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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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Dude

That ending.


Seriously, that ending.

No really. That ending is crazy.

The rest of the book is fantastic too, but man, that ending

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Even better than the first book

Where does An Echo of Things to Come rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Like the first book this book takes a bit of time to get going, but there is definitely action throughout and when the dust settles at the end the plot threads are perhaps the best woven of any series I have ever read. Even better, while the characters are different and believable many of them are actually inspiring. At the end I wanted to stand up and cheer... and also cry. Read it and you will understand.

What other book might you compare An Echo of Things to Come to and why?

The threads of this are woven super well, similar to Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson.

What does Michael Kramer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He's great.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The Epilogue made me want to cheer and cry. Wow!

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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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Interesting and Confusing and Exciting!

First off I did love the book. It was an awesome story told by an author who has a very good imagination. Problem is that in this book that imagination got away from him but not completely to the detriment of the story. Shadow was well balanced in it's character development, story, world building and mythology if I listed them properly. I was able to walk away with good theories in place and also follow Caedan's multiple time hopping personality flashback story telling mechanic. Echo on the other hand was very confusing. Islington doubled down on Caedan's flashbacks and managed to further entrench some of the more understandable characters into it making their storylines a bit jarring. Makes me think Islington is trying too hard to be clever. Keep in mind because I listen to so many books and it was over a year for this to release I believe, I listened to Shadow again and went directly into this book. Still got lost. I admit that may be me though and again still an awesome story. Just a word of advice to listeners. Pay attention and maybe listen to or brush up on the previous book. Someone mentioned something about the epilogue. I'll have to listen again because apparently I missed something so, yeah, pay attention. Especially to the flashbacks in this book. Reviewers are saying they are filler or aren't important but they arrrrrrreeeeee!!! (In Michael Kramer's most dramatic voice)

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Jaw Dropping!

This book series is written so well, It has left me astounded time and again!

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Really hard to follow the story

All the main characters from the first book still have 3 or more names. Still trying to figure out this universe with so many layers. I have listened to two books now and still trying to put it all together. In the first book I was thrown into a world with a lot of layers not know what all of these countless places are and where they fit. Also with all the characters and types of creatures. There should be a prequel book that explains all of the universe and the people and creatures. Maybe there is another series and I started in the wrong place. The prequel could take 50,000 pages maybe more explaining it all. Talkamare has a lot of different names and at times I wasn't sure if it was Cadence or Arkine Devade or who what I'm uh okay just go with it. A prince with a bunch of different names really confusing the way again the author just think you will know who he's talking about when using one of his names for the first time. Oh yes Dav is blah blah blah blah. I'm thinking who is Dav where did Dav come from oh wait what oh Davin The author should have kept it simpler. Weir is a prince named Torrin but his different names are bounced around so much you get confused.

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Great book! Hinges on how 3rd book ends.

It's a great book. The backstory for the world and characters is fleshed out beautifully and gives the reader oscillating doubts as to which side is in the right. As the mystery has been fully revealed but not solved, I'm in a state of stasis on how I judge this book. Its largely just setup for a promised epic conclusion, but I'm skeptical if only by the ambitiousness of the task. I have no idea how Islington intends to cram all the resolutions I need from book 1 and 2 into a single book, but if he does this will be one of my favorite series of all time.

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LOVE this series and anticipating the 3rd

This is a great continuation of book one. The challenging part to both books one and two is that the story is s convoluted and involved in past present and future that it is hard to keep it all together. I have tried to keep bookmarks (like I would in a book) to highlight certain parts, but in audible when going back to listen it is hard to find one's place again.

IN this aspect it would probably be an easier read in good form. Regardless, I do love the story and am looking forward to the continuation.

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Great Second Book!

This series is incredible. It's got great action. Love the magic. It is a true epic fantasy. Not sure how it will only be a trilogy.

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2nd Book BETTER than 1st Book!!!

If you liked the first book, then just go and buy this one! It was amazing!!!

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  • CC
  • 09-28-19

Became an endurance test!

Quite enjoyed the first of this trilogy, even though I felt is was a little slow and drawn out in places. Hence my purchase of this the second in the trilogy. I SHALL NOT be buying the third, I have given up on what happens to the various characters be they heroes or villains. It is so slow, chapters go on for ages with very little happening. Then there are the 'jumps' into memory, too many and too confusing. (I can't say too much here without using spoilers.) I made myself finish the book because I had already invested so much time to them. Such a shame because the story base is good, just not 3 books good!! The only real positive for me in these 'fantasy' books is that it isn't all swords and battles ....although there are a few of those too.

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  • Robyn
  • 01-19-18

Excellent -but you need to concentrate

After the first hour or so, I started to doubt this book. The lighter tone of the previous book had been left behind, and we seemed to be spending an awful lot of time in flashbacks to Caeden's clearly complex, and not entirely pleasant, past - with only brief moments with Davian and the rest of the team. I needn't have worried - the book gathers momentum, and this complex fantasy continues to deliver as hoped for.

There is so much more going on now, and the characters are all going their own ways, only circling back to each other periodically. They've matured significantly since the first instalment, and I found myself wondering if I'd assumed their ages incorrectly? There is no "padding" in this second instalment: once you get your head around the flashbacks of Caeden's memories, and the timeline challenges that presents, then this story unfolds cleverly, layer upon intricate layer. Lots of complexity for those who like a properly constructed epic fantasy. So much has fallen into place by the end of book 2, but there is clearly so much more to come. A huge final chapter/epilogue - that I was not expecting, and left me reeling a little - it ties a few things up cleverly but leaves all the double ribbon ends hanging out ready for book 3!

