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[PDF] The City of Seven Gods By Andrew J. Peters – serv3.3pub.co.uk ☆ [PDF / Epub] ★ The City of Seven Gods By Andrew J. Peters ✩ – Serv3.3pub.co.uk A 2017 Silver Falchion award winner and a finalist for Best Book of the Year Fantasy in the 2016 Foreword INDIESKelemun was bought from his peasant parents to tend the inner sanctum of the house of Ak A of Seven MOBI ó Silver Falchion award winner and a finalist for Best Book of the Year Fantasy in the Foreword INDIESKelemun was bought The City eBook º from his peasant parents to tend the inner sanctum of the house of Aknon where wealthy men pay mountain sapphires to behold the beautiful City of Seven PDF Î servants of the god Chosen to bring offerings to Caliph Kelemun captures the fascination of the young prince Praxtor who has never been denied anything his heart desiresJa’bar was hired to roughhouse wayward proselytes for the high priest Aknon Horheb In abbat’lee it’s good paying work for a Stripeling a jungle savage in the eyes of the city natives and if he’s stingy and stays out of trouble it will buy him a plot of river landBut the splendor of abbat’lee is a mirage disguising a grotesuerie of corruption When Kelemun and Ja’bar’s threads of fate entwine on a night of chilling betrayal their only hope for redemption and survival may lie in one another.

10 thoughts on “The City of Seven Gods

  1. Frederic Frederic says:

    I have been gifted this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinionI have to tell you I am a big fan of mythology I remember that when I was a teenager I could not get enough of it It is fascinating to learn about all those gods and goddesses that were worshiped by so many individuals in the past I strongly believe that our history has the key to change our current events Some of you might think that I am delusional but one thing that had always intrigued me in those myths is the way they can be translated into our 21st century events and issues That is what I found in the City Of Seven Gods I also traveled into a fantasy land that I enjoyed immensely with great characters It is a brilliant story and the writing style is great When I am reading a book that is set in a fantasy world add to that some mythology inspired elements it is taking a while to get used to the names cultural traits and the other elements of the story In this book it only took a couple of pages and I dived right in That alone is an amazing realization for an author It is kind of hard to categorize this book it has a lot of fantasy and historical elements It also has some MM intimate moments but does not fit into the romance category It has its uniue appeal and that’s why it became one of my favorite read of 2016This story is alternating between two points of views Kelemun and Ja’Bar They met briefly in the beginning of the story and then they went their separate ways Kelemun is a priest into the temple of Aknon To enter the priesthood the young males need to have some specific physical characteristic Such as having blond hair and an angelic face One of the duties of the Aknon priest is to receive pilgrims in their bedchamber and please them all in the name of Aknon Kelemun is taking his role seriously he feels that he is doing what he needs to please Aknon Praxtor the caliph son fell in love with Kelemun That caused a lot of issues for Kelemun and he ended being sold to Praxtor and living in his harem I must add that I really really like the part of the story that was set in the Harem It was a blast to read especially with the eunuchs being so entertaining Kelemun had to go through the transition from priesthood to become a boy favorite That left him with a lot of uestions and a lot of soul searching to do he devoted his life to Aknon what should he do now? Has he lost his faith? Ja’Bar is a Stripeling Up uUntil recently they were living as slaves and when they were granted their freedom they had to find a way to make their living Ja’Bar ended up working for Aknon Horbeb AknonHigh Priest and a greedy one He is giving him a lot of different tasks to accomplish Ja’Bar is what I would call an alpha character He doesn’t seem to mind what he had to do as long as he is paid for it When we get to know him we get to understand that he is saving his money to move out of the city and build a house in the countryside What I absolutely love about Ja’Bar is the moral dilemmas that he encounters throughout the story and the way that his head and his heart are constantly battling to get him his answers Two things are staying with me after this wonderful read What are we willing as individual to do to gain some money to live our dream? and do we really want to stay in that culture that had made a cult of physical perfection? It is definitely an entertaining read and a must read Mr Peters you won a new fan

