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The second book in the acclaimed Licanius Trilogy by James Islington.
In the wake of a devastating attack, an amnesty has been declared for all Augurs - finally allowing them to emerge from hiding and openly oppose the dark forces massing against the land of Andarra. As the Augur Davian and his new allies hurry north toward the ever-weakening Boundary, however, fresh horrors along their path suggest that their reprieve may have come far too late.
His ally in the Capital, the new Northwarden, contends with assassins and politicians and uncovers a dangerous political secret. Meanwhile, their compatriot Asha begins a secret investigation into the disappearance of the Shadows.
And Caeden races against time to fulfill his treacherous bargain with the Lyth, but as more and more of his memories return, he begins to realize that the two sides in this ancient war may not be as clear-cut as they first seemed....
©2017 James Islington (P)2017 Podium Publishing
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By Joe B. on 09-10-17

Footnotes, please!

I adored the first book, and have been checking on Islington's website, waiting for this one to come out. And, no surprise, it's good. It was worth the wait, and probably worth the year or two wait until the third book.

But.

But, wow, do I wish that Islington put just a little tiny bit of effort into exposition. This story spans thousands of years of history across many countries and peoples and hosts 7-10 point of view characters, and yet he spends very little time reminding us who is who and what is what. One of the things that makes this story great is just how many mysteries are nested inside of other mysteries. But it's next to impossible to know what's supposed to be a mystery and what's something that my poor forgetful mind forgot. A few throwaway sentences would have done wonders clear up many questions: what's a Dargathan? What's a shateth? Where's talen gol? Etc, etc.

I'd whole heartedly recommend this series, but I'd tell people to wait until the third book is out, and read them all in one go. Anything else is a little painful. Great story, but painful.

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By Christopher on 09-27-17

Better than the first

Alright so the ending of this book really made it worth while for me. The whole idea of fighting versus fate is just really weird for me and it is one part of this series that really just annoys me. Seeing the future and being unable to change it just seems kind of ridiculous. I can see how they can change it, but it never seems to cross the characters minds really. It makes sense sometimes, but other times I just really do not understand. I did end up liking this book a bit more since the world is shown more. There are still plenty of questions though and sometimes the logic seems circular or just ridiculously confusing. I really want to see when the old good guys become what they are. Some of the backstory is really interesting and I am hoping that the ending of this series will be epic. If it turns out to be some fate is fate, and just cause you can not change it does not mean you have no free will type thing I will probably pull my hair out.

The narration is great.

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By Simon on 08-27-17

A Genuinely Weighty Tome

With The Shadow of What Was Lost James Islington delivered a superb story set in a carefully constructed world of detail and colour. Most of all he gave us an engaging set of characters which for Audiobook listeners were brought to life by Michael Kramer’s excellent narration. In doing all of this he set himself the daunting task of doing it all justice with the remainder of the trilogy. The good news is that with An Echo of Things to Come he has done just that! This really is an excellent effort but to my mind at least it does come with a couple of minor caveats and health warnings.

The book has a different feel to it. The exuberance of youth is now largely stripped from these characters and they have been aged considerably by their experiences. They seem possibly a little too mature too quickly in some ways. This second book also has a more multi-layered and complex feel to it. For those like me without the greatest of memories a refresher of the story before you start is highly recommended. You can of course re-read the first book but if you haven’t already seen it check out audfans where one of their give-aways is a twenty minute synopsis of the story up until the start of this book read by Michael Kramer. There is also a very useful glossary and map on the author’s website.

Even with that there is an awful lot to keep track of in this one. So many characters have multiple names which are swapped in and out regularly. Some characters take over other characters and Caeden rebuilds his memories with the story frequently and abruptly flashing between the current time and those memories plus of course with the augurs occasional visions of the future. Producing such a story is a very impressive achievement but, and it may of course just be me, there was a little too much of that complexity going on. I suspect a second reading will tease out a lot of nuances that I missed despite regular rewinds during my first navigation of this book.

It is genuinely epic fantasy with depth, action and a thorough authenticity. It took maybe more effort from me to get the most out of it than books even in this genre tend to but the investment was most definitely worth it.

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By David on 10-26-17

brilliant book a great listen can't wait for the n

brilliant book a great listen can't wait for the next book to be made audio.

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By Helen on 10-17-17

great book

love the intricacies of the storylines. cant wait for the next installment to come out.

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By Robert P. Rumball on 09-28-17

A long time to wait. But well worth it.

I loved book 1 and it seemed to take forever to get book 2. I was not disappointed, James Islington's writing is excellent and so is the Narration.
Now...ALL I want is book 3....4....5....6

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