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  • Hardcover
  • 888 pages
  • The Forgetting Moon
  • Brian Lee Durfee
  • German
  • 09 March 2018
  • 9783608961416

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  1. says:

    Review copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. 4.5 5 starsA severely underrated epic fantasy debut The Forgetting Moon is Brian Lee Durfee s debut and it has been published for almost three years now Honestly, it s quite sinful that this book has less than 500 ratings at the moment not only this is THE biggest fantasy debut I ve ever read so far, The Forgetting Moon is also one of the strongest beginnings to an epic fantasy series I ve come across I m truly flabbergasted by how underrated this debut is Gorgeous cover art by Richard Anderson, a beautifully drawn map by Robert Lazzaretti, high quality floppy paperback yes, this is a plus , and most importantly, amazing content Why is no one talking about this book I seriously wish someone had recommended this book to me I never heard about this series until the author himself sent a review request to me and I m gratified that he did Picture My signed copy of The Forgetting Moon I have to share this Check out the badass signature Throughout the majority of The Forgetting Moon, the story takes place in Gul Kana, the last unconquered kingdom in the Five Isles, which is on the brink of an invasion The Angel Prince of S r Sevier, Aeros Raijael, is coming for worldwide domination This is an epic fantasy with identity, war, valor, destiny, and faith as the main themes I will recommend this tome only to readers who love the epic fantasy genre heavily Like many other epic fantasy books I ve read and loved, The Forgetting Moon is in my opinion a mostly foundational book The main purpose of this debut is to have a firm groundwork for the author to work with in future installments and Durfee did this exceptionally In this first installment, Durfee has established the characters background, personalities, and motivations The world building was also intricately crafted I don t want to spoil anything important here, so I ll just mention that if you love Malice by John Gwynne or The Ember Blade by Chris Wooding, with a touch of A Game of Thrones I m not saying these names lightly here by George R R Martin as I did, this could be a huge contender to become your new favorite In this embattled world, man held faith in invisible forces and hostile spirits, oftimes doing the bidding of the wraiths that fed in his soul To appease the winged demons who ruled with fiery death, man erected altars of sacrifice It was a time of selective loyalties, a time of great betrayal A time of celestial divinations that one holy and pure and strong of mind would be born by the sea, blessed with the Mark of the Cross The Moon Scrolls of Mia The Forgetting Moon used plenty of well known tropes in fantasy, written with a modern voice One of the most dominant tropes utilized here is the element of prophecy I personally never mind prophecy in my epic fantasy reads I tend to find them comfortable and I love the anticipation of seeing whether the prophecies will be fulfilled, proven wrong, or were non existent to begin with The unpredictability that can be offered from this plot device can be powerful Well executed tropes are comfortable to read, and Durfee delivers Who were the Five Warrior Angels Who are their descendants Why are they so important to the present timeline These questions will be mostly answered within this book but at the same time, Durfee still left a lot of storylines to look forward to in the sequels Something important to know about this book is that it s a heavily character driven story the characters and their characterizations will definitely be the make or break factor for readers This is a big book with an even bigger sequel, and if you don t care about the characters the book or series probably won t work for you I will also admit that there were a few moments where the pacing did slow down too much but luckily for me, I enjoyed loving and hating the characters that they canceled this minor issue with the book Durfee has a great talent for making sure his characters personalities, feelings, and behaviors are conveyed properly All the main characters were engaging to read, and Nail in particular was my favorite POV to read Jon Snow of A Song of Ice and Fire, Rand al Thor from The Wheel of Time in epic fantasy, bastards or adopted children that proceed to do incredible and legendary deeds are not something rare but they re something I never get tired of In the midst of struggling with identity and the pain of growing up as either of these, I love seeing how these characters shaped the injustice and misfortune of their birth and upbringing into their strength That s one of the many reasons why I felt Nail s story to be the strongest out of all the POVs However, this doesn t mean that the spotlight belongs exclusively to Nail and characters with POVs Through the perspectives of the main characters, we get to see the side characters being remarkably developed and I really can t wait to read of their story It s simply incredible how Durfee connected the plot thread between all these characters from different Isles and factions Durfee s prose was easy to read but never too simple it had this vivid quality that I loved reading To me, the arrangements of words he chose felt right to read and it s shown brilliantly through the characterizations, world building, and the tension packed action scenes Excluding the invasion, most of the vivid battle scenes in this installment were displayed in duels or skirmishes rather than a large scale war and they were done