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Brian Braden became a new favorite author after reading a short story of his which was part of an anthology , but I wasn t sure how I d feel about his books, because this genre isn t my usual fare So I dug into Black Sea Gods a little doubtful that I d be able to finish it I m so glad I took the chance, because this is one of the best stories I ve read in a very long time.Braden pays close attention to the details, which of course enhances his masterful storytelling As a writer, I found myself in awe of the beautiful language used in the narrative, and the exquisite detail Braden puts into his setting and characters As a reader, the world created in Black Sea Gods is breathtaking, and than one line grabs you in that awesome, quotable way one of my favorites The unknown is a pit If we see the bottom, we fill it with our hopes If we see blackness, we feed it our fears And as I reached the end, the only thought in my mind was Wow. EPIC Braden weaves a fantastical journey through the land of tall men and ice men, a world abandoned by the gods where Fu Xi, the immortal, walks among men His tale is one of mythological proportions, an entire philosophy and religion built from the ground up, reminding often of Frank Herbert s Dune but with elements of Greek mythos Very well written and deserves its a place among mythology. The Fish Have Disappeared From The Sea The Animals Have Vanished From The Land All Humanity, And Even The Gods, Tremble Under The Specter Of A Pending Cataclysm The Demigod Fu Xi Races Home From The Edge Of The World Bringing News Of A Looming God War, But Finds His Land Under Attack By Monsters He Once Called His Children He Discovers A Terrible Curse Has Been Cast, One Intended To Destroy The Gods And All Life To His Shock, Fu Xi Learns Mankind S Hope Rest Solely On Him, A Simple Fisherman And A Banished Slave GirlBeset On All Sides, Fu Xi Knows He Must Act Quickly And Races West To Rescue The Saviors Unaware Of The Real Doom That Awaits, Aizarg The Fisherman And His Party Begin A Perilous Journey Across A Dangerous Steppe They Seek The Last Of The Narim, The Legendary Black Sea Gods, Who Hold The Key To Their Salvation Leading Them Is The Rescued Slave Girl Sarah, The Only One Among Them Who Knows The Path To The Land Of The God MenOver Seven Days The Defining Struggle Of Gods And Humans Begins Under The Onslaught Of A Powerful Force Whose True Objective And Origin Remain A Mystery Fu Xi Knows The Secret To Victory Resides In A Fisherman And A Slave Girl, Whose Lives He Must Protect, Even If It Means The Rest Of The World Must Perish Brian Braden creates a world that is based on age old myths The plot and characters kept me reading, but it is the background of the story, the nuances that your average reader will probably not even pick up on, that really make the book Brian s knowledge of history and myth is in depth and awe inspiring, and he weaves his knowledge into an epic fantasy world that anyone will appreciate, even those who don t normally tend towards world building fiction.Black Sea Gods is an epic fantasy to put on your must read list The plot will keep you turning the pages, the world is wild and unpredictable and the characters run the gamut from despicable to loveable This is a book that will stay on your mind long after you read the last page. Wow My mind is blown.I stated in my comments while reading Black Sea Gods that I loved the prehistory aspect Masterfully done, and it totally set me up for a spectacular surprise This huge reveal is handled with immaculate care and attention to detail, the lack, or misshandling of which could have caused this story to collapse like a delicate souffle It did not collapse It delivered the good in what I am sure will be one of the most memorable surprise reveals that has ever been pulled over on me.My hat is off to Brian Braden for keeping me enthralled throughout and taking me on an adventure that I never expected.I loved the characters, they built up wonderfully and carried me on their shoulders through their harrowing journey Aizarg had a depth of warmth and goodness in him that amounted to nothing short of holy Just reading of him raised my own spirit He is one of many characters that are deeply and lovingly rendered They make the reader feel, and experience their tribulations right beside them.I experienced a bit of seperation from Fu Xi, but then he s not really human, is he Brian Braden captured this aspect of the character very well We see how he is different, how he perceives the world in a very unique fashion We can emphasise with him enough to feel his pain and his joy, but he stands out for what he is.I also pointed out in my comments how much this reminded me of classic works by Edgar Rice Burroughs That s no easy task I suspect is was not intentional, and Burroughs almost never touched on supernatural or spiritual subjects directly, yet I felt the touch of the old master of adventure coming through The trials of a primative people The best of human nature The awe of the inexplicable The conviction of superstition All of these things come together to build a world worthy of such inspiration.Black Sea Gods is nothing short of a wonderful tale, written with skill and artistry I would love to say , but I don t want to give anything away.Are there any points I didn t care for Some, and only slightly, not enough to take anything away from the story at all The handling of Fu Xi s flashbacks slowed the pace and tension during the brief section of his story This was an issue with the editing the story being told through those flashbacks was excellent I just feel a different arrangement may have helped build up the tension rather than cool it off, but that is only my opinion. Aizarg and Levidi, two Lo Nation fisherman, are out stalking through the marshes one day when they notice something strange There are no flies or mosquitoes biting them The fish they hunt are gone, and all the animals are leaving The Lo people nervously call a Council meeting together when they realize their livelihoods will vanish with the fish, and their families will starve They fear something has angered the gods and goddesses of nature, and they need to figure out what it isand fix it, if possible At Council, it s decided that a team of clan and spirit leaders including Aizarg and Levidi will venture into the grasslands and risk their lives to seek the wisdom of the immortals known as Narim.In the meantime, Fu Xi arrives home from his journeys all over the world to find that chaos has ensued the primitives he once tried to civilize known as Ice Men have savagely cannibalized his village He immediately seeks the counsel of his mother, the goddess Nuwa, to find out why, and she reveals that the world is being punished by the Celestial Emperor due to the sins of the gods, goddesses and fallen mortals Can Fu Xi, Aizarg and his clan somehow change the heart of the Divine, or will they perish with the rest of the world Braden