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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 story...to 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.
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.
I'm an avid reader and writer who is brand new to the audiobook scene, and so far... I love it.
I really was drawn into the story. The details and layout of events made the story come to life for me!
Blaine, he was whose head I was inside, and he was a very like able character who I could relate to.
The scene that was my favorite was the first scene where Blaine describes the homestead and how they survived.
I was also very interested in the fire ribbon scene, it had me on the edge of my seat!
The very beginning of the book, where an elder sibling like myself made a very hard decision to save their younger siblings.
A wonderful listen I recommend it.
I understand when something is part of a series, that it will leave you wanting more. but this has NO ending... I'll read the next one anyway.
It's good red meat for the fantasy enthusiast tightly told and moves along with a few surprises thrown in.
He is always very easy to listen, a warm embracing style that feels like an old friend telling tales over a nice bottle of port.
Way too long for that.
Interesting world. Colorful characters and backgrounds. It could have been easily broken into two books, but thankfully, we did not have to wait for the second. :)
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