AUTHORS: SARA RAASCH AND KRISTEN SIMMONS
PUBLISHER: BALZER & BRAY
PAGE COUNT: 432
RELEASE DATE: AUGUST 4, 2020
GENRE: YOUNG ADULT, FANTASY
Today it’s my spot in the Set fire to the Gods literary bound tour! In this post I will tell you everything you need to know about this epic fantasy, its authors and of course I’ll be sharing my own opinion on it too! (If you want to check out all the other hosts for this tour, you can click here.)
What is Set fire to the Gods about?
Ash is descended from a long line of gladiators, and she knows the brutal nature of war firsthand. But after her mother dies in an arena, she vows to avenge her by overthrowing her fire god, whose temper has stripped her country of its resources.
Madoc grew up fighting on the streets to pay his family’s taxes. But he hides a dangerous secret: he doesn’t have the earth god’s powers like his opponents. His elemental gift is something else—something that hasn’t been seen in centuries.
When an attempted revenge plot goes dangerously wrong, Ash inadvertently throws the fire and earth gods into a conflict that can only be settled by deadly, lavish gladiator games. The fights put Madoc in Ash’s path, and she realizes that his powers are the weapon her rebellion needs—but Madoc won’t jeopardize his family, regardless of how intrigued he is by the beautiful warrior. But when the gods force Madoc’s hand, he and Ash uncover an ancient war that will threaten more than one immortal—it will unravel the world.
What did I think of Set fire to the Gods?
“What is a soul but the collective will of the heart? Intention is power, Madoc, whether it be a storm of rage or a whisper of regret. Energeia amplifies that intention, turns it to action.” She pressed her fingers just below her collarbone. “You know what your heart wants, Madoc.”
This cover immediately caught my eye, but once I read the synopsis I was officially sold. It just gave me a really cool vibe and I knew from the start it was gonna be epic. The idea of this novel is so original and I couldn’t wait to see what these authors were going to do with it!
At first I couldn’t really get into it, but once I did it was so intriguing! The world was developed very well and the whole thing with the Gods was so much fun to read about. I’ve been into fantasy for a while now, but I don’t think I’ve read anything similar to this before!
The writing really added another layer to the story for me. While reading some scenes I was really into the book and felt my heartbeat rise. Everything was written intense and I could feel the emotions, which also resulted in caring for the main characters.
Ash and Madoc are both really interesting and well-developed characters. You see them discover things, overcome their fears and yeah, I just really enjoyed their journey! But of course it’s not over yet!
This book’s ending really left me wanting to know more. I can’t wait to continue to see them grow in the sequel, because if you didn’t know it yet: Set fire to the Gods is the first instalment in a duology!
Intense, that’s how I’d describe this book. It’s definitely not for everyone, but I’m very glad I read it! This epic fantasy gets a well-deserved 4/5 from me. I’ll be anticipating the second book for sure!
Who are the authors behind Set fire to the Gods?
Sara Raasch has known she was destined for bookish things since the age of five, when her friends had a lemonade stand and she tagged along to sell her hand-drawn picture books too. Not much has changed since then — her friends still cock concerned eyebrows when she attempts to draw things
and her enthusiasm for the written word still drives her to extreme measures.
She is the New York Times bestselling author of the YA fantasy trilogy SNOW LIKE ASHES, the YA fantasy duology STREAM RAIDERS, and the duology SET FIRE TO THE GODS, cowritten with Kristen
Critically acclaimed young adult author Kristen Simmons has worked with survivors of abuse and trauma as a mental health therapist, taught Jazzercise in five states, and is forever in search of the next best cupcake. Currently she lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband, where she spends her days
supporting the caffeine industry and chasing her son.