The Thirteenth Hour

Trudie Skies

The Cruel Gods
When the saints fail, the sinners step up. Cruel gods rule the steam-powered city of Chime, demanding worship and tribute from their mortal subjects. Kayl lost her faith in them long ago, and now seeks to protect vulnerable and downtrodden mortals from their gods’ whims. But when Kayl discovers powers that she didn’t know she had—and destroys a mortal’s soul by accident—she becomes Chime’s most wanted. Quen’s job was to pursue sinners, until the visions started. Haunted by foreboding images of his beloved city’s destruction, Quen hunts soul-sucking creatures made of aether who prey on its citizens—and Kayl is his number one target. To ensure Chime’s future, Kayl and Quen must discover the truth of Kayl’s divine abilities before the gods take matters into their own hands. For a city that bows to cruel gods, it’ll take godless heathens to save it.

This book contains:

  • Slavery
  • Corruption
  • Attempted and completed murder.

Kayl is a godless heathen determined to help others like her adopted mother. With her group of Godless, they fight in every way they can to try and save as many souls as possible while fighting corruption at almost every step of the way.

Quen on the other hand is devoted to his God and has a direct link to him through the visions he’s given. Between the visions and his unique ability, he’s tasked with hunting down murderers and the Godless. And yet, he still seems to care very much for all the citizens of Chime and does his best to try and help others when he can.

Kayl is determined to end the Workhouses that enslave her people, along with the help of the other Godless. However, an accident happens and she discovers powers she’d never known she had and triggers the start of a manhunt against her.

When Quen is brought in, he’s determined to get to the bottom of what really happened, even if it goes against his Ambassador’s wishes. Instead, he works with Kayl to discover what her powers are and how she has them. All while continuing to pursue the Workhouses and Godless.

I absolutely loved this!

It has such a great mix of magic, mythical gods, action, intrigue and just a hint of romance that it makes it amazing. From the first excerpt I was curious, by the end of the second excerpt I needed more. When I got the full book I’m pretty sure I read it whenever I had a spare moment because I was hooked.

At the time I read this, the second book had been out for about a month, and I’ve been so busy with work and keeping up with all the reviews I agreed to that I haven’t had a chance to get a copy of the second book. But if it’s anything like the first, I’m sure I’ll love that one too!

Author Bio

Trudie Skies is a British indie author who has been living inside fantasy worlds ever since they discovered that reality doesn’t quite live up to the hype. Through the magic of books, they wish to share these worlds of hope and heroes with other weary souls. You can chat with Trudie on Twitter @TrudieSkies, or to find out more about Trudie and her fantasy worlds, visit

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