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The Shadow of What Was Lost

The Licanius Trilogy, Book 1
Lu par : Michael Kramer
Série : The Licanius Trilogy, Volume 1
Durée : 25 h et 28 min
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It has been 20 years since the end of the war. The dictatorial Augurs - once thought of almost as gods - were overthrown and wiped out during the conflict, their much-feared powers mysteriously failing them. Those who had ruled under them, men and women with a lesser ability known as the Gift, avoided the Augurs' fate only by submitting themselves to the rebellion's Four Tenets.

A representation of these laws is now written into the flesh of any who use the Gift, forcing those so marked into absolute obedience. As a student of the Gifted, Davian suffers the consequences of a war fought - and lost - before he was born. Despised by most beyond the school walls, he and those around him are all but prisoners as they attempt to learn control of the Gift. Worse, as Davian struggles with his lessons, he knows that there is further to fall if he cannot pass his final tests. But when Davian discovers he has the ability to wield the forbidden power of the Augurs, he sets into motion a chain of events that will change everything.

To the north, an ancient enemy long thought defeated begins to stir. And to the west, a young man whose fate is intertwined with Davian’s wakes up in the forest, covered in blood and with no memory of who he is...

©2014 James Islington (P)2015 Podium Publishing

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"Robert Jordan fans should check this out!" (Pop Bop, Top 500 Amazon Reviewer)

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  • Dave
  • 30/11/2018

Maybe a fun read for someone younger

I think the author probably thinks he's written a clever story with lots of twists and turns, and a big reveal at the end. I'm sorry to say the plot is actually quite incoherent, the characters are not interesting, their dialogue is stilted, the descriptions of their thoughts, feelings, and reactions are blunt and obvious, leaving little to the readers discretion or imagination. The magic is not interesting, the plot is incoherent and terrible. Michael Kramer does a fine job reading, but that's pretty much irrelevant given what he's reading.

As a fan of NOTW, WoT, LOTR, HP, and many other fantasy series, the high volume of positive reader reviews this book has received had me very excited. I'm very disappointed, and can only conclude that this book mostly appeals to teenagers and big fans of YA who don't particularly need strong character development to be entertained, and who don't care about reading (or listening to) terrible dialogue and prose. If those things aren't important to you, then maybe you won't mind reading this book.

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  • Alexander Spencer
  • 03/01/2020

Time travel done right

I edited this review after reading the final entry in the series. All the frustration and idiocy I found in this book was due to a lack of info. These books intentionally confuse and disorient which I couldnt accept til I knew WHY. Push through to the final entry, it was worth it.

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  • Captain Spanky Of Nazareth
  • 10/06/2020

Atrocious. Almost abusive.

There are 2 major deal-breaker violations at play in this author-audience relationship. There are a decent few recording and really distracting grammar errors, but I'm not talking about those.

First and foremost: This series is structurally far more complex than the 'landmark high-complexity' series in this genre (such as Stormlight Archive, etc). Meaning, you are given several times as many character names with vital roles and locations along with their geography, power, & political mechanics to memorize... which is FINE... when well written. - These are by far the worst presented complexities I've ever seen in a successful series. - You don't know what anybody looks like, no reason to care what their names are, no demarkation of any kind by which to remember them amidst the pool of 100 other 5-random-syllable names. - That alone makes the series functionally useless as an audiobook. In text at least you can see the letters of the names pop out for visual recognition. In audio, it's just random streams of meaningless syllables since you were never given reason to invest in or care about the vast majority of vital-role characters.

When you launch your aspirations for complexity this high, you inherit a massive obligation to clarity that simple stories do not carry. You are responsible for introducing cultural differences and landmarks in ways that matter and instill memory like the cultural introductions in LOTR or the landmark histories in Riyeria... not to murmur them once in passing then refer back to dozens of them endlessly as if we were all computers taking dictation.

For the record, The Emperor's Blades is a trilogy in exactly this space that involves nearly the same number of characters, with different names, cultures, religions, continents, and magic systems, and nails clarity perfectly. Go there. The author did the actual story work. You'll LOVE IT. It can be done, and it's nothing short of amazing when it is.

Second: He presents recaps of the prior books... including almost endless information that absolutely wasn't in the previous books. - Meaning: You get to book 3... and the author basically says: Here's what happened in the past... then proceeds to tell you about the book he thinks he's written... including endless information about the world of the priors, that absolutely wasn't in the books. Basically saying, 'I infer these things as the author... so I imagine they made it onto the page.' - They didn't. And you may think that clarifies things... but with the sheer volume of "recap"... which is basically a firehose of names and locations that you couldn't have possibly imprinted the first time... you're no better off than if you just stopped the recap, and started the series over again to see if the information was more retainable from the starting line... which I did... twice... over 3 years... because I couldn't believe the reviews on here. It's sort of like if the recap of Star Wars told you: As you know from having just watched it... Luke flunked out of math class because of the calculator incident... and Baleraform was always the best planet for manufacturing batteries because of the bounty of the following list of chemicals... please try to remember their names as there will definitely be a test: Chlominate, Lindarious-Phazon, Ascilium Scillicate, Renart.... etc. etc.

