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Seeds of Betrayal (Winds of the Forelands #2)

3.92  ·  Rating Details  ·  704 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
The realms of the Forelands are in turmoil as a result of the machinations of a powerful conspiracy of sorcerers, members of a race called the Qirsi, pale-skinned folk feared by those in power. Though many refuse to acknowledge the possibility of a conspiracy, a handful of Qirsi and nobles realize that the time has come to take action, even at the cost of their loves, thei ...more
Paperback, 608 pages
Published April 1st 2004 by Tor Books (first published 2003)
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StoryTellerShannon
Feb 26, 2013 StoryTellerShannon rated it liked it
In his second novel, SEEDS continues with the massive conspiracy of a race of albino wizard like beings against the human nobility. At this point, some of the humans are on to the conspiracy but they are mostly in the dark. The tale, which focused on one set of duchies, has now mostly shifted to another set of duchies (there are several and many names to keep focused upon).

The best way to view the story is to imagine a lot of petty kingdoms with dukes as vassals to these kings. The first book f
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Simon
Nov 26, 2015 Simon rated it it was amazing
Seeds of Betrayal by David B. Coe is book two in the Winds of the Forelands series. Truth be told, there aren't much book series where I immediately start the second book right after having read the first. There's obviously exceptions but in most cases, I'd take a break, read or do something else for a while and then come back to it. Well, I'm proud to say that the Winds of the Forelands series definitely made it to that exception list! I can also say with confidence that as soon as I'm done wit ...more
Xara Niouraki
Sep 17, 2014 Xara Niouraki rated it really liked it
The Seeds of Betrayal continues with the conspiracy of the Qirsi and their attempt to rise into power and claim the Forelands.

Many of the characters are the same but there are a lot of new ones, most of whom I liked. The book focuses on another kingdom this time but the backstabbings and the intrigue are there. Although, this was an thing I loved in the first book and I really enjoyed in this one, it was the reason of my 4 star rating (instead of a 5 star one). It seemed to me that the first an
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Chris Pacheco
Mar 03, 2014 Chris Pacheco rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
David b Coe is one of the forerunners in today's more recent fantasy authors. This book was fucking awesome. I just had one qualm with it. Describing an author or his works as ambitious can come off as a negative statement, yet that is not what i want to convey. SEEDS is one of the more ambitious novels ive read because Coe goes above and beyond to lay out not one country's problems, but three. three countries each with a multitude of rulers, traitors, syncophants and revolutionaries. Im gratefu ...more
Tim Pollard
Oct 02, 2013 Tim Pollard rated it really liked it
Picking up right where the first book in the series (Rules of Ascension) left off, Seeds of Betrayal continues to develop the direction of the plot and, in addition to focusing on the realm of Eibithar as the first book does, it also begins introducing the realm of Aneira and various important characters within, including the main antagonist of the series.

While I thought this book improved upon the already excellent first book in the series, I feel that it was a bit slow paced, and ultimately,
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T J
Jun 19, 2015 T J rated it really liked it
The Forelands are under attack and they are just beginning to realize it. Qirsi conspirators has plunge the nations into the brink of civil war, which is what they have been working at for a long time. Lord Tavis and the Qirsi who rescued him are on the trail hunting and hunted. Great plot and good characters makes this a great series. On to Book 3: Bonds of Vengence.
Micaela
Jan 28, 2016 Micaela rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
A pretty good follow up to Rules of Ascension. Coe managed to maintain the tension from the previous book and replicate the marvelous balance of slow steady building and attention-grabbing action. Too bad the later books didn't follow through.
Lydia
May 19, 2008 Lydia added it
Second book in the series and wonderful for a sequel--just as good if not better than the first. Fast paced yet the author is so great with all the details you really get to know the places and persons. Author does an excellent job weaving in what happened in the first book without being repetitive. Really getting to know the characters more and I am so excited to read the next book!
Pablo
Jul 27, 2011 Pablo added it
Como segundo libro de una saga, un espera seguir con los protagonistas del primer volumen. Pero el autor sabe sorprendernos siguiendo la historia desde otros puntos de las forelands dandonos una perspectiva mayor de lo que la historia implica. Esta bastante bien, aunque tiene algunos situaciones demasiado evidentes. Recomendable para los que le gusta la fantasia.
Tyler
Dec 28, 2007 Tyler rated it really liked it
As the conspiracy continues, it has yet to add much subtlety to its methods even if the goals are complex. Every plan seems to involve killing off someone to achieve a hidden goal. Most of the characters have in-depth personalities though oddly the one lacking one is Tavis, a principle. The story overall is fairly good but fails to really progress the series.
Jeff
May 24, 2013 Jeff rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sf-fantasy
The second book in the Winds of the Forelands series. This second installment has continued the story without missing a beat. David Coe is a fine fantasy writer who seems to get no recognition as one. He writes fantasies every bit as intriguing as George R.R. Martin. Recommended.
Jacquelynn
Sep 18, 2012 Jacquelynn rated it really liked it
Things are starting to take a turn for the worse (if that's possible after the last book) and the tension is mounting up. I enjoyed this book even more than the last one and the "bad guys" are starting to seem not so much as bad guys at all. Love it.
The Tick
Mar 27, 2010 The Tick rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I was a little bit dissatisfied with how many new characters were introduced right off the bat because it was a little hard to keep track of everyone and everything. However, even despite that, I think I liked this one better than the first book.
Jaya
Jun 26, 2011 Jaya rated it it was amazing
This was an excellent book full of political intrigue. However, the author keeps introducing new characters which make it hard to keep the story straight. Otherwise, I thoroughly enjoyed the book and would recommend this series to others.
Eric
Feb 11, 2009 Eric rated it it was ok
It felt like the story dragged a little in this installment of the saga. I am hoping that the next installment will be a little quicker in pace and action.
Amy Hoodock
Jan 31, 2013 Amy Hoodock rated it it was amazing
I am completely engrossed in this world. Intricate plot and character development. Can't wait to read the next.
Mirou
Sep 11, 2014 Mirou rated it it was amazing
already read all the serie, and it's just AWESOME
If you like Game Of thrones, you should read this one !
Marilyn
Mar 20, 2012 Marilyn rated it liked it
Recommended to Marilyn by: Felicia
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Better than the first book.
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David B. Coe is an author of fantasy novels and short stories. He lives with his wife, Nancy Berner, and their two daughters on the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee.
He has begun writing a new historical fantasy series under the pen name D.B. Jackson. The first one is titled Thieftaker, published in 2012.
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Other Books in the Series

Winds of the Forelands (5 books)
  • Rules of Ascension (Winds of the Forelands, #1)
  • Bonds of Vengeance (Winds of the Forelands, #3)
  • Shapers of Darkness (Winds of the Forelands, #4)
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