The Shadow of What Was Lost

The Shadow of What Was Lost It has been twenty years since the god like Augurs were overthrown and killed Now those who once served them the Gifted are spared only because they have accepted the rebellion s Four Tenets vastly

  • Title: The Shadow of What Was Lost
  • Author: James Islington
  • ISBN: 9780316274098
  • Page: 305
  • Format: Hardcover
  • It has been twenty years since the god like Augurs were overthrown and killed Now, those who once served them the Gifted are spared only because they have accepted the rebellion s Four Tenets, vastly limiting their own powers.As a young Gifted, Davian suffers the consequences of a war lost before he was even born He and his friends are despised beyond their school waIt has been twenty years since the god like Augurs were overthrown and killed Now, those who once served them the Gifted are spared only because they have accepted the rebellion s Four Tenets, vastly limiting their own powers.As a young Gifted, Davian suffers the consequences of a war lost before he was even born He and his friends are despised beyond their school walls for the magical power they wield a power that Davian, despite his best efforts, cannot seem to control Worse, with his final test approaching and the consequences of failure severe, time to overcome his struggles is fast running out But when Davian discovers he wields the forbidden power of the Augurs, he unwittingly sets in motion a chain of events that will change his life and shake the entire world.

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    1. Update: $2.99 on US Kindle today 9-23-17That was pretty awesome! I loved so many characters in this book! I can't even begin! I guess Davian, Asha and Wirr are at the top of my list but there are several others. This is a book about kids coming of age and having to take a trial to see if their Essence (magic) is good enough. If not then they turn you into something else. Dav is worried because he hasn't found his gift yet and he's afraid. Then all hell breaks loose and people are killed, tricked [...]

    2. I received a review copy of The Shadow of What Was Lost in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank James Islington and Orbit Books. To begin with, I really thought this was going to be a "run of the mill" chosen one in a magic school sort of fantasy adventure. Thankfully only about 5-10% takes place at said establishment and the rest embraced a pretty awesome and beautifully depicted fantasy world. It still gives off the "chosen one" vibe throughout but that trope doesn't bother me [...]

    3. The Shadow of What Was Lost was an excellent fantasy début and a great start to an exciting new fantasy trilogy. Reading this actually felt a lot like reading a Sanderson book with a little bit of Wheel of Time and X-Men thrown in for good measure. That might sound a little unoriginal but Islington really made it work and delivered an engaging and exciting epic fantasy story! The world building and the magic were both strong. There was two different types of magic. Regular Gifted and Augurs. Th [...]

    4. This book was recommended to me by Brandon Sanderson at the Firefight release party about a month or so ago while the two of us were mutually lamenting the fact that the Wheel of Time is now over, and, with Robert Jordan regrettably no longer amongst us, no hope of any more stories that take place within the same world. And so I went to Audible and found an audio version was up for preorder, and it just came out earlier this week. Read by Michael Kramer no less. That man can make even the most b [...]

    5. [4.5 stars - Review of the first two books (spoiler free)] What started out as a seemingly straight-forward classic adventure fantasy quickly evolved into a complex story with countless dynamics and twists & turns. I ended up liking it ten times more than I thought I would – it’s easily one of the best I’ve read this year.I wouldn’t call this series an “easy” read, as it required more concentration than average, but it’s certainly worth the effort. I don’t pretend I always kn [...]

    6. First comment I have heard about Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time series, specifically about its first book The Eye of the World was – Lord of the Rings rip-off. Considering that, by that time, I haven’t read books nor seen theatrical version of them, that was far from the answer I was looking for. In the meantime I have rectified my heretic ignorance, read and watched LotR and when finally time came for me to read Robert Jordan’s TWoT (which was last year) I dreaded that the series was [...]

    7. A new Fantasy series that is being compared to the venerated, though highly divisive, Wheel Of Time series? What what! Sign me up please! I actually hadn't even heard about The Shadow Of What Was Lost until I saw it popping up on various feeds and getting pretty decent reviews here on , and since my local book club was due for a Fantasy read, I made sure that this was the one we selected. We normally have a 2 week read cycle, but because this was over 700 pages, we decided to give ourselves a mo [...]

