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Book Review: The Godbreaker

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The triumphant third and final part of the God-King Chronicles. The Godbreaker is the unmissable culmination of the series, filled with war-dragons, armoured knights, sea-faring raiders, dangerous magic and battle scenes.

War comes to Narida and Nothing Will Be The Same Again. 

As the Black Keep Council prepares for war, journeying far to protect their lands and friend, The God-King and his sister try to keep Narida together in the face of betrayal while the Splinter King remains at large.

The Golden and his hordes of raiders press their advantage and sweep across the land with unholy powers.  

Sacrifices will be made, and not everyone will make it back to Black Keep alive… “

Title: The Godbreaker

Series: The God-King Chronicles #3

Author: Mike Brooks

Page Count: 665

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 3.5/5.0

Date Read: January 28th, 2024

My journey into The God-King Chronicles  begin in November of 2022 with a small buddy read of The Black Coast. From that group I might have been the only one that has continued the series which I wrapped up in January of 2024. It’s been a bit of a winding road as I continued to circle back around slowly got through the second and third books. I feel that The Godbreaker is a solid continuation of the series. I’ll explain what I mean by that as the review continues.
The pacing of this book as well as the series overall is done well. There is plenty of ebb and flow throughout. I never felt like any of these books were really a slog to get through. The only thing that I’ve mentioned previously which is still an issue for myself when reading this story is the dialog. I do feel this is more of a me issue and it might actually help others immerse themselves into the story even more. For me it was just very distracting and kept me from really getting into that mode. I’m speaking of the use of phrases when a character is speaking of themselves and say things like “this man” or “your husband” or “this thane”. This is probably my biggest hangup with the series.
The world building was the strongest aspect of this book and the series in general for me. This seemed like such a massive world even if we do get a bit more tunnel vision in the final installment here as we bring everything to a nice conclusion. We still have a good mix of magic and martial elements to the story. We have plenty of political and religious intrigue. All of these things check off some of my favorites when looking for a good fantasy read. I also didn’t mind the slightly different take on dragons from the usual fantasy norm with this world.
The character development was solid as well. We have several good character arcs in The Godbreaker and bringing several full circle to that nice conclusion previously mentioned. There are some great characters in this tale even if I couldn’t find myself really connecting deeply with any of them.
As you can see this looks like it would be right up my alley. But that one hang up was so big it just prevented me from settling into the story and feeling like I was there. It just constantly kept me on the surface where I felt at times I just didn’t really care about the characters or the story. I don’t want to discourage other readers from giving this series a try. I think if you fall into that camp where that type of dialog works for you, this might be a great epic journey for you to step into. I still don’t regret reading any of these three books in the series. They still stack up as good in my mind, it’s just not something I can see myself revisiting to perform a reread in the future.

World Building 4/5
Pacing 3.5/5
Character Development 4/5

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