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A Plague of Giants

(The Seven Kennings #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  5,063 ratings  ·  885 reviews
Tallynd is a soldier who has already survived her toughest battle: losing her husband. But now she finds herself on the front lines of an invasion of giants, intent on wiping out the entire kingdom, including Tallynd's two sons—all that she has left. The stakes have never been higher. If Tallynd fails, her boys may never become men.
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ebook, 624 pages
Published October 3rd 2017 by Del Rey Books
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I thought this book was really good. And you know I'm going to say it: I was confused here and there but it's all okay because it's high fantasy and my tiny brain doesn't compute all things.

I loved the idea of the tidal mariner's, although I don't think I would want to be one because of certain reasons you can read about in the book.

There be giants! Where did they come from? They are ravaging everything, at least the giants that are not killed quickly by other magical beings.

There are multipl
Mogsy (MMOGC)
2 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2017/10/17/...

Of all the things I expected to feel when I picked up Kevin Hearne’s new epic fantasy, boredom was not one of them. Unfortunately though, there it was, creeping up on me despite my immense efforts to give this book a chance. It actually pains me to admit this, because I love Hearne and he’s an awesomely funny guy who normally writes great stories, but as much as I tried and tried to like this, something about A Plague of G
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very cool.

Urban fantasy master Kevin Hearne demonstrates that he can do High Fantasy too.

Fans of Hearne’s fabulously well to do urban fantasy Iron Druid series featuring his 2,000-year-old Celtic druid Atticus O’Sullivan and his wise cracking hound Oberon will want to read this adventure set in a new universe of Hearne’s making.

Truth be told, Hearne’s world building is the real treat here. Told in a bard fashion, with our narrator’s ability to take on the illusory guise of any character to bette
Dec 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm actually rather impressed by the first Seven Kennings novel and I'm certain I'm going to be anxious to read the rest... but why?

That's pretty easy, actually. Seven nations and several races of giants and regular humans trying to get along in a pretty close approximation of Vikings and Druids, with light magic, no gods, and many peoples just trying to do their damn best with the whole survival thing and understanding their world.

We get PoVs from the peoples of both the Giants and the Humans
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
Told in the style most recently popularised by Rothfuss, but harking back to Homer, these stories, performed by a bard to an audience harrowed by war, are impactful and moving. In focusing on a range of individuals relating their own experiences, the book allows the forward movement of the plot to be gradually parcelled out, each story adding to the developing knowledge of both the reader and the audience, while fleshing out elements of this new-to-us world. Instead of the broad mechanics of war ...more
Montzalee Wittmann
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
A Plague of Giants (Seven Kennings #1) by Kevin Hearne is a book I requested from NetGalley and the review is voluntary. I adore Hearne's Druid series! I couldn't wait to read this but it is nothing like what I was expecting. It started out with about ten characters each telling something in their own chapter apiece, then a kind of summary chapter putting some of this together. Then another round of several characters each having their own chapters then a summary chapter and repeating. Lots of s ...more
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am giving this book four stars not five but only because it did not have that wow factor to capture me right from the start. It was a long and detailed book which grew on me slowly and of course by the end I was totally engrossed - just when it finished!!! And now I have that long wait until the next one:(

I very much enjoyed the way the author told the story using a Bard who told a little bit of it every night to crowds of townspeople. Each chapter was in the POV of one of the many characters
Scott  Hitchcock

This started out good and I had high hopes for it. The world itself is vast and well thought out. The magic system interesting and with great potential. From there we start with the issues.

The characters don't stand out at all. I had zero connection to any of them and most were indistinct. I think in trying to be so epic Hearne spread things too thin. Without that identity of character it made the story seem as if it was being told by distracted bystanders or even secondhand.

For me, with
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I ended up really enjoying this book. I have had the book for a while but was a bit intimidated by its size. Since I am spending almost all of my time at home with the current health crisis, I decided that this was the perfect time to finally tackle this story. This is a very different book than Kevin Hearne's Iron Druid Chronicles and I enjoyed seeing him take on high fantasy. It did feel like a very dense story and I felt like it t
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
A Plague of Characters.

Very wordy beginning. 10% into this I am utterly uninterested in the story telling part. Some bits are nicely done, but I would quite like to have some plot. I had looked forward to something similar to his Druid Chronicles, but with a classic fantasy setting. This is not it.

