I wanted to say a huge thank you to the wonderful people at Harper Collins NZ for sending me a copy of Godblind, so that I could review it for all my lovely readers. I’ve been looking forward to reading this one and letting you all know what I thought, and finally I have my review up for you now. I will also be reviewing some other books they sent me very soon. You can see what reviews will be coming up HERE.

Godblind (The Godblind Trilogy #1)

Author: Anna Stephens

Published: June 2017 by Harper Collins

Genres: Adult, Grimdark, Fantasy

Page Count: 488

Source: Harper Collins NZ

Rating: 5/5


There was a time when the Red Gods ruled the land. The Dark Lady and her horde dealt in death and blood and fire.

That time has long since passed and the neighbouring kingdoms of Mireces and Rilpor hold an uneasy truce. The only blood spilled is confined to the border where vigilantes known as Wolves protect their kin and territory at any cost.

But after the death of his wife, King Rastoth is plagued by grief, leaving the kingdom of Rilpor vulnerable.

Vulnerable to the blood-thirsty greed of the Warrior-King Liris and the Mireces army waiting in the mountains… – Harper Collins NZ

When I read the summary for Anna Stephens debut novel ‘Godblind’, I will admit that I was a little worried. It sounded like a very heavy read, and seemed a lot darker than I am usually used to in my Fantasy reads. I found the first few pages a little confusing and started to really get concerned that this book was going to be a huge struggle for me. The story jumps around to different POV quite often, and it took me a little while to get into the rhythm of each character. However once I did get the hang of it and the story started to make sense, I was absolutely hooked!

‘Godblind’ is definitely not a slow read. From the moment you start the book, there is so much action and craziness going on, I couldn’t help but be excited and intrigued to find out what the rest of this book was going to bring, and I was not disappointed! However, I will take this moment to add that this book is full of many things that may be triggers for some readers such as: rape and attempted rape, graphic torture and sacrifice, violence and abuse. If mention of any of these is a trigger for you, then I recommend that you stay away from this one.


The imagery in this book is absolutely amazing, and really brings the whole story to life. Multiple character POV’s actually enhanced the story as it gave me as the reader the opportunity to hear all sides of what was going on, and really get to know each character and why they were so important to the story. Some of the things that made this book really special for me were the strong female characters, the amazing friendships that were portrayed, one particular characters exploration of sexuality, and the amazing portrayal of the faith a person can hold on to no matter what!

If you love the sound of action packed fantasy that is gruesome in parts, but so full of hope and light in others, then I definitely recommend this book. The only think I loved more than the exciting plot, was the amazing characters and the way the developed throughout the sory. I really cannot wait for the next installment, I can only begin to imagine how epic it is going to be!


You can find out where to purchase a copy of Godblind, or read a sample, over at Harper Collins NZ.



  1. Cait @ Paper Fury

    November 6, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    I kind of do want to read this one! I like super dark fantasy. 😱😱 I’ve seen good and really negative reviews for it though so I’m torn. Glad it’s really fast paced though, that’s really good for fantasy. 😀

    1. Toni-Emma @ Book & Bloom

      November 7, 2017 at 6:17 pm

      Well, I definitely recommend it! I mean, it’s really heavy and I can totally understand how people could not get into it, but I honestly couldn’t put it down. I just sat in my armchair for hours and hours completely caught up in the world.

      And it is seriously fast paced. The first 8 pages had more action than whole books I have read, haha!

      I hope you give it a try 🙂

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