. And I felt quite a lot was left unexplained. Why, for example, did Narcel kill Jordan? What is the 'room of contemplation' (or something like that)?

The writing itself is fine and Hays did a fine job with the narration. I imagine guys (who are less likely to be attuned to the poor/stereotypical use of gender in the book) will like it a lot more than me. I gave the author a try and, while they're a fine writer, they're not for me.

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Choosing Sides

Although I found the constantly changing political relationships confusing, they were not critical to the core story of a young artist/dreamer thrust by tradition into the role of a warrior whose actions range from cowardice to bravery and whose motivations seem to waver like flickering candlelight. There are hints at the greater story to be told in the epic but the actions of this volume can be read and enjoyed on their own.

I listened to the AUDIBLE version and, for a story this complex, that can almost be a drawback as action plunges forward at great speed and it is easy to get lost. On the other hand one is swept into the drama and drawn forward at a furious rate as battles rage and family relationships play out. And then there are the gods. Again, the pace of the well-read narrative (excellent vocalizations!) left me somewhat baffled, but it was clear that some of the frictions were between religious factions within regions. I suspect reading, and seeing the names, I would have better remembered who was who.

So, action and adventure? A+ Clarity of motivations? C- Epic scope? A Delineation of good guys and bad guys? Ah, there you have in a nutshell the source of many of my confusions and yet probably the point of the story. There is no Snidley Whiplash nor Dudley DoRight; each faction has pluses and minuses and each person is nuanced. Even those you want to hate turn out to have golden moments.

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Great old world war story

This is a different kinda book for me but one I did find I liked. The story of a young mans kid napping and initiation into a brutal new order of men. Not really a girls kinda book but still interesting. I received this book at no charge in exchange for an honest review review. I do add some caution it's pretty graphic and gory in spots. Talk a lot of physical abuse and torture.

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  • Bethany McCann
  • 10-21-17

Great Listen

I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher, and/or narrator.

A great read/listen. I always looked forward to getting into the car to listen to this! Likable characters, great narrator and enjoyable story.

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  • Scott R
  • 07-27-17

Nice Listen

Found this book to be an interesting read, although the story is just the first you get a good feel and as a significant part of the story is based on the main characters feelings and thoughts the listener can get quite involved in the unfolding action.
Would liked to have seen a bit more detail in the scenes for the battles but i think overall this is a good start and a firm grounding for the series.
I would pick up the 2nd as at the end you do get that dissatisfaction from a good story when you find that you have ran out of story.
I found the narration to be good and fitted into the story and the characters very well.
This audible was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review and as such is my own opinion.