Review: Sword of the Gods by Bruce R. Cordell

Sword of the Gods: A Forgotten Realms Novel
Sword of the Gods by Bruce R. Cordell

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (April 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786957392
  • Source NetGalley

Synopsis: 

What you don’t know will kill you…

Demascus awakens surrounded by corpses, at a shrine littered with traces of demonic rituals, with no memory of his past. But the Firestorm Cabal remembers him—and the demon who leads them seems to have a personal vendetta against him. Dodging knives, uncovering clues left by his past life, and dueling demons, Demascus must figure out who he is, what battles he is fighting, and who is hunting him before one of them catches up with him.

Sword of the Gods brings the events of the universe-spanning Pandemonium series to the Forgotten Realms® world

Sword of the Gods

My thoughts: 

What do you do when you wake up naked on an altar with a demon nibbling on your leg and no memory of anything previous?  This is the problem Demascus faces at the start of Sword of the Gods.  After killing the demon and grabbing some clothes from one of the corpses scattered around the altar, he makes his way to the nearest town and promptly gets into more trouble.  As the story progresses, Demascus finds himself teamed up with a pawnbroker, a thief, and a cleric, as they try to uncover a secret cabal hidden within a local mercenary group.  A select few memories slowly return to him as he realizes that he is being strung along towards his death, but not by the villain he suspects.  It becomes a race for Demascus to retrieve the items he believes will fully restore his memories, before the hidden player kills him.

I thought Sword of the Gods was an excellent read and was rather disappointed to reach the end of the novel.  I really liked the main character, Demascus, and was eager to learn more about him as he regained his memories.  All of the characters had well developed back stories, making me wish for prequel books about them, even the side characters and villians.  I’m definitely looking forward to reading the next book Spinner of Lies

My Rating:

4 penguins