I’ve recently been on a binge of reading shorter stories and books, such as Ariel’s Dream and Waiting for Appa. So Bid the Gods Arise is definitely a departure from this, and it’s a good thing. Robert Mullin‘s work is close to 500 pages long. It really fits the traditional, archetypal nature of the epic fantasy well.
The story follows the characters of several positions and people, mostly focusing on Aric, a young adult who is plagued by dreams and voices calling out to him in his sleep. His foil is found in his lively, devoted cousin Maurin, who is about to get married.
When Maurin and Aric are captured as Maurin’s wedding ceremony ensues, it’s just the beginning of their problems. Over the next several years, the two of them faced slavery, gladiator fights, corrupt underworld politics, and the perils of destiny and true love.
Things To Expect:
1. Epic fantasy has a lot of different characters to follow. There were a lot of different people from different places; if you like an engrossing story, this book has encompassed quite a few great characters, balancing out the roles and roots of each with different results. It makes for a well-founded world, but you might end up backtracking to make sure you have the right character with the right name.
2. Foils! There were a lot of strong foils in the book, from Aric and Maurin, to Valasand and Tauluna and Dania. There were a lot of other great juxtapositions with religion, politics, liberty, and freedom to discuss as well.
3. Great adventures with good morals. Many fantasy stories today lack a moral compass alongside a conviction to do good. You won’t find that in Bid the Gods Arise.
4. Author dedication. Considering how many people have commented on my dedications before, I’ve never been one to overlook a flowery dedication. Or really any. (Yes, I read them, and I judge you for what you say!) Mullin pulls a lot of his own cousin into his story, and I really see that in the relationship between Aric and Maurin. I can’t say which one is the real-life version of which character, but the realness between the two characters is authentic and true.
Here’s a list of people I think would like this book:
- People who grew up playing wars and battles
- Readers who are looking for a larger story
- Readers who are looking for a larger world
- Historical fantasy/dystopian lovers
- Traditional high-fantasy lovers
There’s probably a lot more who would enjoy, too. Let me know in the comments if you’ve read it, and what you liked about it!