In this harsh and unforgiving environment, Kieran and Ashleigh struggle to survive, and eventually find love and hope for a better life. Ashleigh and Kieran are drawn to each other right from the beginning, yet mutual love and trust take time to develop.
Let me tell you a story about two brave young men. The story starts with tragedy, and introduces the reader to the harsh brutality of daily life in this dangerous world. As with all good myths and legends, the two young men have also been given special gifts, special powers that make them unique, make them harbingers of change. There were times when I was reading the story that I wondered how much more suffering the author was going to inflict, but there is a sweet reward for those who persist, and this story rewards the reader with a satisfying HEA.
You know, that "what will I do with my life now that this is over" kind of feeling ("It's called a book hangover, Nina!") that makes you want to curl up and cry, then die. It's Ash and Kieran's story and it's all about them, despite following a much larger thread than just a romance, and this gives the reader enough time to get attached to them that I, personally, was hyperventilating for half the book in fear of what would happen next. I'm not the kind of person who always guesses what's going to happen next in a book or a movie (and I wouldn't want to be one), but it's pretty hard to really surprise me - and I don't know if this book actually had some shocking twists (though I'd bet on a yes) or if I was just astonishingly emotionally involved, but it succeeded. How such a flawless, pure love managed to be born and grow in the rubble, hatred and destruction of this land is beyond me - yet at the same time I believe it, and it warms me, because I desperately want to believe we are capable of that kind of love. Let me just mention the writing - gorgeous, flawless, descriptive to just the right degree, intensely atmospheric and at times surprisingly humorous - and I'm done.
This book was lovely.
The hints given by Hajicek are enough for me to imagine this Wild West world with it's magic and symbols etc.
I LOVED the magic and vivid alternative world building and the assassin and his tormented soul and the adventure and the friends-to-lovers thing plus the great writing and the romance and the fierce villains and the torture and then the great escapes and *breathe* heartache and the ruthless cunning and the action and fantastic dialog and the chemistry and passion and the trains and the dessert and cacti and the heat and the clever magic with mathematical threads that made no sense but I understood it anyway and *breathe* the soul deep love and loyalty that makes a person ache like a I dont know what, youll just feel it so hard it hurts. I don't know if it's because we spend so much time of this very lengthy book with these men suffering their torments, feeling their hunger and pain, their ...joy (which made me giddy) but I was so heavily invested in them. I'm not a real hearts and flowers kind of reader and it's rare that I feel this kind of deep connection and empathy with characters, but these guys? I enjoyed these times as much as I loved the adventure and action. Any time spent with these characters was awesome.
Honestly, I'm kind of shocked that this book has such a high rating considering how poorly it's written, how little world building was involved, and how bland and uninspired the plot is. By far my biggest two issues about this book were the poor writing and the lack of background and world-building. The God Eaters reads like it's fan fiction, throwing two characters together for no reason just so that they can unrealistically pine for one another in an angsty-teenager type of way. Like this one: "They wouldn't hear it even if they heard it." I read that three times before giving up trying to understand. Furthermore, we learn almost nothing about the magic system that functions in this world even though our two main characters are imprisoned in part because of their magical ability. Furthermore, in the first 200 pages of the book, Ash is so cowardly and whiny that I couldn't believe he'd have the courage to even join a rebellion. This book would have gained so much if the author had just spent an extra 50 - 100 pages at the beginning fleshing out her characters, showing them in the worlds they inhabited before they were put in prison so that we could understand them better and understand their reactions to one another better. All in all, I had the worst time trying to figure out where and when the story was taking place, what the rules were of this universe, and how the characters were important in the scheme of the world. Personally, I think this could have been a three book series - the first book could have been about how these characters became they way are and how they got caught by the police, the second could have been The God Eaters, and the third could have been about tying up all the loose ends that were left.
The God Eaters is an adventure story with a strong "love never gives up." What I really enjoyed in this story was how centered and grounded I was through the whole thing. Their romance is slow, beginning as cell mates, then allies, growing into friends, and then into lovers. Perhaps I don't see it as a romance because it wasn't very romantic. I enjoy stories that explore that area and it was done with cleverness.