A very nice first book for what promises to be an interesting series. Good, believable characters, fast paced and exciting combat sequences, and a plot interesting, and with enough twists and turns to keep you reading until the end.
As mentioned, the ending is a very abrupt cliffhanger, more suited for the end of a chapter than a book, which is more than a little jarring.
Now that said, as a book to get people into the series, it works great, presenting an interesting universe and characters, and enough going on to keep you interested, without dumping too much information on the reader at once.
What starts as 'only' a little relic retrieval/temple raiding gets complicated quickly when another group appears, intent on getting the relic first.
An enjoyable story with a nice oriental feel to it, from the main character's society, the magic, and the different cultures shown in the book.
There's a bit of mystery surrounding the main character, in that several things mentioned in the story strongly suggest that there is more to him that meets the eye, but hopefully that will be explained and explored more in future books of the series.
As others have mentioned, the story starts out with a nice sci-fi feel to it, but ends on a very 'Twilight Zone' footing, leaving the reader to look back on the the events and characters in the story in an entirely different light.
Just to get the most obvious question out of the way:
Does the book contain plenty of biblical figures and themes? Yes.
Does it matter in the slightest? No, as it's never overbearing, makes sense when it does come up, and is used to flesh out the story world, but not to preach.
Whether reading from a theist or non-theist perspective, the characters and plot are more than enough to make for a very enjoyable read, with a very unusual and interesting cast, a nicely different take on heaven and hell, and a race to stop an armageddon driven by a very different motivation than it first appears.
Though it could use some polish in several places, the story itself is quite good, with a main character who is powerful, yet still faces limitations to keep him in check, and interesting world and magic system, and a nice cliffhanger at the end to make you want to pick up the rest of the series.
Much like previous entries in the series, there's plenty of action, more than enough combat to keep things interesting, and a satisfying ending to the war that has been building over the course of the series.
As far as the series as a whole, though unpolished in some places(nothing too big), it was well worth picking up, with more than enough twists and turns plot wise, action, and interesting characters to keep things moving and enjoyable, and is a series I'm glad I stumbled upon.
An interesting and enjoyable mix of lighthearted and serious.
The goblins themselves will often have you chuckling at their various antics as well as how they see, and deal with, the world around them, while at the same time the situation they find themselves dealing with is a mix of grim and almost-tragic.
An excellent continuation and ending of the story introduced in the first book, with gods at every corner at times it seems, all wanting something from the new Governor, though in this case they find themselves dealing with someone who is quite willing to stand up to them, something that makes for some interesting back and forth at times.
A very nice read, and though classed as a Romance, it's one that involves plenty of action, though most of it takes place in the arena of business, as the main character works to destroy the power the self-stylized 'ruler' of the vampires has over the others in order to protect the woman rescued from his woodshed, by removing and taking over the source of his wealth and power.
A very nice story on the costs, and consequences, of a broken oath, that leads the main character into unlikely hands, and even more unlikely circumstances, where he finds himself defending the country that less than a year past he'd almost conquered, against the very forces he'd commanded.
And of course, makings things even more difficult, as a former enemy of the country he now defends, not all of his enemies are located outside the borders.