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An Echo of Things to Come

(The Licanius Trilogy #2)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  15,322 ratings  ·  1,003 reviews
"Love The Wheel of Time? This is about to become your new favorite series." - B&N SF & Fantasy Blog

Davian has won a victory for the Augurs, but treachery surrounds him and his allies on all sides in the second book of the acclaimed Licanus Trilogy, in which "fans of Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson will find much to admire." (The Guardian)

Following a devastating attack,
Paperback, 784 pages
Published June 12th 2018 by Orbit (first published August 24th 2017)
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Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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An engaging, ambitious, and mind-blowing sequel filled with pivotal revelations; this series is on its way to becoming one of my favorite series of all time.

First of all, there’s a summary of what happened in the previous book, and there’s a useful glossary of characters and in-world terminologies at the end of the book. An Echo of Things to Come is the second book in The Licanius Trilogy by James Islington, and this
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 Tivendale
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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“The people with whom we are friends should never affect our morality;rather, our morality should affect with whom we are friends.”

The Shadow of What Was Lost ★★★★
An Echo of Things to Come ★★★★ 1/4

I read The first book early in 2020 and the second book later toward the end of the year and I kind of regret that decision. I did understand most of book 2 and I thought it was even better than book 1 but there were a lot of small det
Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
2020 Reread update: Even better the second time around! And that Epilogue... omg. Updated RTC.

[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 i
Dec 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was supposed to BR this book with Hamad but unfortunately, 2020 decided it still has a few of its special surprises for me. I ended up reading it weeks later.

Spoiler-free (short) review even for the first book (I will only mention the characters’ names).

This book picks a short time after the ending of The Shadow of What Was Lost but unlike the first book, each character has their own “mission” this time. While I found the first fast-paced and addicting, this one was more complex and demanded m
Deborah Obida

‘The people with whom we are friends should never affect our morality; rather, our morality should affect with whom we are friends.’”

This series just gets better with each book, I thought this book will have the usual middle book syndrome, but I was wrong, this is so much better than the first book. While the first book focussed on introducing the reader to the world, characters and plot, this one used that build up and just continued the story. There were no unnecessary repetitions of thing
TS Chan
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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An Echo Of Things To Come is an incredible sequel that keeps you invested in the characters, building the story with stunning revelations until you're sitting there staring at the last page disbelievingly, and desperate for the next and final book.

I sympathise with those who read An Echo of Things to Come way before the arrival of the concluding volume. I couldn't have imagine what it felt like to have to wait two years after an ending like that.  My review could only offer fairly broad strokes
Stefan Bach
“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 hist
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
May 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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*** 4.75 ***

Wow! My goodness! This series is getting better and better! I don't have the time to review right now, but I am completely invested in this story, and the world is getting more complete and easy to imagine. I am going to have a hard time not jumping straight into the next book, but I will find some remnant of willpower and stick with the schedule...

The direction we are going to - AWESOME 👍😃
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
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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  ·  review of another edition
* 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
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.
Robin (Bridge Four)
James Islington has grown as a writer from his first book The Licanius Trilogy. I thought that perhaps this was not going to live up to my enjoyment level of the first book and was pleasantly surprised that it not only was as good as The Shadow of What Was Lost, but surpassed it. An Echo of Things to Come takes what we learned in the prior book and builds on it in interesting ways. Sometimes what you think you know/believe is so wrong it destroys you when you learn the truth.
“The lesser
Mar 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Another enthralling installment in this trilogy that is quickly becoming one of my favorites. If the finale can live up to these books, this could make my top 10 favorite series of all time....possibly top 5. If you're a fantasy fan, you have to get your hands on this trilogy. Like NOW!

Actual Rating: 5 stars *****
Mayim de Vries
“For all you have lost, you have not learned!”

Mr Islington posited himself between the future reveals and the past blank spots that piqued reader’s curiosity. Unfortunately, by doing so he set a perfect trap for this book because given the intriguing mysteries of what was and what is to come, who cares about the mundane now?

I was very grateful that the book starts with a summary of what happened in book one. The story is both dense and complex and so this recapitulation was helpful, especially t
Krista Hansen
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jim Robinson
Feb 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Another 5* beauty from James Islington

An Echo of Things to Come took the great story laid out for us in The Shadow of What Was Lost and really notched up the stakes about 10 fold. Characters now know who they are, or at least what they are potentially capable of, and the end game starts to take shape. Thousands of year old planning and arc revelations start trickling through as the staggering breadth of what Islington has built here starts to take shape.

Can we pause on that for a second? The Wo
May 03, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
That was one hell of a slog. I was bored for 90% of this book and considering that it's 750 pages (or 26.5 hours for the audiobook), that's a lot of time to spend fighting to pay attention. What the first book did well, in my opinion, was create interesting characters and put them in an interesting world that was filled with a healthy dose of mysteries where things actually happened. This sequel, however, focused way too much on the mystery aspect, so much so that everything else seemed to take ...more
Maja Ingrid
Sep 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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LMAO this reread took waaaayyyy longer than I thought. My plan was to have the reread and the third book done by mid-to-end of august and here we are at the second half of September. Just this one took over a month to read, while it should have taken a week (first read of it took 4 days). Life got in the way.

Not gonna write the review I had hoped to write for it, since I didn't write one last time either. Will try to get a proper one up for book three *fingers crossed*
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
Jes Reads
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Michael Sliter
Dec 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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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
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An echo of things to come is the sequel of the amazing first entry of the licanius trilogy and what can I say except it totally lived up to my expectations as I thought it will be.
James Islington is an exceptional writer and while his writing reminded me again of the stormlight archives books I think nonetheless he has an unique voice to spin his own story. And what story I ate the half of the book in two days because this story is really enthralling and James Islington proved his skill to manip
GrilledCheeseSamurai (Scott)
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I gave the first book 4 stars (I really enjoyed it) but this one is getting the full 5. It's a fantasy in a very Wheel of Time kinda way - but more like if all the characters in Wheel of Time were X-Men or part of the Justice League.

Pretty badass.

Everything that the first book had this one had...but tighter. The plot developed and fleshed the world out more and the characters, while still the same people from the beginning, have grown and changed considerably.

And the ending! WTF is goin
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Actual Ratings:- 4.5 ⭐

This book was nothing short of amazing! This has everything that makes a good fantasy book. Interesting characters, a cool/unique magic system, and a plot that drags you in and immerses such that you feel you're in living in their world. I found myself constantly referring back to book 1 to help clarify a few things and in doing so I realized just how complex, but in a very satisfying way, this story has been so far. I'm eagerly awaiting the next and final installment in th
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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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