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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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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.

23 of 24 people found this review helpful

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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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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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  • Tyler
  • Kaysville, Utah, United States
  • 08-28-17

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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So good!!!

It was everything that I could have wanted! So, so good!! The first two books are in the running for my all time favorites!! Bring on the 3rd! Please!!

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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!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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A staggering achievement!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would in a heartbeat! It is just as good as book one and might be better.

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

Michael Kramer is one of the best. Since this is probably my 30th book listening to him you could say that I am a fan.

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

When I figured out a twist.

Any additional comments?

Buy it now!

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great series so far can't wait for the next one.

need to re read to pick up on the subtle things. series was slow at first

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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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Strike it from your lexicon please!

I really like this book but he overuses the word accede. Please use a Thesaurus!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Iain Crockett
  • 10-12-17

completely lost.

The narration is superb. you know you are in for a treat when Michael Kramer is involved and I think this is the reason I stuck with this book. I found myself completely lost about half way through and it didn't get any clearer. having an evil character called Siilyarse detracted from the gravitas! So many of the characters have back stories that do not relate directly to the story. overcomplicated for it's own sake. will not be buying the sequel

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  • Campbell
  • 12-06-17

completely superb outstanding.

this book is very complete it has an interesting narrative that will keep you absorbed from beginning to end and it has consistent plot and character development even though dealing with multilayers throw multiple times 10 out of 10

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  • MR A S PRINCE
  • 12-06-17

Loved it!

Better than the first book, which was awesome! Gripping from beginnng to end. Relentless! Looking forward to next installment.

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  • ContraMundis
  • 11-15-17

amazing

Loved every minute of it. A transcendent novel, which left me thirsty for more. Bring on book three!

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  • Kathryn
  • 11-14-17

Confusion reigns.... Tal Kamar / Caden.....

Great story! But one I will have to listen to a good few times to work out who's who and the plot.

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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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  • 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

Brilliant again

One hurry with the third book on Audible please before I wither into mist!! I'm so glad I stumbled into this Author. You must listen. Or read. This series. You don't be disappointed.

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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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  • 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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  • Melinda
  • 12-03-17

Can't wait for the next one!

Awesome book's, really looking forward to the third installment. You think you know where the story is going and then...

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  • Clare
  • 11-30-17

amazing story

there were twists that I actually did not guess, not fulky anyway. the characters are great, the magic and the narration is magic of itself.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-25-17

A powerful story.

A gripping and powerful book although a little confusing at the start. looking foward to the 3rd!!!

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  • Michael
  • 10-22-17

Kramer and Islington are a winning pairing

Well written. Intriguing. Similar feel to Wheel of Time. Kramer reads it marvelously. I enjoyed it a lot and look forward to the next.

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  • Jane Bennet
  • 10-22-17

Great book

Great book, looking forward to the final in the series. Brilliant narrating by Michael Kramer as always.