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An Echo of Things to Come

(The Licanius Trilogy #2)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  6,098 ratings  ·  416 reviews

The second book in a glorious new fantasy trilogy by the next major force in commercial epic fantasy.

In the wake of the devastating attack on Ilin Illan, an amnesty has been declared for all Augurs - finally allowing them to emerge from hiding and openly oppose the dark forces massing against Andarra. However as Davian and his new allies hurry north toward the ever-weak
Hardcover, 752 pages
Published August 22nd 2017 by Orbit
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

This book was nothing short of awesome! Fantastic sequel to the first book and I look forward to the third book in the trilogy!

I'm loving this author, the world he had made and the characters!

Recommend to all fantasty lovers!

Mel ❤
James Lafayette  Tivendale
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I received a review copy of An Echo of Things to Come in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Orbit Books and James Islington.

The narrative picks up events one month after The Blinds' brutal assault on Ilin Illan which concluded The Shadow of What Was Lost. All of the four main point-of-view characters (Davian, Wirr, Asha, and Caeden) find themselves with very different objectives, however, all are hoping to put a stop to what could be an impending invasion beyond reckoning at t
Stefan Bach
Jul 11, 2017 rated it liked it
“The lesser of two evils, or the greater good.
Get a good man to utter either of those phrases, and there is no one more eager to begin perpetrating evil.”

Oh, just how entertaining this sequel was! James carefully scooped many interesting things from many interesting worlds across the fantasy genre, successfully molding all that into something of his own.
All those bits and pieces, only slightly teased or criminally undeveloped stories, legends and myths across all those fantasy histories -
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This author just made it to my total fanboy heart. I'm rarely this excited about new anything. I mean, I'm usually excited to some degree or another, but I usually reserve this kind of energy for authors I know and have trusted for years.

Welcome to my heart, Mr. Islington. :)

These characters are absolutely wonderful, from the great reveal at the end of the last book to the full-out disclosure and development of a certain beast character in this one. I love them all. It's true. Every single step
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
An Echo of Things To Come was another excellent entry into The Licanius Trilogy. It matched the quality of the first book in the series and helped cement the series place as one of my new fantasy favourites. Reading this series feels a lot like reading a Brandon Sanderson book with a little bit of Wheel of Time and X-Men thrown in to spice things up. It seems a familiar recipe but Islington makes it work and weaves an engaging and exciting story.

The story was just as exciting in this second boo
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
* I was sent this for free from the publisher *

This book is a highly anticipated sequel to The Shadow of What Was Lost which was a stand-out read for me when I read it back in April of last year. I have to admit that I was a little skeptical of whether this one would be as good as the first, because book #1 I read as a self-published story and this is now being published traditionally, but it did not disappoint and I still found that I really enjoyed this once I got back into the word.

I do admit
Scott  Hitchcock
Book 1: 3.75*'s
Book 2: 3.25*'s

I still enjoyed this book and I'm still looking forward to book three however it did drag at points for me. Secondly I didn't feel like there was a ton of character growth which I like to see as the series goes on. Third there were just way too many flashback scenes. Some of them were quite good but after awhile it became tedious for me.

That said the last 20% had a great tension and was nonstop action. I think where all the players currently stand it sets up for bo
Hasham Rasool
That is a fantastic sequel!

Alhamdulillah I love this book. 'The Licanuus Trilogy' is definitely one of my favourite series.

There is a lot improved in this book than the first book. Personally, I think 'An Echo of Things to Come' is a lot better than 'The Shadow of What Was Lost'.

This book is completed like Brandon Sanderson's book. I feel like I am reading Brandon Sanderson's book.

I can't wait to read the third book of 'The Licanius Trilogy'. I hope it would be a good book to read.
Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
[4.5 stars - Review of the first two books] 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 knew for certain what was going o
Eric Allen
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A book does not need to be perfect to please me. An author does not need to write like a champion to entertain me. If the story is good, the world in which it takes place detailed and memorable, and the characters decent, that's usually all I really need or ask for. The first book of this trilogy was not perfect. The characters, though likeable enough, were a little on the generic side, and the writing was a little amateurish in places. It was James Islington's first published work, though, and ...more
Michael Sliter
Dec 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
4/5 stars.

An Echo of Things to Come is the second book in Licanius Trilogy, and, in my opinion, a huge step forward for the series, both in terms of writing quality and plot. Generally speaking, I was far more engaged with An Echo compared to A Shadow (Book 1), and found myself reading late into the night. This is great, as I was torn about picking this up after Shadow (particularly because of the high price point).

Once again, we follow several POV characters as they deal with the impending fa
C.P. Cabaniss
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I did the first book in this series on audio, so I wasn't sure how reading this one in physical format was going to go. Mostly because I don't tend to retain information from audiobooks as much, so I thought I would have forgotten a lot of important details. And while I'm sure that is somewhat the case, overall I felt like this read went really well.

The ending to this was absolutely insane. It definitely left me eager for the third book so that I can find out what happens. Is that real? I need
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
THIS is the first time I have listened to an entire audiobook. Usually I alternate between audio and physical, NOT THIS TIME! It took me a while to listen to the entire book but I've gotta say it was worth listening to. Michael Kramer is an awesome narrator, he nails so many voices and adds that extra bit of depth to the story.

My main complaint with this book, as with the first one, is that there are parts which still felt very much like a debut. Maybe I just noticed it more with the audiobook b
Calvin Park
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
James Islington gives us another worthy read in An Echo of Things to Come. While I think it falls just a bit short of The Shadow of What was Lost it continues to do well much of what the first novel in the Licanius Trilogy did. The magic system is interesting and engaging while remaining somewhat mysterious. The background and history of the world is immense. I had a hard time putting this one down.

