Review: The Woken Gods by Gwenda Bond


Publisher: Angry Robot
Publishing Date: September 2013
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: 2.8/5

Publishers Description: Seventeen-year-old Kyra lives in a transformed Washington, D.C., home to the embassies of divine pantheons and the mysterious Society of the Sun. But when rebellious Kyra encounters two trickster gods on her way back from school, one offering a threat and the other a warning, it turns out her life isn’t what it seems. She escapes with the aid of Osborne “Oz” Spencer, an intriguing Society field operative, only to discover that her scholar father has disappeared with a dangerous relic. The Society needs it, and they don’t care that she knows nothing about her father’s secrets.

Most of the reviewers on Goodreads gave this novel very high marks…and were all women…..2 to be exact with one giving it 5 stars but no reviewable content. Hmmm.
Gwenda Bond is pretty hot, in an elfish sort of way so it pains me to say that this novel fell flat. In brief, here’s why. Kyra’s constant infernal dialogue definitely detracts from the entire novel. I have no idea why a lot of chick writers feel the need to fill the novel with drivel. Maybe it is an emotive needs thang. More likely, the writer runs out of creative insight and wants page filler until the Grande finale. The whole premise was never explained in full, so the reader is left with catching up when the author introduces new elements. Not hard to figure out, just a minor distraction. Scenes are jumbled and stilted when they need to follow a logical progression. And then we have the love triangle element that seems to rear its ugly head in so many novels these days. Petty emotions really pull the novel down, much like internal dialogue.

I really liked the story-line. It was just a little under-developed with very little action. The author could have kept the pace up, with the constant introduction and inter-action with a variety of Gods. Now that would have been interesting and historically enlightening. Bring in Shiva, Kali, Frigg, Si-Wang-Mu, and Ixtab. Have them all interact in amazing ways (plots, god love triangles, scheming, powers and relics gifted to mortals so they can complete certain tasks).

Unless you get this for free, don’t buy it. If the author entertains a second novel in the series, she really needs to follow my advice about enhancing the story-line.

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