Godslayer

Godslayer IF ALL THAT IS GOOD CONSIDERS YOU EVIL ARE YOU Once human but now immortal Supreme Commander Lord Tanaros fled the realm of Men and chose darkness when he killed his adulterous wife and his liege ki

  • Title: Godslayer
  • Author: Jacqueline Carey
  • ISBN: 9780765350985
  • Page: 238
  • Format: Paperback
  • IF ALL THAT IS GOOD CONSIDERS YOU EVIL, ARE YOU Once human but now immortal, Supreme Commander Lord Tanaros fled the realm of Men and chose darkness when he killed his adulterous wife and his liege king who cuckholded him A thousand years have passed in service to his master, the dark god Satoris The world view Satoris as Evil Prime and the name of Tanaros is the bywordIF ALL THAT IS GOOD CONSIDERS YOU EVIL, ARE YOU Once human but now immortal, Supreme Commander Lord Tanaros fled the realm of Men and chose darkness when he killed his adulterous wife and his liege king who cuckholded him A thousand years have passed in service to his master, the dark god Satoris The world view Satoris as Evil Prime and the name of Tanaros is the byword for treachery.The races have united in their quest to rid the world of the Dark God and his minions The key to the prophecy is the beautiful Elvish princess Cerelinde and Satoris has captured her.Yet not all tales told are true and evil may have another face Satoris refuses to act like the monster that he is made out to be for he recognizes in Cerelinde a spark of the love that he once bore for his fellow gods But this spark of light might prove to be a danger to Satorisd a greater danger for Tanaros and all that he holds dear For Cerelinde might remind him that the heart that he willed to iron an eon ago is still very much mortal.

    One thought on “Godslayer”

    1. 3.5 Stars This was a powerful, tragic conclusion to Jacqueline Carey's strange, clever re-imagining of the Lord of The Rings in which the forces of evil are the protagonists and cast in a more sympathetic light. The first 2/3 or so of this book was very slow which made is a slog at times but the last 1/3 was action-packed and emotionally charged and provided a great ending to this series.Review of the first book here: /review/showFirst of all I want to give Carey credit for crafting one of the m [...]

    2. Old review:What an amazing conclusion to a great series. I really don't know why I'm even writing a review, if you liked the first, you'll have to continue with this whether I say so or not. But definitely do so.In some of the interviews I read of Jacqueline Carey on The Sundering series, she always mentions that it is a tragedy, so I don't feel too bad letting you know that she is correct. No matter how much I wanted it to be different, it was so. But, that only makes the amazingly well-crafted [...]

    3. This is a review for the series. The other book is Banewreaker.If you hear "Jacqueline Carey" and think Kushiel's Dart, you may be mighty tempted to pick up this series based on that.Don't.There are no subby women with bottomless capacities for pain in this series. Heck, it isn't even D'angeline. Very little sex, in fact, and none of it kinky. Different universe completely.This is rather nakedly The Lord of the Rings but done from the point of view of the Nazgul. At least, that's the concept I t [...]

    4. I'll start this review by saying this book made me Hate Gandalf. If that isn't a recommendation I don't know what is.The sequel to Banewrecker, this book continues the tale of an epic fantasy-esque land, at once different yet familiar, in which the forces of Santoris, the Sunderer, the Dark God among the Seven who led to the present world, and his 'minions' are in constant fight against the forces of 'Light'. The thing is of course, we are getting the story from the 'minions' point of view.The S [...]

    5. I don't know how to rate this really, 3 & 1/2 maybe? Essentially, reading this series was futile - I was looking for something that wasn't there. I wanted something to change the structure, but it boiled down to a reminder of life itself, tragic and blinkered. You know the ending, even though you rally against it. You rally, then you lose. And you knew you would lose, but damn, of course you were stupid enough to rally. Which sounds much graver than it really is, it's just the whole thing ha [...]

    6. I loved her Kushiel series. And I knew, getting into these books, that they are essentially Lord of the Rings from the bad guys' point of view. I knew, going in, that this meant it probably wouldn't end well.I think she did a good job, but the problem is with my personal taste. I cannot stand reading books where the characters do nothing but repeatedly fail at every single thing they do. And that seems to be what these books were about. I know some people must like that sort of thing, otherwise [...]

