The old gods and the new review
Wrath of the Old Gods Box Set 1 by John TriptychThe first three books of the Wrath of the Old Gods series (The Glooming, Canticum Tenebris, A World Darkly), all in one volume!
The modern world is thrown into turmoil when the ancient gods of antiquity return. From the battlefields of the Middle East to the heartland of America, the nations of the world are sent reeling against the supernatural deluge of demigods and monsters. As chaos and destruction reigns, a select few men, women, and children must rise up to defend the surviving pockets of humanity in order to save civilization. A world spanning adventure of multiple characters, ancient gods and mythological creatures, the Wrath of the Old Gods series combines myriad genres of the occult, mythology, horror, suspense and adventure against a thrilling, post-apocalyptic backdrop. Don’t miss it!
Wrath of the Old Gods Series:
Book 1 The Glooming
Book 1.5 Pagan Apocalypse (YA series)
Book 2 Canticum Tenebris
Book 2.5 The Fomorians (YA series)
Book 3 A World Darkly
Book 3.5 Eye of Balor (YA series)
Book 4 Mortuorum Luctum
... and more to come!
Game of Thrones, The Old Gods and the New, season two, episode six, review
We also want to avoid book spoilers. This was an episode all about desperation and the lengths that people go to in extremity. Arya, pushed into a corner, marked Amory Lorch for death; Dany learnt that threats and dragons mean nothing if you are still a beggar Queen; Osha and Ygritte used their wiles to stay alive; Tyrion kept his head while all around were losing theirs in some cases, literally and Cersei continued to let her hatred of her brother blind her to the mistakes her son is making. There will be those who disagree but I still feel sorry for Theon. Not everybody gets to be a hero and not every villain starts out with bad intentions. Like the scaling of Winterfell itself, it was an ill-thought-out scheme fuelled by bravado and a continued desire to prove himself a man. As Game of Thrones continues so it becomes increasingly obvious that the characters are divided between those who understand the true cost of war — Robb, Catelyn, Arya, Tyrion, Tywin — and those who still see it as a game: chief among them Theon, Cersei and Joffrey.
Please refresh the page and retry. The opening scenes saw Winterfell falling, and Bran and Theon Alfie Allen squaring up, both struggling to be the men their birthright demanded them to be but both falling, in their own eyes, desperately short. Theon wanted to be the conqueror, but couldn't face the cruelty it required; Bran wanted to be his father, but couldn't let his own people die. But we were shown moments later who really won; Theon, sentencing Ser Rodrik to death, had to be told that the man who passes the sentence should swing the sword. Then it took him four swings of said sword to kill him. Ned Stark he decidedly is not.
“The Old Gods and the New” thrills at King’s Landing, but stumbles beyond the Wall
Hooray for war! Sweet, off-camera war! A battle rages throughout Winterfell, as Maester Luwin scrambles to send a raven out, before being caught. Theon awakens Bran in his bed, gently ordering him to surrender Winterfell in order to spare its people, to which Bran reluctantly agrees. Having yielded, Bran gathers with Theon in the courtyard to make the announcement to the people, who curse his name. Osha offers to take up arms with Theon, but gets rejected, as the guards bring in Ser Rodrik Cassel.
This season, Game of Thrones has been slowly upping the ante. The stakes get higher every week. The number of claimants to various thrones increases as various underlings get their leathers in a twist and start declaring independence. More tellingly, the violence gets more extreme every week. Game of Thrones , even in the quietest episode, is still full of killing, but this week's episode featured more killing, and more graphic killing, than any episode of the entire series thus far. The violence in this show is sudden and shocking, but when you add significant gore, what was once a grimace becomes very uncomfortable and stomach-turning. This episode had several uncomfortable moments, from the rioting crowds in King's Landing apparently dismembering someone bare-handed to Sansa's narrow escape from a band of rapey peasants via the Hound, who brought the ultra-violence in defense of the auburn-haired Stark in a spectacularly-directed scene by director David Nutter , and Jon Snow's adventures beyond the wall with the prettiest wildling possible Ygritte as played by the gorgeous Rose Leslie, late of Downton Abbey —which was uncomfortable in a completely different way from the other two, and also very amusing.