The world building in An Echo of Things to Come, much like its predecessor, feels very reminiscent
Krista Hansen
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The second entry in the Licanious Trilogy is just as good as the first. The intricate plot with all its twists and turns kept me hooked all the way through! I love how all the plot threads (past, present, and future) are starting to come together in such interesting ways. The world-building in this series is just phenomenal. I’m in awe at the variety of locations and rich history of Andarra. Islington’s world is definitely epic in proportions and on par with great authors like Sanderson. The cha ...more
Kitvaria Sarene
It took me quite a while to get back into the story, but it has been some years since I read the first, so that was to be expected.
I don't remember the first book in the series to have so much info dumps, or rather so much "theoretical plot". This one was rather short in action, and when looking at the big overall plot, we're pretty much at the same place as we where after book one, just some of the figures on fates chessboard have been moved to new places (or died).

That is not to say I didn't e
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
The ending of this book is one of the best I have read in a while.
I enjoyed some story lines - Asha is by far the character with the best plot for me, closely followed by Caeden. Davian builds up momentum and that ending just blew my mind!
I am not too fond of Wirr and his story but I am expecting great things in book 3.

Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Excellent !
Maybe even better than the first book, which was awesome too.
So many things happening in this book, so much information. You really have to pay attention less you miss something.

This shapes up to be one of the best fantasy series I have ever read.
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
that ending....


4.5 stars
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
That was GOOD. I'm feeling empty inside.
Barry Mulvany
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed that though maybe not quite as much as the first one. This starts pretty much where we left off at the end of the first book. All of the characters are dealing with the consequences of what happened and for Caeden in particular, what he remembered about himself.

This is an incredibly fast paced book, there is almost no let up. There are a lot of infodumps but I still enjoy how they're done, mainly in the form of flashbacks or journal/book entries. Honestly there is so much going on that
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What. A. Sequel. I loved it.

Plans within plans within plans. So many pieces being moved like chess. So many pawns being moved just to accomplish the ultimate goal of saving the world.

Only one great plan matters and it has to be done by one of the immortals. He betrayed and sacrificed loyal friends and mass murdered millions just to accomplish one single plan. His immortal friends could not even know of his plans. His friends knew he was doing wrong and tried to tell him but he was not hearing it
Let's Geek
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Read the full review also on my blog Let's Geek:

An Echo of Things to Come is the second novel in the Licanius Trilogy, but in my opinion not as good as the first one.

Total Rating: 8.4/10

Originality: 8/10
Language: 10/10
Atmosphere: 8/10
Characters: 7/10
World building: 9/10
Fun: 7/10
Predictability: 9/10
Believable: 7/10
Relevancy: 9/10
Cover: 9/10

Genre: Epic / High Fantasy
For You if you like: Twists, Magic, School, Politics
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Trevor Sherman
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I have read so far this year. A full review to come here amazon and of course my blog.
~Dani~ LazyTurtle's Books
Read this review and more at Book Geeks Uncompromised.

3.5 stars.

The second book in the Licanius Trilogy has Caeden attempting to recover his lost memories while Davian, Wirr, and Asha search for a way to stop the Boundary in the north from failing and hordes of monsters from devastating the land.

This book was very much a middle book but I didn't actually mind that so much. In the first book, The Shadow of What Was Lost, it was made clear that this world has an enormous history and that history w
May 14, 2015 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
UPDATE: Counting down the days till I can read this! Whoop Whoop!!!



Why can't I know for sure how much longer I have to wait for the next installment to be released? WHY? WHYYY??!!

Mark Halse
Jul 28, 2015 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: high-priority
How do books that don't exist yet get a star rating?
John Napier
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The story followed smoothly on from "The Shadow of What was Lost", gradually expanding upon the history of this mystical world.

The other-worldly threat continued to loom menacingly large, while our protagonists fought against many obstacles, including political indifference and prejudice to their struggles, how to combat their world's impending doom and for one self-doubt arising with memories returning from his disturbing past.

Islington once again tells an absorbing tale slowly revealing more o
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
I don’t read a huge amount of epic fantasy. I’ll admit, I’ve tried reading the The Wheel of Time on more than one occasion, and in each instance I’ve had to throw in the towel. Epic fantasy can be a heck of a commitment and it can be really easy to get bogged down in the vastness of it all. If you’re not feeling it then I’m inclined to say move on, life is way too short. The good news is that there are always exceptions to this rule. I started The Licanius Trilogy, reading The Shadow of What was ...more
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Shadow of What Was Lost was one of my favorite fantasy books when it was released as an audiobook a few years ago. I recently did a re-read and loved it just as much the second time, despite the fact that I’m infinitely more critical once I’ve already read a book. An Echo of Things to Come was one of my most highly anticipated sequels of the year, but unfortunately it didn’t strike the same resonance with me as the first installment.

While the characters are for the most part, those we know a
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James Islington was born and raised in southern Victoria, Australia. His influences growing up were the stories of Raymond E. Feist and Robert Jordan, but it wasn't until later, when he read Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn series - followed soon after by Patrick Rothfuss' Name of the Wind - that he was finally inspired to sit down and write something of his own. He now lives with his wife and daughte ...more

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The Licanius Trilogy (3 books)
  • The Shadow of What Was Lost (The Licanius Trilogy, #1)
  • The Light of All That Falls (The Licanius Trilogy, #3)
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