The Death God’s Sacrifice by Jenny Nordbak Book Review
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Where a Gorgon assassin sets out to slay a death god and instead becomes his sacrifice…
There is a content warning present for this book; I do appreciate it when authors include this kind of thing. I did observe some other potential triggers that weren’t mentioned in this CW.
- Drug use
- Dubious Consent
- Sexually Explicit Scenes
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There are possible **SPOILERS** beyond this point!
I did participate in the Kickstarter for the Peculiar Tastes Series! This is the first book in the series and the first book I have read from Jenny Nordbak. In any case, it will definitely not be my last! SERIOUSLY, I was not expecting to be drawn into this book so easily!
Nordbak really makes you reflect on good and evil and what that really means. She has two characters who have both been villanized for one reason or the other and puts them in an arena together! I love d the back and forth between Stheno and Gregor. I think they are kind of like a dark reverse Grumpy/Sunshine couple where Stheno is the grumpy one.
Stheno is on a quest to save her sister with no help and all odds are stacked against her. She uses her quick wit, fast reflexes and Bad Ass Snakes to help her get closer to saving her sister. Ultimately, she agrees to a deal that will surely be her undoing until she finally sees the Dark Druid.
There’s a huge Reveal at the end that I’m still REELING over and I know Nordbak will have some explaning to do when the next book comes out! I’m very excited for more from this world.
This book is VERY spicy! The smut is HIGH in this one. There is still plenty of plot to carry it along but 🥵 it’s hot. lol
Female Main Character
Stheno, the Gorgon Assasin
She is Medusa’s oldest sister and a cursed Gorgon as well. She is often glamoured to appear with dark hair though she has numerous snakes on her head instead. The snakes sense emotions, warn for threats and communicate their 5 senses to her. Her speed and strength are also enhanced because of the curse. Honestly, I was fangirling so hard about Stheno the whole time! 😂 Gorgons are my absolute favorite mythological creatures (next to Valkyrie)! I feel like Nordbak did a great job with Stheno! She was fierce and formidable but also so very empathetic. For Example, we often see her give every opponent the opportunity to deserve her mercy. She sacrifices herself and her desires for the benefit of others more times than I really expected, but I respected that softness in her.
I really loved seeing her casual cut down even the most terrifying men trying to attack her! Her abilities were as amazing as her quick wit! I was routing for her well before anything truly happened.
Male Main Character
Gregor, The Dark Druid
He is of Scottish origin so he has a strong brogue. Just offer me up too 😂 Anyway! He’s tall and imposing. He’s described as having blue swirling tattoos all over, a long tail and large antler horns. He’s super strong and seemingly invincible.
He’s pretty funny but he is also really affectionate to Stheno. He is patient with her and understanding. It’s clear than he sees her past her tough mask. Gregor is EXTREMELY protective of Stheno so don’t cross him when it comes to her. He will unleash the beast!
Setting / World / Universe
This book mostly takes place in the Dark Druid’s cave/ Home. It was cave-y. It was clear imagery and when they went other places, it was clearly described but there wasn’t much special about the scenery! This book was less about the location and more about the relationship.
Genre & Tropes
- Enemies to Lovers
“They called me a monster but were only too happy to avail themselves of my services. I was a monster so they didn’t have to be.”
“I hoped he got consent from those r’s before doing that to them with his tongue.”
“If beauty was a weapon, then so was hideousness—two sides of the same sharp blade.”
“Evil is rarely as clean-cut as mortals want it to be. We’re all a villain to someone.”