Licanius Trilogy by James Islington

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  1. Sri'vastra

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    I read the first book some time ago and now the second on over the past summer. Anyone else read this? Thoughts? Comments? Concerns? Favorite character(s)?


    I really liked the second book with Caeden being my favorite. I am really enjoying the series thus far.. well only two books are out at the moment.
     
  2. Juliya Karisu

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    Ooooh I am jumping in here.

    I've only read the 1st one, I have the 2nd sitting on my shelf and hopefully will read soon. And I've got the 3rd pre-ordered!

    It's a little more amateur-ish than WoT and all the quotes were saying how if you like WoT you'd like these. Well, I did like it, and I found it moving and also exciting. Very cool world-building and I'm excited to see where it goes.

    This is a little aside, but I bought the first two, and was really mildly upset because the book jacket cover on the spine was a bit damaged. I got my money back from Indigo but they have no more left of the 1st edition hardcover! So now I have to look at that every day :cry
     
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    You should get to reading the second one as the world-building just gets better. I agree, the first book is a bit more amateur-ish and the ending seemed a bit rushed. It felt like he couldn't exceed a certain amount of pages and realized he needed to end it. But, still good. The second book is much better and you can see that his own confidence - if this is the word I want.. - in his writing improved. The magic system in the series is nicely fleshed out as well (but nothing beats WoT's. Maybe tied with the bending in Last Airbender. Close tie for me).

    No spoilers. But I am usually not a fan of time-travel. I don't know why. But it was extremely well done in these two books, in my humble opinion.
     
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    I've started reading the 2nd.

    I'm not a fan of time-travel either! But I do like it in these books as well. I'm excited to see what happens.
     
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    Okay I am finished the book and it was so good! I think it was definitely more fleshed out and well done. I can't wait for the next one! I've got lots of questions.

    Is Karaliene already Nethgalla at the end?
    I think Wirr is going to go bad with the Oathstone.
    I also think Davian's last moment is going to be going back in time to talk to Tal'kamar/Arkein Davead and that'll be the end of book 3 b/c that's when he dies.
    I think Caeden is going to kill all of the Venerate.

    Those are just some of my thoughts.
     
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    Just finished the first book and into the second.
    Asha and Wirr are my favorite characters at this point.
    The relationship to WoT style story telling is extremely diluted, but that tag line is what drew me in.
     
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    I really like Asha as well! And Wirr, too. I was drawn in by the covers - I love the style.
     
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    A week till the final book comes out!! :clap

    Here is the email from the author, James Islington:

    I pre-ordered it like a year ago and am so excited to read it!!
     
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    I have the first two books sitting on my shelf, but I am trying to read the Lightbringer series right now. This is second on my list though, after Lightbringer series and Frederica is read to give me a quick genre break before I take up another big fantasy series.I am looking forward to it! Hope to discuss with it some of you when I am finished. ^^ (it will be a good 5 months away though)
     
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    Just got the book in the mail today, hoping to read it soon!
     
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    So I finished the book a while ago and loved it! Thought it was a good conclusion to the series.

    The first bit was slow and took a while to get into, but after about 1/3 of the way in, I was hooked.

    Definitely recommended. If anyone else has read this ... talk to me!!
     
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    I'm almost done with book 1 Juliya. I have mixed feelings so far, but I am slowly getting hooked. I might have some questions for you once I finish. I might have missed something major that confused me or something. I am really enjoying the character arcs so far, just the story itself is a bit confusing to me at times. I should be done... possibly Tuesday.

    Does it all come together more in book 2?
     
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    I feel that we learn more about the world and how it works in Book 2, and then even more in Book 3.
     
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    This is excellent, because I love where the story arcs are going so far. I will stick with it! I almost quit cause it just feels like WoT too much sometimes... I really like it when people are more creative like a lot of Brandon Sanderson magic systems, or Lightbringer series... but to be fair there are a lot interesting unique things going on here with this book, I just am picky... I am going to stick with it though thank you for saying that!

    Like the Licanius Sword being exactly like Callandor, the Sha-teth being exactly like mydraull, etc...
     
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