|Print List Price:||$16.00|
Save $6.01 (38%)
Hachette Book Group
Price set by seller.
Ice Forged (The Ascendant Kingdoms Saga Book 1) Kindle Edition
|Length: 583 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
|Page Flip: Enabled||
Switch back and forth between reading the Kindle book and listening to the Audible narration with Whispersync for Voice. Add narration for a reduced price of $3.99 when you buy the Kindle book.
- Book 1 of 4 in The Ascendant Kingdoms Saga (4 Book Series)
Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is not the type of book I typically read, and this was something I downloaded to my phone in 2014, just happened to click on it when I'd finished another book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kris Founds
This book is split between one of the main kingdoms on "the Continent" and a penal colony in a locale something along the lines of Greenland. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Patrick M
I really enjoyed this book. Complex characters with some actual flaws draw the reader into the story.Published 11 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 14 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 16 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 18 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 18 months ago by Calandra Usher
Set up an Amazon Giveaway
What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?
Look for Similar Items by Category
- Books > Literature & Fiction > Action & Adventure > Fantasy
- Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Epic
- Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Historical
- Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Action & Adventure > Fantasy
- Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Epic
- Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Historical