The Celestial Church has all but eliminated the old pagan ways, ruling the people with an iron hand. Demonic gheists terrorize the land, hunted by the warriors of the Inquisition, yet it’s the battling factions within the Church and age-old hatreds between north and south that tear the land apart.
Malcolm Blakley, hero of the Reaver War, seeks to end the conflict between men, yet it will fall to his son, Ian, and the huntress Gwen Adair to stop the killing before it tears the land apart. The Pagan Night is an epic of mad gods, inquisitor priests, holy knights bound to hunt and kill, and noble houses fighting battles of politics, prejudice, and power.
It’s a mix of politics, religion, magic and war.
I found the plot to be quite slow and unmemorable. It wasn’t a bad story, there’s nothing that stood out as bad, it just wasn’t super exciting.
The story is so average and unmemorable for the majority of it that I kept putting it down, it wasn’t gripping or keeping me on edge. It was just so bland, it’s just a generic fantasy story with nothing overly original.
There was good world-building, a lot of it too, it’s a pretty big book. The world isn’t anything special, it’s basically another medieval-fantasy kind of deal. The magic was interesting but again, not super unique or different.
The fighting scenes were pretty well written though, they were more engaging than the overall story. However, I feel, since it was a pretty big book, it could’ve benefited from being edited down, some parts dragged too much. I’d put this book down for ages with not a lot of desire to pick it back up, I even started reading another book.
The story is kind of like Game of Throne, there’s friction between the North and the South and an impending war. There are old gods and new ones, in this world Paganism is the ruled out religion. The North was Pagan but have taken on the new religion of the South. (Which if the name was actually mentioned, I don’t remember it.)
Characters: I didn’t really connect with any of the characters, none of stood out or were overly likeable. A few did grow on me towards the end and I am interested in seeing where their stories go so I will continue to book two.
Rating: 2.75 Stars
*Thank you to Titan Books for sending this to me in exchange for an honest review.