Friday, April 20, 2018

Sons of Gods by Arthur J. Gonzalez - Book Tour & Review + Giveaway

Sons of Gods
Arthur J. Gonzalez
Publication date: January 25th 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Mythology, Young Adult
Long ago, the wrath of the three God brothers marked the onset of the Great War. The other Gods watched in horror, until they, too, were forced to take sides. Their beloved Mt Olympus collapsed, ruin was brought to all Divine, and the Age of Darkness gripped the world in its clutches. But a group of Gods was wise, and before their impending deaths, they had crafted a pact, committing to one day rebuilding the Territories – the Heavens, Seas, and the Underworld. It would usher in the world they protected and honored out from its darkness. And from it would rise the new Greats: the Sons of Gods.
Cienzo has always had an affliction for metal and fire; never did he anticipate it would one day translate to wielding dormant powers. It is during a journey to fulfill a promise to his dying sister, that he is plunged into a dark and magical world, and where great responsibility is bestowed upon him.
Is he worthy of assuming the throne of the Territories? Can shattering steel and splitting fire change his mind?

My Review
Sons of Gods is an interesting book. I wasn't quite sure what I was getting myself into when I agreed to read and review the story for this tour, but I'm glad I took a chance on a new to me author. 

Sons of Gods starts off by telling us, the readers, about the Great War that destroyed Mt. Olympus. However, while the three brothers fought, the other Gods made a pact to make sure one day, in the future, things could start to rebuild. 

Fast forward a bit, and we meet Cienzo, our main character. Orphaned, with only his sick sister left, Cienzo works in a forge, bending metal to create things for his boss, who is a total jerk. It's the only way he can earn enough money to bring a Mender in to try and save his sister. 

Let's just say, things get a bit wild and crazy not long after that. I really don't want to spoil anything, and this book is actually kind of hard to review without giving things away. At least it feels that way to me. I suppose I can try to add a little more...

When things come to a head, Cienzo sets off on a journey to try and find a mysterious girl his sister believes in. On this journey, truths start to come out, and Cienzo's life... well, it turns out he's not as normal as he always thought he was.

I really enjoyed Sons of Gods. It was a unique story, and I liked the fact that it was a retelling of the Greek mythology we all know and love.

Now, I will admit I struggled with the book at first. I felt like I wasn't really connecting with the story or the characters, and it did take me some time to get into the story. But once Cienzo starts on his journey, I found myself really getting sucked into it and not wanting to put it down.

The world building in this story, while not super in-depth as of yet, was really imaginative. I could picture the areas in which Cienzo traveled to, and I felt like there was enough description to really find yourself transported to whatever location you were reading about.

There are characters you'll love, like Cienzo's sister, best friend, and a few others (no spoilers!), and then there are the ones you'll love to hate, like Cienzo's boss and another certain someone I can't say. 

The plot, overall, is really well done. It's creative and different, and the pacing was done really well. It was a little slow for me at times, mostly at the beginning, but that's just me. Other readers might find it nicely paced, with no slowness to it at all.

I'm giving Sons of Gods four stars, and I'm definitely looking forward to the next book.

If you enjoy Greek mythology, definitely check this one out.

Author Bio:
Arthur J. Gonzalez is a Young Adult author of the Photo Traveler series. Originally born in Miami, FL, you can now find him living on the West side in Los Angeles. If he’s not drinking coffee or playing with his adorable Schnoodle, Sookie, then he’s probably enjoying a nap. Also, he forgets the lyrics to nearly every song.

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2 comments:

  1. This does sound like a unique and well written read! Great review! :)

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