• Gunmetal Gods

  • Gunmetal Gods, Book 1
  • By: Zamil Akhtar
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 17 hrs and 37 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (254 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

They took his daughter, so Micah comes to take their kingdom.

Fifty thousand gun-toting paladins march behind him, all baptized in angel blood, thirsty to burn unbelievers. Only the janissaries can stand against them. Their living legend, Kevah, once beheaded a magus amid a hail of ice daggers. But ever since his wife disappeared, he spends his days in a haze of hashish and poetry.

To save the kingdom, Kevah must conquer his grief and become the legend he once was. But Micah writes his own legend in blood, and his righteous conquest will stop at nothing. When the gods choose sides, a legend will be etched upon the stars.

Game of Thrones meets Arabian Nights in this blood-soaked epic fantasy inspired by The Crusades, featuring Lovecraftian gods, mischievous djinns, and astral magic.

©2021 Zamil Akhtar (P)2021 Podium Audio

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Great Narrator, Great Book

Like Game of Thrones with a Middle Eastern flavor, then throw in some really cool Lovecraftian stuff. I enjoyed this book. The world building is some of the richest and most detailed I've ever read, especially the religions. There is this place called Labirynthos, which is a great concept that I won't spoil here. At times I got confused about which characters were connected to which other characters, but I think that was mostly because real life got in the way, and I had to take a few long breaks in between readings.

The narrator is definitely among the best I've ever listened to. His accent and tone remind me of Davos from GoT. He does such a great job with all the characters, and giving words the proper amount of emphasis. Some narrators can lull me sleep, but his reading compelled me to listen.

Overall, I highly recommend this audiobook experience. Fantasy in a fresh setting, with great writing and a great narrator.

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pretty good start...with some flaws

it is really nice to get a fantasy setting that isn't born out of the Eurocentric aesthetic and in many ways subverts that perspective. there's some definite influences taken here from the Crusades and Classical Mythology but from refreshingly different perspective.

the narrator doesn't have a very broad pallette though so when different characters are speaking I wasn't really clear on who was who. I found myself rewinding to listen to a lot of it over again.

the tone is pretty dark. the characters suffer a lot. there's a character introduced towards the end that is supposed to be comedic and while I wanted it to work...it really didn't.

all in all I understand that this is thus author's first novel. in that case it's an outstanding offering because the flaws concerning tone, pacing and characterization are all issues of craft. this is a great story, just a few flaws in the execution. but flaws that I think will be fixed or overcome in the 2nd book which I am about to use a credit to download.

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stick a fork in it this is well-done

a well-written story with great characters and pacing, what else can you ask for

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tough to get through

kept waiting for it to get started but it was really tough to finish never really got going for me

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Became so invested I picked a side.

First off loved the novel. As a lover of history the blend of the religious zealotry of the crusades, the use of firearms, as well as the fantasy elements were a huge win in my opinion. Became emotionally invested within a few chapters so much I was actually rooting for Kevah. Think saying it’s similar to GOT is apt since the author isn’t afraid to kill important people. Honestly couldn’t put it down. The narration is some of the best I’ve heard on audible. Costani reminded me so much of Constantinople and the religious backgrounds were very hashed out and believable. The twist were unexpected and the ending made me immediately search for book 2 which I bout immediately on Amazon.

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Not for me

I can see why many would like this book but for me was just ok. Never really connected with the characters and magic system was to mysterious and overpowered (which maybe the point but that removes a lot of the stakes for the characters I think).

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The narrator is fine but this is a book structure that would have really benefited to have two different narrators, on for each of the main protagonists. With out that, and given the first person perspective, it is more confusing early in the book than it needs to be. Picking it off the shelf and hitting play without looking at the table of contents or paying attention to the chapter names it was confusing. Once you understand what is going on it is fine but two narrators would make it 1000x better.

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Skeptical at first, but solid delivery.

I’ll admit, as the title indicates, I was a bit skeptical through the first few chapters. It didn’t really feel like I connected with any of the characters despite walking with them through preparing for war — which I also admit might be more on me than the author.
However, I was glad I kept listening. GmG really delivers through to the end albeit a slow burning delivery. Which honestly, in hindsight, made it much more satisfying to engage with. And at the end of it, I still can’t decide which was my favorite character. Each was written so well that I sided with whichever one during their chapters.

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How have I never heard of this author and book??

Amazing, wow, in every single way. I am extremely picky when it comes to my fantasy books, it takes me weeks to pick a single book and it has to fit perfectly what I want or I won't finish it. This book gave me everything I want in a fantasy book.. I devoured the book in a day, just couldn't stop.