magnificently Durfee might be leaving large scale battles for future installments and I look forward to reading them In life, as in war, is lost when hope dies, than by a cold steel and slaughter The Chivalric Illuminations of Raijael The world building of this book was extraordinary and important I mean it, the world building played a huge part in influencing the story and characters The epigraph at the beginning of each chapter, which was comprised of an excerpt from Five Tomes of Ancient Writings, boosted the already rich world building wonderfully Revelations, lies, and in depth lore Durfee really knows and understands what he s doing with his series Every moment of reading the lore, the environment, and the history of the Five Isles transported me easily into the book I also thought it was charming how the number 5 became an important number for the series Five Isles, Five Divine Weapons of Laijon, Five Angel Stones, Five Tomes of Ancient Writings, fifty five chapters, and planned five installments in a series called The Five Warrior Angels In fact, The Forgetting Moon is actually the name of the first divine Weapon of Laijon, the other four being The Blackest Heart a crossbow and the title of the second book , Lonesome Crown a Helm and the title of the third book , Ethic Shroud a shield and the title of the fourth book , and finally Afflicted Fire a sword and the title of the fifth and maybe last book of the series On the eventide of their escape from the slave pits, the Five Warrior Angels gathered in a grove, their hearts open to glory Angels descended in their midst, bearing five stones and five mighty gifts a red stone and a sword for the Princess, a white stone and a pearl colored shield for the Thief, a black stone and a black crossbow for the Assassin, a green stone and a war helm for the Gladiator, and lastly, a blue stone and a battle ax for the King of Slaves The Way and Truth of Laijon I think one of the main reasons why so few readers have given this book a chance is that they feel understandably intimidated by it I get it, readers can be reluctant or intimidated to give a 763 pages debut written by an unknown author a try replace the author s name with the heavy hitters like Martin, Tolkien, or Sanderson, and I bet readers will be singing praises for this book s size I m here to tell you that if you love epic fantasy with a prophecy trope done absolutely right, give this a go, simple as that Mixing classic fantasy and modern fantasy seamlessly, The Forgetting Moon is an immensely engrossing epic fantasy debut It s an absolutely dazzling start to an immersive and large scale epic fantasy series totally worth every damn second to read and I ll be diving into the sequel, The Blackest Heart, immediately.You can order the book from UK US Book Depository Free shipping You can find this and the rest of my reviews at Novel Notions

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    Hey everyone, please LIKE this review I ll be using it to post all the official editorial reviews I find, plus links to new interesting things about the book and series And for those of you who have already read the book and left a ratingthank you so much Knowing that people around the world are reading it is a dream come true BARNES NOBLE calls The Forgetting Moon one of the best 2016 summer reads Durfee pays homage to hard hitting, heavy metal fantasies of the 80s, but layers in multidimensional characters into plot that slowly shifts your perception and assumptions until the whole thing has twisted right under your nose It s an exceptionally promising beginning to a new series.Your celebrated metatextual genre deconstructions are all well and good, but Brian Lee Durfee is here to make fantasy EPIC again His debut novel The Forgetting Moon the first in the Five Warrior Angels series , is epic fantasy turned up to eleven, a bracing reading experience that reminds you why you fell in love with the genre in the first place Durfee writes with admirable energy and verve, delivering a story that does absolutely nothing in moderation.Epic World Building As the first book in a new series, this one needs to do a lot of heavy lifting to establish the universe of the Five Isles Durfee doesn t waste time the opening chapters threaten to overwhelm you with eye popping detail as Durfee introduces his point of view characters and the world they inhabit It s a setting both intimate and huge geographically, it s fairly contained, giving us an opportunity to orient ourselves But the history and culture are sprawling, from a Christianity inspired religion, to a social structure whose basis in familiar Western European inspired hierarchies is only a staring point He seeds in details that slowly blossom into something unique and refreshingly messy Readers will play catch up throughout the early chapters as a torrent of detail builds the world piece by piece but it s well worth the effort to follow along.Epic Stakes In the world of the Five Isles, Prince Aeros Raijael of Sor Sevier believes he is the second coming of god s son, and has spearheaded an invasion of the kingdoms of the Five Isles, assured of an inevitable, blessed victory As the story opens, the kingdom of Gul Kana is the only realm left outside Aeros reach and its time has come Aeros is a fantastic antagonist, imposing and beautiful, completely convinced of the righteousness of his actions, and shrouded in just enough mystery to keep us fascinated His army is a monument of grimdark cruelty his key generals, the Knight Archaic, are incredible warriors entrusted with Aeros personal security as well as the prosecution of his war The casual cruelty and violence they inflict on anyone who gets in their way