    7. (The above date is my most recent reading.)This book is the companion to Banewreaker, which I've already reviewed; I'd really recommend reading that review first.As for this one, well. . e first time I read it, I screamed at it more than once. Just saying.There are only three words to describe this book.The first is, "grey." Like the first book, it has no absolutes of good and evil; morality and truth continue to be purely subjective here.The second word is "excellent." If I hadn't already been [...]

    8. Here's the last half of Carey's miserable series, The Sundering, which now simply must come to an end as we've run out of characters to devastate and destroy. Readers have short-handed this story to Lord of the Rings: Sauron's Perspective, and that's an accurate assessment. One suspects, however, Tolkien could have provided us with more meat and meaning and, frankly, I think if this is all Carey had to offer she could have done so in one volume, saving her audience a bit of money in the process. [...]

    9. The land of Urulat is about to see the end of a conflict thousands of years old. The machinations of Satoris the Sower have been exposed and the would-be King of the West, Aracus Altorus, advised by the Wise Counsellor Malthus, has raised a mighty host to assault Darkhaven and rescued his beloved, Cerelinde of the Ellylon. It falls to Satoris' most loyal servants, the Three, to prepare his defence. But whilst great armies ready for the clash, it falls to two of the humble desert-people to find t [...]

    10. Lord of The Rings, but with Character Development and Moral Ambiguity! What's not to love? If you're interested in knowing more that surface level about what makes evil so evil, why heroes persist in their quests, and what's really in it for the wizard, this series should be your thing. It's high fantasy with believable people and realistic, human-scale (and dragon-scale) motivations and conflicts. (If you like Jacqueline Carey for the eroticism and romance, look elsewhere, that's not what's goi [...]

    11. My review of Banewreaker, the first part of the series, is here: /review/show/If you are thinking about reading Godslayer but haven't read Banewreaker yet, don't. The two are parts of one overall story; neither stands alone - so much so that I wondered as I was reading them whether Carey had written them as one book and her publisher had decided to split them into two. I think Godslayer is the better book - it's much easier to get absorbed in - but it has the advantage of building on the foundat [...]

    12. The second book in The Sundering, Godslayer is a book that will ultimately rip your heart out- throughout the first book and into the second, you are treated to a view of "evil" that really makes you hope the "bad guy" wins- never have I wanted to see a hero fail so badly. I think, though, that the most interesting part of Godslayer (and Banewreaker as well) is the re-affirming of the idea that there are always two sides to a story, there are real people on both sides of a war. Evil experiences [...]

    13. I love and hate this book at the same time which speaks to how well crafted it is. Carey continues to demonstrate her mastery as she leads us down the inexorable path of her characters. My one beef was that I'm not sure I buy Lilias committing suicide. It's true that she had attempted immediately after the fall of Beshtanag, but would she really in full awareness of what it would mean to the conflict have chosen to end her life in that moment? I didn't quite buy it. I also feel a deep sense of s [...]

    14. Carey brings her Sundering duology to a hard but satisfying finish. The characters on both sides of the conflict are all driven by their deepest values, but Carey focuses her attention on the valor, loyalty, and dignity of the so-called "forces of darkness" and on the pivotal choices of those who do not seem powerful enough to shape great events.

    15. Amazing conclusion to the story. Great writing, plot and characters. If there is one thing to take away from this book, it's that you should never believe someone is evil just because you've been told. Spend the coin of your death wisely.

    16. A beautiful and heart wrenching story with some brilliant characters like Tanaros and Ushahin. This will stay in my mind for a long time.

    17. Find this review & more @ bookishsilvertongue**this is a review for both volumes of the series**Well, you know the plot of this one: for the first time in ages the Forces of Good gather together to rally against the Evil Overlord that has been threatening the peaceful people of a quite absurdly shaped continent. Meanwhile, a party sets out on a quest to help a Chosen One fulfil the Prophecy about the Enemy's weakness. Everyone knows that story. Or at least, you think you do.The whole busines [...]

    18. I really like the idea, and there's some quality imagery and stuff, and I can see the bones of a really interesting treatment of the whole "let's reverse the Lord of the Rings and see how it all looks from the other side", but I have to say that Mary Gentle's "Grunts", as gross-out-humor-prone as it is, does a much better job of it. I did enjoy it, although I can't help picking the world-building and the general writing craft apart. I’ve heard good things about Carey, but I have to say, this s [...]

