3. 6 & 5 Star Rating Book Review

Godkiller by Hannah Kaner (Godkiller #1)

“People make gods, and, for better or worse, gods make people. We show each other for what we truly are. Yearning beings, desperate for love, power, safety.”

Found Family Animal God Companion Blessed/Cursed Child

What is the Book about?
Kissen kills gods for a living, and she enjoys it. That is until she finds a god she cannot kill: Skediceth, god of white lies, who is connected to a little noble girl on the run.

Elogast fought in the god war, and helped purge the city of a thousand shrines before laying down his sword. A mysterious request from the King sends him racing back to the city he destroyed.

On the way he meets a godkiller, a little girl and a littler god, who cannot find out about his quest.

Plot ★★★☆☆
Characters ★★★★☆
Excitement ★★☆☆☆
Atmosphere ★★★★☆
Writing Style ★★★☆☆

Favourite Character
Elogast, Inara

My thoughts while reading it
The better Witcher book? I have to admit that I’m not a Witcher fan, because the books are just too sexual for me, but the general story of Witcher I think it’s great. However, what does that have to do with Godkiller now? Well, here the Witcher story is retold in a different way and fortunately without all the sexual content.

We get a wildly disparate family that couldn’t be more different, but grows together over time. So the characters stand on their own with their traits, but yet this fun trio really fits together very well. There is Kissen, the strong and grim Godkiller, which comes across very harsh, but yet has a golden heart. Still, Kissen seemed too stereotypical to me, being the strong woman who felt more like a man in a woman’s costume. But for that, Inara and Elo made up the highlight for me. Both are struggling with their own emotional stories and so they seemed very human and relatable. Inara is the little lost girl who has it fisty behind her ears due to her origins and Elo is the good-natured knight who actually doesn’t want to be a knight. And so this trio sets off on a journey together… And I love stories in which there is a journey. There is no better way to get closer to the characters and also to the world. And the world here makes the highlight of the book. The way gods are created, through the desires and needs of humans, reminds me a lot of Shintoism from Japan. And even though here the gods are supposed to represent evil, you realize that the people from this world need exactly that. This construct offers a very interesting premise and I hope that we will see this conflict of, we need gods and we can do without them, portrayed more in the further books.

Only the tension was missing in this book until the end. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still fun to read, but there is no suspense arc here on the journey to the destination and only the destination triggers the suspense. So it seemed that this book was a long prologue, but I am still very much looking forward to the second volume.

So is this book better than The Witcher now? Difficult to answer, as I am not a Witcher fan. But in any case, this book is a good replacement for the Witcher series, not with quite as much wit (and sex), but otherwise it offers exactly what many people like to see in Witcher – politics, a found family, evil creatures here the gods, and three loving characters.

Reading Recommendation?

3 comments on “Godkiller by Hannah Kaner (Godkiller #1)

  1. Sounds so nice 🙂 And the Book is just beautiful 🙂

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  2. Everyone seems to be saying the same thing about the ending to this book. That being said, I had to buy this book overseas because I didn’t get an e-galley and it’s not being released in the U.S. anytime soon.


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