is shocking, occasionally even revolting but never without fanatical purpose One of the Knights Archaic, a beautiful woman named Enna Spades, numbers among the fiercest, darkest characters in recent fantasy a vile creature who makes deals and plays games with prisoners and enemies alike, at one point setting a captured boy free only after he successfully swims through shark infested waters She is cruel and deadly and entertaining as hell.Epic Violence Speaking of Enna Spades, she s not the only homicidal maniac waiting in the wings, she is responsible for only some of the worst moments of torture in the book, which gives you an idea of what s in store Durfee doesn t shy away from darkness, moderate the cruelties of an invading army led by a religious fanatic, or underplay the problems of a psychotic and sociopathic boy king that would be King Jovan of Gul Kana, who inflicts his share of increasingly disturbing suffering on his subjects and even his own family, including his resilient sister Jondralyn Jondralyn is but another of the many characters through which we view this story, a familiar but effective method of chopping a way into a sprawling tale, from the humble existence of the orphan Nail, raised by a gruff man in a small town, and clearly someone of incredible significance if Aeros interest in him is any indication to the royal families, religious leaders, and the knights and assassins plotting and dueling across the land Durfee s approach to establishing narrators is the the merrier, and the result provides us with a rich and detailed view of all stratas of society.Epic and Classic Durfee revels in the classic tropes of fantasy mad kings, powerful magical relics, massed armies, knights in armor, assassins so skilled they can stab you without you even feeling it but he twists them just enough to make them his own The Vall , who have pointed ears and lithe, agile movements that mark them as inhuman, are the elves of this universe but are highly offended if you call them that Religion plays a vital role, offering a complicated mythos that has direct bearing on both the plot and the motivations of the characters It s as if Durfee was so excited by his every idea for this universe, he couldn t help but dive into each and every detail with gusto and that delirious energy pulses throughout the book, creating an addictive reading experience Durfee hasn t held anything back this is a deeply imagined world packed with incredible violence, cruelty, and compelling characters and mysteries The result is a fantasy that brings epic back in a big way full review here Barnes Noble says, This is high fantasy in the vein of Stephen R Donaldson or David Eddings, with generous helpings from George R R Martin Durfee s world building is exceptional detailed and immersive, with a deep history and believable cultures The plot is paced and driven, compellingly structured, with a conflict large enough to fuel forthcoming titles in the series Booklist PUBLISHERS WEEKLY claims, Durfee s artist s eye and fertile imagination populate this complex tale he opens his Five Warrior Angels series with this rousing quest in the elaborately constructed world of the Five Isles his central characters plunge through torturous trials with dogged determination, each one learning to respect and follow his recurrent theme of trust no one full review here Di Filippo LOCUS MAGAZINE has a killer review here,.I think I have some small idea of what fresh things can be done in this genre these days by top notch talent as well as how to recognize the shared lineaments of a rousing adventure tale of any stripe and so I can affirm that the debut novel by Brian Lee Durfee, The Forgetting Moon, while not necessarily breaking new ground, provides plenty of well crafted spectacle, thrills, suspense, blood, thunder and general sense of wonder.With any book of this type, a literal subcreation, we always need and expect a solid foundation of world building without the kind of deadly and pedantic information overload rightly derided by M John Harrison Durfee s book hits the mark First, he creates some fascinating topography conducive to great plotting Five isles, each self governing as a whole, yet with a variety of polities within, lie next to each other So the scale is relatively compact, allowing easy interactions among the peoples The backstory along historical, political, economic, religious and cultural lines is deftly sketched in by nicely placed referents with any coarse infodumps Everything seems to cohere realistically, with no imbalances And the societies differ from each other in satisfying and believable ways.Additionally, there is the matter of the distinct races Besides the humans, there are dwarves, the fey like Vall , and the hideous oghuls Now, these categories are hardly brand new in the genre, but as I said about this book in general, Durfee s light and clever hand freshens whatever it touches.The book opens with a killer setpiece a mysterious warrior figure named Shawcroft rescues a three year old boy from quasi supernatural assassins on the edge of a crumbling glacier, no less Then we cut to that same lad, named Nail and now aged seventeen, living a humble, even oppressed life in a small fishing village, Gallows Haven Shawcroft remains by his side, his only family and only link to his mysterious past Several chapters illustrate for us Nail s personality and temperament and character with some exciting action filled moments Then we abruptly leave him to jump to other personages in the vast canvas.The main factions we are going to observe are the royal Bronachell family in Amadon, the innocent victims in this war Two sisters older Jondralyn and younger Tala serves as