Saturday 29 April 2023

Book Review: The Sun and the Void (The Warring Gods #1) by Gabriela Romero-Lacruz (Fantasy)

Title: The Sun and the Void (The Warring Gods #1)
Author: Gabriela Romero-Lacruz
Publisher: Daphne Press
Publication Date: 25 July 2023
Pages: 533
Format: eBook - EPUB
Genre: Fantasy
Source: ARC via NetGalley

In a lush world inspired by the history and folklore of South America, a sweeping epic fantasy of colonialism, ancient magic, and two young women's quest for belonging unfolds.

Reina is desperate.

Stuck living on the edges of society, her only salvation lies in an invitation from a grandmother she’s never known. But the journey is dangerous, and prayer can’t always avert disaster.

Attacked by creatures that stalk the region, Reina is on the verge of death until her grandmother, a dark sorceress, intervenes. Now dependent on the Doña’s magic for her life, Reina will do anything to earn—and keep—her favor. Even the bidding of an ancient god who whispers to her at night.

Eva Kesare is unwanted.

Illegitimate and of mixed heritage, Eva is her family’s shame. She tries her best to be perfect and to hide her oddities. But Eva is hiding a secret: magic calls to her.

Eva knows she should fight the temptation. Magic is the sign of the dark god, and using it is punishable by death. Yet, it’s hard to deny power when it has always been denied to you. Eva is walking a dangerous path, one that gets stranger every day. And, in the end, she’ll become something she never imagined.


The Sun and the Void was a mixed read for me. I loved the premise and was excited to read a story based on South American folklore. Things started well, but as the story progressed I found my attention and interest wavering, I think because I struggled to invest emotionally in the characters after their initial introduction. The world building was fine and I enjoyed the fantasy aspects of the tale, but some kind of spark was missing for me overall. As such I am giving it 3.5. It's definitely worth a read if you like fantasy based on diverse mythologies and folklore, and I'm sure many will love the book even though it didn't work 100% for me.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

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