Author: Elizabeth Vail
Narrators: Cary Hite, Sarah Mollo-Christensen
Publisher: Serial Box
Released: November 13, 2019
Warnings: Animal death, sacrifice
Gods & Lies is the latest Serial Box adventure that I decided to dive into, and man was it worth it! Written by Elizabeth Vail, and narrated by a combination of Cary Hite and Sarah Mollo-Christensen, this is an iconic read (or listen, depending on what you decide to do).
Has there ever been a tale involving multiple gods where they didn’t make things more difficult for their human worshipers? In this world, there are gods everywhere, and in order to survive, you generally have to pick one to primarily worship, and hope that they keep the other gods off your back.
Enter Justix Iris Tharrow. She believes in the Goddess of Justice, and it’s her job to investigate human crimes and bring justice to them. It’s a tough job, but it is also certainly her calling. As opposed to Andy, a demigod trying to go clean from his life of crime, and struggling to do so.
Yet thanks to a murder, these two unlikely allies are about to end up working together. It is never easy to solve a murder, a fact that could never have been more true when the gods and their faithful get in the way.
“I knew something was wrong the moment I stepped out of the car.”
Warnings: Gods & Lies does touch upon a few heavier subjects, but the larger (and more dominant) moments and themes include sacrifice and animal death.
Will I ever get sick of diving into a series full of mythology? No, I don’t think I will. Gods & Lies is full to the brim of gods, goddesses, and the humans who worship them. It is without a doubt the most unique take on this world that I’ve ever seen, and I feel like that’s saying something.
This is a world where the old gods of legend exist, yet. But there are plenty of other gods to deal with as well. The god of traffic for example, or the one that loves all things text or phone based. Any convenience humans are used to is helped (or hindered) by the gods.
It’s impressive and fun, all at the same time. And that’s without taking the murder mystery into account. That in itself is a whirlwind of an adventure, fitting in thriller elements into a world that should be full of magic and lore.
Iris and Andy are such unique characters with huge personalities. It took me a little while to really get (and like) both of them, but once I did, I found myself fully invested in their stories. So much so that I’m basically sitting here waiting for an announcement about season two (which I’m assuming will be a thing, but I don’t actually know that for sure).
“If you can’t trust a priestess of the Goddess of Justice, who can you trust?”
Gods & Lies was the shortest Serial Box series I’ve tried, and yet the punch didn’t feel diminished at all. Actually, I almost feel like a shorter format was better suited to this experience. It was quick, fun, and easy to impulsively dive into. It fit the world quite nicely in that sense. Here’s hoping that any future season sticks to that format as well.