To mark the recording of our next podcast episode of Speaking Literally Podcast today in which we interviewed, fantasy author, C.T Ortega here is my review of his first book in the Warfare of the Gods series, The Writer and The Throne.
Welcome to Saggilmut, a heavenly realm that is all but serene, torn from thousands of years of feuding between the gods. Mythologies clash as Odin, King of Asgard, will stop at nothing to achieve his fate to rule, while Zeus, Lord Shiva, Osiris and other gods great and powerful have their own contradictory agendas.
Join 19 year-old Aaron, the first proclaimed Writer, as he journeys to uncover the truth of the impending war, traveling the supernal world, learning which gods can be trusted and which have been lying to mankind since the beginning.
In the end, only one of the gods can be proclaimed as the Ruler of Gods. But first, they will have to survive the Warfare of the Gods.
I really enjoyed this book. The concept that every God from any mythology or time is in one place is intriguing. I am a big fan of mythology so getting to see the likes of Zeus, Thor, Shiva, and Osiris, all together in one story was fantastic.
Aaron’s journey through the book is an emotional and difficult time as he not only has to come to terms with his fate but also his new role as THE writer for the Gods. His job is to narrate the events and record what happened, the good, the bad and the ugly, which of course some gods aren’t happy about as they only want their strength, successes and epic moments recorded, not their losses.
This novel had some really strong themes running throughout which reminded me of The Iliad. The way Caleb personifies the gods and makes them often come across as petty, squabbling children reminds me of many scenes from Homer’s classic novel. The vast array of gods can be confusing at times but for those who like their mythology like myself you will already know who a lot of them are and so it’s easier to keep track of it all.
As the story progresses, we see Aaron adapting to his new role in Saggilmut and starting to forge a friendship with Dagon, his protector and the duo go on to experience an adventure like no other. Travelling across the world from Olympus to Asgard, Caleb’s world creation skills bring these fantasy worlds to life and shows the reader the contrasting lives these different gods live, even though they are all ruled by the same God and under one (rather large) roof.
The pace of the story keeps you engaged throughout, and the fight scenes are brutal and gory, just like a battle between Gods should be. The description of the action scenes adds to the harsh, brutal reality that these gods may love their people, but many are powerful, fighting machines who can kill a man (or god) quite easily, and not necessarily for the right reasons.
The weapons used are those we have become accustomed to from the stories from Thor’s mighty hammer which we get to see used in battle many times to Neptune’s trident.
The Throne and the Writer shows us the good and bad side of the Gods as well as questioning each God’s true motive. It also makes you see certain gods in a different light.
It is a very thought provoking read and shows us that although these are gods, all powerful, all consuming, it is their human side which can cause chaos and destruction; their emotions often overwhelm them and turn them into a terrifying monster. Each time a renowned God was named it brought a smile to my face. From Egyptian to Norse to Greek the mythology drives this story and the writer, is just there to observe.
If you are a fan of your mythology and looking for something to excite the imagination and provide you with an alternative world, I highly recommend this novel.
⭐⭐⭐⭐ – a fantastic, action packed story with mythology and the lives of the Gods portrayed in stunning clarity
Much love 💘