The Forgetting Moon
War has come to the Five Isles. A merciless host driven by the Angel Prince, Aeros, has its sights on the unconquered kingdom of Gul Kana.
Its ruling family are fractured. The newly crowned king reigns in paranoid isolation, and his two sisters have troubles of their own....more
A severely underrated epic fantasy debut.
The Forgetting Moon is Brian Lee Durfee’s debut and it has been published for almost three years now. Honestly, it’s quite sinful that this book has less than 500 ratings at the moment; not only this is THE biggest fantasy debut I’ve ever read so far, The Forgetting Moon is also one of the strongest beginnings to an epic fantasy series I’ve come across. I’m truly flabbergasted ...more
BARNES & NOBLE calls The Forgetting Moon one of the best 2016 summer reads: "Durfee pays homage to hard-hitting, heavy-metal fantasies of the ’80s, but l ...more
There is a large cast of characters, so be ready to use your noggin when trying to keep up with them. They are each and everyone well fleshed out and it is easy to tell Durfee put a lot of time into each characters persona ...more
The Forgetting Moon is truly one of the most satisfying fantasy books I, personally, have read. It was by no means an easy read because I highlighted more passages than I ever have before- so detailed and fully formed out was the worldbuilding and its intrigues that I had to use my brain. Turns out, it enjoyed being used again! 😀 It was like receiving the whole of civilization in a perfectly bundled 7 ...more
A massive army on the brink of conquest looms large in a world where prophecies are lies, magic is believed in but never seen, and hope is where you least expect to find it.
Welcome to the Five Isles, where war has come in the name of the invading army of Sør Sevier, a merciless host driven by the prophetic fervor of the Angel Prince, Aeros, toward the last unconquered kingdom of Gul Kana. Yet Gault, one of the elite Knights Archaic of Sør Sevier, is growing disillusioned by ...more
This is the story of the Five Isles and the final place which rema ...more
I’m just gonna get right into it and say that I loved, loved, loved this book!!! Okay, in “The forgetting moon” you will get the following:
*Bloodwood assassins (scary as hell!)
*Oghuls (Gross and strange)
*Dwarves (Who doesn’t love them?)
*The Valle (Elves & great fighters)
*Mermaids (Seriously…Flesh-eating, creepy, baby mermaids).
*Evil and corrupt kings.
*Dragons (maybe…?? Please!!)
*Enchanted stones and weapons.
*Castles with secret pas ...more
It has been nearly a thousand years since the death and supposed ascendency to heaven of Laijon, King of Slaves, one of five legendary Warrior ...more
I think I have much of yet to read and learn about heavy metal epic fantasy of ‘80s in order to appreciate this tremendous effort Brian made writing this book. So because of my lack of knowledge or experience - overall enjoyment while reading it - eluded me.
This book is great. In scope, mind you. In its immensely detailed worldbuilding and in its overwhelmingly, but sometimes even suffocating, deep history, ...more
I will start by saying this novel was targeted at me. The Forgetting Moon is that, chuck full of all the things I love: ancient prophecy, orphaned village boy, knights, dueling religions, quests for magic weapons, adventures in secret dungeons, assassins hiding in castle walls, cloaked riders on dark horses, plucky young princesses trying to upset the male dominated pseudo-Eur ...more
I was well entertained all the way through, even though a few things felt over the top unrealistic to me, and ...more
This book is not for the faint of heart or young reader. But not over the top. But then again my reality may be a bit skewed from what others may see as appropriate.
Durfee does a great job building the characters and the description of of the surroundings they are in. You can imagine the cold, the rain and sleet, the fear, all of it.
It is a fast paced book that will keep you on your toes and lusting for more. I could not put ...more
I was very lucky to be given a chance to thumb through an advanced readers copy. I'm a long time fan of epic fantasy and have been reading such for over 40 years. Brian Durfee's debut novel really fed my addiction for the genre. I enjoyed the gritty realism and adult ...more
**Finally adding a longer-ish review.
Thought it was pretty poorly written, terrible female POVs, tons of tropes ....but none of them flipped in any new exciting way? Female villain was a joke. Lots of really needless/out of place sexualized description in female POV chapters. World-building was same old same old vaguely medieval European shit-for-women setting ...more
I like how Durfee does homage to the fantasy genre (conquering lord, elves, orcs, dwarfs though they may have different names) but the novel still feels fresh. The tone of the book reminds me most of A Song of Ice and Fire, but I thought this boo ...more
A great story with many twists. Prophecies, assassinations, power struggles and puzzles. It is a coming of age story (Eddings, John Gwynne, Robert Jordan etc,) but the story keeps you wanting more. This is just what I needed! Most fantasy published today is alternate universe, Dark Fantasy, paranormal, wizards, witches and demonhunters etc. I guess that's what sells? I like Butcher's Dresden, but I was raised on Tolkien and the before mention ...more
The thing is, this is heavy metal fantasy. The old man saves an infant... FROM CULTIST ASSASSINS, WHO RIDE ON BLACKENED STEEDS WITH EYES OF BLOOD, UPON A CRACKING GLACIER, IC ...more
Stop me if you've heard this one before. Nail, an orphan boy of mysterious parentage, is raised by a distant male guardian in a small village. When his home is attacked, he is forced on the run, and he discovers he is at the center of matters of epic importance.
I kid, I kid. But the point I'm trying to get at is that Brian Lee Durfee is building his planned five book saga The Five Warrior Angels upon the firmest roots of the fantasy genre. But what he does with t ...more
A brilliant entry into the world of fantasy, The Forgetting Moon blends the expected and the unique in a journey that all should take. Dark and gritty yet lined with the gleam of hope, an adventure that kept me coming back for more.
Now, what I am about to say doesn't come lightly. It might be my highest praise of quality epic fantasy. But I say it none the less ...more
I think what I loved most about this book is that it takes all those fantasy tropes that we love to hate (or maybe you love them, I don't know) and throws them all in together to create exactly what you would expect if you ...more
Starting a new series, especially one in the e ...more
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 ...more