our POV figures, and they are both inordinately intriguing smart, feisty and complicated.The other camp is that of the aggressors, the invaders from S r Sevier What a nasty lot they are, led by the Angel Prince, Aeros, and his sadistic female Knight Archaic, Enna Spades, a woman who makes Elizabeth B thory look like Pollyanna In their camp is a nuanced fellow of some honor, Gault Aulbrek Mentioning his conflicted role brings me to an observation about Durfee s troupe He has a wide spectrum of all types, from the purely evil, like Spades, to the purely good, like Nail And of course, the folks who are at the interface between good and evil are often the most interesting.Now, needless to say in a volume of almost 800 pages, there is a lot going on, from battlefield heroics, to duels, to brawls in taverns, to traversals of hidden palace passages, to courtly backstabbing Durfee stages each incident compactly, with no waste or overstuffing And the succession of incidents carries the various subplots along at a fair clip And the main impulse behind this novel and the whole series to come is sufficiently majestic to bear the burden of so much storyline.The main religion of all the isles is the worship of Laijon, whose church has a hierarchy and bureaucracy reminiscent of our own Roman Catholic enterprise at its prime But within the Church is an esoteric order, the Brethren of Mia, and they know a secret An apocalyptic event is coming which may be forestalled only by uncovering the long lost weapons of the Five Warrior Angels and using them in battle Moreover, the talismans can be hefted only by the five current avatars of the old lineages And guess who is one of the Five Alternating between the countryside trials of Nail and his comrades and the cityside machinations of the Bronachells, Durfee keeps our interests always at a peak The language he employs during all of this is not archaic, nor overly slangy, but rather a believable speech of another era and place, whose descriptive passages occasionally veer from sturdy visualizations into poetry and gravitas Rough and scatalogical dialogue also has its appropriate moments.Now, I should mention one aspect of the book as a kind of consumer caveat I know enough about contemporary epic fantasy to be aware of the grimdark trend Durfee definitely hoists that flag high And in a fashion that is not initially obvious For the first 200 pages or so, the book is not particularly grimdark But with the invasion of Gallows Haven, the blood commences to flow like red wine at an art gallery opening Interpersonal relationships assume a kind of Darwinian savagery And there is really no assurance that any character you have identified with will survive.It makes for some enthralling reading, to be sure but perhaps not for those who would rather spend the day dreaming in Rivendell.full review here Bedford at SSFWORLD starts out his cool review with, When a young boy, Nail, is orphaned and taken in by a gruff and mostly silent warrior named Shawcroft, you might have an idea that Brian Lee Durfee s The Forgetting Moon is going to tread into the waters of Epic Fantasy You d be mostly correct, but the routes he takes are down some of the shadowy, grim, and darkest roads traveled in this popular sub genre of Fantasy To say that The Forgetting Moon leans on the shady grimdark side of fantasy would be an understatement, but nothing else about Durfee s epic novel and saga is understated read full review here this is what John Marco, author of the Tyrants and Kings series, had to say, An outstanding debut Durfee writes with genuine passion, bringing his world fully to life with abounding detail and brisk, gutsy action Here is a link to an actual interview with the actual author, Brian Lee Durfee is what JOE MONTI at Simon Schuster s Saga Press had to say, I saw an unpolished gem in this draft, and it honestly brought back many of the feelings I had when reading Tad Williams s The Dragonbone Chair as a teenager Heady praise, I know, but what Durfee is thematically doing here reminds me of what Williams did, so I stand by the comparison Here s what I mean A massive army, led by a religious tyrant, is on the brink of defeating their long time rivals, in a world where prophecies are twisted into lies, magic is believed in but never seen, and hope is where you least expect to find it in a world on the edge.Welcome to the Five Isles where you ll encounter warrior princesses squashed by convention and manipulated by court intrigue two brothers, both assassins, but one has fallen in love with his mark and now fights the other and a veteran knight who is becoming disillusioned by the crusade he is at the vanguard of just as it embarks for final battle And then Nail, the orphan boy hidden away at the edge of the last standing kingdom, who may be the link to its salvation.I love this book because it uses tropes in the fantasy playbook, but everyone is not who they seem, nor do they fit the roles you expect Durfee has created an epic fantasy full of hope in a world that is based on lies, and it will provide readers who love plot twists with a lot of joy Joe Monti read the full article here reviews interviews come along, this is what Durfee himself has to say, What a gorgeous cover And that Heavy Metal typeface sparkles like book bling Oh Here are a few things readers can expect from this novel Both girl AND dude characters And swords And horses Castles Cathedrals Kings Queens Princesses Archbishops Knights Assassins Thieves Gladiators Slaves Battle axes Crossbows Chainmail And even sharks A dwarf And one German Shepherd I think it was Perhaps some orcs and elves it was hard to tell See at feel free to find me BRIAN LEE DURFEE on Facebook.

