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The Blackest Heart

(The Five Warrior Angels #2)

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Gladiator. Assassin. Thief. Princess. And the Slave. The Five Warrior Angels have been revealed, one by one the mystical weapons they once wielded are being found, and an ancient prophecy is finally being fulfilled.

Or is it? For when it comes to recorded history, much is intended to manipulate and deceive.

Returning to the kingdom of Gul Kana, Princess Jondralyn has suffere
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Hardcover, 960 pages
Published February 26th 2019 by Saga Press
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Laura (Madsen) McLain
THE BLACKEST HEART is the second novel of a planned five-volume series, “The Five Warrior Angels,” by Brian Lee Durfee. The first volume, THE FORGETTING MOON, was released in 2017.

Many classic fantasy novels and series employ the prophesy trope. Sometimes, as in Robert Jordan’s “The Wheel of Time” series, the prophecy could apply to several characters, and serves to push them along their paths. Other times, like in David Eddings’s “Belgariad” series, there are competing prophecies representing t
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Justin
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I read an advance reader copy of this book. And it is epic. Not just because it belongs to the epic fantasy genre, but because there are so many characters and scenes, and plot-lines even, that are huge and epic. This second installment is even better than the first. Great characters, incredibly well-thought out world, great drama and pathos, and some of the best, bloodiest combat scenes I've ever read. I eagerly await the next installment. And unlike many other writers in this genre, Durfee is ...more
Felix
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dark - Violent & Bloody Brilliant!
I rarely see Durfee mentioned with the likes of Sanderson, Gwynee & Martin etc... His "Five Warrior Angels" series can go toe to toe with any series out there. I read "Forgetting Moon" and enjoyed everything about it. I thought it was by far the best debut of 2016! I pestered Brian relentlessly to please mail me a 'Blackest Heart" ARC.
I opened the mail box and was over joyed by finding a box addressed to me. I tore the box open and found my hidden treas
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CeCe Brown
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was given an ARC by the author for an honest review. I really dug The Forgetting Moon (and I will copy and paste my review of that novel under this review) and I absolutely LOVED The Blackest Heart for all the same reasons and more. 930 some odd pgs and I blew through it in three days, eyes glued to the page, heart in my throat!

Blackest Heart is easily the best second novel in a fantasy series I’ve ever read and likely one of the best fantasy novels ever. Forgetting Moon set things up perfectl
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Trey Weller
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well, that went straight to hell in the best way possible.

First things first: I had a blast with The Forgetting Moon, the first volume of Brian Lee Durfee's Five Warrior Angels series a little over two years ago. It was a big, bold epic fantasy with enjoyable characters and a sprawling world in which I was more than content to wander for a few thousand pages. Sure, Durfee leaned into some of the classic tropes of the genre, but when done well, tropes can be delightful, and he always did so with
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Reggie Kray
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I gave the first volume five stars. Easy. This second one however I found to be better. Much better. Now, how do you rate such a book?
James
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For those new to the series:

The Blackest Heart is the second book in a planned five book series called The Five Warrior Angels by Brian Lee Durfee. The author writes with a style that I think is a combination of the prose, worldbuilding and pacing of Tad Williams with the grit/attitude of Glen Cook. It’s a world that you can really immerse yourself in and offers plenty for fantasy readers. One thing that I enjoy about the series is the mystery of it. There is a mystery of what happened in the pa
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Kimberly Souza
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lee Durfee's "The five warriorBrian angels" series is simply fantastic!! What impresses me so much about this series is its accessibility to all readers. "The blackest heart" is no exception. The word readability always comes to mind when I think of these books. This by no means should be taken to mean that the books are simplistic. They are, in fact quite the opposite. Brian's series is wonderfully intricate, complex, and filled with hidden gems. To me, Brian's characters feel like loved ones, ...more
Johan
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
A truly epic story continues here with high adventure, mysteries aplenty, and truths hidden within lies. A bloody battle culminates the story, while the five weapons of Laijon are wrestled and wrought by their would be wielders.
While the story is enjoyable and a lot happens, plenty of new important information being revealed, my one complaint is that I don't feel closer to an ending than I did after the first book. But then again, this is only the second out of five books.
Brian Durfee
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Great!!
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Brian Lee Durfee is an artist and writer raised in Fairbanks, Alaska, and Monroe, Utah. He has done illustrations for Wizards of the Coast, Tolkien Enterprises, Dungeons & Dragons, Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust (Denali National Park), and many more. His art has been featured in SPECTRUM: Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art #3 and Writers of the Future Vol 9. He won the Arts for the Parks G
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The Five Warrior Angels (2 books)
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