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Summary

They took his daughter, so Micah comes to take their kingdom.

Fifty thousand gun-toting paladins march behind him, all baptized in angel blood, thirsty to burn unbelievers. Only the janissaries can stand against them. Their living legend, Kevah, once beheaded a magus amid a hail of ice daggers. But ever since his wife disappeared, he spends his days in a haze of hashish and poetry.

To save the kingdom, Kevah must conquer his grief and become the legend he once was. But Micah writes his own legend in blood, and his righteous conquest will stop at nothing. When the gods choose sides, a legend will be etched upon the stars.

Game of Thrones meets Arabian Nights in this blood-soaked epic fantasy inspired by The Crusades, featuring Lovecraftian gods, mischievous djinns, and astral magic.

©2021 Zamil Akhtar (P)2021 Podium Audio

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Dark Fantasy

It scratched that dark fantasy itch I have been having lately. definitely best book I've read in a while.

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I really enjoyed this story!

great narration, interesting characters and an enjoyable setting. I am happy to recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a well made epic fantasy.

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  • KYLE LOCKHAVEN
  • 28-10-21

Great Narrator, Great Book

Like Game of Thrones with a Middle Eastern flavor, then throw in some really cool Lovecraftian stuff. I enjoyed this book. The world building is some of the richest and most detailed I've ever read, especially the religions. There is this place called Labirynthos, which is a great concept that I won't spoil here. At times I got confused about which characters were connected to which other characters, but I think that was mostly because real life got in the way, and I had to take a few long breaks in between readings.

The narrator is definitely among the best I've ever listened to. His accent and tone remind me of Davos from GoT. He does such a great job with all the characters, and giving words the proper amount of emphasis. Some narrators can lull me sleep, but his reading compelled me to listen.

Overall, I highly recommend this audiobook experience. Fantasy in a fresh setting, with great writing and a great narrator.

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  • Acerock
  • 29-05-22

pretty good start...with some flaws

it is really nice to get a fantasy setting that isn't born out of the Eurocentric aesthetic and in many ways subverts that perspective. there's some definite influences taken here from the Crusades and Classical Mythology but from refreshingly different perspective.

the narrator doesn't have a very broad pallette though so when different characters are speaking I wasn't really clear on who was who. I found myself rewinding to listen to a lot of it over again.

the tone is pretty dark. the characters suffer a lot. there's a character introduced towards the end that is supposed to be comedic and while I wanted it to work...it really didn't.

all in all I understand that this is thus author's first novel. in that case it's an outstanding offering because the flaws concerning tone, pacing and characterization are all issues of craft. this is a great story, just a few flaws in the execution. but flaws that I think will be fixed or overcome in the 2nd book which I am about to use a credit to download.

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  • Lux
  • 31-12-21

stick a fork in it this is well-done

a well-written story with great characters and pacing, what else can you ask for

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  • Truthspeaker
  • 09-07-21

tough to get through

kept waiting for it to get started but it was really tough to finish never really got going for me

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  • Matt McAllister
  • 25-06-21

Became so invested I picked a side.

First off loved the novel. As a lover of history the blend of the religious zealotry of the crusades, the use of firearms, as well as the fantasy elements were a huge win in my opinion. Became emotionally invested within a few chapters so much I was actually rooting for Kevah. Think saying it’s similar to GOT is apt since the author isn’t afraid to kill important people. Honestly couldn’t put it down. The narration is some of the best I’ve heard on audible. Costani reminded me so much of Constantinople and the religious backgrounds were very hashed out and believable. The twist were unexpected and the ending made me immediately search for book 2 which I bout immediately on Amazon.

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  • Devan Y.
  • 06-08-22

Worth the price of a credit and then some.

I am extremely skeptical of self published books in general. This was really fantastic though. To say that it is a crusade-inspired fantasy is to short-sell it. In the end, it is an exploration of fanaticism, and the fine line between good and evil.

And the narration was fantastic. I've rarely encountered a male narrator who can do male and female voices (and a bunch of different accents) so well.

Zamil Akhtar deserves some love. Great job, bro.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-08-22

Good book and would recommed, a few small issues

The overall story is written very well. Both Micah and Kevah are well thought out and have a good balance of story time. Makes it hard to root against a heel. The action isn't written out in detail very much. More along the lines of highlights instead of the details. The pacing can be a bit rough as well. My biggest issue is the narration. For most of the book, Micah and Kevah sound too similar. Almost all of the women sounds identical. Sometimes forgot if Kevah was talking to Saide or Nessema.

Overall it is a good book though. The story hooked me and I burned through it in a day. I would like to see where the author takes this arc in the future. I would recommend it others. Starting the second book now.

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  • James M.
  • 26-07-22

A Thoroughly Engaging Fantasy

Gunmetal Gods is a killer title. Kudos to whoever came up with that. But title aside, it's a good book. I was always interested in where the next chapter would take me. This is definitely a dark fantasy, so it might put off some readers, but I never felt it got so dark it was no longer fun. I will admit I was surprised at the depths of depravity one of the main characters sunk to, but the story never felt like it didn't earn it's twists.

I enjoyed all the characters (some I enjoyed to hate). I will have to agree with some people on here that the narrator didn't have a super vast range, and sometimes I could not tell characters apart. However, I still think he did a good job. I especially liked his narration for Mica, it was very distinct.

Overall, enjoyed the book. I'll probably get the next one too.

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  • Christopher Russell
  • 15-07-22

Breathtaking Middle Eastern Fantasy

I'll write a full review for the Amazon page, but suffice to say this is a brilliant novel full of intrigue, strategy, and exquisite philosophizing. Difficult content is handled with a master's touch and the characters grab you from their first moment on the page. I'm immediately moving on to the sequel.

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  • William Kenneth Knight
  • 01-07-22

Outstanding!

I was expecting swashbuckling, war, and romance in an Orientalist setting frame. It delivered there, and added cosmic horror and escalating stakes.