  2. Garrett Garrett says:

    This was a read for review Apparently the first person to read it had a problem with it because of all of the gay relationships read sex in it Peters is an LGBT advocate and a gay author but I didn't really learn that until I was done with the bookThe world in which City of Seven Gods takes place is like a Tolkien or Howard's Conan type world a third or fourth century place that's kind of like a historic Earth place without actually being one The gods religions are sort of like those of ancient Islam or Egyptian mythology and the races of people include the Stripelings folk with actual stripes who have a relationship with the landed nobles and royals not unlike that of post colonial IndiaOur protagonists are Kelemun and Ja'bar two people who seek to change their station but who only come to that realization slowly once they realize the corruption of the systems in which they live Their paths cross early in the story but this interaction does not immediately come to fruition The world in which they live has depth perhaps not the ridiculous depth of the Gentleman Bastards but certainly on par with early Haggard or Howard In fact that's what this feels like LGBT fiction from long ago something that was probably written and buried There's a fair amount of cruelty and violence in the book life is often cheap in ancient kingdoms and some of the sexual content is tinged with this Overall I enjoyed the book Peters' writing style and the central message and would only take points away for a somewhat anticlimactic and predictable ending A seuel might ease some of that criticism but I'm not sure what the story there would be

  3. Diverse Diverse says:

    The City of Seven Gods by Andrew J Peters is great for the fantasy lover and the historical Though if I was to be precise I'd say it's a historical fantasy and mythology This book focuses heavily on the religious and the customs of Egypt Africa and Mesopotamia and it's very fascinatingIt's a duel POV story between MC's Ja'Bar and Kelemun Kelemun works in the House of Aknon as a sex slave for lack of a better term It's a luxury and an honor to serve the Gods but one Kelemun is longing to escape from Ja' Bar is a Stripeling He's a rough and raw kind of guy He beats people up for money he's a knee breaker A muscle for the mob in a way to modernize it for youJa'Bar and Kelemun meet briefly in the beginning of the story and then later on their paths cross by circumstances So there's a gap in their time togetherIt's a bit complicated to explain and I don't want to spend the review summarizing such a detailed story It's a stunning tale one of suspense sex power and frailty I happen to enjoy slave trope so I'm sure if you do you'll enjoy this and appreciate how the author handles itThis is of a story of fiction than a romance so keep that in mind going in There's no doubt the author did impeccable research and embraced his creativity The characters are both utterly different but very enjoyable in their differencesThe ending was a bit anticlimactic and would have loved a little suspense and surprise there But all in all it's a well written story

  4. B.A. Brock B.A. Brock says:

    A historical fantasy with a world that's a mix of Ancient Egypt Africa and Mesopotamia the details in The City of Seven Gods were amazing but I prefer Peters' Greek historical fantasies The slave trope is admittedly not one of my favorite tropes but I even after accepting my bias I still found this plot line a bit anticlimactic because the protagonist's will was tragically naive

  5. Lisa The Novel Approach Lisa The Novel Approach says:

    I was introduced to Peters’ work through The Seventh Pleaide a young adult historical fantasy which centered around Greek mythology and customs The City of Seven Gods was a departure on that strict Greek theme and was about a fantasy world that combined Egyptian Mesopotamian and African religions and customs but it was no less detailed and fascinating That’s one of the aspects that sets Peters’ worlds apart from others’—his attention to details You can feel his worlds taste and smell themThe City of Seven Gods is about a slave Kelemun who because of his beauty is taken in by the temple at a very young age and trained as a servant of Aknon It all sounds glamorous and pious but in truth Kelemun is a bed slave for the pilgrims who have the coin and the wealthy and when the young prince Praxtor takes notice of him Kelemun is just as easily bought and sold to the palace for Praxtor’s amusementNormally I’m a bit leery of slave tropes but I do make exceptions for historicals even historical fantasies because the majority of the peoples during those times were slaves and to ignore their stories is to limit one’s understanding of the times That being said the plot very much falls under the ‘man desires slave and slave wants to be free’ trope It didn’t completely work for me but at least the ending wasn’t depressing which is also something I’m leery of when considering romanticized slave storiesEven though Kelemun is a slave he has a certain agency to him He dreams and connives and plans but he can only do so much to affect his world There was another viewpoint that of Ja’bar the temple’s lackey who was saving up his money by beating up on the common folk to make his own life Between him and the other men who Kelemun attracts with his beauty it was hard for me to determine how all these interactions added to his story but toward the end it became apparent My only criticism would be that Kelemun’s decision to leave his cushy life wasn’t exactly his to begin with—because he was sold to the prince—so I felt the climax of his personal journey wasn’t as strong as it could have beenIf you are to take anything from this story please consider the beautiful detail in the description of the writing and the authenticity of the world It’s clear Peters does his research and I’d put his writing on par with Guy Gavriel Kay out of genre and J Tullos Hennig within genre It’s also LGBT fiction not necessarily MM Romance which I know is something Bold Strokes Books seems to pride themselves in—representing us the LGBT people in all our permutations whether they be sexy or not And that is very much a message I can get behindReviewed by Ben for The Novel Approach Reviews