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    Wow Definitely one of the best epic fantasy books I have read in a long time Characters, world building, and overall atmosphere of the story is fantastic The pace was a bit slow in places, and there is a lot of info to digest But it is definitely worth every minute put in There is a large cast of characters, so be ready to use your noggin when trying to keep up with them They are each and everyone well fleshed out and it is easy to tell Durfee put a lot of time into each characters personality This story has a little bit of everything Intense and suspenseful are just a couple of words to describe this book Each chapter seems to reveal a new twist or turn There is a lot going on in these pages, and it was an awesome adventure.Besides a few of the main characters, it s hard to tell who s side everyone is own This isn t your run of the mill good versus evil A lot of the characters have their own motives, and it really spices up each scene There is deceit and betrayal around every turn It is one hell of a ride and keeps you on your toes the entire 763 pages This is definitely a must read for all fantasy fans I m hooked and will be beginning book 2 immediately For that which was taken in blood, can only be regained in blood Actual Rating 5 stars

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    4.44 In life, as in war, is lost when hope dies, than by a cold steel and slaughter Now this is what I call a very strong and promising debut I had no idea what to expect, but was very pleasantly surprised by this author and his first published book of Epic Fantasy with some Grimm Dark overtones I am a fan of the genre, so you might think I would be easily pleased, but I assure you it is not so Having read hundreds of books within the same genre, it becomes harder to find something that doesn t bug you one way or another Yes, we learn all the usual tropes and even learn that little is truly new in its core, all being a variation on a theme, all trying to delve into the mysteries of the Human Experience What is left to every author is to add their point of view to the Collective and hope to convey their unique take in the best possible way they can I think, Mr Brian Lee Durfee has gotten to a great start with this first book in a planned series of five tomes Trust is fleeting, while betrayal is timeless Alas, life is crowded with lies So be bloody, be brave, be happy For at the end of every tale, nobody is who they seem to be The number Five is significant in the world he has created, weaved in its mythology and daily symbolism This is a harsh world, shared by humans, humanoid monsters and other creatures, all used to a life of violence, since it seems the only way to survive and be seen as worth the notice of the gods is by fighting and earning your right to live by being on the side of the strongest This is a world where war is a daily occurrence, but it becomes an even scarier place when a Warlord Prince puts his armies on a path of conquest, behind which a religious prophecy, which is seen as heresy by the mainstream church, seems to be the driving force Different groups of people on different sides of the conflict, believe that they would be the fulfilment of the prophecy, or at least that they know who is involved and what the outcome should be However, prophecies are a tricky thing, always vague enough to never have a real handle on them Add to the mix preconceived notions, religious beliefs, retelling errors, who is telling the prophecy and what is their angle, who is reading the prophecy and what is their life experience and ability to relate or understand the context, and so on and so forth Mix it in with the distance of time from when the prophecy was written and the moment those involved have decided it is time for its fulfilment, and you have a great variety of beliefs and translations, all having fanatical followers and creating numerous factions working against each other, making for layers and layers of storylines, people with diverging backgrounds and destinies, all weaving a singular epic adventure of war, torture, betrayal, political mayhem, duels, assassins, love, hate, youngsters growing up and old soldiers disillusionments, hope and complete despair Everything we humans are, should and shouldn t be And this is only the beginning human cruelty was to never be underestimated, always to be believed in, I would recommend this book to all who love the Epic, Heroic, Grimm Dark, and Militaristic Fantasy genres It takes a while to get going, but it is mostly because the author is creating the foundation for a very big scale work in a world unknown to us As a debut, this is very successful and the reader could see the author s growth even within this book It is also one of the best looking and comfortable to read 800 page books I have ever come across The publication and the art are awesome and I loved the experience of reading the actual book tremendously I am going to order the next book right away and if I have a main issue with it, it is that only two of the five books have been published so far and I am not known as a very patient person, so I hope we get the rest published as soon as possible Now I wish you all Happy Reading and may you always find what you need in the pages of a good book

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    A genuine question how do you review 752 pages of pure remarkable because I know not Haaaalp The Forgetting Moon is truly one of the most satisfying fantasy books I, personally, have read It was by no means an easy read because I highlighted passages than I ever have before so detailed and fully formed out was the worldbuilding and its intrigues that I had to use my brain Turns out, it enjoyed being used again It was like receiving the whole of civilization in a perfectly bundled 700 page edition with all its wisdom within it.Religion and faith are what form the overall plot and the main conflict in this book With the scene set, the wide cast of characters takes over to form the journeys we embark on as readers in this tale of life and loss, discovering truths and uncovering lies, testing of loyalties.Absolution There are those that bring Absolution for they believe they have the right to do so those that await for it for they believe what comes after will benefit them and those