Summary

Few people survive the suffering that Kael Symes has experienced. Hot steel, demonic magic, and the loss of those he loved.
After escaping the horrors of Arkum Zul, Kael and his companions survive a terror-filled night on the ocean only to find themselves shipwrecked and stranded in the Wildlands. With forest tribals on the warpath and old enemies roaming the forest, Kael struggles to come to terms with what he is slowly becoming - a killer. A DeathWizard.
In the fight against the evil that threatens to consume him, Kael learns that the Dwarven Mountains far to the north may hide an ancient monolith that holds the answer to the corruption that flows in his veins.
But trekking across Talohna is a dangerous prospect. It is a world that holds its secrets close. The cost of uncovering them may very well be his soul and quite possibly his life.
©2017 JD Franx (P)2017 Podium Publishing
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4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 09-05-18

Worth a listen, struggled to finish

Don't get me wrong, I like the world that has been created, and the story we are following is interesting. But I found myself lost a few times trying to connect too many people to each other (mostly with secondary characters) and the amount of near misses and misunderstandings just left me annoyed.

Simon Vance was amazing as ever.

I'll consider getting the next book as I do want the story to continue, I'm just dreading even more misunderstandings.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By M. Paddon on 14-03-18

Great epic fantasy with a few niggles.

I'll break this review down into a few sections to make it easier to see what I liked and didn't like.

Characters: Largely excellent characters that are brought to life in full 3d. Each are distinct and have a depth of personality, character, strengths and weaknesses that set them clearly apart from each other. Like or loath the character they are certainly fully formed and fun to follow.

Story: The story is what you expect from a good epic fantasy. It is deep with plenty of plots being embarked on by the main characters and those that are targeting them with good or ill intentions. The magic system the author has made is a good one, though the spells being used might have had a bit more depth at times I though. I also thought that at times they story dragged a little, but never quite enough to bore me too much.

Negatives: Convenient magic and stupidity were two of my main issues. The issue with the magic came about from our DarkWizard. When he first arrives he is saved a couple of times by casting a shield on instinct to save his life. Yet later this stops happening. It's possible that his tattoo is the issue, abut at no point does he try to fix this or even try to cast the shield with his will when he starts to understand his magic a little more. Given how often he is nearly killed I can't believe this would not be a priority for anyone. Likewise he carries around a Grimoire for months that he looks in a total of two times and one of those is to show someone else the book. He wants to learn about who and what he is and how his powers work but makes no real effort to look at more of the book.

Stupidity is where the author makes a character do something that isn't likely for any sane intelligent person to do just because the plot needs them to do it. Some of it would be like me entering evil lair, seeing a pentagram surrounded by candles and thinking it would be an awesome idea to go stand in the middle.

There are other things where characters ignore stuff they likely wouldn't in reality, or say things that aren't likely just because if they did it would radically change things in how the plot went.

Overall: The two books are a good listen, made all the better by having Simon Vance as the narrator. He in my top three narrators for fantasy fiction and does his usually excellent job here too. Overall I certainly recommend this series of books and there is plenty of story left to tell after this one.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Shane on 26-10-17

this book is frustrating.

Kael is always one step away from finding his wife, even though he thinks she's dead. this book is frustrating, freaking frustrating. oh my God she's not dead.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Victor on 06-11-17

Frustrating, and dissapointing

You know those movies where problems could be solved if the girl didn't run away and just listened to a few words? This book reads like this. Every character makes such bad decisions that could be avoided if they just sat and think for 10 mins. I loved the first book, but this second was just too frustrating having me wish everyone would just die from their poor decisions.

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