The G.O.D. series must be read in order
Griffin Storm is hiding out in Underground Atlanta. He’s an albino man that can manipulate glass and crystal, and he uses his special abilities to raid warehouses and old buildings for food and supplies for the abandoned children that live underground. During a raid, he meets Tassta Vinetti, a resident of the Brotherhood fortress. He is taken to the fortress and chaos ensues as Tassta, her twin brother Penn, and her uncle, try to keep their new visitor and his untold powers a secret.
Griffin is the only survivor of the Guild’s deadly experiments, and they hunt for him because his survival will have dynamic consequences on the world. The Guild believes that Griffin will transform into a G.O.D., a genetically enhanced Omni-dimensional being with limitless abilities.
Will Griffin transform into a G.O.D.? Will he save the children of the Underground from their tragic life? Only time will tell…
This is a book to take one’s time over.
The author has clearly taken a huge amount of time to bring the world of this book to life: detail abounds, there is history, legend, and rumour all mixed in together in a way that seems very right for the sort of post-apocalyptic scenario her characters inhabit. Those characters themselves are carefully, lovingly drawn, with their own backgrounds, likes, dislikes and motivations – and as in our own mundane world, not all of these are immediately clear or obvious. The effect of all this, then, is something like a complex layer-cake of plots, purposes, and personalities, and the result is a truly rich and satisfying read. There is detail to savour, motives to wonder at, and mysteries to unravel. Nor is even this the end of the story: Blood Master is the first in a series, and so there is more to anticipate and look forward to.
The story begins slowly, but in itself, this is not a particularly bad thing. The time has been taken to set the scene, to establish some background, before the deeper themes of the story begin to make themselves evident. For all its fantastical elements and its dark, survivalist setting, this is a story about trust, in all its aspects, and about whether trust can survive the sorts of upheavals both presented and hinted at.
It is not a genre I would normally read, but I find that I am glad I did in this case. The book well rewards a bit of patience and careful reading in order to fully appreciate the depths of detail to which the author has gone, which only serve to enhance and enrich an already compelling story.