adbl_ms_membershipImage_includedwith_altText_B076FLV3HT
adbl_ms_membershipImage_includedwith_altText_B076FLV3HT

1 audiobook of your choice.
Stream or download thousands of included titles.
$14.95 a month after 30 day trial. Cancel anytime.
Buy for $30.79

Buy for $30.79

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's Summary

From acclaimed fantasy author John Gwynne comes the first in the Bloodsworn trilogy, an epic of wild lands and wilder magic, where not all monsters fight with tooth and claw...and the treasures of the gods come at a price.

This is the age of storm and murder.

After the old gods warred and drove themselves to extinction, the cataclysm of their fall shattered the land of Vigrio.

Now, power-hungry jarls carve out petty kingdoms, and monsters stalk the shadow-haunted woods and mountains. A world where the bones of the dead gods still hold great power, promising fame, and fortune for those brave - or desperate - enough to seek them out. 

As whispers of war echo over the plains and across the fjords, fate follows the footsteps of three people: a huntress searching for her missing son, a jarl's daughter who has rejected privilege in pursuit of battle fame, and a thrall who has cast off his chains and now fights alongside the famed mercenaries known as the Bloodsworn.

All three will shape the fate of the world, as it once more teeters on the edge of chaos.

For more from John Gwynne, check out:

Of Blood and Bone series: A Time of Dread, A Time of Blood, and A Time of Courage

The Faithful and the Fallen series: Malice, Valor, Ruin, and Wrath

©2021 John Gwynne (P)2021 Orbit

Critic Reviews

"Gwynne, a Viking reenactor, puts in the work, with fine historical details that make the story come to life. Fans of the era will be delighted with the accuracy. This is a duly exciting start to the series." (Publishers Weekly)

What listeners say about The Shadow of the Gods

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    223
  • 4 Stars
    59
  • 3 Stars
    16
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    1
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    212
  • 4 Stars
    45
  • 3 Stars
    12
  • 2 Stars
    5
  • 1 Stars
    2
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    205
  • 4 Stars
    51
  • 3 Stars
    14
  • 2 Stars
    3
  • 1 Stars
    2

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Amazing book with an unamazing narrator

The book is amazing, the story is enthralling, and the narrator was the only thing detracting from the book.

Seriously, his voice wasn't great, he constantly mispronounced words, and his characters weren't distinguished from one another even if the writing was. I'd pay to have someone else read this book tbh.

7 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Nordic Inspired Fantasy

John Gwynne is one of my favorite authors. John writes Epic Fantasy that will remind you of David Eddings, Robert Jordan and Robin Hobb. Colin Mace is brilliant performing this novel which uses 3 POVs to spin the tale. I could listen to Colin Mace performance for hours at a time. Definitely one of my favorite narrator as this is the third series I have listed to that Colin has been the performer. If you want to experience one of the best marriage between author and narrator check out this new series.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

couldn't be better

Absolutely loved this book and the narration. It's as if Brandon Sanderson and Bernard Cornwell did a collab, both at the top of their game.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Loved it

Game of Thrones esque but more Norse-like and I personally enjoyed it more. Also reminds me of the First Law books by Joe Aberceombie.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Pleasantly surprised

a chore it felt like at first to keep up with the multitude of characters, once I fell into sync with it I couldn't put it down. look forward to more from this author.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Excellent Hidden Gem

Ive become a bit conservative with my book choices recently, cause when i take a chance on a book without a large preexisting fan base i usually regret it. This time I don't.

The worldbuilding is excellent and original, with a cool blend of high magic and gritty historical realism that work together surprisingly well. The story is interesting, and each of the characters has a few secrets that we get to tease out as we go. The narrator was excellent, although be warned that hed sometimes skip right over natural pauses in both internal and external dialogue--a habit which could be jarring--and his character voices could blend together sometimes. All in all, really impressive work.

If i have a criticism for the story, its that at times the MCs feel a little one dimensional and predictable. Id like to see them grow a bit more as people over the course of the book, maybe have a few more moments of inner conflict where the inevitable choice isnt so clearly obvious. Otherwise it was an absolute gem, and im probably going to reread it more than once. When all is said and done thats really the highest compliment i can give.

TLDR: This book is excellent and i do not at all regret spending my credit.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Epic storytelling!

A quick moving, inventive and action packed book 1 for a new series. Gwynne says so much in a seamless, straight ahead but detailed storytelling style. I can't wait for book 2!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Incredible!

Gripping plot, superb descriptions, wonderful narration. Can't wait for the next book in the series

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Can’t wait for book 2

Amazing!! All I can say. Great cast of characters and the world building…it sucks you in.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Pretty good.

it started a little slow but got good quick. the story as a whoke was good but it really shined during the battles(theres alot by the way).