who wish to avoid it for the threatening Absolution is nothing but a lie and harbinger of death in its wake.One big, juicy Absolution coming right up Basically, take one of the most epic fantasies you ve read, buff it up a notch and you got yourself The Forgetting Moon A motherload of epic.I know, you re reading this review and by now are probably thinking cut the crap, girl and tell me what makes this book so epic Everything The characters, the writing, the scenes, the descriptions, the pace, the fullness and richness of it all Each and every character is imperative to the story and to the progress of storyline Their personalities, decisions, actions push the story onwards with great momentum Each with their own special brand of common sense, narrow mindedness, wisdom, stupidity, madness, vileness, cruelty, kindness Chapter to chapter, character to character the exploration of minds, agendas and aspirations is so fulfilling I could not help but be swept away into the whole web of life and death, blood and tears, guts and gore Yet the truth was, in battle, most men, some even fully knighted, were a disgrace They pissed themselves, shat themselves, then found themselves stuck to the pointy end of a better man s sword There are royalty and common folk, bishops and a vicar cough asshole cough , there are soldiers and fishermen, merfolk, grayken and fey, gladiators and oghuls there are even turbocharged horses I kid you not People both young and old, fierce and weary Imagine a world full of people you have it Imagine a world full of emotions you got it.As for character development there is tons of development with some, like the princess Jondralyn who wants to burn the dresses not literally and become a gladiator There s also Nail, whose development is slow going in this book but over the course of the series I imagine it to be the most magnificent, indeed Good things take time Other characters are so set in who they are and what they do that they fit their bill perfectly without any further developmental requirement And because this is a book surrounded by the great religious conflict, you can only imagine the clash and the reluctance of some of the characters to you know take on board anything other than what they were brainwashed with I love it So, to summarise the characters in this book they are all equally important, not only in how much often they appear in the storyline but with how they influence the plot and progress of the story After all, you can t play a game of cards with an incomplete deck I got to know each and every one of them I can visualise them and tell you what each of them are like I can tell apart the struggling youngster trying to make sense of it all, I can tell you the ones with big hearts, I can tell you who s most likely to make you laugh, the ones who will make you cry and cringe and spit in anger What a great start to a series The Forgetting Moon is the story starts from many frayed ends and fronts and as such there is a lot to take in Imagine a jigsaw with its pieces fluttered about various locations they all have their specific importance and they all need to come together to form that complete picture Hand on my heart information is delivered with perfect timings at all times I had no problems following who was where and why it was easy to follow and because it was easy to follow, the consistent feeling of foreboding never left me Not once It still hasn t left me because dayum I need to know what happens next How does an author create a masterpiece of epic proportions Well by thorough research, by having a clear view and idea of what it is they are trying to create And if they can write with purpose and soul all the better Durfee really managed to squeeze it all in there the pain, the joy The humour, the mourning Descriptions of scenes, settings, and even dialogue offered me many layered observations.The gladiator matches, all and any battle scenes, trudging through the mountains, dealing with assassins, learning how to fight Durfee has simply mastered moderation Don t get me wrong though, when a scene is gory, it s bloody gory What I mean by moderation is how often and how lengthy the scene is Detailed yet not overbearing My favourite kind of balance The ground was a littered with the drift and crimson carnage of a human storm What can I say I had an absolute pleasure to be able to read this book and if ever there is a comparison with authors such as Lawrence and Martin done right this is it Epid, dark, grim fantasy I couldn t even possibly begin to tell you about each character in detail we d be here forever I couldn t even begin to tell you of all the adventures, battles and scenes we d be here forever and a day And yet again everything is seamless and purposeful I worried starting this tome of a book whether it was going to manage in keeping my interest I needn t have The Forgetting Moon took me on a hell of a journey, and I am hungry for MOOOAAARRR I say

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    The Forgetting Moon is Brian Lee Durfee s first novel in Five Warrior Angels series.I think I have much of yet to read and learn about heavy metal epic fantasy of 80s in order to appreciate this tremendous effort Brian made writing this book So because of my lack of knowledge or experience overall enjoyment while reading it eluded me.This book is great In scope, mind you In its immensely detailed worldbuilding and in its overwhelmingly, but sometimes even suffocating, deep history, religion and lore And that s coming from someone who s an imaginary history buff This world is carefully crafted and screams at you in its vastness you ll yet to explore in sequels to come, of course.But this book is also boring With needlessly convoluted plot of a stubborn mule that won t move forward, and highly irritating characters which stupidity is so big it almost made me dropping this book at 80% Prose isn t helping much either One sentence long paragraphs were simply challenging I don t mind challenge But sometimes I need a break Especially if reading is a challenge similar to non stop swimming in a river upstream There are bits and pieces, thrown here and there, that speak of great talent author has For that, for one extraordinarily well written battle sequence, and one redhaired psychopath women, I ll continue with this series When it is finished, probably.