At 18% I am calling it a day. Probably the most boring war I had every the misfortune to read about. Maybe because there was no war, just a never ending row of interchangeable, flat characters, introd
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Hearne writes a complex and masterfully detailed plot of a world where you risk your life to gain magic and you use your life up to use it. Diverse and original, with intense world building, A Plague of Giants is definitely one of a kind read.

I loved how the storyteller took the form of each character transferring the dictation to a semi- “first-person” point of view. I loved the entire concept but in the end, I struggled with this one. 3.5 stars for me.

It took me a while to find myself intrigu
Mar 21, 2018 added it
Shelves: dnf
DNF @25% which is about 156 pages considering this is 624 pages long.

I LOVE The Iron Druid Chronicles and I eagerly await each new installment, but this book suffered from too many POVs each with a different world. I counted seven just in the amount of pages I've read. It bogged the plot down, made it difficult to focus or become invested in any one character, because just as you'd were getting to "know" the character and world it would jump back into the present and then onto another POV.

Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
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The story is told to the population of Pelemyn by Fintan the bard as the refugees from effected areas of giant attacks come seeking shelter. Every day he stands on a stage and uses his kenning (magic) to project his voice and alter his appearance to match that of the people whose stories he is telling. In between his stage-time the book is from the POV of the scholar Dervan who is transcribing the story being told
The Tattooed Book Geek (Drew).
As always this review can also be found on my blog The Tattooed Book Geek: https://thetattooedbookgeek.wordpress...

I received a free copy of this book courtesy of the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Now this right here, this is the good stuff!👌

After the invasion by the Eculans (the bone giants) and set in the aftermath of the subsequent Giants’ War the stories told in A Plague of Giants are recounted over a number of days (19) by one man, Fintan, the Raelech bard. Fintan can use his k
GrilledCheeseSamurai (Scott)
*Edit 2020*

I'm adjusting my rating. As you can see below I gave this 4 stars originally and even said I wanted to give it 3.5. I've now switched it to 5 STARS. Why the rating change? Did I re-read it and enjoy it more the 2nd time? Did I meet the author and enjoy him so much that I felt guilty? No. I haven't re-read and I've had no interaction with the author. The truth is, all through 2018 and 2019 I HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO STOP THINKING ABOUT THIS BOOK. It's been in the back of my head for 2 ye
DNF @ 54%

After the nth time the narrative shifted to a new person and I struggled to remember who this person was and why I should care about them, I had an epiphany.

I don't care about any of them.

And I certainly don't want to read the other half of this huge chunkster, let alone however many more of these there's going to be.
Mike (the Paladin)
Well, crap.
I'll not lean on this a lot. I am really, really disappointed. This book was written by Kevin Hearne the writer of the Iron Druid Urban Fantasy series. Now I don't care for those, not because I didn't like the writing but because I simply didn't like the character. I tried 2 or 3 of them (i frankly can't recall) and then laid them aside. Then I saw this and the synopsis sounded interesting.

AND the book opened in a promising way. I even told a friend here I thought I'd found a good new
The Shayne-Train
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
A thrilling and completely original beginning to a new epic fantasy series!

What can I say about this book? I devoured it. It was making me come back to work from breaks and lunches late. It was making my family have to say my name four or five times to make me look up. It was making me dread when the book ended.

And now, the book has ended. (Cue 'sad trombone' sound)

Told in an addictingly engaging way as a serialized bardish tale, this novel hits all the right notes. The world-building is beautif
Lezlie The Nerdy Narrative
Jul 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
If you love fantasy, you will love this book. I finished it this morning and immediately filmed a dedicated review video that can be watched here: https://youtu.be/oRDMcRDL_6U

In a nutshell:

Interesting way to have a multi-POV story - the characters' stories are told by a bard

We have one set of known giants invading and one set of giants called the Bone Giants that have never been seen before invading ALL over

Magic - the different races of people each have a special magic that is partial to where
Tom Mathews
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Starting with a shameless plug: At this writing, Goodreads just opened up voting on its Goodreads Choice best books of the year award. Their exclusion of A Plague of Giants as a candidate for Best Fantasy is an egregious oversight on their part. This book definitely belongs in the running. Thank the Goddess Kaelin that they allow write-in votes.

