Thursday, August 22, 2019

Review - The Orphanage of Gods by Helena Coggan

Title: The Orphanage of Gods
Author: Helena Coggan
Pages: 416
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Release Date: 21st February 2019

Blurb from Goodreads:

Twenty years ago, the humans came for their gods.
In the bloody revolution, gods were all but wiped out. Ever since, the children they left behind have been imprisoned in an orphanage, watched day and night by the ruthless Guard. Any who show signs of divine power vanish from their beds in the night, all knowledge of their existence denied.

No one has ever escaped the orphanage.

Until now.

Seventeen-year-old Hero is finally free - but at a terrible price. Her sister has been captured by the Guard and is being held in a prison in the northern sea. Hero desperately wants to get her back, and to escape the murderous Guardsmen hunting her down. But not all the gods are dead, and the ones waiting for Hero in the north have their own plans for her - ones that will change the world forever . . .

As she advances further and further into the unknown, Hero will need to decide: how far is she willing to go to do what needs to be done?

My Review:

*I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Hodder & Stoughton and NetGalley*

- DNF @ 50% - 

The gods were nearly wiped out twenty years ago in a human revolution, and now their children are in an orphanage where they try to conceal their powers and silver blood from the Guard.
Hero has managed to finally escape from the orphanage with Joshua, but their friend, Kestrel, has been taken by the Guard.
Hero and Joshua travel north, intent on rescuing Kestrel. On the way, they cross paths with someone who has plans for them.
Will Hero and Joshua rescue Kestrel?

The blurb for The Orphanage of Gods intrigued me, but unfortunately this wasn't for me.
I didn't find the characters very interesting, despite the fact that some of them had powers. I thought they were a bit bland and I didn't care what happened to them.
I got on with the plot to begin with, but then I lost interest. Not much happened in what I read, and there didn't really seem to be a direction the plot was going in.
The writing style was okay, but it didn't grip me. I would have liked more world-building.
I'm disappointed that I didn't like this more, and I feel like it didn't reach its potential.

Overall, this wasn't for me.


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