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An ancient evil emerges. The Glass Kingdom is at war. Not even the gods can help now.

Full-scale rebellion rages in the south, and Sir Torsten Unger must lead the Glass Army to face it. But when a new and unfamiliar king forces Torsten to march alongside one of his fiercest rivals, he must draw on his faith to keep the army from fracturing.  

Whitney Fierstown continues his tutelage of the blood mage, Sora, who is desperate to get a better handle on her mysterious powers. Their journey brings them to the merchant city of Winde Port, where they seek passage to Yaolin City aboard a ship. It's smooth sailing until they realize an old nemesis is hunting them, hell-bent on vengeance and willing to turn to an evil unlike any they've ever faced before. 

Winds of War is the epic second installment in the Buried Goddess Saga, perfect for fans of R. A. Salvatore, Brandon Sanderson, and Nicholas Eames. 

©2018 Aethon Books (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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Really enjoying this series

Great follow-on to a very good first book. The characters, plot, and writing are top-notch. I don't think it's hyperbole to say that this is right up there with the best of today's fantasy, such as the Stormlight Archives by Sanderson. I am truly enjoying it that much. The narrator was also excellent in this one. I'm impatiently looking forward to the next entry in the series!

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Bruno & Castle deliever a excellent story

The story continues...Bruno & Castle do an excellent job in continuing the story from book 1. The way they develop the story and the characters is very entertaining and keeps you listening.

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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great addition, excited for the next one

Luke Daniels is great and the story is fun. I'm ready for the next one!

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  • Joe
  • Texas
  • 12-18-18

4.5 Stars

4.5 Stars. Audible Version. This was a great continuation in the story. It takes place weeks after the end of the first one. I feel like the pace and writing was much better and faster in this book. The interactions between the characters has also expanded. The new antagonist was a great addition to this story considering the Protagonist fought a God in the last book. I also felt this book was a little funnier. The story wasn't very predictable and the last few chapters took a unexpected turn. This book also has it's own ending, but definitely is more of a cliffhanger than the first. Once again the narration was one of the best I have heard in any book. Great read. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. #Fantasy #Uniquevoices #GreatRead #Funny

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Torsten and a series of unfortunate events

Almost all of the characters are interesting, even the antagonists, except for Torsten who, while positioned as one of the 3 primary protagonists comes off as mostly brawn and bluster whose tactical acumen seems mostly stuck on CHARGE!, threatening and screaming at everyone and retreating. The thing is, he's obviously a very dedicated servant to the crown but seems ill-equipped to handle his leadership position. I'm hopeful that his, thus far, negative spiral reaches its nadir and begins to climb upward.

There is ample betrayals and subterfuge to spice up the story, along with the introduction of other secondary characters to expand the story arc in lively, erm, deadly ??? Oh, whatever ways. Red Star, or as Whitney calls him, Red Moon who, while untrustworthy, also happens to be pivotal for keeping the Glass Army from total defeat. Whitney continues with his irresponsible antics that somehow seem to almost always favor him. Also, Sora becomes more than a blood mage, much more.

In all, another good book in the series and I'm anxiously awaiting for book 3.

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Awesome series!

Love the books so far! Can’t wait until January for the 3rd! If you like fantasy with some comedy this series is for you!

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Narration grabs you and never lets you go!

Winds of War is the second book of the Buried Goddess Saga. On Audible, the book is narrated by award winning Luke Daniels, who does a phenomenal job at voicing the different characters, races, nationalities and personalities. Luke’s narration is gripping and breathtaking. You experience what the characters see, hear, feel, fear, and experience. The book reads extremely well, but the Audible narration brings this book to life!

I was so enthralled with the book and the reading that I was desperate to find out what happens next to all of our heroes. The book does not end on a cliffhanger exactly, but it leaves everything up in the air about what’s going to become of everyone.