    19. If something is branded bad by the majority-claimed good, is it truly bad? My heart aches, somehow having not expected it to be a tragedyat like in many books, there is a happy ending, that the main characters will vanquish obstacles laid down by prophecy. It is saddening that it did not happen so yet Carey made it to be such a beautifully poignant end.

    20. I don’t want to post any spoilers, which makes a review difficult. Suffice it to say that the epic fantasy formula holds true even though I really didn’t want it to. I expect this is just as Carey wished. Her point here, I think, is that perspective matters and every villain is the hero in his own story.

    21. My husband just started working at a campus that has a Malthus Hall. Fucking Malthus is all up in everyone's fucking shit. Fuck you, Malthus.

    22. My dear sister-in-law once said of Romeo and Juliet that it would have been much shorter and happier if the people in it would simply talk to each other. And that is very true of Godslayer. I would like to say that this book is a study of lack of communication and how prejudices can hurt, and that the author meant to say this or that about all kinds of social subjects and that it's all one big allegory for the Civil Rights Movement or something. But I don't think it is. It's just a story, and it [...]

    23. I'd previously enjoyed books by the author of Godslayer, Jacqueline Carey. Her Kushiel books were thick stories of political intrigue in a fantasy world (with more focus on the courtesans than I appreciated, but that happens), and I loved the cover of the first book in this duology when I picked it up, so high hopes ensued.Before I began reading Banewreaker, I had heard a vague rumor around the internet (because I can't remember where exactly), that the inspiration for the story was a what-if: W [...]

    24. In most genres, you have a pretty good idea of how things are going to end. Not exactly, of course, but if it's a romance, it's going to end with the main couple happily together. A mystery will get solved. (A noir mystery will be solved, but it will be a Pyrrhic victory and the detective will be left alone and cynical once more. In the rain.) This book, I spent the entire thing wondering whether or not I was reading a tragedy.Which is remarkably effective in getting me invested--not knowing whe [...]

    25. I hesitate to give the book three stars, but at the same time I feel four stars is really what it deserves. Unlike BanewreakerGodslayer moves away from some of the LotR motifs but not all. Yes the wizard returns and is garbed all in white and the bearer and his guide face all forms of trails and pain. These trails and the pain of the bearer I think is where Carey diverges from Tolkien. Godslayer left me with a sense that Carey was upset with how Frodo was treated in LotR and she drew a sharp com [...]

    26. GodSlayer è il seguito di Banewreaker e i due romanzi concludono una miniserie fantasy chiamata The Sundering.Mentre il primo romanzo appariva come un ben fatto remake del Signore degli Anelli, avendo un'ambientazione simile e una trama quasi identica, in questo la trama diverge maggiormente dal classico di Tolkien, presentando differenze più marcate e qualche sorpresa.Una nota sul fatto di chiamarlo "remake". Dopo l'uscita del Signore degli Anelli, molti hanno deciso di intraprendere la carri [...]

    27. This two-book series is so in-depth and full of so much detail, I do not recommend reading the first and the second book very far apart. Read them one after the other, no other books in between. In my case, it has been a few years since I read the first book, Banewreaker, around the time when I first discovered Jacqueline Carey's novels and began to devour them. So I started Godslayer feeling slightly confused for a chapter or two, because Jacqueline Carey's world building is sooooooo intricate, [...]

    28. Ms. Carey has a very distinct writing style, which was fine for a while, but at the end of two very long books became overwrought and repetitive in my mind. I found myself feeling this by the end of Banewreaker, and in Godslayer it only got worse. The continuous, breathless descriptions of the goodness and beauty of the “hero” characters and elves seemed to never end. I got tired of the main protagonist wringing his hands and lamenting the same issues over and over. The conflicts of the firs [...]

    29. If you liked the overly-angsty ridden and stilted formality of the prose in Banewreaker, then you will continue to eat up Godslayer, a direct continuation of the Middle Earthlike tale of Lord Satoris the Sunderer of the World and his three immortal human servants against the "good" allies of Haomane in the world of Urulat."Ways of the Marasoumie had been destroyed. Lord Satoris had done this in his wrath. The Dragon of Beshtanag was no more, slain by the Arrow of Fire; the lost weapon, found. Be [...]

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