You are being gaslit while being assigned endless homework. Which isn't as fun as it sounds.

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  • Adam
  • 26/07/2017

Still confused...

Who is the hero? Who is the villain? What year is it? Is this a flashback? Is this group bad? Is that group good? Whats the differen e between essence and khan? Where are they at now? Basically, this book needs refinement.

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  • Joshua
  • 29/04/2015

Definitely a standout in the fantasy genre

I've been trying a lot of new fantasy series lately... and by that I mean that I'll read the first book, like it a little, but won't be compelled to go on. This book was an exception.

The Shadow of What was Lost was not the easiest book to slip into, but it wasn't the challenge that some fantasy books are. The prologue was a mistake, I think. The same one that Sanderson made in The Way of Kings. Starting the book at a moment of high action is fine. But starting it in a moment of high action where the stakes and mechanics are unclear, and where the characters are irrelevant to the plot is just a waste of time, and barrier to entry for the reader.

THAT said, once I settled into the book I was very happy with how it progressed. It was interesting, full of drama and tension and fascinating characters. The mechanics of the magic in the world are revealed in slow but satisfying way. The narration is superb.

There are plenty of genre cliches, but the story is unique enough to compel me on. It doesn't feel like a rehashing of anything I've read before, as so many fantasy series do.

I am very eager to see where this series goes, and extremely frustrated that I'll have a long wait to find out.

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  • A Texan 2
  • 13/03/2015

Interesting, if a bit overwrought

I'll confess that this is one of the few times I've can say that an online ad caught my attention. Adverts for this book started showing up in my Facebook feed with the promise that fans of Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson would enjoy it. That was enough to get me to take a look, but it was ultimately finding that Michael Kramer, audiobook narrator of Jordan's Wheel of Time and Sanderson's Stormlight Archive series that convinced me to make the purchase.

Islington has certainly studied and taken to heart the style of Jordan and Sanderson, and I appreciated that aspect of the storytelling. One difference is that he is less of a world builder - giving enough background, history, and setting to give context to the story he wants to tells. There are no six page descriptions of every last meal, nor page long genealogies of random characters that we pass by in a hallway one time.

That said, the story does getting overwhelmed somewhat by introducing many major characters and taking them in several directions very quickly. This makes the climax rather more tedious than it should be as all the points of view have to come together at the end. This final section is what ultimately lead me to give this a three star instead of four star rating.

Still, being honest, Jordan's and Sanderson's first works weren't perfect. Islington has produced an interesting world and characters. The epilogue provides a promising look at where this story can go and I'm hooked enough to see how it plays out. I would indeed recommend this to fans of Jordan and Sanderson, with the caveat that we're catching a promising author at his beginning, so it is somewhat unfair to expect him to yet be matching these other authors at their mature best.

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  • Jake Hartwell
  • 23/02/2015

Brilliant!

Any additional comments?

I read many reviews comparing The Shadow of What Was Lost to Robert Jordan's work. I was almost offended that a new author would be compared to the legendary Jordan. However, after listening to this fantastic debut, I must grudgingly agree with the other reviewers. Many aspects of the world Islington created are indeed similar to The Wheel of Time. However, the story feels very original and I don't feel this is just a copy of Jordan's work.

You will instantly find yourself caring for the characters. The story flows smoothly and the ending instantly makes you want to find the sequel. There are quite a few unanswered questions which I have been speculating on daily since I finished listening. I hope we get some answers in the next installment.

I do have two minor complaints (small enough not to reduce the 5-star rating). The first is I would have liked more physical descriptions of the main characters. There weren't enough physical descriptors to build a good picture of the characters in my mind's eye. The other complaint is that this is only planned as a trilogy. Just with the story lines already started, I could easily see 5 - 6 books without the story dragging. I'm hoping Islington creates another trilogy set in the same world after The Licanius Trilogy is complete.

Michael Kramer, as always, was absolutely superb.

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  • Fantasy Reader
  • 17/02/2015

A good start, but not for everyone.

I read many reviews before I bought this book and it was about what I expected. Many people compare this book to Sanderson or Jordan, but while there are similarities I would not say everyone would like both. The book is well written, but it just seems that it is only a set up for the next book. I was a little aggravated at the amount of prophesies and confusing parts of conversation in this book. I understand that people keep secrets and everything, but it is aggravating when every few chapters you are given some cryptic message or a secret that they will understand when the time comes. Other than my few gripes I would say the book is good even if it is a bit confusing at times.

Michael Kramer does a wonderful job narrating as always.

