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A city threatened by unimaginable horrors must trust their most hated outcast, or lose everything, in this crushing epic fantasy debut.

After 10 years on the run, dodging daemons and debt, reviled magician Edrin Walker returns home to avenge the brutal murder of his friend. Lynas had uncovered a terrible secret, something that threatened to devour the entire city. He tried to warn the Arcanum, the sorcerers who rule the city. He failed. Lynas was skinned alive and Walker felt every cut. Now nothing will stop him from finding the murderer. 

Magi, mortals, daemons, and even the gods - Walker will burn them all if he has to. After all, it wouldn't be the first time he's killed a god....

©2018 Cameron Johnston (P)2018 Tantor

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  • Rob Hayes
  • 29-04-2019

Action galore, witty banter, juvenile banter, hear

The Traitor God is the story of Edrin Walker, a surly deviant of a magician who has spent the last ten years running away from a past he can’t quite remember. He’s fairly certain, however, that it has something to do with his murdering of a god. But when his best friend is killed and enemies from abroad start to invade, Edrin returns back to his home city in an attempt to unravel the plot and his past both.

I’ll start by saying I listened to this one and it was narrated by Paul Woodson who did a fantastic job of it. His sarcastic flair really helped bring Edrin Walker to life in all his sour, aresholic glory (yes, I just made up a new word for it).

We ride along in Edrin’s head for this one, and he’s a fairly typical anti-hero for the most part. He’s the type of man who claims he’s only there to gain vengeance for his friend, and only cares about those he calls friends… but when the threat becomes bigger than him, he’s the first one to throw himself into the fray. He’s a complex character and best of all, he barely even understands why himself. At Edrin’s core is a mystery, a hole in his mind. He’s fairly certain he killed a god, and he knows there were consequences for that that he’s dealing with even 10 years after the fact, but he has no idea how or why he did it. It’s a compelling mystery with an answer that is 50% drip fed to the reader, and then 50% slammed into the reader’s mind like a magical command.

There’s action galore, witty banter, juvenile banter, heart felt reunions, and horrifying monsters. It’s a bit of a thrill ride really and rarely lets up on the pace once it gets going.

A hearty 4 stars from me, and I’ll definitely be picking up book 2 when it releases.

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  • Richard
  • 14-12-2018

wow

this book was fast passed and action packed, I had a hard time stopping the book to go to sleep, and I look forward to the next if there is one
also the narrator was top notch

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-12-2019

it's okay

I get annoyed by the pervasive feminism in these and pretty much all types of stories these days. If that doesn't bother you, ya might like it.

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  • Skrapps
  • 07-01-2020

Kinda Dune Gladiator

I did not like such a long book where the hero never has a win or is always one step behind his enemies. When there is a win, it's due to someone else intervening, or a last second memory blast. And that was accidental. The entire book is this way.

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  • Marco Selmo
  • 06-05-2021

Good book with an interesting premise

The Traitor God is an enjoyable grimdark tale with an interesting protagonist and world.
I enjoyed the ride, especially Paul Woodson, which I'd now like to hear narrate my autobiography. That man voice is smooooth. His performance was excellent, the only minute observation is that characters' voices are a bit too similar.
The plot itself is ok, it didn't hook me at first but got me towards the end.
I also appreciated the setting, even if I wished some parts of the mythos were explored more thoroughly. Some concepts are not explained properly and left me the curiosity.
Another small thing is the level of grimdark being forced: I read almost exclusively said genere and I felt the amount of filth, guts, shit, piss and blood was excessive. The book centered the genere even with less mention of said bodily fluids.
All in all, a good read!

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  • Sally Wagle
  • 22-06-2020

Nothing to engage any interest

I couldn't finish due to tedious narration of repetitive situations and shallow character development. will be returning. Narrator did a good job.

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  • Sailfish
  • 22-09-2019

Difficult to finish

Except for the MC being a roguish, uninteresting mage, the supporting characters being mostly relegated to tertiary roles, unending world and atmosphere building and a razor thin plot it had some good points. I did like the boss battle at the end.

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  • mr
  • 06-03-2019

Dark and Gritty

I loved this. It was dark, Violent and full of drama. It was everything I wanted I a fantasy book, and I didn't even know it. As silly as this sounds, it was very "real". No flawless heros.

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  • Timy
  • 26-11-2020

A grimdark journey

I've been meaning to read The Traitor God for a while now, but the timing was never quite right for that. I've read samples of Johnston's other works which just made me want to read it even more. Finally the time has come and I have to say, it was worth the wait. I'm just sorry, I haven't made time for it sooner. I partly read, partly listened to it on audiobook, and let me just tell you, Paul Woodson did a great job giving this book a voice.

Edrin Walker spends the last ten years of his life in exile thanks to a deal he made to keep his friends safe and sound in Setharis. Until one day the game suddenly changes. He not only has to solve a murder mystery, but also has to save the city and keep his head on his shoulders long enough to do so. That's plenty enough to ask of someone who prefers to stay in the background, minding his own business. The fact that he is a rare type of magus the others hate and fear does not help either. He likes to call himself peoplemancer, others prefer tyrant. No wonder he is not all that fond of the Arcanum.

The Traitor God operates with a couple of well known tropes, such as the Underrated Special One or the Partially Lost Memories, but it's done in a pretty enjoyable way. It also made me realise - well, it's not like I didn't know already - that I indeed prefer books that have one main setting, which I can explore and learn about along with the MC or through them. Also that I love a well established already existing relationship between the MC and other characters. In this case it's Charra, one of Walker's friends he wished to keep safe. Oh and let's not forget about Harailt, his childhood bully. Talking about childhood. I liked how Johnston linked past and present events together in the plot. That definitely was a nice touch, and made a very realistic flaw in Walker's character. Though flaw might not be the right word for it. I think what I liked about him is that he could be just almost anyone with an attitude, he just happens to be a magus as well. He is not a hero, just a man, whose decisions has serious consequences but he doesn't hesitate to make them. Come to think of it, this might be the description of a hero. Where am I even going with this? Anyway, he is also a good example at how prejudice can affect a person's life. That, and plain old manipulation.

The Traitor God has a lot going on for it: murder mystery, magic, friendship, backstabbing, monsters, intrigue and some well placed gory scenes - usually accompanied by fighting which will leave your heart racing. Spiced with humor, though I definitely would have liked to see more of that, I know for a fact Johnston has it in him. I especially found interesting the society of Setharis with the gods, the magi, the gifted and everyone else. How this city was built on the remains of a long gone Empire and still didn't learn from it.

In terms of criticism, at the beginning, it took me a bit to get into the book. I found the first couple of chapter repetitive, as we kept being told over and over and over again how Walker couldn't remember that night when he left Setharis. But then we got over that bit of awkwardness, like the beginning of a new relationship, it took a bit of trial and error to find out we actually are a good match. And I very much look forward to our next date in God of Broken Things.

Cameron Johnston doesn't shy away from making his characters suffer, or get them into impossibly looking situations and splashing a good dose of blood on everything, but he still manages to make his characters painfully real. The Traitor God is a grimdark journey into a city's (and humans') deeply buried secrets. Just make sure you don't run into the Smilers while you walk the streets of Setharis.

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  • Poppey
  • 11-06-2020

Lacklustre

I found this book slow and the narration uninspiring. It did pick up eventually, but not enough to encourage me to purhase the next book.

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