• Gunmetal Gods

  • Gunmetal Gods, Book 1
  • By: Zamil Akhtar
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 17 hrs and 37 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (75 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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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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great story.

my one and only gripe is that I didn't feel it was necessary for the sex scene. it was... disturbing...

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Notes of Malazan, rich with quality.

The story has a dreamlike quality with which fans of the genre are likely very familiar, and places a pax on extraneous detail of any kind.

I'm very much a fan of books which emphasize plot over sometimes masturbatory description, but in this entry I find it almost a shame. The world building here is exceptional, and I would not have begrudged the work a little more time luxuriating in its details. Instead, the stage is set in a dialogue-rich fashion, the notes of history brought to the fore when they add to the character tension of the moment.

The author's prose is direct, almost violent in its construction, each beat striving for progress. The notes of character building, eschewing subtext, are bright and clear. This is sometimes regrettable, not for an foible in the construction of the characters, but for the stark way their quite believable, sometimes monstrous, flaws are manifested.

The narration is unimpeachable. I could listen to Noble read the phone book.

I recommend the read, and look forward to more entries from Akhtar.

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Great Dark Fantasy With Cosmic Stakes

This is some great epic fantasy- war, intrigue, dark magic, weird, Lovecraftian gods, all in an interesting setting based on the cultural traditions of the Middle East and North Africa rather than the standard Euro-fantasy, while still managing to be accessible to people less familiar with those themes.

My only complaint, if you could call it a complaint, is that I had hoped for a little bit more magic, which I assumed I’d be getting based on the summaries I read before I started. Instead, this one goes a bit more low magic gritty in the vein of Game of Thrones, but when the magic makes its presence known, it really hits the spot. I mean, a dude grows a magical metal arm, so I don’t know what I’m whining about.

If you like dark fantasy, I can’t recommend this more highly. I’m really looking forward to the next book in the series.

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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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  • 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.