The Traitor God by Cameron Johnston

thetraitorgod_coverTitleThe Traitor God
Series: No
Author(s): Cameron Johnston
Publisher: Angry Robot
Format: Paperback
Release Date: June 5th 2018
Pages: 432
Genre(s): Fantasy
ISBN13: 9780857667793
My Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Sometimes what you need is just an opportunity to decompress, to unsheathe your blades and to rid your foes of their guts with an unrestrained series of stabbing and slashing. As if he read my mind, Cameron Johnston invites readers to tag along the magician Edrin Walker in his quest for vengeance after 10 years on the run and there’s absolutely nothing pretty about what is about to go down.

Edrin Walker has been hiding from daemons and debts for as long as he could remember. Having very little memory of what occurred, he still recalls pieces of the deal he once made with a powerful being in order to protect his friends, as long as he left his city quietly. However, there’s nothing more devastating than finding out that one of those friends that was supposed to be safe from harm’s way ends up meeting death in the ugliest way possible. Surged with a thirst for revenge, Edrin Walker returns to his past life in hopes of finding the mysterious figure who stole a piece of his life and to met out justice with a little bit of rage.

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The Traitor God is easily a grim dark fantasy story that promises dark humour, bloody action sequences and disgusting creatures that will indubitably leave a nasty first impression on you. The story kicks things off on a linear foot by giving the protagonist a goal that he will continuously pursue, even with obstacles crawling out of the darkest corners to put an end to him. The mystery behind who he’s chasing is what drives this story forward, and around halfway through the adventure, it starts to rain blood and limbs as if there was no tomorrow. The immersive touch to this story was welcomed with open arms as you are quickly tossed into a whirlpool of twists that ceaselessly expand on the magic system.

Edrin Walker’s character proves to be a very determined hero who does everything to get the things he sets his mind on completed, no matter the cost. His internal conflict with his soul-bound blade makes for some fun interactions as well as an additional coat of insight into his personality. His banter with the other reccurent characters also adds for some hilarious moments that will hold your attention feverishly. Told in first-person, the story also finds a nice balance between characterization and world-building, as it explores the perception of the world of every one of those who are Gifted and those who are not. With the Arcanum trying to maintain a control on those who are considered maguses, you quickly come to notice that the tension is very present between certain individuals. Once you understand the powers of Edrin Walker, you sort of also understand how dangerous things can get, and how much fun awaits you later on.

The Traitor God is a wonderful fantasy story that knows how to keep you hooked till the end. Its grasp on grimdark elements is stellar and makes this a truly fun book to pick up when you feel like you need a nice quick swim through an ocean of blood. Don’t we all just love those? Oh, and did I mention that the gore is omnipresent? Oh, yes. Yes, it is.

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Thank you Angry Robot for sending me a copy for review!

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32 Comments Add yours

  1. Fantastic review as always. This sounds like a bloody good time. I’m having hard time keeping up with my TBR because of your reviews haha. Not the worst problem to have.

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    1. Thanks Nadine! Hahahah And here I am wishing I had a reading speed as close as yours, or even any bookworm out there! Soooo many awesome books I want to read already! 😛

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  2. I have yet to really tackle Grim Datk that I can think of? But this sounds wicked fun. I love the idea of humor dispersed throughout. Is that a normal component of Grim Dark, would you say? Fabulous review Lashaan!

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    1. Dark/Black humour is definitely something I often see in the grimdark fantasy I pick up, and I feel it’s almost a must-have in them too. It just fits the atmosphere so well if done properly. You should try one out some day. 😉 Thanks for reading, Danielle! ❤

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      1. I have a few here on my shelves waiting to be read 😉

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  3. Ooh! This definitely sounds like a book I’d be interested in. Wonderful review Lashaan!

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    1. Thank you, Kim! It was a nice change in atmosphere to the other stuff I’ve been reading! 😀

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  4. savageddt says:

    Ive seen this book do its round all over WP it looks and sounds awsome!

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    1. Tell me about it. I haven’t seen it too often, but it definitely should pop up more often on everyone’s radar if you ask me. Fun stuff! 😀

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  5. booksofb says:

    Thanks for a really intriguing review. Just bought it and will likely move it to the top of my June TBR pile. Cheers, Brian

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    1. It is my pleasure. Thank YOU for reading. Hope it turns out to be a bloody good adventure for you then, sir. 🙂

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  6. What a fantastic review! Thanks so much, Lashaan. I’m so glad you enjoyed it 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much for writing it up, Cameron. Had a blast reading it! 😀

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  7. Ahoy there matey! I be glad of getting to read yer post about this fun book. I wouldn’t mind another book set in this world. Yers is the first review I have seen (besides me own!). Gore huh? I guess so. Seems like the usual death and mayhem to me. Arrr!
    x The Captain

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    1. Same here! It would be pretty cool to get more stuff set in this world. The lore has a lot of potential! Hahahah, The Captain has been through a lot, I see. 😉

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  8. Bookstooge says:

    Grimdark pushes this out of the running for me. But honestly, choosing which books NOT to read is almost a bigger task than choosing which ones TO read, sigh…

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    1. I sort of figured it wouldn’t be something that would catch your attention heheh Ahhhh, that’s why blogging is so great, right? Discover 100x more books and try and remember all those you want or don’t want to read! 😀

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  9. Tammy says:

    Ooh grimdark! This sounds bloody good (ha ha). And thank you for using the word “indubitably” in your review, Lashaan, I love that word, it just isn’t used enough😊

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    1. Hahahah I love the way it rolls off the tongue too. I’ve used it a couple of times in the past, but I always try and refrain myself from doing it on every review hahahah

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  10. A slasher fantasy! Another time perhaps. . .

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    1. Too many books, too little time, huh? 😀

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  11. I like the idea of some dark humour. Don’t know what that says about me haha. Great review !!

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    1. Hahahah dark humour is awesome! I usually laugh to that more than anything. Also love good ol’ timely sarcasm. 😀 Thanks for reading, Asia.

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  12. LizScanlon says:

    Say. no. more! I am sold, sold, sold! I do love a revenge plot!!! 🙂

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    1. Hahahah your enthusiasm is palpable! 😛 Hope you get the chance to try it out and that you’ll enjoy your time with it, Liz! 😀

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  13. Ooh I love this sort of grimdark book and the humour sounds brilliantly executed as well. Edrin sounds like a great main character as well. Definitely intrigued by this. Awesome review!

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    1. I found that this one fell onto my lap at the right moment and gave me the right amount of fun too. Thank you so much! 😀

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      1. That’s awesome! You’re welcome!

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  14. Great review! I’ll have to check this out when I have a spare moment. Like in 5000 years, when I reach the summit of my TBR mountain 😅😂

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    1. Thank you so much! Hahahah I totally understand. I assure you that I’m in the same boat as you. My mountain became a valley of mountains… 😦

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