Hello lovely Faeries, and welcome to the fourth stop on The Orphanage of Gods blog tour!
First off, let me say a big thank you to Hodderscape for asking me to be involved in the tour, and for gifting me a free advance reader copy of this amazing book to review.
The Book: The Orphanage of Gods by Helena Coggan
The Rating: 4⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
“No one has ever escaped the orphanage… until now.”
When I first heard about The Orphanage of Gods, I had an idea in my head about what the story would be. I imagined a wildly fantastical story, sort of like Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. And there were definitely aspects of that… if you cross it with The Darkest Minds and add a bit of an X-Men feel. I love all three of those things, so you can imagine how excited I got as I read more of this book!
The premise is simple. The children of Amareth live in orphanages, under guard their entire lives. Any child who shows signs of god like power disappears in the night and is never heard of again. No one has escaped this fate… until Hero and Joshua. On the run, afraid for their lives and faced with the prospect of trying to rescue their best friend, Kestrel, the stage has been set for an epic story that Helena absolutely delivers!
We jump straight into the action on page one and it doesn’t stop until the very end, which I loved. I have to say, I’m not usually a fan of books written in the present tense, but I loved how it made this story completely immersive and real. The writing was visceral and fierce and just made me want to keep reading and reading (I read this book so fast)!
Parts of the story are told in flashback, which gives us a better understanding of the relationships between Hero, Joshua and Kestrel and how they’ve handled the way they’ve been forced to grow up. You really get a sense that these characters would do just about anything for each other, so when their relationships start to become more strained as the book progresses it makes it even more painful to read.
Hero and Kestrel’s relationship was probably my favourite. They may not be blood related, but they’re as close as sisters and trust each other implicitly. Getting to read from both of their perspectives was really beautiful, and the way Helena described their characters and their relationship with each other was perfection.
I think what really struck me about this story was the way it made me question the way we view the world, and how power can corrupt even the most innocent people. It’s very difficult throughout the book to decide who the antagonist is – so many characters have legitimate reasons for acting the way they do, even if what they’re doing may not be the right thing. Some characters started off as “good”, but their choices and actions force you to shift your perspective.
I genuinely loved this story, and I’m actually really happy that it’s a stand-alone novel. There aren’t enough well written and perfectly wrapped up stand-alone books in the world for my liking, so while I’d love to read more about these characters and this world, I’m completely satisfied with the way it ended.
I hope I’ve convinced you to give this wonderful book a chance! If you’ve read The Orphanage of Gods already, let me know what you thought in the comments and check out Day 5 of the blog tour tomorrow!