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Gods are hard to beat, even dead ones.

Victory! 

Hard-fought, and a close thing, but victory all the same. But why did William feel so horrible about it all?

He had Amder back to the world. He, William Reis, was made the new forgemaster of Amder by the God himself. Valnijz’s return ended, and even the near-immortal High Priest Zalkiniv is gone. The Valni were almost totally decimated, assuring safe passage for years to come.

But the cost was high. Scores of innocent Reachers dead to the Valni. And Duncan Reis, William's last family, was dead. Duncan was the one who stopped the blood god, trading his own life for that feat. Given a new task by the God Amder, William and his friends embark to set things in order, joined by Captain Vin Tolin, an old soldier and now de facto protector of the newly minted Forgemaster William. 

Soon, Will discovers that not all is as he believed, and Duncan may yet still live. Dropping everything, William sets out to save his cousin one last time. Things are not always as they appear, however. For, secrets abound in this group of friends. One secret will hurt the heart, one will terrify them, and one could undo everything they have worked and sacrificed for.

From the dark depths of the world of Alos, to the last refuge of true magic, William and his allies will scour the world for the truth. It just may not be the truth they want to find.

The last act of the Gods' fall is still to come, and the hidden past will remake everything.

©2020 Joshua C. Cook (P)2021 Joshua C. Cook

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  • Georgia McNabb
  • 29-03-2021

2nd Book in Series

Though this book continues the story started in book #1, I personally did not think it was as good. The various Gods are mostly mean, arrogant beings and as the book goes on I find I dislike where this Story is heading. Narrator did a good job with this story and characters.

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  • Jackie T
  • 09-03-2021

Awesome

I thoroughly enjoyed this story, especially made even better by the narrator. His voice was clear and easy to listen to. You feel the magic that’s going on. Will finds things are not what they seem.

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  • Laura
  • 07-03-2021

The Forgemaster Continues

Once again Joshua C Cook has written a creative and clever epic fantasy that has taken his characters down dark and dangerous paths. Joshua's world building skills and introduction of new and varied creatures are by themselves worth reading his tale. His likeable and relatable characters are icing on the cake. I recommend this book for those who like this genre. Eric Bryan Moore's narration skills are accomplished and add another layer of enjoyment to the story. I was given a free copy of the audiobook and I have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-02-2021

Protagonist handled poorly

I don't think this book is as good as the first one. The author is trying to develop a side character, but does so at the expense of the main one. I know that this is a personal preference, but only a fraction of the book is told from Will's perspective. That isn't bad per say, but personally I don't like jumping around between 5 different characters perspectives all the time. Especially when some of those different characters are right next to each other and doing more or less the same things. At times it feels like Will is less of a character and more of a plot device. He is just a reason for other characters to do things. BEWERE, THE REST OF THE REVEIW CONTAINS VERY VAUGE AND MILD SPOILERS. Without spoiling the plot too much, Will is an L magnet. I don't think that he managed to susceed at literally anything he tried throughout the entire book, excluding times he was doing someone else's idea, and even then it was iffy. In many ways, Will effectively let's everything he did right in the previous book be undone or made irrelevant. But this isn't as noticable as you might think because Will, as a character, doesn't really do much. As I said, he's mainly just there as a plot device. Overall the book isn't terrible, but there aren't any feel good moments of triumph in it. It is just a long list of half failures that I guess could have been slightly worse without the intervention of the protagonist's aquatances.

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  • Craig Williams
  • 19-02-2021

Yup no question now. I am definitely hooked!

Yup no question now. I am definitely hooked on this series and can't wait for book #3, 4, 5 ,6 .........

The story had it all, multiple gods, a love story, death, sacrifice and plenty of weird creatures which is right up my ally.

The narration seemed much better then the first book and I am really starting to like Eric Bryan Moore's narration style so will need to look for more of his work.

Sooooo Joshua is book 3 ready yet???? ;)

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • trufriends
  • 09-02-2021

better

this one picked up from the first and it does get better with each book. Looking forward to the next book.

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  • Anna O
  • 09-02-2021

Dark Epic Fantasy - highly recommended

The Anvil of Souls. Dark Epic Fantasy - highly recommended
I couldn't put aside this second book of the Forgemaster Cycle. I am so invested in this world and the characters. William and Myriam both grow in strength and mature. The story picks up from the conclusion of Blood of a Fallen God. The path taken by the newly anointed Forgemaster, William Reis, and his friends is fraught with danger. So many revelations and betrayals. Followers of the Blood God, Valnijz, persist in their faith and the gruesome blood sacrifices continue. Amder, God of Craft and Creation, is unable to give William specific advice as he quests to save Duncan's soul. The body count reminds me of Game of Thrones.

Totally immersive experience as an audio book. The narrator, Eric Bryan Moore is a great voice actor and adds that extra special level of enjoyment. One thing about audio, you cannot skim past the gruesome bits, so you are totally immersed in the fear and gore. Really dark and not for the faint hearted. The writing is clean and atmospheric. Small details add to the sense of immediacy.

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  • Roger Fauble
  • 04-02-2021

Another well-written story from a very good author

The Anvil of Souls (The Forgemaster Cycle Book 2), my second oh-so-enjoyable read from author Joshua C. Cook. Well-written epic fantasy with captivating & intriguing characters picking up seamlessly from where the first book left off. 323-pages. Sometimes a book is just enjoyable, wait no spoilers here, buy the book, read & review the book. I was given an Audible copy of this book & am voluntarily reviewing it. Eric Bryan Moore's adds to an excellent book's enjoyment. I'll be reading more from this author and look forward to the third book in the series. (RIP Marley January 20, 2014 - July 24, 2018).

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  • Julie
  • 31-01-2021

The forgemaster continues the adventure

I enjoyed this book but really recommend that you listen or read book one before starting this one, mainly so that you know what has happened before and be prepared to get the next book because the adventure continues.So much happens in this book that the time just flies by. This book is just as good as the first and contains lots of deaths, strange creatures, romance and action as two God's try to assert there power over the world. The author has a good imagination and this comes across in his work as he introduces you to new characters and a different world. I like the main characters but miss Duncan and his interaction or relationship with Will.
Will , Myriam and Regin might have stopped the blood god from returning and helped the god of craft to return but they paid a high cost. With so many dead, it is the death of his last remaining family member that hits Will the new forgemaster the hardest.
How can he possibly go on, let alone rebuild and lead the guild? Then Amder informs him, Duncan might not be dead but also not quite alive. With hope that he can save him Will sets out to try, joined by his faithful companions Myriam and Regin they set out to face new dangers and the impossible quest to save Duncan. Amder might be a good but not even he knows what will happen when they travel back to where it all began or how to free Duncan from his torments. The only obvious thing is with everybody having there own plan or hidden agenda then this might be a one way trip.
I liked the narrator. He did some very good accents and scary monster voices that certainly added to the tension of the story.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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