In this story, Whitney and Sora are heading for Winde Port hoping to steal or charter a boat to cross the boiling waters and go to PanPing, Sora’s country of origin. Torsten Unger, Wearer of White and head of the King’s Shieldsmen is on a mission to stop the rebel Muskego from the Black Sands armies that are attacking the Glass Kingdom. Pi, the boy king, son of king Liam has come back to life and now speaks with authority far exceeding his years. This leads him to capture and confine the Caliph of the Black Sands which starts a war.

This book is full of non-stop action, from war, to sorcery, to wyverns and even vampires (called Upirs) in this series. When I say non-stop action, I mean it! Every chapter is full of action, adventure, fighting, life, death, and everything that comes with it. And you experience it all through Luke Daniel’s characterizations in such a way that the story and everyone in it comes to life.

This is one supercharged story, and you really, really get into the characters and what is happening to them. It is incredible that the story ends with so many surprises and so many of our heroes in such desperate situations. So be forewarned, you are going to NEED to read or listen to the next book in the series!

I really do not want to get into any more story details because it will cause spoilers. Suffice it to say that if you read the Web of Eyes (or listened to it) the story picks up right where we left off in the first book. These books are so well written by team writers Rhett C. Bruno and Jaimie Castle that I would not be surprised in the least if it becomes an HBO or Netflix or Amazon original series or a movie. It really needs to be turned into an on screen production, it is that good.

I am rarely so taken with the narration of a book that I can’t put it down, but I was listening to this one on breaks at work, lunch hour, on the bus and in the car back and forth to work because I could not wait to find out what happened next. “Alexa, read me Winds of War!”

I sincerely suggest you get this Audible title. Better yet, get and listen to Web of Eyes first, and THEN get this one, and when you’re done you will be getting the 3rd book, Will of Fire.

I can’t give enough praise about this grand slam home run from Bruno and Castle and Luke Daniel’s execution had me on my feet and cheering saying “Bravo, Bravo, encore, encore!”

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Keeping to its Roots

If you're coming here from Web of Eyes, then you already know what to expect. The characters are back and are stalwartly refusing to learn anything from their adventures together. If you're here, then I imagine that you enjoyed your first foray into the Buried Goddess Saga and you should go ahead and get this one. It's silly, fun, and a bit epic at times, the voicework is just as well done as before for both returning and newly introduced characters, and there's a whole new adventure starting that won't be as simple to solve this time around.

There are two notable changes to the way the story is told here in my opinion. The first is that there appears to be two distinct narratives running at the same time - that of Sora and Whitney and that of Torston. Whitney and Sora begin where they left off, trying to reach Sora's homeland and generally stealing everything in their way as they get there. And Torston is forced to vie for his new king's favor against the warlock who had tried to kill the king the first time around, all as war begins on the kingdom outskirts. The two narratives both focus on a port city that gets attacked by invading armies, thrusting the 3 back together in an adventure that none of them can escape alive working alone. What's significant about this to me is that holding the distinctive story threads apart opens up the world, making it feel bigger and grander. It's a bit of a risk to split the reader's attention, maybe losing focus on the plot overall, but, I feel as though it pays off in this instance, showing that a grander world exists, and really playing up another expansion to the universe in the sequel.

The second notable change is shifting the larger part of the narrative from Torston and Whitney to Sora and Whitney. While I don't believe this has grander meaning like the perspective split may, I do see this as a tonal change. There's still banter, but there's a change from that overall combative manner that existed between the thief and the knight. Things feel more playful this time and even a bit melancholy, drawing on the obvious racial bias Sora feels in this world and Whitney's need to draw her out of her own head.

For the rest of you reading that are new to the series, I'd say that the authors have done an admiral job of introducing the relevant information for each moment. There are definitely going to be things that are missed, but that's mostly just character interaction that's easy to pick up, and some of the basic setup of the problems plaguing the kingdom. You could definitely pick up the series from here if you didn't want to pick up the first book (but you really should, it's a wonderful start to the series), you would find an decent entrance here.

