November 5, 2021

ARC REVIEW: Gunmetal Gods (Gunmetal Gods #1) by Zamil Akhtar

Gunmetal Gods (Gunmetal Gods #1) by Zamil Akhtar

Rating: 3 Stars

Release Date: October 15, 2020

Format: eARC

Publisher: Eight Point Press

“Faith fills their bellies when food runs out”

Gunmetal Gods jumps right into the action from the first pages. The contrast between Micah the Metal and Kevah, the two main characters, is intriguing to see. One is driven by a desire to conquer the world in the name of his faith. The other is a war hero known for performing a feat once thought impossible, slaying a “magus” or sorcerer. No longer driven to fight, he is called to the battlefield once again to face Micah the Metal and his forces as they come to conquer the city of Kostany.


The story pulls on the history of the Ottoman empire, with the use of elements like janissaries and sultans. The incorporation of magic along with more modern weapons like guns made for dynamic battle scenes that I haven’t seen in other books. The world-building in this novel was phenomenal. I appreciate the level of development for Micah the Metal and Kevah. Yet,  I would have liked it if Akhtar went into the backstory of characters like the princess or the Ethosian a bit more than he did.


I definitely recommend this for anyone who loves a page-turning fantasy read. I would have appreciated some more breaks in the action, as it seemed to be fast-paced throughout the entirety of the novel. However, I enjoyed the book immensely. This is edited extremely well, so props to the author and their team in that regard. Crossing my fingers for a second book!


I appreciate NetGalley giving me a free copy of this book. 

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