The Pantheon has succeeded in creating a Godslayer within the mortal realms - Nathaniel Goodsmith has slain the New Order's Goddess, Imery. But none in the New Order know exactly what has happened to their Mistress of Truth, and for that matter - few seem to care. Only a trio of the New Order Gods take it upon themselves to uncover the true fate of their sister. Meanwhile,The Pantheon has succeeded in creating a Godslayer within the mortal realms - Nathaniel Goodsmith has slain the New Order's Goddess, Imery. But none in the New Order know exactly what has happened to their Mistress of Truth, and for that matter - few seem to care. Only a trio of the New Order Gods take it upon themselves to uncover the true fate of their sister. Meanwhile, the former heretic, Avery, has been visited from his own future - and set upon the path to where the second of the nine swords will awaken. While Nathaniel, Brea and Bracken race to claim the new sword, they are unaware that Avery seeks to arrive first to claim the new sword for his own. If he can beat the Godslayer to the new sword's location, he might still be able to retain his status as a God - and defeat the Godslayer once and for all. Yet neither the mortals nor the Gods themselves are ready for the newest players to enter the contest - the demi-Gods! Two is the second volume of the Godslayer Cycle, the nine book epic destined to redefine the power of divinity within fantasy fiction forever....
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I loved Two. Having read all of Ron Glick’s fantasy novels in his multiple series, I can safely say that his writing and complex story telling abilities keep getting better and stronger. And they already started off strong.Two is (obviously) the second book in Glick’s The Godslayer Cycle series. While I did enjoy the first book, One, much of the book was spent setting up the story for the whole series. But in Two, the backstories are laid out, the main premise is clear, and Glick had plenty of space to delve deeper into subplots and motivations of other, more minor characters.Reading Two, I was reminded a little of the Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin. It probably helps that both are fantasy series, but they are also both incredibly layered stories, and it’s clear Glick has really thought out and planned his Godslayer world of Na’Ril. And to make it easier on his readers, Glick has included a map of Na’Ril, as well as a list of all the characters and locations, and how they are all connected. He even includes a short synopsis of One, in case readers have forgotten some of the important details.I remember when I read One that I really wanted to see more of the immortal known as The Witness. In Two, The Witness plays a much bigger role, and I was delighted to find out more about his powers, as well as how the immortals (not gods) interact with one another.There are also a few new characters, and though each has a unique background and motivation, they are all drawn to the same powerful swords created by the old gods. And that makes things interesting, knowing that eventually they will all converge.Glick does a great job of showing the good and bad sides of his characters. Certain characters, such as Avery, the pretend god, seemed so misguided and verging on evil in the last book, but in Two he grows and becomes much more sympathetic.As the story continues, it becomes less clear who the “hero” will be. Sure, Nathaniel still plays an important role, but other forces are convinced he is not the avatar meant to take control of all the swords. Beings with more power are helping out other people in their quest to find the swords.It’s also interesting to learn the limitations of the various gods, even when they claim to be all powerful. And, I think Two had a stronger ending than One. Both ended on cliffhangers, but the last chapter of Two felt a lot more natural.I’m looking forward to Glick’s next installment of the Godslayer Cycle. He has created an intriguing world and his characters are so vivid and compelling. I know he’s currently hard at work on his other series, so it will probably be a while. To be honest though, I’m such a fan of his work I don’t care which book comes next. But I do want to read more!
The second novel in the Godslayer Saga, Two picks up where the first one ended with Nathaniel and his comrades attempting to find his missing son. After acquiring One from Avery, they’re visited by a man carrying Three, which hasn’t awoken yet and can distort reality. Following the confrontation, Nathanial and Brea are forced to deal with having memories and emotions implanted in their minds by the stranger of being together. While Nathaniel is angered over being forced to forget his wife for that time and not knowing what happened, Brea is forced to face the consequences of having her dream ripped from her grasp.Brea is also struggling with developing and controlling her newfound magical ability after Nathanial killed her Goddess, Imery. The fact she lost her link to divine magic both scares and fascinates them as it’s previously unheard of. When a second sword wakes and finds a sailor cast to sea for mutiny, a terror descends on a coastal town and brings Avery and Nathaniel together once again.Like the first novel in the series, Two is your typical Epic fantasy as if follows the paths of Nathaniel and Avery as they continue to vie for the power of the nine swords. One of the best arcs within the story of Avery as he struggles to maintain his composure following his initial confrontation with Nathaniel. His continuous struggles and a final opportunity to prove himself sets him up as the hero is this story. We're taken along a predictable path with Avery, but nothing is as it seems.
I was lucky enough to be given this by the author after I'd read book one - this next installment is excellent and I think even better than the first because it not only delves deeper into the story as a whole but also into the wonderful, realistic characters (good and bad).This tale is woven with the matrix of mystery, myth, magic and mayhem and I loved every minute of it, being hooked from the start. Its 'worlds' are rich in description yet realistic enough so that anyone could believe in their existence, while the plot continues to become entwined within suspense and an undeniable sense of wonder.I don't give spoilers, but will say that book number two is a must read and highly recommended for fantasy lovers everywhere.The problem is waiting for book three!
The second installment in the Godslayer Cycle does not disappoint. Two is equally as engrossing as One, with an excellent continuation of the series plot. The characters continue to grow and change along with their circumstances. The story has interesting twists along the way and the ending certainly surprised me, which does not often happen. I'm still on the fence as to whether I should think of Avery as a hero or a villain, making him my favorite character. This is a series I would certainly recommend to fans of epic fantasy.
Continues to keep me guessingThis second book of the series continues to be interesting and engaging. It has also, surprisingly still unpredictable, one of the few books/series where I cannot mostly predict the ending. I'm looking forward to reading what comes next.
I rated the first book more in depth. I would just like to say that this book continues nicely after leaving One. I think that this series is going to be great.