"Will appeal not only to The Wheel of Time readers, but to anybody looking for a coming-of-age fantasy tale with likeable characters and strong worldbuilding." - Fantasy Faction It has been twenty years since the god-like Augurs were overthrown and killed. Now, those who once served them - the Gifted - are spared only because they have accepted the rebellion's Four Tenets, vastly limiting their own powers.As a young Gifted, Davian suffers the consequences of a war lost before he was even born. He and his friends are despised beyond their school walls for the magical power they wield: a power that Davian, despite his best efforts, cannot seem to control. Worse, with his final test approaching and the consequences of failure severe, time to overcome his struggles is fast running out. But when Davian discovers he wields the forbidden power of the Augurs, he unwittingly sets in motion a chain of events that will change his life - and shake the entire world....
|Title||:||The Shadow of What Was Lost (The Licanius Trilogy #1)|
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Number of Pages||:||696 pages|
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The Shadow of What Was Lost (The Licanius Trilogy #1) Reviews
This book was just made for me - especially the second half and I cannot wait to dive into book #2 immediately.
Dark lord: check.
Cool magic system(s): check.
Characters with layers of morality: check.
Just an impressive debut. I cannot believe I waited so long to read the book.
DNF at about 65%, I am not going to rate it, cause it wouldn't be fair since I didn't finish the book.
Not very impressive or original story, not much logic or rules when it comes to magic, a lot of kids as main characters...I tried, but I felt almost nothing while reading this, so I am not going to continue.
I loved this book. I had a ball reading it. I devoured it in a few days. I did not want to put it down.
It starts out as a straight-forward fantasy adventure. Youth finds out he has the ability to wield a forbidden power and ancient evil stirs at the edge of the map. However, it quickly evolves into a complex tale with countless twists and turns and a bunch of lovable characters.
My main issues with the book were minor ones. You can tell this is James Islington's debut. If you're a season ...more
WOW. WOW. WOW.
This book is amaaaaaaaaaaaaaaazing!!!
When I first started reading this (as a buddy read, which made it all the more enjoyable), I had planned to read the first five chapters. I practically inhaled them, and there was no way I was going to stop there. I carried on reading until literally it got so late that I would not wake up for work if I didn’t go to bed there and then. I was so annoyed that I had to sleep and I couldn’t continue with this incredible story!
Our main protagonist, D ...more
What an impressive debut!
My rating would be about a 4.5. I looked to this book as reviewers made comparisons to Sanderson, which(heck yeah!) was somewhat right with the characters and the socio-political aspects of the culturally embedded magic system. Other comparisons were made to Patrick Rothfuss' work, but I didn't really see that.
The story is captivating and Islington drops in enough twists that the reader is profoundly engaged, and some serious interest, story-wise, is already set for the ...more
Great story. There are a good number of characters that you are never quite sure of their true allegiances and an interesting magic system, well drawn world building and a lot of blood shed and betrayal. The writer gripped me from page one and held on tight until a wonderfully unexpected ending that sets up the rest of the series. Really enjoyed this and would recommend to all. He is not Sanderson, he is not Jordan but he tells a good tale.
First comment I have heard about Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time series, specifically about its first book The Eye of the World was – Lord of the Rings rip-off.
Considering that, by that time, I haven’t read books nor seen theatrical version of them, that was far from the answer I was looking for.
In the meantime I have rectified my heretic ignorance, read and watched LotR and when finally time came for me to read Robert Jordan’s TWoT (which was last year) I dreaded that the series was a ...more
The Shadow of What Was Lost by James Islington
The Shadow of What Was Lost was a book in the style of Brandon Sanderson, epic, paced and thoroughly enjoyable. It also helped that I was listening to the audio version narrated by the wonderful Michael Kraemer, which made the book feel even more like Sanderson.
The reason I docked half a star (and the reason this review will be a shorter one) was of my own doing. It took me a while to listen to this book, and I wasn't able to do so eve ...more