Kevin Hearne, best known for his Iron Druid series featuring Atticus O’Sullivan, has decided to take a hiatus from urban fantasy and tackle the world of
Julia Sarene
While I love Hearne's Iron Druid Chronicles, this one somehow didn't work nearly as great for me.
For the actual book I'm giving 3,5 stars, for the audible version 2,5.

The story is interesting, but while with Kingkiller chronicles the idea of the story being told after it all happened worked well for me - with this book it didn't... It somehow lost suspense, and the jumps between now and the telling of what was before didn't feel as smooth. I don't like songs/poems in books much, and the one's in
Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars.

An enjoyable fantasy. It took me about 180ish pages to really start caring about the characters though, but once I did it made a lot of difference. It is very character driven so if you are not invested in what happens to them I'm not sure the plot is enough to keep a person reading. However I did care and I had tears in my eyes on several occasions.

My only regret is that book two isn't available so that I can continue with the story straight away.

The Nerd Book Review
So first off the usual. I will be reviewing this book for the podcast here shortly so here’s a short review. Quick recap of the plot. A mysterious race of giants invades the “known” continent and begins wiping out cities. Meanwhile a known race of Giants has their island wiped out by a volcano so their refugees invade another country in order to begin rebuilding. This is a story about how the non-giant races attempt to repel these invasions. This is mostly attempted with magic since giants have ...more
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
This was epic in scope and ambition but it didnt work for me. Too many characters and places and names that overwhelmed me whilst reading. The plot was a solid standard fantasy, magical deitys or kennings which were different from each nation. However, its the characters and writing style that didnt work. The characters never really appealed to me. I also felt like as each tale was being told in 1st person it was hard to really distinguish any sense of change from character to character.

The ide
Jun 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For fans of the Iron Druid series be forewarned the Seven Kennings series is pure fantasy, and the world is complex. While the writing style is different, I would recognize this as Hearne's work. He has an ease of storytelling that is ever present.  Expect multiple POVS, although a great deal is shared through the bard, along with singing. The timeline itself goes from present to past as different voices share battles and tales.

Fintan, Bard of the Poet Goddess Kaelin, gathers folks in the town a
Dec 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is very much an epic fantasy book. It spans the six nations of Teldwen,and has a very interesting magic system. It starts in a city where there are thousands of refugees from a war where they have been invaded by Giants. A bard takes to a stage and begins to tell the story of how the war began. He can take on the likeness of different people and so he tells the story from the point of view from about 11 different characters. Some are very important,such as leaders of the diiferent countries ...more
Judy Lesley
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, series
I received this book through the Amazon Vine Voices Program and Del Rey.

I liked this book enough to give it a four star rating, but not enough to continue on with the series when the second book is released. One of the problems I have had with the Iron Druid series was that there were so many different points of view in each novel that it was sometimes hard to keep track of where I was supposed to be and with whom. This first book in the Seven Kennings series has that same issue in spades. There
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Full review is here, on my blog.

This story was told in a really, really interesting way. Similar to The Kingkiller Chronicles in a way, this story is told by a bard, but instead of telling his own story, he tells the stories of others to create one giant (#sorrynotsorry) narrative about a series of events. He tells the story not only of the characters but as the characters night by night. I really liked that. It was told in the first person, but actually told secondhand by someone with perfect m
Alex Andrasik
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
This is a review of an advanced reader copy I received via Edelweiss.

Had to give up 50% through this one, as I'm just not getting into it. Which sucks--I had been looking forward to reading Kevin Hearne. I'll still try his Iron Druid books, but if the writing is similar I may have to abandon those too.

Good ideas here: a continent of several societies, each dedicated to a particular deity, whose particular characteristics shape the culture as well as imparting specific types of powers to the loca
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am a huge fan of Kevin Hearne's Iron Druid series. When I heard he was starting a new high fantasy series, I was so excited! I totally jumped at the chance to get my hands on an advanced reader copy of this book. I cleared my schedule and spent two days just devouring this book.....total binge reading!

Sometimes when a favorite author goes in a totally new direction, it's a hard change. There have been times that I was so engrossed in a series that ended after multiple books that I just needed
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