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Magnificent!

If Disney was smart, they would hire these guys to write a Star Wars novel. Seriously, this action-packed fantasy story left my jaw on the floor over how good and fun it was. And no, I am still not a big Fantasy genre fan, but this book has me reconsidering. The characters already feel like old friends to the reader after book 1. Can’t wait for Book 3! Oh, and definitely get the audiobook version. Luke Daniels is fantastic!

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  • Kingsley
  • Henely Brook, Australia
  • 12-10-18

War and Rememberance

Picking up where book one ended 'Winds of War' continues the story of Whitney, Sora and Torsten. Fallout form the events of book one is starting to haunt them. A new young King is back on the throne, bringing more chaos with him. The insanity that was present in previous royalty appears present with the new King as he makes dangerous decisions, inviting the country into a war. A war that will greatly affect all three of our heroes.

The book doesn't stray far from what worked in the first book of the series. This book focuses a fair bit more of the realm and what is happening with the royals than the previous one did. That is partially because it is dealing with the events of the last book, which changed the power dynamics of the realm. It does however keep the similar 'Whitney undertaking heists' type storylines of the first. He's still attempting stupid con jobs and overestimating his abilities.

Similar to prior book this one keeps Whitney and Torsten separate for the most part. The do come together in the end, but I would have liked to see more interaction between them. The fun on watching Torsten deal with someone as morally ambiguous as Whitney, or someone as heretical as Sora, yet still having affection for them due to their shared past, is always fun. More of it would have been nice.

The story is interesting and action packed. It's bigger and bolder than the first, with an entire war taking place around the characters.There was one somewhat Dues Ex moment, where Whitney is saved due to a convenient and luckily timed external attack, but it wasn't that much of a problem for me.

The ending sets everything up for an interesting third book, with some important events from this book and the first coming to a head. Looking forward to it.

Luke Daniels narration is more of the same. If you liked the first, you will like this. He characters are bold. Some work better than others, but at least they never meld together. He provides action, energy and emotion. Another fun reading from him.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this review voluntarily.

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  • Morris
  • 01-11-19

Just as good as the first

I absolutely love this series. It's got everything, a great plot, interesting characters and most of all it is funny. I will be continuing on this series.

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  • C. Rowlands
  • 01-08-19

Strong sequel and still more strong accents

Firstly, this is a direct sequel to book one and you should read or listen to that one first as it is well worth it and you will then appreciate this one much more as well.

Our three protagonists spend quite a bit of time being out of their depth in this book as the overall situation for the world has escalated quite a lot since book one, albeit the self-confidence of Whitney will rarely allow him to admit such a thing even to himself despite the new and returning enemies they have to face this time round.

I am not sure if the narrator is having fun with these books or not, but he certainly sounds like he is with some accents continuing to be a little outlandish at times, although thankfully he has either toned down the one he uses for Whitney or I have become acclimatised to it by now as that one no longer grates. I do still wish they would drop the reading of the chapter tags that signify who is going to be the focus of it, they are totally unnecessary with the performance and needlessly detract from it in the process.

Overall, this is a quality second book in the series that nicely builds on the good start of the first one and further encourages me to want to move onto the subsequent books in the series too.

[Note - I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.]

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  • Scott R
  • 12-12-18

Worthy 2nd story

Worthy successor to the book 1, as this time round Whitney has to escape an old enemy and the trials of Torsen become even harder this time as he has to face an army from the sand.
The action in this ,I thought was more suited to the personalities. And this is just a little more ingratiated than the previous book.
Best of all the sardonic humour comes alive and even Redstars narration doesn't grate as much as it did in book 1.
This has went from strength to strength and I hope the next in the series also performs just as well.
Narration i found was as expected and well done by LD as this is a lot easier to listen to compared to the first as the accents are a little less folksy.
Proof that you can also done good job without going over the top or you get used to it given enough exposure.