The Orphanage of Gods by Helena Coggan

Published by: Hodder & Stoughton (21st February 2019)

Genre: Young adult fantasy.

ISBN: 9781444794748 Pages: 401

My rating: 2

I was sent an advanced copy of this book to review by Hodderscape. All thoughts about this book are honest and my own,



Twenty years ago, the humans came for their gods.

In the bloody revolution, gods were all but wiped out. Ever since, the children they left behind have been imprisoned in an orphanage, watched day and night by the ruthless Guard. Any who show signs of divine power vanish from their beds in the night, all knowledge of their existence denied.

No one has ever escaped the orphanage.

Until now.

Seventeen-year-old Hero is finally free – but at a terrible price. Her sister has been captured by the Guard and is being held in a prison in the northern sea. Hero desperately wants to get her back, and to escape the murderous Guardsmen hunting her down. But not all the gods are dead, and the ones waiting for Hero in the north have their own plans for her – ones that will change the world forever . . .

As she advances further and further into the unknown, Hero will need to decide: how far is she willing to go to do what needs to be done?

My thoughts:

This is a story about how humans have condemned all children to live in an orphanage until they are eighteen, they are then tested by the guards of the orphanage to see if their blood is silver, the blood of a God. I f they are a God, they are taken away and if they are human, they are let out into society to live out their lives.

At the start of this book, we follow Hero who is a half-God and Joshua, who is a full God while they are trying to rescue their ‘sister’ Kestrel, who is human. Kestrel was taken away by the guards as they thought she had the silver blood. I liked Hero’s perspective and found this part really tense and the flashbacks interesting and informative in just the right way but then we moved onto two other perspectives throughout the rest of the book and everything seemed to change.

The next part followed Raven, a ten year old girl who lives with about five or six other Gods and one human in a camp. As she is not in the first part of the story, I found she annoyed me slightly and I found I didn’t care for her character. It kept getting on my nerves how she was being overprotected one minute and then was supposed to lead them the next, it confused me.

The third perspective is one I won’t name for spoiler reasons but I found this character quite different to how I thought they would be. There was a lot of things happening between the Gods, humans and in the small group that contained Hero and Raven and I found it was all too much for me. I found the perspective of this third person to be a little pointless and I felt that as soon as the next person becomes a main character and we read the scene through them, the actual main characters become secondary people; I felt that it didn’t work for me at all.

I liked that each God had their own power or demesne as it was called in the book but I found that was the only interesting thing about it. The book showed a few people’s demesne but I feel like they could have shown more of them or used their powers more. I also felt that the book was very scattered for me, I didn’t connect with any of the characters and only liked Hero who we didn’t really see much of towards the end and I also felt that it wrapped up too quickly and as everyone seemed to be making assumptions about the guards and another character, I didn’t know what was going on, for example, one character kept telling everyone they would be safe even though there was no way of knowing they would be and then they were attacked and almost killed multiple times. Overall I am not a fan of this book and found it too confusing unfortunately.

Have you read this book? If so, what did you think ? Come and talk to me about it in the comments


4 thoughts on “The Orphanage of Gods by Helena Coggan

  1. I read thie arc a little while ago, and have to say I think I gave it 2🌟 too πŸ˜•! It sounded great, but I felt the construction felt short. To be honest even Hero annoyed meπŸ˜³πŸ˜‚! I could not relate to that girl at all, so I basically pottered around not caring about characters and therefore not caring about the stakes/goals πŸ˜”! So sad! I hate when I get an arc and dislike it 😭

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    1. It is sad, I feel the same about that too. I think I would have liked it more if the characters stayed more consistent and if the main ones from the start stayed the main ones until the end. Also, I don’t understand why the ‘big bad’ in the firm of the guards changed to another ‘big bad’ in the form of the other leader, that seemed to come from nowhere in a way

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