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Ice Forged (The Ascendant Kingdoms Saga Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- Book 1 of 4 in The Ascendant Kingdoms Saga (4 Book Series)
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More About the Author
She is also the author of Ice Forged, Reign of Ash and War of Shadows in the Ascendant Kingdoms Series, as well as Deadly Curiosities, the first novel in her 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 four ongoing short story series on ebook, the Jonmarc Vahanian Adventures,the Deadly Curiosities Adventures, the Blaine McFadden Adventures (King's Convicts series and the upcoming King's Exiles series) and together with Larry N. Martin, the Storm and Fury Adventures, steampunk set in the world of Iron & Blood 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.
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 and on MagicalWords.net
You can find Gail's non-fiction web site at www.GailMartinMarketing.com, and visit her SharedDreamsPodcast.com and blog at BigDreamsAndHardWork.com
Top Customer Reviews
MY RATING: 3.5 stars
BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Condemned to a penal colony for killing his father, Blaine McFadden has learned to survive in a hostile environment. When the magic runs wild the world descends into chaos, Blaine and his friends must fight to decide their fate.
PROS: Not your average fantasy, Blaine makes for a good protagonist, strong imagery.
CONS: Unappealing change of direction, weak supporting cast, very weak ending.
BOTTOM LINE: Starts out with the swagger of a disaster/post-apocalyptic/fantasy hybrid but undergoes an unappealing change of course at the 2/3 mark and ends with a whimper.
I've been meaning to get around to reading Gail Z. Martin's The Chronicles of a Necromancer for some time. It's just one of those things, ya know? Too many good books on the market, not enough time. Well it might be a while before I get around to reading The Chronicles of a Necromancer but that's okay because Ice Forged marks the start of a new series, The Ascendant Kingdoms Saga. With Ice Forged, Martin answers the question, "What happens to a society dependent on magic when the magic vanishes."
"Is it worse to be abandoned by the gods, or to think that there never were gods to begin with."
Blaine McFadden kills his father in a fit of righteous rage. Rather than beheaded he is sent to the penal colony of Velant in the bitter cold of Edgeland. Death would have been the kinder sentence. If the harsh conditions don't kill the inmates, the twisted magic of the warden-mages just might. When ships stop coming from the mainland, the colony faces a six month long night cycle deprived of the necessary supplies.Read more ›
This was an interesting book. The premise and settings were beautifully described, the main characters were interesting and sympathetic, but the story failed on pacing.
In spurts this book is both really, really interesting...and then boring. For the vast majority of the book the pacing isn't too much of a problem. I noticed it, but it wasn't hugely distracting the by far the majority of it was interesting and fairly consistent in pace. However, it's in the last couple hundred pages that things start to slow down significantly.
It's not that nothing relevant is happening. Things are relevant, I'm sure, but they don't seem to be moving the story along. You get used to a fairly fast-paced story and then all the sudden the book slows way, way down.
Personally, I got bored. I kept waiting for the pace to pick back up and it didn't. The last quarter of this book just utterly crawled along. I found myself repeatedly looking to see how many pages I had until it was done, which is never a good sign.
I did finish the book. The ending was...a bit of a let-down, to be honest. At least it wasn't a godawful cliffhanger. There was resolution, but not much of it. The entire thing the characters had been pushing towards for the second half of the book just sort of fizzled and left me scratching my head. My first thought was 'well, that was certainly anticlimactic'.
All in all, it's not a bad book, just not a particularly spectacular one either. It doesn't have anything to really set it apart in a field full of epic fantasy.
Overall, I found this to be a good book. I liked the interesting setting of Dondareth, and wish that more of the book had occurred there. In certain ways I think that the author skimped on that part of the book, using it mostly as a launching pad for true tale she wants to tell, the story of what happens on the mainland.
I setting of the story (mostly Dondareth) was quite interesting, and I did like the story of Blaine and what happened to him. It's a very interesting take on sword-and-sorcery, without resorting to elves and dwarves. The vampire angle is OK, though their keeping their magic did damage the story some.
So, let me just say that while I did not like everything about this book, I did enjoy it, and was very glad that I read it. Now, I am just waiting for the sequel to come out - and I hope I don't have to wait long!
This is a great beginning to a epic trilogy that this story will become (I am making a easy assumption it will not end in 2 books). I find Blain to be a great hero and his group are exceptional for this story.
It is slow in some places but we are building a world here that is only in the mind of the author so it has to be somewhat detailed and throw in a history lesson every so often but i can tell you this is the best epic fantasy i have read in years.
There are actually several plots going on at once (another reason this book is long, actually several stories intertwined) but the first half of the book is more of a survival with a bit of revolution, the second half is more typical epic fantasy with a near impossible quest laid out before Blain to complete and this part of the plot carries over to the second book so sit back and enjoy.
Bottom Line: Great book, I was never bored and the several stories kept me involved at all times and there are many questions that you know will be answered at some future point in the story (including a bit of romance I am betting). 4 Stars and maybe more but I have to hold something back for the other books ....
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed this book. Complex characters with some actual flaws draw the reader into the story.Published 5 months ago by RavenReview
Entertaining read at first, then the story started to follow the traditional "gather our band of adventurers" formula as I realized it was building itself into a multi book... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Richard Cowand
I read to about page 300 and couldn't force myself to finish. The overarching story held promise but never developed depth. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jennifer_NY
I loved the book. I would have given it a 5 if it weren't for some of the vocab. Some of the words are a little uncommon and I had to look them up. Otherwise a very good bookPublished 12 months ago by Mariah
I'm only half way in and I'm completely hooked. The depth of the characters, the layout of the world, and the way she drops little clues here and there about what's coming is... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Calandra Usher
This book is well written and the author takes you to a new/old world. The characters are believable and a little flawed. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
I'm not a big fan of vampires novels or series but this had me hooked from the beginning and I can't wait for more. Enjoy my fellow readers.Published 18 months ago by atlissb
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