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    I picked this one up on audiobook when a fellow reviewer, Petrik see his review HERE gave it a really great score and said anyone who loved fantasy a lot should try it Now, having read it, I can see why he gave it such a glowing review and I have to admit that whilst it s a chunky tome it s one with a lot of the good old fun tropes I enjoy, and some modern twists e.g not all the women are just damsels in distress YAY.This is the story of the Five Isles and the final place which remains unconquered, Gul Kana We follow a whole host of characters from both sides of the upcoming war, and they are all equally fascinating and horrific all at once TRIGGER WARNING for TORTURE, GENOCIDE, RAPE MURDER etcusual fantasy warnings but pretty graphic at times I won t go into too much detail on the specifics of everyone, because that would take a while but some of the key characters of note to me were Nial, Ava Shay, Talia and Jondra Lynn ignore all my guesses for the spelling if incorrect, I audio booked I have to admit, I didn t always like all of them, as they are pretty frustrating and make some bad decisions, but then again they are all relatively young adults and teens and therefore they are bound to make mistakes We also have the Angel Prince, Gault, Spade and on the opposing side as the conquerors I have to say their conquering is BLOODY and GROSS and not nice to read about, but it was also one of the most realistic torture scenes I have read and for that the author has to get credit In terms of the world building there are plenty of things to get excited about because we span a large range of terrains and cities, villages, mines and beyond There is nothing too original but it is handled nicely throughout and I found myself enjoying seeing the journey between these places as we follow the characters on their adventures.One element which I liked a lot was the secret missions that Talia ends up doing I think this added a little mystery to the story than some of the other plots and although she sometimes comes across as pretty young and naive I do enjoy her plot I also liked seeing the strife in Gul Kana between the King and his siblings as there is a lot of discord which leads his sisters down dark paths and to do dramatic things.There is a big reveal at the end of the book and it feels very climatic which I liked after such a long read, but it is a bit of a slow starter and mainly this story is the foundation for what will come later in the series With that being said I do hear very good things about the later books and I think I will have to go on to book 2 soon 4 s from me

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    Rating SynopsisA massive army on the brink of conquest looms large in a world where prophecies are lies, magic is believed in but never seen, and hope is where you least expect to find it.Welcome to the Five Isles, where war has come in the name of the invading army of S r Sevier, a merciless host driven by the prophetic fervor of the Angel Prince, Aeros, toward the last unconquered kingdom of Gul Kana Yet Gault, one of the elite Knights Archaic of S r Sevier, is growing disillusioned by the crusade he is at the vanguard of just as it embarks on his Lord Aeros greatest triumph.While the eldest son of the fallen king of Gul Kana now reigns in ever increasing paranoid isolationism, his two sisters seek their own paths Jondralyn, the older sister, renowned for her beauty, only desires to prove her worth as a warrior, while Tala, the younger sister, has uncovered a secret that may not only destroy her family but the entire kingdom Then there s Hawkwood, the assassin sent to kill Jondralyn who has instead fallen in love with her and trains her in his deadly art All are led further into dangerous conspiracies within the court.And hidden at the edge of Gul Kana is Nail, the orphan taken by the enigmatic Shawcroft to the remote whaling village of Gallows Haven, a young man who may hold the link to the salvation of the entire Five Isles.You may think you know this story, but everyone is not who they seem, nor do they fit the roles you expect Durfee has created an epic fantasy full of hope in a world based on lies.ReviewSo, I received a signed copy of The Forgetting Moon The Five Warrior Angels 1 from the author about a year or so ago after winning a contest he posted on Facebook While the synopsis was intriguing and the cover by Richard Anderson gorgeous as are all of his book covers , I was a bit intimidated by its sheer size and weight At 800 pages, this behemoth is a man among boys with most of today s epic fantasy novels, especially knowing it is just the first of a five book series It is a book that I have had gnawing at the back of my mind since I received it, getting lost under Mt TBR and new releases coming to the forefront.But, when Saga Press sent me a review copy of The Blackest Heart The Five Warrior Angels 2 , I figured it was time to see just how Durfee s epic fantasy vision stacked up with the big dogs Needless to say, I don t know why I waited so long.Have a GoT hangover Tired of George R R Martin letting you down, leaving uncertainty broiling in your mind as to when The Winds of Winter The Song of Ice and Fire 6 is going to be released Look no further Durfee has established himself as an epic fantasy novelist that needs to be taken seriously He is up there with the John Gwynne s and Brian Staveley s of the world The Forgetting Moon is one of THE best epic fantasy debuts I ve ever happened upon.Faith, war, and destiny are the heavy handed players that play huge roles in this series While trope ish, Durfee spins them in a way that feels new to the die hard and casual reader alike, but also comfortable in a way On top of that, the world building is top notch Sure, you probably expect there to be a massive world in such a thick tome, but I feel like we are just touching grains of sand on a beach We are also introduced to a vast array of characters that are all fully fleshed out and come with a variety of emotions, flaws, and end game goals that are sure to leave you loving some, hating others, and see sawing on the rest.While you come to expect there to be some slow parts in books of this size, they weren t overdone and led to some insight into the characters real determinations It is also hard to complain when there is plenty of death to be had My only slight criticism is that I feel that there was some fluff that wasn t necessarily needed, pushing the book to be a little longer than it should have been But overall, I was enraptured throughout and started Book 2 on its heels.If you are a fan of epic fantasy, this has to be on your radar Even if you aren t, The Forgetting Moon has plenty to love for those who just want a good story or somewhere to turn now that Game of Thrones has left a bad taste in your mouth I guess I can also thank the Weiss and Benioff for laying an egg this season and giving me a reason to search out new epics.

