Written by: Paula Limbaugh
I was a teen when I first read Frank Herbert’s Dune. He took to me to a world so mesmerizing and graphic, that it has stayed with me all these years and I’m talking a lot of years! Today I find another author that is capable of creating such a world, so visual that its landscape plays across my mind as I am reading. The author, Keith Deininger. The book, The Godgame.
If you have ever read one of Keith’s stories, you know what I’m talking about. Keith has a very descriptive way of writing that allows one to fully immerse theirself into the story being told. With imagery so vivid and characters fleshed out, one would think you are watching a movie rather than reading a book.
The world of Meridian is a dark one, the signs are all there, mass destruction is coming. Like the story of Noah, “The Flood is coming, an event that will wipe the planet clean of corruption.” But of course as with all prophecies, it is being ignored, instead there is a war on the horizon. Talos, a society of wealth and Nova, a more ‘down to Earth (Meridian)’ society have been at odds and things are coming to a head.
The story centers around Ash Alexander a young boy of 12, who has been recruited into the Novan Army. We are taken along with his family through trials and tribulations of horror that can only be found in a world gone mad. And this is only the beginning!
The Godgame is book one of a series, book two, The Blood of Talos has already been released, so you won’t feel disappointed when book one ends! There is another book, a novella that I should mention, Marrow’s Legacy; it is an introduction to the world of Meridian. It isn’t required to read before starting The Godgame, but it does help to get into the whole mind frame of this other world.
If you like Dark Fantasy, Sci-Fi, this is one to read! Just so you know, I enjoyed this book so much, that I already picked up book two! You can buy The Godgame here.