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An Echo of Things to Come Audiobook

An Echo of Things to Come: The Licanius Trilogy, Book 2

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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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    Margaret Campbell 09-19-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Monumental disappointment"

    19 hours of literary torture and 2 hours of an actual story. The story dragged and dragged. Most time was spent describing Kayden's memories is descriptive details. Details in memories that have no connection to the plot or story. Parts that needed further development failed to receive attention by the author. I predict that the next book would be rushed.

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Joe B. 09-10-17
    Joe B. 09-10-17
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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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    David S. 09-13-17
    David S. 09-13-17
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    "Flashbacks and multiple names oh my"

    loved the first book but seemed the author went over the top trying to be confusing. Flashbacks are always messy but add in shapshifting and multiple idetities and all to often I just found it all overly complex.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Timmillion SC 10-18-17
    Timmillion SC 10-18-17 Member Since 2016
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    "great book! "

    The plot of this series is magnificent! Michael's performance was very very very good. I really enjoyed this book!

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    The Lion 10-18-17
    The Lion 10-18-17 Member Since 2012
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    "A very enjoyable listen"

    I think that the second book in this series has evolved into something much more than a plot that reminds the reader of Jordan's WOT series; he goes beyond that in some twists and turns that really get the reader thinking about the implications of predestination Vs. choice, and how, or if, such things affect personal responsibility for one's actions. It's fairly deep stuff, and makes this story something uniquely Islington's, IMHO.

    Caeden is still searching for clues to his past, which he finds, piece by piece. (The last memory gave me chills, and has made me anxious to read the next book - I can't wait to see where he is going to go with this) Wirr, Asha , and Davien are separately trying to prevent catastrophe at the Boundary. There are a few parts in the middle that move a bit slowly, but I find that I don't mind that, as the author is so good at keeping me guessing about what's going to happen next. There are many things from the first book that are explained here, but still many questions to be answered.

    Overall, this is a solid offering from a new author who takes some very familiar tropes, and yet manages to write a story that is unique and enjoyable. I found it well worth the credit!

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    tony graham 10-17-17
    tony graham 10-17-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great Story"

    great story, hooked from the start, it will have you lost in a great fantasy

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    Amazon Customer 10-16-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Long slog to finish"

    Only reason I finished is because of Michael Kramer's silky smooth voice.

    Overly complicated plots, like plans so convoluted the Joker would look at the outline and saw 'naw man. that's too much '

    SPOILERS AHEAD

    I'm honestly not sure what the overarching plot of this series is. As best I can tell, basically Sauron is told by god to kill a whole civilization so that the remnants will build a time machine so be can go back in time and stop basically Satan from imprisoning him.

    only it's not god telling basically Sauron to go back in time, it's basically Satan. I think. also there are monsters and a giant bug zapper to stop them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Glenn GLEN ALLEN, VA, United States 10-12-17
    Glenn GLEN ALLEN, VA, United States 10-12-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Outstanding"

    Really enjoyed the second book. can not wait for the third one. The second is definitely better than the first.

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    Keaton 10-11-17
    Keaton 10-11-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Instant Fantasy Classic"

    The twists continue with book two in the Licanius Trilogy and while many questions from book one are answered and I definitely know more than I did, there are still some big questions remaining. I found James Islington’s writing style similar to Robert Jordan.

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    A User amsterdam, Netherlands 10-11-17
    A User amsterdam, Netherlands 10-11-17 Member Since 2014
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    "A very rare equal to Jordan and Sanderson"

    The claim is made many times but rarely true. The trilogy has no weak points.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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  • Simon
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    8/27/17
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    "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.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • G. P. Brown
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Breen
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    "another great"

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Iain Crockett
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    10/12/17
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    "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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Uther
    10/11/17
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    "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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • ryan
    9/27/17
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    "Absolute dissapointment when compared to the first"

    Absolute dissapointment when compared to the first book. narration was excellent but the story was dull and overly complex in areas.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • FS
    9/26/17
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    "Great story"

    I did struggle sometimes to keep up with who was where and memories vs now, but lots of twists and turns to keep you on the edge of your seat.

    Michael Kramer is, as always, a riveting narrator with a voice like silk.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rh
    9/25/17
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    "Great Epic Fantasy"

    As with book 1, an echo of things to come was richly complex with an intriguing world and magic system. I had been anticipating book 2 and this didn't disappoint; great character building, great world building and a fabulous story, albeit morally confusing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. C. Crook
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    9/23/17
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    "Well written and well performed"
    Where does An Echo of Things to Come rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's up there. It's the second of the trilogy and I am looking forward to the last book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of An Echo of Things to Come?

    Personally I liked the way Is came after Kaden. It was well done.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    When you find out about the blasted lands or whatever they are called.


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

    Yes but it's too long for that.


    Any additional comments?

    It's good. Get this and the first one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anders
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    9/22/17
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    "A truly great read!"

    I am in awe of the complexity of the storyline and how well it is written. Like a huge puzzle that's slowly but surely coming together. The entire good and evil conflict is replaced by people making choices, sometimes really bad ones too. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Michael Kramer performed marvelously as usual. I look forward to the third and final book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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