They enslaved humanity three thousand years ago. Tall, strong, perfect, superhuman and near immortal they rule from their glittering palaces in the eternal city in the centre of the world. They are called Those Above by their subjects. They enforce their will with fire and sword.
Twenty five years ago mankind mustered an army and rose up against them, only to be slaughtered in a terrible battle. Hope died that day, but hatred survived. Whispers of another revolt are beginning to stir in the hearts of the oppressed: a woman, widowed in the war, who has dedicated her life to revenge; the general, the only man to ever defeat one of Those Above in single combat, summoned forth to raise a new legion; and a boy killer who rises from the gutter to lead an uprising in the capital.
I felt that this was very similar to The Broken Kingdoms series by N. K. Jemisin. In both the gods are physical beings who walk the earth. Though in this the gods didn’t really feel like gods. In this the gods made a city then spent 3000 years living in that city ruling over the humans and expecting to be waited on hand and foot. Apparently they rule over this world though they don’t do much ruling. In fact they spend most of their time dressing in fancy clothes and going to parties. They do so little it makes you wonder if they are really gods.
This is also the first part of a duology so we might find out more in the next book. Though I don’t think I will be reading it. This was a reasonably good high fantasy novel but it didn’t have anything that made it stand out. It was just one of many reasonably good high fantasy novels.
*I received a copy of this book from Hodder & Stoughton in exchange for an honest review.
** I should also say that I much prefer The Broken Kingdoms to this and if you had to choose between the two you should read The Broken Kingdoms 🙂