Date Published: October 2, 2014
In their self-indulgent realm, the gods know no suffering until the end of their time. Compassion is the only portal through which they can escape the self and its eventual demise, but without suffering, compassion cannot be recognized. Thus they seek compassion in the human domain where happiness and sorrow abound.
Once there, they engineer a superior humanoid race and are soon distracted by the delight they find in the daughters of men. The gods become the extraterrestrial visitors of our collective memory.
The ageless story follows the adventures of the god Quay, his love of Daya, a humanoid, and their entanglement in the eternal web of impermanence, unrelenting consequences and death amidst a background of war, famine and geologic cataclysm.
An intriguing storyline about something I've thought about and read about as a backstory before but never as an actual main theme of a story. I think that the way Mark Cosman has written the story really allows readers to become invested in the characters lives and ultimate outcome. It was very well written and I enjoyed the mix of action, romance, fantasy and mythology.