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    The forgetting moon by, Brian Lee DurfeeI m just gonna get right into it and say that I loved, loved, loved this book Okay, in The forgetting moon you will get the following Kick ass warriors Bloodwood assassins scary as hell Oghuls Gross and strange Dwarves Who doesn t love them The Valle Elves great fighters Mermaids Seriously Flesh eating, creepy, baby mermaids Evil and corrupt kings Dragons maybe Please Enchanted stones and weapons Castles with secret passages Plenty of war, battles, and gore.So The forgetting moon is the beginning of an epic fantasy that will take you on a wonderful journey This first book is 763 pages of pure enjoyment From the moment I opened the book and began to read, I didn t want to put it down The characters came to life in my head and I felt all the pain, anguish, hope and sorrow right along with them Some of the characters you will meet are Nail The orphan, who only wants a place in the world Aeros The Angel Prince, who will destroy anything or anyone who gets in his way Enna Spades One of the vilest characters I have ever encountered Gault Aulbrek A tormented and weary soldier Ava Shay A tragic and broken girl Shawcroft A rough around the edges hero who I love Jovan, Jondralyn, Tala Bronachell The twisted king and his sisters Jondralyn wishes to be a soldier and Tala just wants things to be simple again Roguemoore A tough as nails Dwarf Hawkwood A trusted friend Squireck Van Hester A fierce warrior and faithful man Val Draekin A super cool Elven warrior Beer Mug The faithful dog, friend, and fighter These characters are only the tip of the iceberg of the great cast of people that you will meet in this story I have so many favorites and I can t wait to see what happens to everyone as their journey continues in book two The world building in The forgetting moon is also on point I felt as if I was traveling through the villages, snow covered hills, castle passages, and shark infested seas right along with each and every character Every page painted a vivid picture for me and left me feeling that I was living the story with the characters I love Now for those of you who are lovers of fantasy I m going to touch on a couple other aspects of this story First this book has a very war focused story and because of that you will encounter some very gruesome battle scenes I felt that they were very well written and important to the growth and development of the characters Next, many people wonder about romance when they are beginning a new fantasy series In The forgetting moon we see touches of some romance but it is subtle and not by any means a main point in the story That may change as the books progress, but from the feel of the first book I doubt it It just doesn t seem to be the way that the series is going and in my opinion it isn t needed as this story is fantastic without it Okay, to sum up I think it s pretty obvious that I loved this book a lot The only criticism I have is that I would like to read the second book now and it isn t out yet I hate waiting Anyone who loves fantasy, epic fantasy, well written books, fantastic reading experiences, big books, books with cool covers, books by cool authors, books with heroic dogs in them, epic series, books who have been recommended by cool people me should absolutely pre order The forgetting moon by Brian Lee Durfee immediately Now, do it now.

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    Mr Durfee has said that his literary inspirations are Stephen King and George R.R Martin Both influences can be seen in THE FORGETTING MOON Martin s inspiration leads to a sweeping, epic fantasy tale that spans a thousand years and five continents, while King s inspiration leads to evil twists, treachery, supernatural influence, and gore Lots of gore.It has been nearly a thousand years since the death and supposed ascendency to heaven of Laijon, King of Slaves, one of five legendary Warrior Angels history is mute on the fates of the other four the Princess, the Thief, the Assassin, and the Gladiator Since Laijon s death, nations have divided into warring factions worshipping either Laijon, his son, Raijael, or his wife, The Blessed Mother Mia Now, prophesies near fruition as the followers of Raijael plow a bloody track across the Five Isles, and the infamous weapons of the Five Angels have been rediscovered The doctrines and religious fervor that fuel the war remind one of the endless schisms and wars fostered by the Abrahamic religions of our world The story follows those who may or may not be the prophesied descendents of the Five Warrior Angels Aeros Raijael, the White Prince, sociopathic leader of the invading army Nail, an orphan from a remote fishing village Jondralyn Bronachell, sister to a cruel and paranoid king their sister, Tala Bronachell, who is following an anonymous assassin s clues to save her cousin from poison Gault Aulbrek, a disenchanted knight Ava Shay, prisoner of war and Nail s one time girlfriend Hawkwood, a deadly Bloodwood assassin Squireck Van Hester, a political prisoner forced to fight in the gladiatorial arena siblings Zane and Liz Hen Neville, Nail s hometown friends and their dog, Beer Mug The reader should heed the motto of the Brethren of Mia Trust no one Multiple points of view show the story from all sides of the conflicts, including both the good guys and the bad guys This will appeal to fans of George R.R Martin, Robert Jordan, and Brandon Sanderson, although this book is definitely for an adult audience, with explicit language, sex, and violence.

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