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Summary

A savage demon clan. A godborn warrior. An oath to save his clan.

It is 3000 BC. A hundred clans have been destroyed and thousands of people are dead. The Wolf God commands an inexperienced young warrior to hunt down the bloodthirsty demon horde. With a handful of his faithful spear-brothers and a heartbroken young seeress at his side, his quest will take him on a perilous journey through devastated lands.

He may be the son of a god and a mortal woman, but he will need more than just his great strength to overcome the dark forces that stand in his way. To save his people he must throw aside his self-doubt and his fear and become what he was meant to be.

For he is godborn. And his undying glory will change the world.

Godborn is a thrilling historical fantasy series spanning the Third Millennium BC, a time when mighty gods and brutal demons still walked the earth. One immortal demigod must battle evil from the megaliths of Stonehenge and the labyrinths of the Minoans to the city states of Mesopotamia and the Old Kingdom of Ancient Egypt and beyond. It is the Heracles myth as you have never heard it before.

©2021 Dan Davis (P)2021 Podium Audio

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An author who has done his research!

I've followed his YouTube channel, suggest you start there. Cannot fault his approach, !most excellent.

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Throughly Enjoyed.

As stated I throughly enjoyed this book. I am currently reading the prequel Novel which the author has very kind provided for free via his website (at the time of me writing this at least).

I have not read/listened to any of his previous titles but came across his Godborn series via the will of the gods or youtube's algorithm! Either way I am thankful as this book and the accompanying Youtube videos have come along at a time when my current interests are engaged very much in prehistories and ancient myths.

Without giving to much away the book deals with a possible root myth/story for later more established and recognisable heros and tales. So if you're familiar withbthese you can see where the story is heading and can guess what might happen next, though I did not find this removed my enjoyment from the narrative. Which, I found to be engaging and well written. I look forward to the Audio release of the next book in the series.

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by Sean

I really enjoyed this book , the story gives a great twist to history and lore and moves along just nice so I will read go through all in this series. I really like Dan's writing.

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Really good world building.

Absolutely loved the world building in this one, while the characters were a little stale. over all, I really liked it, and it scratched that history nerd spot in my brain real well

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  • Elizabeth Jones
  • 10-09-21

Testosterone Fest

I tried. Although the writing was competent, the anthropology was questionable, the narration was a monotonous droning growl. However, the thing that really made me give up was the overwhelming single note of machismo. Listening to this audiobook is like sitting in the middle of a drum circle at a "rediscovering your masculinity" retreat. Eventually I got too bored to care. Men being very, very manly, and women being admirable only insofar as they are not like "other women."

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  • Jeff B.
  • 02-07-21

12 of these? COUNT ME IN!

I found Dan Davis via the YouTube history community, where he makes short videos about historic and prehistoric society. Godborn is historic fantasy informed by a deep and broad knowledge of both mythology and archaeology. It's a thriller with an epic climax. I loved every minute of it and am thrilled that he has a whole series planned, based on the 12 labors of Hercules. GET IT NOW!

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  • Christopher Brown
  • 04-03-21

Interesting new approach

I enjoyed the story immensely, Dan Davis tales are always a great combination of my favorite genres and this was no exception. I actually bought it without reading a detailed description and was surprised when I realized what story he had reinterpreted. The narration was good, there were moments where his delivery had such a nice cadence and for the most part I enjoyed his approach to the characterization. As far negatives...there are a ton of names and characters especially in the beginning and personally I struggled to really differentiate between them until the story really hit its groove, I'm also a much more visual person so it may just be my own struggle with the audio book format but I probably missed some context clues in the spelling of names and places of the heroes and villains that I may have otherwise picked up on in the physical book. At times the narrators default tone, the one we hear the most, was the one I found least enjoyable...but again overall I think he did an admirable job, 4 out of 5 stars. Looking forward to the remainder of the series and many more books from Mr. Davis.

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  • Monir Martinsen Bouker
  • 08-01-22

Feels like the origin of our myths.

This re-imagining of ancient myths of Gods and demigods fighting giants and monsters are in my opinion perfectly intertwined with the brutal and interesting pre-historic Era of the early bronze age. This book does not hid the hardship people back then had to live through, and I find it really fascinating and grim on how horrible the ancient past was for our female ancestors.

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  • Breana Brickey
  • 20-12-21

Excellent

This one was just a random buy due to boredom I really wasn't expecting it to be any good but I was wrong and this book turned out to be a Gem!!
I was blown away by the action and the dialogue was top notch. I'm also a nut for Neolithic history so that area used with fantasy elements was amazing I will definitely be purchasing the next book!

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  • A. J. Mcdonald
  • 23-06-22

Godborn an epic story!

Godborn captures the hearts and minds of hero’s. Story at its best. World building is vivid. The cast is compelling. Narration is top tier. Well done all.

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  • Dan
  • 21-06-22

great read for history lovers

Amazing dive into using Neolithic/Bronze age historical fantasy. Includes well done nods to various later cultures and gave a good story with no needless themes added

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  • Retired Engineer
  • 29-04-22

Better Historian than an Author

A long story, repeated many times over with just changes in location and small details/characters.
Bought book as I've enjoyed his Presentations of actual history. Big disappointment.

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  • Jeffrey Megenhardt
  • 01-04-22

Fruit of the Gods for the warrior's spirit

The performance by Wyndham was superb. The story carefully constructed by Davis with his knowledge of the archeological and anthropological evidence from the time period to give us a more accurate understanding of the kind of world our ancestors faced. The Allfather's son is set upon the path to rid our world of the devoures set on ruling over the ashes. This tale isn't so different from our current era's fight against tyrannical governments.

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  • Sean Garner
  • 24-02-22

Comfy Low Fantasy

This book has a lot of problems. Sometimes the plot goes around in circles and many conversations between the characters are repeated. It often feels like the characters are spinning their wheels and the end battle came as a surprise to me, it felt almost rushed. This fantasy setting has a lot of limitations. Every character has very similar motivations and a identical cultural background. So the characters can all very very similar to each other.

Now for the good stuff. the best descriptor for me is comfy. I just liked the atmosphere and style of the story. The very simplistic and honorable thought processes of the characters were charming. I like the novelty of a Indo European fantasy novel. I wish the Jotunns were more monstrous or magical, and I don't know if I like how the Gods are portrayed but it is a worth while read if you are looking for something more unique or grounded. It helps give life to many concepts that seem hard to understand I'm the abstract like a Koryos or the horse veneration.