    8. I will dare to be the person who does not give this 4-5 starts and I honestly have no idea how this even comes close to that.It started when people began comparing this book to authors such as Brandon Sanderson, Brent Weeks, and Robert Jordan so that quickly grabbed my attention. Unfortunately, it does not even begin to come close to the standard those authors have set.I will admit that the book started off quite strong and had my hopes up, but I quickly noticed a problem particularly with the w [...]

    9. This is definitely a must-have for all you epic fantasy fans. The build-up at the beginning is good and interesting and puts a lot of the focus on the intrigue and the social injustice, but once the action really begins, it's all beautiful sailing.So much happens and I can honestly say I love every step of it. We go from the humble beginnings to a truly epic arena in time, power, and action, and we dip our toes in all the great twists of time magic, memory magic, outright masterful draining of t [...]

    10. If you're a WOT of LOTR fan who likes quests, dark lords and magical powers drawn from a source this is a series for you. I really liked the dubious nature of many of the main characters who were well developed and likeable with their faults. Audio book with Michael Kramer.enough said. Looking forward to the release of book 2.

    11. 3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum bibliosanctum/2016/12/30/Whenever I hear about an indie fantasy that makes the jump to a traditional publishing house, it always piques my curiosity and of course The Shadow of What Was Lost was no exception. Fast forward to the moment I finished reading the book, and I all I have to say is: I am impressed. This is James Islington’s first novel, and though that sometimes shows in the raw quality the writing, overall it is a solid series opener and I can cert [...]

    12. This is a pretty impressive debut that shows a lot of promise for the rest of trilogy to come. The influences of Robert Jordan and (a bit of) Brandon Sanderson are quite apparent in this book as well. I don't criticize the lack of originality just for the sake of it if it's well executed. In this case, James Islington spun an interesting yarn that kept me engaged throughout so full credit to him. The pacing of the book was decent, with the world-building aspect and exposition thereof handled pre [...]

    13. A Bald Mage Review Bald Mage Rating of 9/10“This knowledge will let you use Licanius for your purpose-but know this, too, Tal’kamar. What you are about to face is only the first strike, the first few drops of a torrent. A storm.”Fantasy is a hard genre to write for to keep it fresh with new ideas. I find when I read fantasy novels it always starts with kids at a school or village who are gifted in some way and get noticed by someone important, then they are sent on a journey that is full o [...]

    14. 4.5! That was such an impressively constructed first book in a heroic fantasy trilogy, and it felt very reminiscent of Sanderson, so if you're looking for something along those lines, I highly recommend this!The only real flaw I picked up was that the writing style could be a tiny bit simple and repetitive at times, but this is something that will improve with more books, and it didn't hinder my experience at all. There's also a lack of diversity but again, that never tends to stop my enjoyment [...]

    15. This book is recommended for anyone who is:Fan of Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson.Fan of 'The Wheel of Time'.Looking for a coming of age fantasy tale with likeable characters and strong worldbuilding.I feel like I am reading Brandon Sanderson's book. It is a lot like Sanderson's books. It is just a bit like The Wheel of Time because of the quest.This book is awesome! It is a good start for Islington. This is the first book that James Islington has written.If anyone wants to read this book th [...]

    16. This book was just made for me - especially the second half and I cannot wait to dive into book #2 immediately. Dark lord: check.Quest(s): check.Cool magic system(s): check.Characters with layers of morality: check.Just an impressive debut. I cannot believe I waited so long to read the book.

    17. WOW. WOW. WOW.This book is amaaaaaaaaaaaaaaazing!!!When I first started reading this (as a buddy read, which made it all the more enjoyable), I had planned to read the first five chapters. I practically inhaled them, and there was no way I was going to stop there. I carried on reading until literally it got so late that I would not wake up for work if I didn’t go to bed there and then. I was so annoyed that I had to sleep and I couldn’t continue with this incredible story!Our main protagonis [...]

    18. Great story. There are a good number of characters that you are never quite sure of their true allegiances and an interesting magic system, well drawn world building and a lot of blood shed and betrayal. The writer gripped me from page one and held on tight until a wonderfully unexpected ending that sets up the rest of the series. Really enjoyed this and would recommend to all. He is not Sanderson, he is not Jordan but he tells a good tale.

