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Publisher's Summary

Condemned as a murderer for killing the man who dishonored his sister, Blaine "Mick" McFadden has spent the last six years in Velant, a penal colony in the frigid northern wastelands. Harsh military discipline and the oppressive magic keep a fragile peace as colonists struggle against a hostile environment. But the supply ships from Dondareth have stopped coming, boding ill for the kingdom that banished the colonists. Now, as the world's magic runs wild, McFadden and the people of Velant must fight to survive and decide their fate....
From Gail Z. Martin, author of the beloved series The Chronicles of the Necromancer and The Fallen Kings Cycle, comes a new fantasy adventure for the ages.
Welcome to the end of the world.
Welcome to the beginning of The Ascendant Kingdomgs Saga.
©2013 Gail Z. Martin (P)2013 Recorded Books
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2 out of 5 stars
By Jim "The Impatient" on 04-07-16

Vampires, Mages and Gods are discussed.

Ms. Martin missed the boat on this one. This was not what I thought I was getting. ICE FORGED sure sounds tough. There is nothing tough in this book. I was hoping for something like Joe Abercrombie. The book starts well. The main character kills his father and is sentenced to go to the worst prison in the world. Most people die there. Many who are sentenced to go there kill themselves, so they don't have to go. Martin could have wrote on the hardships of the prison and what Blaine had to do to survive. Instead the story skips six years and Blaine is still alive, along with all his friends. He is no longer in prison, he is in a penal colony. He lives in a house, owns land, goes to dances and to the tavern. He raises crops and goats, etc.

This still could have been interesting, but we are switched to a Vampire who threatens to talk us to death. A king who threatens to talk us to death. There is a lot of talking about Mages and Gods. If you like talking, this is the book for you.

Narrator is great.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Scott on 09-11-14


This book had all the promise of an epic novel. It had a great cover, a great and exciting preview, and several promising reviews. But then I bought the book. And then there was nothing happening. And then the world ended. And then there was a vampire. And then there was a world again. And then there was...this book was terrible. The characters are weak and forced on you. And you have no idea who the main character actually is. You think it's Mic/Blaine, but you can't really tell! Plus, Blaine sucks! And then there were Vampires!!! I can't stress that enough. For some reason ($$$) there are vampires in this story! Save your credits.

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