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Gail Z. Martin discovered her passion for SF, fantasy and gost stiroes in elementary schoo. The first story she wrote—at age five—was about a vampire. Her favourite TV show as a preschooler was Dark Shadows. At age 14 she deided to become a writer. She enjoys attending SF / fantasy conventions, Renaissance fairs and living history sites. She is married, and has three children, a Himalayan cat and a golden retriever.
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Product Details

  • Series: Chronicles of the Necromancer, Book 2 (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 623 pages
  • Publisher: Solaris; 1st edition (January 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844165310
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844165315
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.6 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gail Z. Martin is the author of Ice Forged, Reign of Ash and the upcoming War of Shadows (2015) in the Ascendant Kingdoms Series, as well as Deadly Curiosities, a new urban fantasy series and Iron and Blood, a new steampunk series co-authored with Larry N. Martin.

Gail is also the author of The Chronicles of the Necromancer series (The Summoner, The Blood King, Dark Haven and Dark Lady's Chosen) and The Fallen Kings Cycle (The Sworn: Book One in The Fallen Kings Cycle and Book Two, The Dread.) Gail has two ongoing short story series on ebook, the Jonmarc Vahanian Adventures and the Deadly Curiosities Adventures, with more stories added monthly.

Gail's work also appears in a growing number of anthologies. For details, please see the 'Anthologies' page on her website.

Gail also writes the Thrifty Author's Guide series (Launching Your Book Without Losing Your Mind, Selling and Promoting Your Book Online, and Social Media and Virtual Apps for Authors) on book promotion for authors.

And Gail writes The 30 Day Results Guide series on Internet marketing: 30 Days to Social Media Success,30 Days to Online Marketing and PR and 30 Days to Virtual Productivity Success.

For fiction book updates, tour information and contact details, visit www.ChroniclesOfTheNecromancer.com. Gail is also the host of the Ghost in the Machine Fantasy Podcast (www.GhostInTheMachinePodcast.com), and you can find her on Facebook as Gail Martin and as The Winter Kingdoms and on Twitter @GailZMartin. She co-hosts the Disquieting Visions blog on paranormal fiction at www.DisquietingVisions.com.

You can find Gail's non-fiction web site at www.GailMartinMarketing.com, and visit her SharedDreamsPodcast.com and blog at BigDreamsAndHardWork.com

Customer Reviews

That being said I still think that this book and series are still well worth reading.
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I noticed some errors in the digital version that were annoying, and the author tends to use exclamation points a bit too much for my liking.
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Probably the only character who gets to show up for any length of time who hasn't turned into a completely different person.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By SciFiChick VINE VOICE on February 5, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Following the events in The Summoner, Tris has been training his magical skills and has tried to remain hidden from his brother, Jared, the usurper of his father's throne. Tris and his growing number of friends and supporters devise a plan to stand against Jared and his dark mage Arontala. But Tris must make sure he's strong enough to overcome Arontala, for the dark mage plans to release the Obsidian King. And if the Obsidian King were to take control of Tris, a summoner, the evil king would be unstoppable.

The Blood King is an exciting sequel. Most of the novel revolves around the adventures of Tris and his party gathering more support and just staying alive. With colorful characters (alive, dead, and undead) and truly evil bad guys, Martin has created a wonderful world of magic and wonder. At a daunting, 624 pages, I was surprised how quickly I read this riveting story. And I was truly disappointed that it had to end.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By cwendauthi on February 6, 2011
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First off, I very much enjoyed the first book and was hoping to see the characters grow more, the fledgling romances flourish, the supporting characters coming into their own, and -- of course -- an epic battle to overthrow the evil king and his mage. Well. All of that happens... It just seems to happen with new characters.

~ Tris is more solemn and brooding. That's pretty much the extent of his personality now. Oh, and he loves Kiara. Deeply and passionately (well, as passionately as Matris Drayke, Lord of Dreariness, can). He may be no simple youth when it comes to magic or statecraft, but it's a regular Romeo & Juliet romance. And, just think, they've known each other for less than six months and they've never spent any time alone! For all that (supposed) depth and passion, however, it's a very sanitary, settled kind of love. And apparently no sexual tension whatsoever -- we all known teens and early 20s have no sex drive, so this is completely believable... right?

~ Kiara has lost most of her spunk. When you see her (which is rare), she's basically worrying about or taking care of Tris, making a (as in one) quippy line, training with Jonmarc, gushing over how much she loves Tris, or being made into a victim that Tris needs to save. She becomes the most boring support character in the book. Tragic.

~ Jonmarc/Vahanian*, again, has become distressingly tame. His wry/sharp humor is still there (occasionally), but he rarely does anything. It's like that whole war between "self-service" and "noble cause" has evaporated entirely -- he has no inner turmoil or resolve now. He's just there. The sharp-tongued jack of all trades has become a bland right-hand man who moons over Carina.

~ Carina... honestly, what the hell.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Deviantidol on June 3, 2009
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After reading the first book in this series, I was very excited with this new author and the way she developed the world and characters in the Chronicles of the Necromancer. But once I bought the second book with much enthusiasm, I was extremely let down after reading the first 3-4 chapters.
It seems she wrote this book in less than a year, and it really does show, how quickly things move along and also the interaction between the characters. It all became so cliche, that it almost seems she forgot how she wrote the characters in the first book, or either just didn't want to spend that much time putting the effort into making it enjoyable for the reader.

So I have sold my copies of the first and second book, and have not even bothered to read the third. I only read Trilogies, and it really saddens me that this series started off with such amazing tenacity, and then fell into the pit of "been there, done that" books.
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`Book 2 in the chronicles of the necromancer' continues with Prince Martris Drayke's personal journey with his discovery and practicing of potent magic. Having narrowly escaped being murdered by his brother Jared, the Prince is under pressure to learn to use his magic to summon an army of the dead- for time is running out. The only way he is able to reclaim his father's throne is confrontational combat, against not only Tris but also Foor Arontala who is a dark mage of great and terrible power. Foor Arontala plans to raise the Obsidian King and in doing so would cause a significant imbalance within the currents of magic, thus causing such a change in the world as to cast a dark shadow over The Winter Kingdoms...

This exciting book is a real page-turner, as the story continues with even more electrifying suspense and heart pounding moments that will leave you breathless. The believable, distinctive characters pull you into the most extraordinary world and intense saga of raging enmity, tyranny and powerful magic that is wielded for both good and evil. The rich, detailed descriptions add to the atmospheric quality of the setting that is so exquisite, hence one is able to clearly envisage this fantasy world before your very eyes. Fast-paced with many unexpected twists and turns, this terrific read is so absorbing and tantalizingly tempting that you will be hard pressed to equal it within this genre. To include other creatures such as Ghosts and Vampires is totally inspired alongside great warriors and evil enemies (that you cannot help but loathe), including other remarkable characters that are so `real' through their emotions (such as the feisty warrior-princess Kiara Isencroft for example).
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