Reviewed by Dan
TITLE: Child of Night and Day
SERIES: Champion of the Gods: Book Four
AUTHOR: Andrew Q. Gordon
PUBLISHER: DSP Publications
LENGTH: 390 Pages
RELEASE DATE: April 11, 2017
Farrell’s excitement at finding his legendary ancestor Kel is tempered by the knowledge it signals the beginning of the end of the war. As he and Kel race to recover the last two Gifts of the Gods, Meglar is not quiet. Fighting erupts around the world, and new allies reveal their hand. To complicate matters, Arritisa has refused Farrell’s request for Her Gift.
Searching for answers, Farrell travels to Bowient, home to Falcron’s main temple. While there, Farrell uncovers a plot to destroy the temple and the city. The attack fails, but Farrell kills Neldin’s priestess in the fight. The death of His priestess prompts Neldin to visit Farrell. Despite Farrell’s rejection, Neldin shows Farrell that he is more like his father than he’d like to admit.
Shaken by Neldin’s visit, Farrell doubts himself and his abilities. In an attempt to prove loyalty to the Six and deny Neldin, Farrell secretly embarks on a risky mission he can’t win. Kel rushes to find Farrell, but it might be too late. The seeds Neldin planted have found fertile ground. Even if Kel saves Farrell, can even a legend stop a god from claiming the son of Meglar for His cause?
I love a long book, and this fit the bill! I started reading it in time to do a Release Day Review on it, and here I am finishing it 6 days after the Release Day. It wasn’t a book that could be rushed. Andrew Q. Gordon has again proven what a master he is at fantasy storytelling. The depth of the world building and characters continues, which I would expect since I read somewhere that he wrote the entire series at one time and has since edited and made it into 5 distinct books. This is number 4.
Because it is number 4 in a 5 book series, you definitely can’t just jump in here and read the story. This installment is not a standalone in my opinion, because you need the background to follow along with the very large cast of characters, countries, etc., contained in the story.
In this fourth installment, we are again focused on Farrell who continues to grow into his powers. There are secrets revealed, and some folks thought long dead turn up. The 6 Gods are still holding back on too much information so that the 7th God, the bad guy, can’t get involved directly.
Meglar is building his armies. He is striking out. And the story is building. I can’t wait until early next year to read the dramatic conclusion of this story. I’m going to very highly recommend this installment and the entire series. You might want to get started reading it now, because it is apt to take you a while!
Great job Mr. Gordon.