  6. ItsAboutTheBook ItsAboutTheBook says:

    Review can be read at It's About The Book From the moment Kelemun is born he is a burden to his family So he’s handed over to the priests for a fee The priest basically buy young boys from poor areas and convince them and the people in the village that it is their duty to their god to give their bodies over for sexual gratification to anyone willing to pay the price Of course the temple keeps the profits All the boys are chosen for their beauty Kelemun is chosen as the most beautiful and given a title This angers one of the men in charge who then takes it upon himself to make Kelemun pay When Kelemun loses his temper he’s sold off to a handsome prince who is smitten with him So he goes from giving his body to others for God to a prince’s concubineI think this story could have been better for me personally if it had gone somewhere Kelemun is passed around and then escapes He’s devout to his god Then sad and lost he’s been forsaken by the men of the temple He’s attracted to the prince but when he doesn’t get the attention he wants he decides to just do what he wants Which ends terribly His time at the castle was fairly interesting because of all the characters and politics involved with all the king’s wives I just didn’t see why there was all the build up His reasons for leaving were noble but I in no way believe the ending is plausible Two men double cross and escape men of very high power and ride off into the sunset? There’s really no HEA here either More of a HFNThe most compelling and interesting part of this book for me personally was Ja’bar I preferred the portions of the book with his POV I enjoyed his thought process through his journey His struggle with being a good man versus his struggle to survive despite his given social status I felt like his POV told a thorough story as where Kelemun’s was just some bad stuff that happens to him I had a good sense of who Ja’bar was but Kelemun was all over the place Weakshy violent dutiful defiant brave and then dependent on a stranger I should feel something for my MC Especially given he’s been mistreated his entire life I don’t know Maybe this book just wasn’t for me It’s definitely not a romance which is fine for me Some of the details and world building were wonderfully written The corruption of the church was fairly interesting but again no resolution to it The King’s concubine’s were interesting but that never really went anywhere I guess I just didn’t see what the point of creating this world just to be whisked away from it and given an unsatisfying for me ending

