Monday, January 02, 2023

Five top novels featuring gods

Hannah Kaner is a Northumbrian writer living in Scotland. She works as a senior digital consultant in Edinburgh, delivering digital healthcare, tools, and services for the public sector. She has a first class degree in English from Pembroke College, Cambridge, and a Masters of Science with distinction from the University of Edinburgh. She is inspired by world mythologies, angry women, speculative fiction, and the stories we tell ourselves about being human.

Kaner's new novel is Godkiller.

At the Waterstones blog she tagged five favorite novels featuring gods, including:
The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

The Poppy War begins The Burning Kingdoms trilogy, and creates a pantheon of gods and people who can wield their powers, at great cost.

Rin, the main character, has to negotiate the weight of her great power and the war that swallows her lands. Her choice between her god and her humanity, revenge and retreat, will stay with you for a long time.

The brutality and variety of the gods that form Kuang’s mythology is breathtaking, as well as the thrilling battle scenes and the grim reality of war.
Read about another entry on the list.

The Poppy War is among Sasha Peyton Smith's six magical schools you wish you could attend, Aigner Loren Wilson's five thrilling SFF books to motivate you while exercising, Megan Whalen Turner's eight SFF books featuring deities, Jennifer Giesbrecht's top five fantasy books steeped in history, and Ross Johnson's twenty-five epic fantasies for fans of Game of Thrones.

The Page 69 Test: The Poppy War.

--Marshal Zeringue