I’ll be honest … what got me interested in picking up this book is the note that this book is “the follow-up to Chuck Wendig’s Unclean Sprits.” Now, I haven’t read Wendig’s Unclean Spirits, but I am a fan of Wendig’s writing, so this very much caught my interest.
Being a god isn’t what it used to be. Worshippers. Sacrifices. Having one’s way with the mortals. But without recognition and worship the gods’ abilities to be gods, begin to fade. Enter Louie “Fitz” Fitzsimmons. As an orphan child, Fitz always thought he could see and hear people who weren’t really there. This only got worse as he grew older and he’s turned to getting as high as he can to hopefully cancel out his strange visions. To pay for his drugs, Fitz works as a drug runner for the mob where he tries to stay clean so as not to bring down the wrath of the mob on himself.
But in the Heavens, a war has raged with a new crop of gods kicking the old gods out and to Earth and the gods, both old and new, are looking for Fitz. Fitz has the skill of being a storyteller. A useful skill to gods who want to be relevant again. Both sides want Fitz to bring them to life among men so that they might find their worshippers once again. But Fitz also has to keep his mortal bosses happy. There might be a way to make everyone happy, but he’s going to have to live long enough to make it happen.
There’s a fun concept here, and just as with a Chuck Wendig book, it’s dark and gritty and most of these characters are not people one would want to hang around with. But author Stephen Blackmoore isn’t Wendig, and we don’t get that sense of character that draws us to a story because we’re so enamored with someone.
There is a lot of action here, which keeps us turning the pages, and we’ve got a large cast of characters with all the different gods fighting amongst themselves which slows us down just a bit in order to keep the players straight.
I enjoyed this read enough to be on the lookout for other books either in the series or other books by Stephen Blackmoore, but I was never pulled completely in to this book and therefore never fully invested in the action.
Looking for a good book? Mythbreaker, the second book in the Gods & Monsters series, by Stephen Blackmoore is an adventurous tale with gods fighting among themselves and looking for human help and a fun beach read, but nothing to take too seriously.
I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher, through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
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author: Stephen Blackmoore
series: Gods & Monsters #2
paperback, 272 pages