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A corrupted power stirs from beyond the grave.

The Necromancer Queen will rise again.

An immersive and ambitious new series from the Aurealis Award-winning author of A Crucible of Souls.

In the wake of the rebel Niyandrians' abduction attempt, Anskar DeVantte, now a knight-inferior of the Order of Eternal Vigilance, has set sail with the Grand Master, bound for the mother house in Sansor.

Anskar has already begun to suspect that the Order's holy convictions aren't as pure as they appear, and his doubts are confirmed when the ship detours to the slave markets of Atya. As the Grand Master gathers an expedition to retrieve an ancient artifact from an unearthed ruin, Anskar finds himself torn between the holy path he is committed to and the grasping hands of those who wish to use his unique power: the Grand Master; the rebel leader, Carred Selenas; and even the Necromancer Queen herself.

When a depraved rot is exposed at the heart of the Order, Anskar is forced to confront the growing power of the dusk- and dark-tides within himself, and find a balance that won't see him damned in the eyes of his god.

But can a lowly knight-sorcerer resist his instincts to obey his superiors in the Order and fight the pull of Queen Talia's corrupted influence from beyond the grave?

The true danger is greater than even the Order realizes, and soon Anskar must decide who he can trust, and what he is willing to risk in order to carve out his own destiny, protect the world, and perhaps the fate of all Niyandrians.

©2020 Mitchell Hogan (P)2021 Audible, Inc.

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Please for the love of whichever of the five

I like the story , but the constant sexual shenanigans double entendre , suggestive speech .

Some reason the main character acts like a 14-year-old whenever there’s a girl . Naïve child whenever there’s a Attractive female character . That’s not on the main character , the rebel chick ! Seems like every chapter she either drinking or screwing maybe fighting sometimes could be all three at the same time .
This girl is acting and a liar . she’s just playing us. Next sentence well maybe she’s not maybe I’m just judging her too harshly look she’s crying . Cue the hug in boobs and he turns into a 14-year-old . Really wish his personality became more sold and he stops questioning everything he should or has done . Also really wishes the rebel women stop drinking so much !
And some of the dialogue is kind of creepy in my opinion .

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Delightfully complex sequel

I thoroughly enjoyed this second installment from start to finish. The characters and story are nuanced, and I eagerly look forward to wherever this story is going.

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A great universe with crappy characters

The world in which this story is set is extremely cool, the magic system is pretty decent but it's all ruined by two dimensional characters which make decisions that don't make sense and which change their mind constantly in order to drive the plot forward.
All female characters are aggressively sexual and the main character has his moment with each of them, the fanservice is blatant and feels very artificial sometimes.

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Too much sex and stupidity

I'm really disappointed with this book The main character had potential in the first book but has devolved into a whiney petulant religious fanatic and is about the stupidest most unlikable main character in any book I've ever read.

Every character is obsessed with sex and screwing anything that walks. The author seems to portray every female character as a depraved, perverted, sex fiend. It's more than a little disturbing and completely ruins the story. I am just so very disappointed in the author for this perverted crap .

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not sure I can finish it given performance

every female voice is that of a dim-witted, sex-obsessed drunkard, even when character is sober

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Good story

This is another good story from Mitchell Hogan. The creation of a ‘tide’ force of magic was a nice touch to this genre. Only complaint is the cheesy sex scenes and fascination with male erection - demons with erections... why?

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No real growth until the last few chapters

I feel like with this being the second book in, and long books at that, there should be more growth from Anskar. But he's made no real progress. He keeps waffling between being devout and not, and barely strays in one direction before backpedeling in the other, without much prodding in most cases. The decisions he makes are questionable at best, and often counter to what he was just thinking a moment ago. At this point I don't care which direction he goes, just pick one and move forward. Also, he seems very weak and indecisive, we're told how incredibly powerful he is, but he can't seem to pull off more than one spell per fight without becoming exhausted, if he can even bring himself to do anything at all instead of freezing. By book 2 there shouldn't be so much freezing. He was actually more competent in the first book when he charged the enemy, what happened to that bravery?

Speaking of incompetence, Ghered (don't know proper spelling because audiobook) has to be the worst rebel leader I've seen. She hasn't actually done anything productive at all, just manages to get a bunch of people killed. And her attempts to win over Anskar basically amount to a stranger coaxing a child into their van, but they didn't even bring candy to sweeten the deal. Not to mention she can't seem to go more than one chapter without bending over for someone or going doe eyed over a pretty girl. I'm no prude, but I've seen porn with less spontaneous sex and random erections than this book has.

Overall the plot is interesting and the writing itself is professional, but it's just moving too slowly for me with characters far too wishy washy for me to spend 2 more credits to get to the conclusion, which is a shame because it does start to get more interesting at the end. I just don't want to wait 40 more chapters for something exciting to happen. This review was critical but not because I hated it, I'm just really dissapointed that I wasn't convinced to get book 3, good necromancer books are hard to come by.

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Too much sex

I mean, come one, there's no story half the time cause he's just getting laid. Couldn't finish this book.

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This is truly a great grimdark fantasy!!

So glad I found this incredible series. As a huge Abercrombie fan that can't get enough of the humor mixed with sarcasm and heroes that reluctantly do the dark deeds when it needs doing... this a really good series... like really good.

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Filler. I you could have split this between the first and third.

I’m not mad at this one, but…

To be honest I just feel like a lot of the so called “inner conflicts” that this character has were settled by the end of the first book. This book, I feel, drags this character’s inner struggles about morality and trust out much farther than needed. While the narrator isn’t my favorite he did the best he could to portray this very drawn out and I’ll say boring at times filler of a sequel.

Personally I’d rather the author split this book between the first and third. It felt very watered down. The “struggle” that this character has in this book has too obvious of choices to me that make the scenes and decision making at times feel very watered down. This book could have been a lot better if the publisher didn’t try to stretch this story between 4 books. I think 2-3 books tops would have been a better go for us and not have to be dragged through obvious filler.

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  • 05-24-21

What a mess of a book

All over the place, jumping from odd situation to odd situation, deeply unsatisfying follow up

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  • 04-07-21

If you can ignore the smut, there's a great story.

First up, Michael Kramer, as always, is brilliant.

I had a few of the same issues for the first book, and it seemed that the beginning of the book was slightly different. Women are still overly sexualised, but the scenes are briefer and seem to have more bearing on the story. As things went further it just seems like everything has to be something to do with... ahem, intimate moments. Demons? Yup, they're naked and trying to have at you with it. ANY woman the protagonist is alone with? Yup, they're trying to have a go. MC sees a woman? Yup, you guessed what he wants to do.

There's actually a good story under it all. But holy moly, the author needs to do something about his frustrations because they don't add to the story. Once or twice, sure, but it seems like have the story is revolved around it. I honestly don't know if I want to get to the third installment because I'm getting seriously over it.