s BLACK SEA GODS is a tale that blends Chinese folklore with the Biblical account of the Nephilite giants The literary undertaking is nothing less than epic, here, but I don t feel the author has bitten off than he can chew I found the two ancient stories blending quite well together There might have been a tad too much complexity, especially with the author s use of terms like g an and sco lo ti and patesi le Combined with names like Levidi, Aizarg, Setenay, Ood i, etc, I frequently got confused However, I m a relatively new reader of epic fantasies and find that the names associated with different peoples and worlds is what makes fantasy fantasy So take me with a grain of salt on that.Braden has crafted scenes with vivid detail, almost too much at times that it slows the pacing But overall, the novel is packed with so much adventure, gore and tension that the reader will gnaw nails I lost two and find the images lingering long after finishing the book Also, it s important to note the narrative is written from several points of view, and I found Fu Xi s voice particularly unique His italicized Chronicles are so crisply poetic that I d go back and re read them for the beauty of the prose.Fantasy fans will love BLACK SEA GODS, and I look forward to Book II in the series Highly recommended review to appear on tarastaley.com This was not what I expected when I started reading I was expecting a tale of gods and goddesses only But this was definitely than that This story builds on the mythology of the Black Sea It starts out slowly but once you get past the first few chapters it gets very interesting I found myself liking the characters and wanting them all to survive, but that does not always happen.The best way to give a look at this is through the blurb The fish have disappeared from the sea The animals have vanished from the land All humanity, and even the gods, tremble under the specter of a pending cataclysm The demigod Fu Xi races home from the edge of the world bringing news of a looming god war, but finds his land under attack by monsters he once called his children He discovers a terrible curse has been cast, one intended to destroy the gods and all life To his shock, Fu Xi learns mankind s hope rest solely on him, a simple fisherman and a banished slave girl.Beset on all sides, Fu Xi knows he must act quickly and races west to rescue the saviors Unaware of the real doom that awaits, Aizarg the fisherman and his party begin a perilous journey across a dangerous steppe They seek the last of the Narim, the legendary Black Sea Gods, who hold the key to their salvation Leading them is the rescued slave girl Sarah, the only one among them who knows the path to the land of the god men.Over seven days the defining struggle of gods and humans begins under the onslaught of a powerful force whose true objective and origin remain a mystery Fu Xi knows the secret to victory resides in a fisherman and a slave girl, whose lives he must protect, even if it means the rest of the world must perish If you want something that will make you think and not just entertain I think this would be a good read It took myths I had known all my life and gave them a spin I would never had considered I really enjoyed it Black Sea Gods is a thought provoking read that is a little bit hard to get into, but once you do the trouble to get to know the characters and get into the story, it is quite addictive It is the retelling of familiar Bible stories in a manner that seems to mix a few different elements of different religions The story follows Aizarg and a group of Lo people who one day find the fish gone from their waters and the animals fleeing together inland Strange and disturbing things are happening all around and the Lo people do not understand Instead of giving in to hopelessness and starvation, they consult their wise woman and a small group with the leader of the people, Aizarg, set out on a perilous journey far from all they know On the way they meet a young slave girl who will be a guide to the city of the Narim, a fabled race known as The Black Sea Gods As the story unfolds, and layers are revealed, and the familiar themes begin to show The world as they know it is ending and soon enough time becomes of the essence and a race for their lives and the lives of those they love begins Aizarg must learn to trust the true God and also those around him if he is to fulfil his purpose and keep a promise.The storyteller weaves an intricate and involved story, carrying different storylines with ease The descriptions are well done as well as the conversation There were several memorable quotes that really attributed to the skill of the author I am looking forward to the next book in the series. I thought at first Black Sea Gods was YA literature because it came unsolicited to my inbox and my blog features MG YA lit It is not But it is an exquisitely crafted story, a unique blending of the author s own mythology and a well known Bible story But before you classify this as Christian lit, it is not, for the same reasons it is not children s lit There s a smattering of profanity, brutality that can get a little gruesome, some sexuality, and a great deal of fiction added to the biblical account But I am a conservative reader, and nothing in the book felt over the top.The story features the Lo, the people of the sea, and their hero, Aizarg It reminded me greatly of the legends of Native American heroes such as Hiawatha who rise to the challenge of the quests set before them I loved the dynamic culture Braden creates for this ancient people And I especially enjoyed the poetry with which he writes Consider a few of my favorite quotes which also serve to illuminate some of the book s themes There is no forgiveness without sacrifice, and the price of forgiveness is always blood The unknown is a pit If we see the bottom, we fill it with our hopes If we see blackness, we feed it our fears The day when the gods finally weep for the woes of mortals, the world will drown in our tears Beautiful stuff, isn t it The whole book is a treat I read it in just two sittings. Black Sea Gods by Brian L Braden is an excellent action packed adventure that will keep your heart racing from cover to cover It is nonstop and I love the Ah ha ending.The storyline is very well developed and flows seamlessly from one twist to another It was easy to follow and keep up with the themes as the story developed The story was very believable and I found it easy to identify with I always like a story I can follow along and put myself in as an unseen character.Brian L Braden did and great job with character development The characters where very believable and real, which made it easy to identify with them I like the way he made the lead character and hero human with all the normal self doubts and internal worries.I really enjoyed reading Black Sea Gods by Brian L Braden and I highly recommend this book to all readers Please note I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.