Child of a Mad God (Coven, #1) by R.A. Salvatore

Child of a Mad God (Coven, #1)

From R. A. Salvatore, the legendary creator of Drizzt Do’Urden, comes the start of abrand new epic journey.When Aoleyn loses her parents, she is left to fend for herself among a tribe of vicious barbarians. Bound by rigid traditions, she dreams of escaping to the world beyond her mountain home.The only hope for achieving the kind of freedom she searches for is to learn how to wield the mysterious power used by the tribe’s coven known as the S...

Details Child of a Mad God (Coven, #1)

TitleChild of a Mad God (Coven, #1)
Release DateFeb 6th, 2018
PublisherTor Books
GenreFantasy, Fiction

Reviews Child of a Mad God (Coven, #1)

  • Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
    [4.5/5 stars] I’ve been reading (and enjoying) R.A. Salvatore for almost 20 years, so what struck me as profound during Child of a Mad God was how well-rounded a writer he has evolved into. He was always an accomplished storyteller, but compared to his early works in the world of Corona (published in the late 1990s) it’s immediately clear how next-level his work has become. Child of a Mad God was superbly written and I don’t have a single c...
  • Bookwraiths
    Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths.Child of a Mad God is a return to Corona for R.A. Salvatore, but this time out the familiar lands are far away, as a wilder, dark world far beyond the Wilderlands takes center stage. Here savage tribes reside. Brutal raids see innocents killed. Ritual sacrifices are common. Slaves are taken. Women are raped. Demons hide in the shadows. And covens of witches aid their warriors and pass on their secrets to selecte...
  • Aidan
    It's clear that Salvatore wants Child of a Mad God to be a progressive, feminist novel, and it's almost there, but several moments sabotage his efforts, and show how far we still have to go before we can break away from the genre's tired tropes. That aside, Child of a Mad God is a welcome return to the world of Corona. As a big DemonWars Saga fan, I was thrilled to return, and fascinated by the way Salvatore revealed new things about the world's ...
  • Michael Furman
    NO SPOILER REVIEW:Child of a Mad God by R.A. SalvatoreOn February the 6th, New York Times Bestselling author R.A. Salvatore will launch his newest epic fantasy novel series. Child of a Mad God, a Tale of the Coven is Salvatore's first novel in almost 8 years to be set in the land of Corona. This world, created by Salvatore himself, is also home to his very popular Demonwars and Saga of the First King novels.I was lucky enough to receive an advanc...
  • Kitt
    Dark fantasy. Expect murder, kidnapping, rape, violence on every page. Mostly it was long, I was bored, and I'm seriously surprised I made it through.
  • Felix
    This is a dark & gritty tale. Slavery and demon fossa hunting. Covens that teach magic through use of crystals. Warriors selecting females for their potential mates to further strengthen their prowess.This is the best Salvatore novel in some time. I highly recommend it!(I won this ARC through Goodreads)
  • Sionna
    *I received this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*[email protected]%I should say up front that I've never read a book by R.A. Salvatore. I've seen the author's name around and have been interested in some of the books, so when I saw this book show up on Netgalley and was interested in the summary, I thought this would be a good chance to try out a new high fantasy author. Unfortunately, this didn't work out for me. I understand it is ...
  • Victoria Rose
    It's been a bit of a while since I've read a fantasy so delightfully gruesome! This is the first novel I've read by R.A Salvatore, and from reading other reviews, I'm not sure if I would have found it a little more coherent/fully realised had I read some of the author's previous works. However, while I was a bit lost at the start (who are these people? Who's that? When is this? WhAT?), I soon got into it, though I still have a few questions...Chi...
  • Iryna Khymych
    I received an egally of this book via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Tor Publishing! 4.5 out of 5 starsChild of a Mad God is a gritty, bloody, fascinating and engrossing epic fantasy novel that I absolutely could not put down. Set in Corona, in remote mountains, Child of a Mad God is written from two POVs: that of Aoelyn & Talmadge. Aoelyn, a daughter of a witch and a witch herself, is an orphan, raised in a truly hostile ...
  • Drndoreen
    I have been an avid reader of R.A. Salvatore for decades. This new book,Child of a Mad God,doesn't disappoint. Salvatore writes in several Easter Eggs, that reference his past works in Demon Wars,with such precision that they can't be missed. His introduction of a past Demon Wars character is so well written that you will know who he is well before this character speaks.You can feel the cold wind,hear the song of the magic and see the landscape a...
  • Marc Anthony
    I’m giving this book 4.5 stars. From the beginning it reels you in. From trust and loyalty, the love and regret they carry will have you on edge. You will feel sad at times , you will feel happy at times, nervous for any outcome is possible. This is not the end.... only the beginning.
  • Maxine Robinson
    I received this ebook from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Child of a Mad God is a character driven fantasy. It’s set in a small part of a much larger world. We have two main points of view throughout the book and through them get an insight into the finer details of the cultures and people.Aoleyn is from the Usgar tribe, they live on the mountain, surrounded by magic and are considered daemons by the Lake tribes. E...
  • Bran Pendergrass
