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Book Review: Master Artificer (The Silent Gods, #2) by Justin Call

Book Review: Master Artificer (The Silent Gods, #2) by Justin Call

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Cover art designed by: Patrick Knowles

Master Artificer by Justin Travis Call

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Series: The Silent Gods (Book #2 of 4)

Genre: Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, Grimdark Fantasy

Pages: 896 pages (Kindle edition)

Published: 6th May 2021 by Gollancz (UK) & 18th May 2021 by Blackstone Publishing (US)


Master Artificer is an epic, super detailed, and ambitious grimdark sequel to Master of Sorrows.

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Book Review: Master of Sorrows (The Silent Gods, #1) by Justin Call

Book Review: Master of Sorrows (The Silent Gods, #1) by Justin Call

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Master of Sorrows by Justin Travis Call

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Series: The Silent Gods (Book #1 of 4)

Genre: Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, High Fantasy

Pages: 576 pages (UK paperback edition)

Published: 21st February 2019 by Gollancz (UK) and 25th February 2020 by Blackstone Publishing (US)


Master of Sorrows a great coming-of-age fantasy debut with promises of bigger things to come waiting to be fulfilled.

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Book Review: Master Artificer (The Silent Gods, #2) by Justin T Call

Book Review: Master Artificer (The Silent Gods, #2) by Justin T Call

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Master Artificer by Justin T Call

My rating: 4 of 5 stars.

Series: The Silent Gods (Book 2 of 4)

Genre: Fantasy, epic fantasy, high fantasy

Publication date:  6th May 2021 by Gollancz (UK) and 18th May 2021 by Blackstone Publishing (US)


Master Artificer is a bigger and bolder sequel in every way possible; Call has taken The Silent Gods to new heights with an explosion of lore, worldbuilding and compellingly darker characterisation.

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TS’s Top 20 Books Read in 2019

TS’s Top 20 Books Read in 2019

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Hello everyone!  This is the first time I’m listing my top reads for the year 2019.  Initially, I wanted to opt for Top 10 but having read 100 books and rated a lot between 4.5 and 5 stars, I felt that I would struggle to limit it to ten.  The parameters for my list are as follows:

  • Rereads don’t count
  • One book per author
  • Not limited to books which are released this year.  Those not published in 2019 will be specified.

With exception of #1, none of these are ranked.  I’ve merely listed them in the chronological order of when I’ve read them this year.  I’ve also included my favourite classic read of the year as we’ve started the Novel Notions Classic Club in July. All of these have been reviewed by me on Novel Notions and Goodreads.

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Interview with Justin Call

Interview with Justin Call

Hello everyone, this is TS from Novel Notions.  It gives me great pleasure to host this interview with Justin Call following the release of his fantastic debut, Master of Sorrows.  I was intrigued when I first saw the book’s tagline – what if you were destined to be a villain?  To my utter delight as I read it, I also discovered that the story had a lot of influences from classic epic fantasy, but felt different and modern with a grittier and darker tone.  It was like that breath of fresh air that carried a scent of nostalgia. 

I should not ramble any further as you can read my review for Master of Sorrows on the blog.  Our special guest had quite a lot to share with us, so let’s get the show on the road.

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Master of Sorrows (The Silent Gods, #1)

Master of Sorrows (The Silent Gods, #1)

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Master of Sorrows by Justin Call
My rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Master of Sorrows was a remarkable debut which I simply cannot put down.

This book recalled so much about what I loved about classic epic fantasy and yet felt modern.  The author has quoted David Eddings as his earliest favourite.  Having read and loved Eddings’ works myself, I can definitely see the influences from The Belgariad in this book; a prophecy, Gods and a coming-of-age tale of a young man destined for greatness. Except, in this case, that greatness may lie in the path of darkness instead of light.

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