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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 25, 2013
Not quite as fast paced as the first part of the story but keeps you interest by throwing in some unforeseen twists.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2011
Fun story with sympathetic characters. It's good young adult fare, or for those of us who are sometimes young at heart. It's predictable, with typical themes, but so is most genre fiction. A quick, fun read.
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on May 29, 2015
Keeper of the Mists is the second in the three part fantasy series The Absent Gods by David DeBord (aka David Wood). It is written for young adults, however everyone would enjoy the series.

The weapon has been found. Shanis is the bearer. However, two have been lost from the group that searched for the weapon. Shanis, Hierm, Larris, and Allyn head out to unite the warring clans. She also has the power to heal. In the meantime, Oskar and Khalyndryn have to find their way out of the caves. However, there is some else who claims to have found the weapon. The clans are calling the two claimants to a special place to test them as to which is the true leader.

The magic is getting stronger in this world of missing gods. The adventures expand taking the players in different directions. The storylines are consistent with the first book and continue to engage. Those who enjoy fantasy, magic, adventure, should pick up the second book to continue the story.
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on June 9, 2015
Plenty of other plot reviews, so I'll skip that, and just lay it on the line…
I'm always hesitant to read any more new fantasy, as I find most of it lame, and rehashed. But, much to my surprise, this was not the case.
I started the first book with a jaundiced eye, but a (relatively) open mind. By the time I got to the end of the first book, I was more than ready to read the second. By the time I finished the second, and was deep into the third book, I was wishing that there were more to look forward to.

Reminded me of stuff by Raymond Feist, and in my opinion, that's high praise...

So, it's easy to say that I wish that it would have been longer, or that there were more to read, but it was very entertaining, and I'll look forward to hoping that there will be more in the future.
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on April 14, 2013
Good light reading for the genre. Don't expect Robert Jordan or G.R.R. Martin depth and detail. This second installment doesn't finish the tale, and there is no indication when( or if ) the third installment to this 2010 publication will arrive.

Update #1: the author's web site says the third installment, Gates of Iron, will be available in 2013.

Update #2: Having missed both the 2013 and 2014 dates, the author's web site now promises the third installment but does not provide any time frame whatsoever. The author's release of several other books in 2014 ( using his other penname, David Wood ) suggests the third installment isn't a priority.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 22, 2012
Got the first book as a gift and sort of...delayed... reading it because I had never heard of it and wasn't sure if I wanted to get dragged into reading a crappy book. I was actually plesantly surprised. The books are interesting and well written. It's classic storylines for fantasy, but there are enough new ideas that its not like reading the same old story of magic and dragons, etc. I am not going to give spoilers or anything like that. I will say that if you are looking for a new series to get into, or maybe a good set to get you started on a new genre, this is a good one.
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on January 5, 2014
Well written and I loved it all the way through and will be waiting for the next book.Well done and written
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on July 25, 2013
I bought this sequel as soon as I finished The Silver Serpent and I was not disappointed. It smoothly picked up where the previous book left off and threw me right back into the fray. The characters come alive on the page and feel real. The journey they take and the changes along the way made me feel invested in their outcomes. I can hardly wait for the next book in this series and will be purchasing it as soon as it is available on Kindle. I highly recommend this series, even if you are not a fantasy reader. The writing style, while engaging and engrossing, is smooth and easy to read. I found it to be well written and edited.
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This is the second book in the author's 'Absent Gods' series. It continues the YA story of the possessor of the Silver Serpent, a magical artefact, tied to a number of prophecies in a land divided and threatened by the reawakening of an ancient enemy.

I read the first in this series and really enjoyed it for what it was. Second books in a series sometimes don't live up to the promise of the first, but in this case I am happy to say that the second book came through shining and I would happily give this book an extra half star.

I think what impressed me the most about this book was how the author was able to represent so many aspects of the genre in a single book, while still including enough twists to the common tropes to keep one guessing. The story is told through a number of point-of-view characters ranging from the standard neophyte mage learning his craft, through our 'sometimes sword wielding' hero learning how to be a hero, to a militia commander organising a rag-tag bunch of farmers to the defence of a village against a larger and better-trained force. All standard stuff, but all done superbly here with enough grounding in reality to make them thoroughly believable.

Definitely looking forward to the next book.
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on June 9, 2013
like some of the other reviews i was dubious when i bought the first book but was quickly engaged by the charcters. this second book has some typical themes but is a good read. can't wait for the third book to come out as this one has left me hanging!
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