Also, I hate how Arabs are portrayed in fantasy books, always these crazy brown people savages that the white people need to teach manners to, but this guy does Arabs justice and makes Arabs just as good and just as BAD as everyone else

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A must

No way to fully describe how I feel about this book. All I will say is, give it a chance, and you’ll find out that every minute spent was well worth it. Can’t wait to start on the second installment.

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amazing

one of the best books I had the pleasure to read. absolutely amzing from start to finish.

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  • 05-05-22

Dark Fantasy

It scratched that dark fantasy itch I have been having lately. definitely best book I've read in a while.

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  • louis daniel tetley beazley
  • 03-27-22

I really enjoyed this story!

great narration, interesting characters and an enjoyable setting. I am happy to recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a well made epic fantasy.

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  • Lana @ Lore & Lullabies
  • 07-16-21

Did not let me go till the very end

"We're all good men until we're pushed to the edge. Then your either die a good man, or the good man in you dies."

Gunmetal Gods by Zamil Akhtar, was described as 'Game of Thrones' and the crusades set in the Middle East. I could not agree more. The world was familiar, in its complexity of characters and their motives.

"War urged savagery, but vengeance oft demanded it,"

It was fast paced, brutal, rife with political backstabbing and plotting, religious zealotry and hypocrisy (it is inspired by the crusades after all), and mans need for power and revenge.

To start off, it was more political than I had thought it would be which isn't usually my jam but had enough tropes and things I liked to keep me turning the page. Before long, be it by the Archangel or Lat herself I was hooked!

"Until now, I'd been living wrong. I'd been clinging to peace, when war was inevitable, and you either won or watched everyone you love choke on blood"

The world building was so very well done. A great balance between sharing enough without info dumping. I was really impressed because there were so many different lands in this world. The map definitely helped and is gorgeous.

The characters were VERY well written, explored and complex. Each was flawed to f*<*ery, but truly was trying to do their best to do what they believed was right. Not one character was solely good nor solely evil, and it really just made it a delight to read. It made it hard to predict what they were going to do next. Whether it was right or wrong from where I sat was of no importance. I was literally in the passenger's seat without a seatbelt, watching/ reading hoping the car didn't explode.

I will say that, as much as I liked Kevah's arc, I can't wait to learn more about Aicard. He was the most intriguing character for me. I hope he has more 'screen time' in Conqueror's Blood.

I was team Kevah from the get go. Once a celebrated warrior, now ten years older, tired and fat, called on once again by the Shah to do the impossible. Micah the Metal was enemy number one from the jump. I tend to be anti the religious zealots in any book I read, but his character was so easy to hate.

The addition of the Magi and ancient deities and the way they folded into the story was well done. Learning about them, the differences and hierarchy, was fascinating and I want more. I feel we only scratched the surface on these.

"Faith runs out as gold does. And nothing replenishes both like victory."

An obvious amount of attention has gone into the editing of this. Really well done. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  • Mike Borg
  • 08-13-22

A bit hard to review but I liked it

This was hard to review. I initially wanted to read this because I really liked the author's book, Lightblade.
For the first half of the book, everything was bleak. Everything was a bit too realistic, I.e. people believed in gods but it seemed it could be just superstition, as in our reality, and lived in a somewhat mundane mediaeval world. I could not like the two main characters. Both were hard men who lived in hard times and driven by motivations that are hard to share. They acted like in Shakespearean stories, where they bare their emotions and motivations to each other, and are treated as honour or emotions dictated. The narrator narrated more like a story teller and not as the embodiment of different characters. The book was well done, but it still did not endear me to the story. After the midpoint, it was easier to convince myself that the rest is short enough to see if it will validate all the good reviews. And it did. Characters gained more depth. They became unsure of their path, and moralised on the wisdom of what they were doing. and also, the gods revealed themselves. I can't recommend this if you're in the mood for lighter fare, but if you're in the mood for something a bit more layered, you might appreciate this one.

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  • Ryan
  • 07-23-22

Fantastic, amazing story, more amazing narrator

Incredible story that intertwines dark fantasy Crusades and Cthulhu like Gods. Amazing narrator aswell, had me thoroughly engaged throughout.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-24-22

Why no warning ?

I don’t mind graphic violence and swearing but I draw the line at mass murder of babies . Buried and stomped to death . Who the hell writes that ? Oh yeah and the child sex slaves both boys and girls .
Can’t believe no one else mentioned it .
An atrocious story and the narrator was terrible.

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  • jordan
  • 06-24-21

Fantastic

Story was fantastic, writing was fantastic, voice acting was fantastic. a solid entry into a new series that I will be closely watching in time to come.