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, Did Not Finish

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...
  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    Freaking loved it!!Mel 🖤🐾🐺
  • Sean Gibson
    If you’ve paid any attention to my reviews at all over the course of time (and, if you have, you are clearly bored and in need of some more diverting entertainment, such as a root canal, or perhaps a colonoscopy), you know I’m a big fan of Bob Salvatore (see, for example, my apparently premature eulogy for Drizzt Do’Urden). So, take that into account when considering my take on Child of a Mad God.For the first time in several years, Salvato...
  • 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 ...
  • Zayne
    I've been a big fan of R.A. Salvatore and although I love the Drizzt books and the Forgotten Realms, I've been dying for him to finally return his world of Corona. When I learned that that's exactly what he was doing I leaped and squealed like a little girl. Child of a Mad God may be a return to the world of Corona but it is completely different than his past novels. Whereas the DemonWars Saga and Saga of the First King were set in Honce-The-Bear...
  • 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...
  • 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)
  • 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.
  • Matthew Stefan
    Definitely not a favorite... the plot for this one was just so boring and repetitious. I had a hard time getting invested in any of the characters. It wasn't terrible but it definitely wasn't anything special.
  • 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 ...
  • Roy
    Probably not my favourite Salvatore book. It combines what I liked about his writing when I was really following his Drizzt books. Great fight scenes, old school fantasy world buidling, funny and witty dialogue and great characters. It just doesnt compare to Drizzt and his companions. Homeland is by far the best of his writing. Ive never read any of the other novels which are set in this world so really cant compare it to them. If youre a fan of ...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Kari Janine
    If not for the snow storm that has closed the local library, I’m not sure I would have finished this book. It had, all at once, too much detail and not enough. Maybe in upcoming books, there will be more purpose for Redshanks, or for the strange head shapes of the lake people. In the meantime, another fantasy book, another headstrong heroine who doesn’t think before she acts. The difference here is that the girl, Aoleyn lives among a tribe of...
  • Sionna
    *I received this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*DNF@15%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 ...
    Loved the protagonist and the world building but the pacing was too slow for me.Review to follow.
  • 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...
  • Amanda Reynolds
    3.5/5Genre: FantasyOverall summary: This was my first Salvatore book and his world building is superb! The story is slow, there is a lot of build up for future books. Our main protagonist Aoleyn is extremely likable and I loved watching her grow up. There are a few issues with this book, but I overall enjoyed it.Trigger warning: Rape and abuseBrief DescriptionThe Wilderlands is a dangerous place inhabited by 8 tribes who live in pre-historic soci...
  • Imara
    Through this whole book I was set on rating it 2/5 stars but the last 80 pages or so actually redeemed it to a 3/5 stars.Not a lot of people will agree with me when I say this but don't write a story to be inclusive just because... It doesn't help nor does it feel natural. I don't need a strong female if she is written for the only purpose to be a strong female who takes nothing from a man kinda attitude because it's not natural. Salvatore did th...
  • A.M.G.
    Rating: 3.5 (rounded down instead of up) / 5To be honest, most of this book was more boring than I thought it'd be. At first, it seemed promising, and for a while it had my interest. The problem though, I think, is that Salvatore was trying to do something different with this book--not the typical fantasy story wherein two heroes somehow or other wind up together and work together to overcome hardships, but rather, two separate stories remaining ...
  • 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...
  • Crystal
    Disclaimer: I received this book free but that has in no way affected by review.I’m new to Mr. Salvatore’s books. I’ve heard of his name and reputation as an excellent fantasy writer but this is my first foray into his worlds. I can easily see why he has such a strong following. Here is the description from Goodreads:When Aoleyn loses her parents, she is left to fend for herself among a tribe of vicious barbarians. Bound by rigid traditions...
  • Pamela
    Love the Drizzt series, so was anxious to read of this new promising character. I was not disappointed. Talmadge, is a frontier trader who has ditched the cities to travel the villages of Loch Beag, a huge lake surrounded by mountains. The tribes on the lake are peaceful, but not the dreaded Usgar who live up on the mountainside, with raiding warriors that invade the lakeside villages, killing, raping, and taking whatever they want. These warrior...
  • 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...
  • 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...