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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 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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2 out of 5 stars
By The Lion on 05-16-14

Really bland

What disappointed you about Ice Forged?

The characters were so bland that I really couldn't care about them. Seriously, if they had all died at the end it wouldn't have bothered me a bit. They were flat, soulless, and completely boring. It's too bad, because it could have been a good premise. The author just glosses over Mick's first years in exile, so we don't get to see him struggle and grow. For a book called "Ice Forged" we see very little forging.

What was most disappointing about Gail Z. Martin’s story?

As I said before, it was flat. Also, the story didn't really break any new ground. It was rather cliché. It almost seems like she decided to throw in some vampires, since they are fashionable. When Connor first goes to find Penhallow (not sure of the spelling, since this is an audio book) I thought, "Seriously!? Now we have a vampire? Well that seems random." It just seems as though she was trying to throw in everything including the kitchen sink in order to try to make the story exciting. However, the undead are no substitute for thoughtful and interesting writing, even if you do give them a new name.

Did Tim Gerard Reynolds do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

He was OK, but not brilliant. I enjoyed him in the "Ryiria Revelations" series, which is why I got this book, but he just did not have very good material to work with here. I kept wishing that I was listening to Gwen, not Kestel, as Gwen was a much deeper character.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Extreme boredom. I don't have to have explosions and fireworks, but I like characters to be fleshed out so that I can connect with them.

Any additional comments?

I have enjoyed books like Blood Song, The Way of Kings, Ryiria Revelations, Name of the Wind, the Mistborn series, and Malice. I just could NOT get into this me, the characters of the story are everything. I have to care about them. These people were just so uninteresting that I couldn't enjoy the ride.

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