  7. Dorian Graves Dorian Graves says:

    I wanted to like this book; the premise was interesting and I'm all for uniue fantasy worlds and gods But while the story and setting have potential the experience is soured by problematic language one note characters and an anticlimactic endingThere are two plotlines to this novel with protagonists who only meet a handful of times throughout the novel The primary plotline is Kelemun’s detailing his fall from a god’s hallowed prostitute to being sold to a prince and navigating royal harem politics his only help being his conviction to his faith and a foreign pirate whose sister he assists The secondary plotline if only because it is the shorter of the two follows Ja’Bar a foreigner and second class citizen trying to make his way in the world He is hired by the head priest who sells Kelemun doing the priest’s dirty work for coin—at least until he’s offered enough gold to start a new life if he agrees to raze a mill full of sick refugeesDescribed like this the plot sounds fascinating—and indeed elements of it are well executed Watching sheltered Kelemun learn about the treacherous royal world and choosing who to trust reminded me of the social complexities of a good Victorian novel at its best while Ja’Bar’s moral uandary over whether improving his lot in life is worth the price of others was fascinating to watch However without spoiling why the story's pacing not only takes too long to actually begin these plots but the ending fails to finish either plotlines successfully allowing the characters to escape the story without any repercussions or even a climax Like setting up a pinata full of delicious candy and then leaving it unstruck the ending disappoints with its wasted potential than anythingThe one other element of this novel that I enjoyed was the setting The city is a fascinating mixture of cultures both real and fantastical with sprawling temples contrasting ramshackle slums opulent castles housing rare flowers and hidden tunnels Some of the characters such as the Sea Folk are even characterized by their surroundings than their actions Reoccuring themes such as the lapis lazuli inlay of the castle helps bring locations to life and elements such as the orichalcum mines help lend it a fantastical flair While the story never leaves the city even the mentions of far off lands on the horizon help make the world feel like a fully actualized place one where the foul and the gilded walk hand in hand My one complaint setting wise is that despite the title the book only ever really deals with two of the city's gods and occasionally a third god from a different city entirelyHowever my greatest grievance with this work is the writing style I don’t mean the grammar though some misplaced commas in the beginning did have me mistake the names of the main character and his priestly keeper for a few pages and I don’t mean vocabulary though a thesaurus could be useful for this book I don’t even mean the made up fantasy names because half of them sound cool even while the other half sound like they’re from a Dr Seuss bookThe main issue I have with this novel is the problematic language it uses in terms of characters who are foreigners people of color disabled or even lesbians Meaning most of the cast Ja’Bar and his fellow Stripelings named for literally being striped with two skin tones like a tiger are often described as thuggish ex slaves with comparisons to animals like gorillas even from other Stripelings—to say nothing of a particular sex scene where all the skin tones are described in terms of food which is problematically common for PoC The other well described foreigners are the Sea Folk which includes the Caliph's third wife and her pirate captain sister All of the ueen’s people are described as savages with ways that are either sexually risue or barbaric and while the pirate captain escapes the worst of this narrative abuse she instead is the butt of a joke at the end involving comparisons to female hyenas and eunuchs Because lesbians mount other women with fake dicks and no balls get it ha ha ha?On that note at least the PoC mentioned above are mostly treated as normal if looked down upon Then come the characters of Kron and Ooli They are twin eunuch dwarves decorated with bright makeup and jewelry and their initial descriptions are monstrous than human Even when Kelemun is friendly with them Kron and Ooli are eual turns comic and treacherous treated like pompous watchdogs than people And they’re the high class disabled; an entire plot point involves around sick refuges hiding in a mill and how they are so visibly disgusting and diseased that the neighborhood around will literally tear them apart if they leave that millNot only is the language surrounding these characters problematic but so is their development The manipulative priest the endearing thief the grandmotherly figure with sage advice; all of these are one note personalities despite their freuent appearances A few of the characters are given a bit depth such as the prince’s royal naivete combining with a ruthless possessiveness but most are cringe inducing due to their identities being boiled down to their other ness such as the case of Kron and Ooli or most of the Sea Folk Most of these characters are far from memorable and those who are stand as examples of how not to write a supporting characterI will admit again the author’s writing style does lead to some beautiful descriptions and intriguing ideas But in light of how he describes all but the most beautiful and powerful characters I find myself hard pressed to find much else positive to say about it

  8. Susana Susana says:

    I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest reviewYoung and beautiful Kelemun loves his life as a kairos in the Temple of Aknon but his life changes suddenly when Praxtor Caliph's son falls in love with him and buys him from the Temple Kelemun then changes a mystic cage for a golden one but he will soon discover that Praxtor's palace is not a safe place and he'll do whatever he needs to gain his freedom even at the risk of his own lifeWhat a riveting story Andrew Peters creates a world which is somehow reminiscent of old civilisations like the Sumerian or the Egyptian ones In the city of abbat'lee with its many temples and corrupt priests Kelemun was born in a poor household but bought thanks to his beauty to work in one of the temples of the City of the seven Gods There Kelemun becomes kairos exemplar a young priest whose body is used to worship the God But his privileged position brings about envies and he soon finds himself in disgrace That's when he is sold to Praxtor the young son of the most powerful man in the city who fell in love with him when he saw him once in his palace On his way to Praxtor's harem Kelemun meets Ja'bar a stripeling who works for the temple Stripelings are a different race and considered wild by the citizens of abbat'lee but in the short trip from the Temple to the palace they generate a strange comradeship That's why when Kelemun flies the palace he resorts to Ja'bar for help The stripeling is a simple man who behaves following his own morals and he knows that helping the beautiful fugitive is the right thing to do thus abandoning the city and becoming a fugitive himself I've enjoyed everything in the book from the recreation of a society which is rich in nuances ranging from religion to races and a bit of history to the characters involved in the story Andrew manages to create a complete idea of this society without overwhelming the reader with the details The world he builds for us is fascinating and I would not mind to continue reading about it As for the main characters both Kelemun and Ja'bar are likeable and endearing in their own ways Kelemun makes a long discovery journey in the book and he moves from childhood and innocence to manhood He learns a difficult lesson that every single decision can have very painful conseuences view spoilerTakfarin death is the result of Kelemun's desire to make Praxtor jealous hide spoiler

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