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An Echo of Things to Come

The Licanius Trilogy, Book 2
Auteur(s): James Islington
Narrateur(s): Michael Kramer
Série: The Licanius Trilogy, Livre 2
Durée: 26 h et 28 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (211 évaluations)

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Description

The second book in the acclaimed Licanius Trilogy by James Islington.

In the wake of a devastating attack, an amnesty has been declared for all Augurs - finally allowing them to emerge from hiding and openly oppose the dark forces massing against the land of Andarra. As the Augur Davian and his new allies hurry north toward the ever-weakening Boundary, however, fresh horrors along their path suggest that their reprieve may have come far too late.

His ally in the Capital, the new Northwarden, contends with assassins and politicians and uncovers a dangerous political secret. Meanwhile, their compatriot Asha begins a secret investigation into the disappearance of the Shadows.

And Caeden races against time to fulfill his treacherous bargain with the Lyth, but as more and more of his memories return, he begins to realize that the two sides in this ancient war may not be as clear-cut as they first seemed....

©2017 James Islington (P)2017 Podium Publishing

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  • Au global
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I love this trilogy!

Great story and characters. The characters continued to be developed from the last book and more questions and answers are brought up. I love the philosophy and moral questions this book brings to light. Fantastic listen and narrated beautifully.

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  • Au global
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    4 out of 5 stars

Confusing yet still captivating.

The tale takes you in. But I found it a lot of times hard to keep up with the plot. I found all the characters and locations names pretty confusing to keep straight because their names sound the same. I finally went online and found a site that had a character map. Some characters have 3 different names. I started to wonder if I would have done better with a copy that I could physically read. That way when I was confused I could reread and reference to help keep all characters and the lands & times straight. Yet amid all my struggles I kept listening to find out what was coming next.

  • Au global
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    3 out of 5 stars

Best narrator on a good book

First I just wanted to praise Michael Kramer, one of best audio book narrators alive, I can listen to a text book read by him. And the book itself is not that bad at all, the whole story seems little bit complicated to grasp too many characters, many of them fleeting and superficial, and too many things happening at a time (and sometimes none happening!).
Overally provided it has a excellent narrator, compare to well known works of someone like Brandon Sanderson (mostly narrated by MichaelK also) you could say this book (including the first one) is less mesmerizing as a audiobook. All in all nothing dissuade me to not listen to third book in this series, but it is not in top of my list.

  • Au global
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  • Histoire
    2 out of 5 stars

rehashed old fantasy plots

The love interest between characters feels phoney. Also never been a fan of the whole "boundary" convention. It has the feeling that the author doesn't really know where he's going. Solution's and explanations feel forced and uninspired. After 2 novels, the characters still don't feel real. Nor did I particularly like or care for any of them.

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    4 out of 5 stars

Completely propped up by one compelling character.

While I find the story intriguing and the pacing works well, I found myself increasingly frustrated by much of the plot being driven too many obviously bad decisions by main characters. The Kayden arc is fascinating and deserving of 5 stars, it's the rest of that brings it down to 3 stars. Many of the problems the characters struggle against later in the book are frustratingly easily avoidable. The thoughtlessness and irrationality of the characters really started to annoy me by the end. I'm still enjoying the series overall and I hope this books failings were just a symptom of needing to get characters into position for the last book.

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Great performance of a great book

Big fan of Michael Kramer and his performances, being first introduced to him with Wheel of Time and next through Brandon Sanderson's Word's of Radiance series. That led me to this brilliant series by James Islington. It's a great world, with a unique and new magic system, great characters and story building. Just waiting for the third one to come now. (but isn't that usually the case?). Definitely would Rd commend for fans of Jordan, Sanderson and Kramer. #audible1

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Always a great reading by Michael Kramer.

I choose my books by author and reader. I find that one or the other will deliver a good listen. Michael Kramer has led me to some good to excellent authors. I've never been disappointed with a book that he reads.

  • Au global
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Good but it dragged.

I am not certain I would listen to it again. But I will probably get the next too. The ending was pretty good!

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  • AS
  • 2018-05-07

Def a good story if you like genre; some flaws

Biggest flaw for me was that some characters seemed type cast into stereotypical roles that makes suspending disbelief hard at times

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Mixed bag, but worth rifling through

The story drags in a number of places, especially in the middle. However, when it hits it does so very well. It was a bit of a struggle to get through but I'm sure glad I did. Eagerly anticipating the third book!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2017-08-28

Even better than the first book

Where does An Echo of Things to Come rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Like the first book this book takes a bit of time to get going, but there is definitely action throughout and when the dust settles at the end the plot threads are perhaps the best woven of any series I have ever read. Even better, while the characters are different and believable many of them are actually inspiring. At the end I wanted to stand up and cheer... and also cry. Read it and you will understand.