I admit to really struggling with names and keeping track of who was who (despite listening to these books in quick succession) There is an enormous cast of characters, who can be known by multiple alias's.....(like I really needed even more complexity after the other-worldliness of their names in the first place!)...... Searching on Licanius and wiki took me to the Fandom website, which has some Licanius pages, including a character page. Joy! (as an audiobook fan, I often have an "ah-huh moment" when I see the names actually spelled out). SPOILER ALERT: be careful what you read on these pages - some serious spoilers included. Makes for good post listen review though.

This is an excellent series to date - here's hoping book 3 completes in the same style.

Narration is Michael Kramer - no more need be said.

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  • Simon
  • 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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  • David
  • 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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  • Breen
  • 10-17-17

another great

wow another great Story by both author and narrator
can not wait for the next book.

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  • Uther
  • 10-11-17

Great book can see this working well on the screen

Good story line hooks you in and makes you feel. For each of the characters

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  • G. P. Brown
  • 09-04-17

Great Traditional Epic Fantasy

If you could sum up An Echo of Things to Come in three words, what would they be?

Super engaging read!

Who was your favorite character and why?

It was close between Caeden and Davian but I think Caeden just managed to edge it. Davian is likeable and easy to root for but Caeden is a real enigma and all his POV segments are great.

Which character – as performed by Michael Kramer – was your favourite?

It is Michael Kramer! He was great with all the characters!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Definitely. James Islington knows how to write an engaging story.

Any additional comments?

I'd recommend this series for fans of Brandon Sanderson, Robert Jordan, and X-Men. It has stuff that reminds me of all of those but Islington still manages to keep the world fresh and his story exciting.

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  • Sebastian Woxell
  • 04-23-21

He shook his head

The amount of times this line was uttered was laughable in the end.
Story continues to be okay so I'll probably listen to the last book but I'm far from hooked after the second book in the series.

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  • Michael
  • 03-19-21

Masterful, emotional and unforgettable.

Masterful storytelling by Islington and emotional narration from Kramer. The Licanius Trilogy is absolutely enrapturing.

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  • Andrew Holleran
  • 02-11-21

Amazing Narration, Fantastic Story. 5⭐️ not enough.

Absolutely love Michael Kramer’s narration... take a bow... bravo. 👏 Mentioned first as its an Audible review.

However certainly not overshadowed or put into second place is the twisting, turning and gripping story line ... reminds me of authors like Joe Abercrombie and Brandon Sanderson.

I’m actually just waiting on the 3rd book to down load, so felt compelled to sing the praises of this series so far as I had forgotten how much I enjoyed this genre.

If you are looking at these reviews with any consideration of downloading this series... they stop looking and just buy it.. I’m actually so excited to start the 3rd. ENJOY.. YOU’RE WELCOME.

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  • Jakob
  • 01-10-18

Storyline

This is an epic journey that I thoroughly enjoyed however the back story of some of the characters is extremely difficult to follow. There are references back through history, lands, places, characters and wars that occurred a long time past. These references are hard to grasp as there is simply too much to keep track of.

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  • Robert P. Rumball
  • 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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  • Sweetheart1
  • 09-17-17

loving this story

this is my second listen as i brought the 3rd book but needed a refresher...and i enjoyed it even more than the first listen.

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  • kiara.fay
  • 08-30-17

loving this story!

I'm generally a huge brandon sanderson fan for comparative reference. this story also has a bitty of "codex of alera" feel to it in terms of very full story with lots of action, intrigue, and twists. not the best for comic relief or really rich characters, but still good in those aspects, exiting plot is definitely the strong point, and what a cliffhanger!!!

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  • Samantha
  • 09-12-17

Frustrating

I really wanted to enjoy this one as much as I did the first volume but really the author made it so hard for listeners, particularly since it has been a long wait. it might have been different for readers of a hard copy who could flick back and forth and navigate the mind-numbing list of characters with similar names, made worse by time travelling and multi-named characters but at times it felt like War and Peace. He could have helped by including some tried and true fantasy devices to remind us of the plot of the earlier volume but we are left groping in the dark for almost invisible threads of plot. And I have a problem where characters in a mediaeval setting converse with post-industrial language and concepts. I wanted to like this one, after the first volume, I really really did. Even Michael Kramer's usually beautiful narration struggled to make sense of it. a huge disappointment.

p.s. I made it to the end, just, out of respect for the first volume. There's a good story in there somewhere but please, publishers, help the author find it!

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  • Helen
  • 10-17-17

great book

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

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  • Christine
  • 08-13-19

2nd book in series

enjoyed listening to the ongoing saga. Can't wait to start the nect one of it

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  • Andre Coetzee
  • 08-03-19

Great listen

A great follow up that Keeps you on your toes. Can't wait for the next one.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-16-19

Excellent!

This series has a story line you need to pay attention too. So many hidden details. So good to see a modern author doing justice to the fantasy world!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-26-19

amazing

i never leave reviews for anything but this series so far has been one of the most enjoyable experiences ive had listening/reading a book. such a deep and well thought out story.

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