    19. Okay so I finished this book yesterday and I had so many feelings with this that I needed a bit of time to un-jumble. This book is one I have owned for years and yet I hadn't got around to reading it until just now. I definitely am glad I finally did find the time however as it's just so filled with magic, adventure and quests (three of my favourite fantasy troupes) that I knew I was in for a good one from the get-go.We follow a world where there are three types of magical people. We have the Gi [...]

    20. Before reading this book, I read a number of reviews comparing Islington to the likes of Sanderson and Jordan. I understand the comparisons, but don't be fooled into thinking Islington can't stand on his own - this novel, the first in a planned trilogy, brings a depth of world building I've rarely encountered in a new author (or any author for that matter). And he spins a darn good yarn as well - there were a lot of "just five more minute" moments reading this one."Epic" is highly overused these [...]

    21. A solid 1st outing in that epic fantasy style. If you like that old school epic fantasy in the vein of Jordan, Goodkind, with a twist of Sanderson, Hogan, you have Islingtons debut. Interesting and well thought out world, with the Augurs, the gift and the essence. Well fleshed out main young characters which provides for future novels, some room for character growth. Some twists I honestly didnt see coming. However at stages the writing was a little tiresome and to a certain degree waffle city. [...]

    22. AS a big fantasy fan I'd been really looking forward to reading this book. Debut novel recommended for fans of Brandon Sanderson? And it's an Aussie author? I AM IN!! I had fairly high hopes going in and I've gotta say it did not disappoint. This is like your typical high fantasy with some Wheel of Time thrown in.This story takes place in a world where there are two kinds of magic users- more common Gifted and the Augurs, who are thought to be gone. Our main character Davian is at a school for t [...]

    23. The Shadow of What Was Lost by James Islington *****4.5*****The Shadow of What Was Lost was a book in the style of Brandon Sanderson, epic, paced and thoroughly enjoyable. It also helped that I was listening to the audio version narrated by the wonderful Michael Kraemer, which made the book feel even more like Sanderson.The reason I docked half a star (and the reason this review will be a shorter one) was of my own doing. It took me a while to listen to this book, and I wasn't able to do so ever [...]

    24. What an impressive debut!My rating would be about a 4.5. I looked to this book as reviewers made comparisons to Sanderson, which(heck yeah!) was somewhat right with the characters and the socio-political aspects of the culturally embedded magic system. Other comparisons were made to Patrick Rothfuss' work, but I didn't really see that.The story is captivating and Islington drops in enough twists that the reader is profoundly engaged, and some serious interest, story-wise, is already set for the [...]

    25. I don't really write reviews, but I feel compelled to write one for this book. The basic components of this story are fascinating. Truly. In outline form, I can see it work. There are clear Jordan and Rothfuss influences in this book (and probably Sanderson too, though the only books of his I've read are the last few WoT books he wrote with Jordan).But the book itself was not very good, to put it plainly. It could have been such an excellent read, except the author was unable to weave all of the [...]

    26. I stumbled across this, as it was number one in audible fantasy downloads.Since I do love me some fantasy audio books, I bought it without looking up reviews or anything and just started listening.And I really didn't regret it! I did love this story! I'd never have guessed that it's a selfpublished book. Actually I couldn't believe that I couldn't order a physical copy in GermanyIt has great characters, a compelling story, an interesting world and is really well written. I got sucked right in, a [...]

    27. The Good:Intrigue! Mysteries and secret machinations abound in this more or less contemporary technothriller with fantasy costumes and makeup. The scope is epic and the setting feels vast and highly detailed. There are some very good reveals throughout.The Bad:Like so many YA stories set in premodern fantasy worlds, the principle characters don’t ring true – they feel like modern kids playing a video game, right down to the magic system.'Friends' character the protagonist is most like:Davian [...]

    28. DNF at about 65%, I am not going to rate it, cause it wouldn't be fair since I didn't finish the book.Not very impressive or original story, not much logic or rules when it comes to magic, a lot of kids as main charactersI tried, but I felt almost nothing while reading this, so I am not going to continue.

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