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  • Aaron
  • 26/05/2017

Kinda disappointing

This book is lauded as a Jordan-esque fantasy. It is not. I got 20 hours in and I never really felt invested in any character at all. While the scope is truly epic in many aspects, it really lacks the minutiae that better authors use to bring interest to story, character, and prophesy. Also, I feel the soft magic ruleset is basically unrelateable. And while I do have a vivid imagination, I felt like I would be forced to ponder on and on to unlock the mystery of "essence"... very uninteresting. Seems like the author had a great ending on a storyboard and reverse engineered its story to accommodate it but never spent the time making all the bits and pieces fit together smoothly. Jaunty storytelling .

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  • alfred
  • 13/02/2015

James Islington Has A Great Epic Here

What did you love best about The Shadow of What Was Lost?

I liked the ways the characters moved smoothly and the constant build up of broadening the scope of the story. When they make shadows out of the special people and how the story comes together. It's hard not to want to hear one more hours on your Kindle.

What did you like best about this story?

The surprising Heros. The new mythical world that comes to life and seems so real. I don't want to spoil the book. If you like Sanderson or any other great epic books of adventure. You will love this. James Islington Has story telling talent.

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

He's good and I guess he's perfect for long story's. But for me he has little dramatic training. Still for the work and length I still give him 5 star. Great job but limited vocal range. He's a master with the vocal he has to use. In fact he's better in this than Sanderson Way of kings.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A New Mythical World You will Never Forget

Any additional comments?

I just say thank you for books like these. They really are worth having a audible membership.

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  • SDerKritiker
  • 06/05/2018

Solide Fantasy-Kost

Das Buch liefert solide Fantasy-Kost. Genreveteranen werden nichts revolutionäres Entdecken und manche Sachen lassen sich gut vorhersagen, aber mir hat es trotzdem Spaß gemacht dieses Hörbuch zu hören.

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  • Christoph
  • 23/11/2017

Fantastic and fascinating!

This is a fascinating start to an epic adventure. The characters are believable and the magic system is just extremly clever and intriguing. Loved this book! Also, Michael Kramer does a great job at reading it!

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  • Luis
  • 03/03/2019

Fantasy Storytelling Buffet

I don't mean this review to sound too harshly, because overall this is a serviceable story well performed. However, if you are looking for something special or new, you won't find it here. The story is a wild mix of fantasy clichés with some unnecessary grim-dark elements thrown in for good measure. The book is so happy with world-building, it is constantly revealing new factions, conspiracies and twists into the story. Once time-travel and mind-control get introduced, the built up tension leaves the story immediately, because all prior information given could be potentially wrong. Still, there are some interesting character moments, but it wasn't enough for me to get me invested. I won't buy the sequel - but if any of the above sounds appealing to you, give it a go.

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  • huldufolk
  • 22/07/2018

superb performance, great book

Wonderfully narrated with fitting shifts of voice for various characters. A pleasure to listen to that makes the story even more capturing

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  • dandibar
  • 15/07/2018

Exellent Narrator but weak generic Fantasy

Michael Kramer is for me the sole highlight of this audiobook. His narration is captivating as always despite the source material. The worldbuilding and idea of the story isn't that bad either but nothing very original, and the characters are not too deep. You can see some plotpoints coming 100+pages ahead. I would categorize it as young-adult fantasy aimed for an epic arc. If you liked Wheel Of Time and/or Farseer stuff there is a possibility you might get attached to this series. There is room for improvement for the next titles.

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  • Heisenberg
  • 05/09/2020

great!

Great Story, with interesting characters set in a fascinating world. Not as good as the Storm light Archives, but still one of my favorite 'hearings' this year!

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  • M
  • 23/08/2020

Not my cuppa, you might like it.

The narrator was great, as usual, but for a reason I can't quite figutr out, I stopped several times throughout the book. It was well written and had enough tension, but I guess it was just too... dreary for me? Perhaps also a bit too grandiose and pompous. The author clearly has big plans for this series, but I didn't find the protagonist and deuteragonists likeable enough to continue.

While I won't be continuing the series, I think people who like long, sprawling epic fantasy with prophecies and seemingly futile struggles against forces the reader doesn't understand will like this one.

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  • Paul Besold
  • 21/08/2020

Good Book, good production, good narrator.

i really enjoyed this audiobook. it is well-narrated and the story is not your average YA stuff, clearly meant for adults. good book, it has my recommendation.

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  • Informative
  • 13/06/2020

Great voice, but the story is meh!

The entire book is just a long build up for the epilogue!
There are a few rather good parts here and there, but overall it is more a waste of time. There's even a part about a man saving a princess! Like it's a Disney animation or something!
The female characters are most likely created by someone who've never seen a woman before! Though according to the narrators, all of the women there are very beautiful! So, again, Disney!

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  • keara
  • 26/06/2018

the dirty underbelly of magic

I loved the story. It has real emotion and shows us a different side of a magical world. you grow to love some of the characters and hate others. my only issues are that some idioms are over used and the names are real hard to keep track of. its worth a reread/ listen to though.