Book Review – Child of Night and Day by Andrew Q. Gordon


Champion of the Gods #4
Publisher: Indie
Pages: 382
Characters: Farrell/Miceral
POV: 3rd
Genre: High Fantasy, Series

Blurb:
Farrell’s excitement at finding his legendary ancestor Kel is tempered by the knowledge it signals the beginning of the end of the war. As he and Kel race to recover the last two Gifts of the Gods, Meglar is not quiet. Fighting erupts around the world, and new allies reveal their hand. To complicate matters, Arritisa has refused Farrell’s request for Her Gift.

Searching for answers, Farrell travels to Bowient, home to Falcron’s main temple. While there, Farrell uncovers a plot to destroy the temple and the city. The attack fails, but Farrell kills Neldin’s priestess in the fight. The death of His priestess prompts Neldin to visit Farrell. Despite Farrell’s rejection, Neldin shows Farrell that he is more like his father than he’d like to admit.

Shaken by Neldin’s visit, Farrell doubts himself and his abilities. In an attempt to prove loyalty to the Six and deny Neldin, Farrell secretly embarks on a risky mission he can’t win. Kel rushes to find Farrell, but it might be too late. The seeds Neldin planted have found fertile ground. Even if Kel saves Farrell, can even a legend stop a god from claiming the son of Meglar for His cause?

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Review

Although this story does have romantic elements and Farrell and Miceral’s relationship is an important part of the story, it is not a romance.

As it’s been a while since I read the last book in the series, I was very happy to read a summary of what has happened in the last three books. However, I wouldn’t recommend diving straight into this book and only reading the summary, as you’ll miss out on the nuances of the series, and the fabulous descriptions and dialogue. Plus all the character moments.

This story is not a fast read, but it’s a very worthwhile one, and reminds me why I enjoy high fantasy. The world building is fantastic, with lots of detail, and I felt like I’d stepped into a world with a rich history and characters where gods are real and guide—and often interfere—in the characters’ lives. The plot is very layered, and although Farrell is on a quest, it’s not an easy one, and it’s made clear on several occasions that part of that quest is not just collecting magic objects but that he has be ready to use them in the right way. I also enjoyed the politics within the plot, as there isn’t just one society in this world, but several, and they are all quite different. I thought the author did a great job in showing the frustration of ceremonies and red tape.

The magic is very inventive, and there are a few surprises in this story for Farrell, as well as the reader. The underwater scenes are very cool, and the descriptions give a very real sense of place. I like how, as the story progresses, the stakes grow with it. One of the reasons I’ve put off reading this part of the story is that with only one book to go—which releases next month—I’m not sure who is going to survive, and I want to be able to keep reading to find out. The action scenes are exciting, and kept me reading.

I love how the characters are flawed, and Farrell, who is a powerful wizard, makes mistakes, and doubts himself. His and Miceral’s relationship grounds him. I love their scenes together, and Miceral is one of my favourite characters in this series. He’s practical, not afraid to tell Farrell some home truths, and their love for each other shines as one of the highlights of the story. The scenes with the children are very sweet, and I love how they’re growing into their role as parents. I also like how Farrell, although he’s a powerful wizard, is still down to earth and doesn’t bother with airs and graces.

The supporting cast add to the rich tapestry of the story, and I particularly like Farrell and Kel’s growing relationship. I also love Aswick, Joella, and Lisle in particular who is not scared to put Farrell—and Miceral—in their place if she thinks it’s needed.

Be warned, this book ends more on a cliffhanger than a conclusion, although no one is left in immediate danger. I suspect that’s coming very soon, and I’m kind of nervous—yet really want—to read the final instalment of this series.

5 out of 5 stars.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at https://annebarwell.wordpress.com
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2 Responses to Book Review – Child of Night and Day by Andrew Q. Gordon

  1. Hi Anne, Thank you again – I know I thanked you else where, but wanted to do it here too. I hope you enjoy book 5 and that it lives up to your lofty expectations. 🙂

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    • Anne Barwell says:

      You’re very welcome, Andrew. I’m not so sure about lofty expectations – I’m more concerned that Miceral and Farrell won’t make it out alive

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