What other book might you compare An Echo of Things to Come to and why?

The threads of this are woven super well, similar to Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson.

What does Michael Kramer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He's great.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The Epilogue made me want to cheer and cry. Wow!

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  • Joe B.
  • 2017-09-10

Footnotes, please!

I adored the first book, and have been checking on Islington's website, waiting for this one to come out. And, no surprise, it's good. It was worth the wait, and probably worth the year or two wait until the third book.

But.

But, wow, do I wish that Islington put just a little tiny bit of effort into exposition. This story spans thousands of years of history across many countries and peoples and hosts 7-10 point of view characters, and yet he spends very little time reminding us who is who and what is what. One of the things that makes this story great is just how many mysteries are nested inside of other mysteries. But it's next to impossible to know what's supposed to be a mystery and what's something that my poor forgetful mind forgot. A few throwaway sentences would have done wonders clear up many questions: what's a Dargathan? What's a shateth? Where's talen gol? Etc, etc.

I'd whole heartedly recommend this series, but I'd tell people to wait until the third book is out, and read them all in one go. Anything else is a little painful. Great story, but painful.

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  • Sleepless
  • 2017-09-20

Dude

That ending.


Seriously, that ending.

No really. That ending is crazy.

The rest of the book is fantastic too, but man, that ending

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  • Hunter T.
  • 2019-02-03

Jaw Dropping!

This book series is written so well, It has left me astounded time and again!

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  • Eric G.
  • 2017-09-24

Interesting and Confusing and Exciting!

First off I did love the book. It was an awesome story told by an author who has a very good imagination. Problem is that in this book that imagination got away from him but not completely to the detriment of the story. Shadow was well balanced in it's character development, story, world building and mythology if I listed them properly. I was able to walk away with good theories in place and also follow Caedan's multiple time hopping personality flashback story telling mechanic. Echo on the other hand was very confusing. Islington doubled down on Caedan's flashbacks and managed to further entrench some of the more understandable characters into it making their storylines a bit jarring. Makes me think Islington is trying too hard to be clever. Keep in mind because I listen to so many books and it was over a year for this to release I believe, I listened to Shadow again and went directly into this book. Still got lost. I admit that may be me though and again still an awesome story. Just a word of advice to listeners. Pay attention and maybe listen to or brush up on the previous book. Someone mentioned something about the epilogue. I'll have to listen again because apparently I missed something so, yeah, pay attention. Especially to the flashbacks in this book. Reviewers are saying they are filler or aren't important but they arrrrrrreeeeee!!! (In Michael Kramer's most dramatic voice)

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  • Hassan
  • 2017-10-05

2nd Book BETTER than 1st Book!!!

If you liked the first book, then just go and buy this one! It was amazing!!!

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  • Tyler
  • 2017-08-28

Great Second Book!

This series is incredible. It's got great action. Love the magic. It is a true epic fantasy. Not sure how it will only be a trilogy.

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  • Eric
  • 2018-01-05

Great book! Hinges on how 3rd book ends.

It's a great book. The backstory for the world and characters is fleshed out beautifully and gives the reader oscillating doubts as to which side is in the right. As the mystery has been fully revealed but not solved, I'm in a state of stasis on how I judge this book. Its largely just setup for a promised epic conclusion, but I'm skeptical if only by the ambitiousness of the task. I have no idea how Islington intends to cram all the resolutions I need from book 1 and 2 into a single book, but if he does this will be one of my favorite series of all time.

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  • A. DeNeen
  • 2017-11-09

LOVE this series and anticipating the 3rd

This is a great continuation of book one. The challenging part to both books one and two is that the story is s convoluted and involved in past present and future that it is hard to keep it all together. I have tried to keep bookmarks (like I would in a book) to highlight certain parts, but in audible when going back to listen it is hard to find one's place again.

IN this aspect it would probably be an easier read in good form. Regardless, I do love the story and am looking forward to the continuation.

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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Fantasy Reader
  • 2017-09-27

Better than the first

Alright so the ending of this book really made it worth while for me. The whole idea of fighting versus fate is just really weird for me and it is one part of this series that really just annoys me. Seeing the future and being unable to change it just seems kind of ridiculous. I can see how they can change it, but it never seems to cross the characters minds really. It makes sense sometimes, but other times I just really do not understand. I did end up liking this book a bit more since the world is shown more. There are still plenty of questions though and sometimes the logic seems circular or just ridiculously confusing. I really want to see when the old good guys become what they are. Some of the backstory is really interesting and I am hoping that the ending of this series will be epic. If it turns out to be some fate is fate, and just cause you can not change it does not mean you have no free will type thing I will probably pull my hair out.

The narration is great.

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