    *** I was provided this book for an honest review. All opinions and views expressed are my own.***As my first experience with S.A. Salvatore, I have to say that I am infinitely impressed with this debut book in the Coven series. I found out after I finished reading the copy that there were ties to his other books within Child of a Mad God but I would never have known this had I not researched the author. I do not feel that I missed out on anythin...
  • Shane Jardine
    I was honestly a little bit afraid to start reading this book when I received my copy a few weeks ago. I haven’t really enjoyed Salvatore’s last couple books but this one sounded really interesting so I figured I would give it a shot, and boy am I glad that I did. Child of a Mad God by R.A. Salvatore was a surprisingly dark and bloody story full of action and some of the best characterization I think we’ve seen from him in years. I was seri...
  • Eric Overkamp
    This book surely would have gotten 5 stars if it weren't for the excessive use of rape in the storyline. The book has a split storyline between an orphaned Usgar girl named Aoleyn who grows up in a very brutal (I'd like to say evil) tribe on a mountain and of the story of Talmadge and Khotai who are traders, trading in the other tribes along a large lake at the foot of the mountain. I really enjoyed the Talmadge/Khotai storyline and it was intere...
  • Eve Whitney
    Review of an ARC.Initially I thought this was a start of a new series in a new world, but I guess i didn't look that closely. I was happy to eventually discover that R.A. finally returned to Corona. I've always enjoyed the gemstone magic system and will be looking forward to seeing why there is a concentration of it in the new areas to the west. I was under the impression that the church had a monopoly on the magic as the stones fell only on a di...
  • Kaylie
    I read about 1/2 - 3/4 of this book and could not continue. Honestly, I’m surprised I made it that far. R.A. Salvatore is normally one of my favorite writers - Forgotten Realms is AMAZING, but this book was terrible. I started off very eager to plow through this 500 page book and enjoy all that epic fantasy novels have to offer. By page 250, I was dying. I found the characters boring, uninteresting, and more than a little selfish. In fact, I ha...
  • Angela
    Being a fan of other books written by this author I went into the story looking forward to what was going to happen. Sadly at the end of the one I find myself disappointed. It's a terribly brutal world with no redeeming features. There is a tribe is with a pretty destructive society and I don't see how these people have managed to survive for so long or keep the little social structure that the whole thing doesn't fall apart. There doesn't seem t...
  • Laura Newsholme
    This is a bit of a mixed bag for me. It tells the story of Aoleyn, a young girl of the Usgar as she comes of age and learns the magic of the crystals. Firstly, the good things. Salvatore has created a very detailed and interesting world here, with an original magic system and fascinating practices. There are some well-drawn power interactions, particularly among the Usgar that I found compelling and overall, the plot is quite good. Unfortunately,...
  • Martha
    This new series is set in the same world as a previous one and I could tell I was missing some historical context, but it stands by itself quite well. The characters are probably the strongest part of the book and Salvatore spends much time developing the young witch Aoelyn and the frontiersman Talmadge. As a result, the first two-thirds of the book are fairly slow paced. The action picks up towards the end of the book although the resolution see...
  • Bookworm LLC
    Complex choices are a staple of living a life worthy of the time to tell one's story. R.A. Salvatore has created a world filled with these choices and the effects they have on the people around us. I was struck by the social injustice of society`s. Salvatore shined the light of a full moon on the trap of living without recognizing the people and their worth as people. He showed the cost of change and the courage mixed with fear that it takes to o...
  • Colin Flanigan
    This book features a female protagonist raised in a terrible tribe that mistreats women much like the present day Boko Haram. So expect kidnappings, murders and worse along with a woman who fights back against this systematic abuse.A dark fantasy world reminiscent of Andre Norton with R.A. Salvatore’s complex characters and fighting scenes.
  • Bob
    Well written, as one would expect, but not at all pleasant. Mostly brutal and terrible things happening to very strange people. I barely forced myself to finish it. Wasted time. Another problem? Folks who are attacked with great regularity, but make no effort to learn to defend themselves. Simply makes no sense.
  • Rochelle
    I really wanted to love this and while the characters are intruiging and well developed, I felt the slow pacing really made the story drag. This whole book read like a very long introduction. I am intrigued enough thoughts continue the series. The last 100 pages or so did up the ante and really demonstrated the potential of this series to be great.
  • T.j.
    Standard fare from the author. The only reason I didn't give it a better rating is it took a long time to go anywhere. It didn't feel bloated, just superfluous in places. For someone so familiar with his work, I felt we could have progressed quicker.Still, I plan on keeping up with the series because it's a nice refreshing move away from the Forgotten Realms books.
  • Viola
    Im a tad annoyed I wasted my time with this book. I kept hoping key characters would ‘save’ others but, alas. It’s essentially a story of oppression, rape, weakness, rape and a main character who wants to do more and doesn’t.
  • Michelle
    Extremely disappointing. I usually love Salvatore's books but not this time. Page after page of female characters being raped, beated, and demeaned then raped again. I really hope that this is a one-off and not a new direction for Salvatore's writing.