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Imprisoned for ‘inflammatory writings’ by the totalitarian Theocracy, shy intellectual Ashleigh Trine figures his story’s over. But when he meets Kieran Trevarde, a hard-hearted gunslinger with a dark magic lurking in his blood, Ash finds that necessity makes strange heroes… and love can change the world.
The God Eaters is an excellent m/m fantasy romance novel that has the extra awesome bonus for being available free to read online.
At over 177k words, The God Eaters tells an amazing and enthralling story set in an alternative world where magic abilities exist, and a totalitarian government has tight control over who is allowed to have these abilities. Kieran and Ash are two young men who meet while they are being sent to prison for their crimes–robbery and murder for Kieran, and distributing rebellious propaganda for Ash. Both have talents, and they find that the prison isn’t just a place to contain criminals, but is a government testing ground for magical abilities. Surviving prison life and the torturous tests is made only easier by the slow growing relationship between them, a relationship that incites them to plan an escape from the inescapable mountain they’re locked in.
This is a long book, but totally captivating. The world-building and characterization is rich and vivid, and the character and relationship development is riveting. I was totally enveloped in Kieran and Ash’s fight for freedom and for their desperate, heart-aching love for each other. (I totally cried at one point like a baby too.) Even with that weepy interlude, the ending is thoroughly satisfying.
Excellent excellent book, and highly recommended for anyone looking for an m/m fantasy read. Definitely one of the best fantasy books I’ve read in the genre.
You can buy a dead tree version from places like Amazon, but you can read the whole thing for free online at fictionpress here. If you don’t like reading online, you can use tools like Flagfic or Story Master to make an ebook version of the story.
Title: “The God Eaters”
Author: Jesse Hajicek
Release Date: August 1, 2006