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The Forgetting Moon

(The Five Warrior Angels #1)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  519 ratings  ·  112 reviews
A royal family in chaos, a country under attack, a prophecy of lies. Magic, betrayal and epic battles

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.

Kindle Edition, 752 pages
Published January 22nd 2018 by Canelo Adventure (first published August 30th 2016)
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Brian Durfee What Greg Hersom said. 5 books planned with the titles he has listed (good research btw). And I've set a goal for each book to be 55 chapters long (I…moreWhat Greg Hersom said. 5 books planned with the titles he has listed (good research btw). And I've set a goal for each book to be 55 chapters long (I myself am interested to see if I can keep that goal). 55 chapters will keep each book about 250,000 words...for comparison the first Game of Thrones was 270,000 words. EDIT:::::::::actually book 2 The Blackest Heart ended up being 70 chapters so my plan gut tossed out the window!!!! :)(less)
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Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Epic fantasy fans
Review copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

4.5/5 stars

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
Brian Durfee
Jan 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Hey everyone, please LIKE this review. I'll be using it to post all the 'official editorial reviews' I find, plus links to new & interesting things about the book and series. And for those of you who have already read the book and left a rating...thank you so much! Knowing that people around the world are reading it is a dream come true!

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
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! Definitely one of the best epic fantasy books I have read in a long time. Characters, world building, and overall atmosphere of the story is fantastic. The pace was a bit slow in places, and there is a lot of info to digest. But it is definitely worth every minute put in.

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
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, netgalley
A genuine question: how do you review 752 pages of pure remarkable because I know not!? Haaaalp!

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
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rating: ★★★★★


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
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this one up on audiobook when a fellow reviewer, Petrik (see his review HERE) gave it a really great score and said anyone who loved fantasy a lot should try it. Now, having read it, I can see why he gave it such a glowing review and I have to admit that whilst it's a chunky tome it's one with a lot of the good old fun tropes I enjoy, and some more modern twists (e.g. not all the women are just damsels in distress - YAY).

This is the story of the Five Isles and the final place which rema
Kimberly Souza
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: master-booklist
”The forgetting moon” by, Brian Lee Durfee

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:

*Kick-ass warriors
*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
Laura (Madsen) McLain
Mr. Durfee has said that his literary inspirations are Stephen King and George R.R. Martin. Both influences can be seen in THE FORGETTING MOON. Martin’s inspiration leads to a sweeping, epic fantasy tale that spans a thousand years and five continents, while King’s inspiration leads to evil twists, treachery, supernatural influence, and gore. Lots of gore.

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
Stefan Bach
The Forgetting Moon is Brian Lee Durfee’s first novel in Five Warrior Angels series.
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,
CeCe Brown
Jul 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just finished a pre-review copy. Close to 800 pages in 3 days. It flew by. A perfect blend of grimdark and epic fantasy.

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
Kitvaria Sarene
This is one EPIC book. As in a tome big enough to use as a doorstopper, plenty of characters and POVs and a world that gets bigger the farther you get into the book. There's some of the good old standard tropes in there - but in a way that felt comfortable to me, not annoying or boring. For me it felt like a mix of the old traditional epics with a dash of grimdark and some modern twists.

I was well entertained all the way through, even though a few things felt over the top unrealistic to me, and
Bob Craghead
Aug 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In one intricate woven tapestry of amazing talent, Brian Lee Durfee in his brilliantly written debut novel “The Forgetting Moon” joins the likes of great writers: George R. R. Martin, Stephen King, David Eddings, Robert Jordan, Orson Scott Card, Neil Gaiman and even the Godfather of Epic Fantasy J. R. R. Tolkien himself, and stands shoulder to shoulder with each of them. I was blown away by this book. I was humbled by his talent. I was captivated by his words. I was mesmerized and deeply drawn i ...more
Dallas Ray
Jul 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book. I can not wait for the following books to come out.

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
Aug 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever picked up a book and just loved it? So much so that you despaired the closer and closer you get to reaching the end? That is how I felt with this novel. I honestly can't wait for the second installment to this story.
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
Nov 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Probably one of the best debuts i have ever read. This book is pretty close to pure perfection. I can barely wait till book 2 comes out. The story sucks you right in and you can't put it down even if your life depended on it. Usually when a book has an awesome cover it's a good indication the book will be just as awesome and it sure as hell is in this case. #teamDurfee
Greg (adds 2 TBR list daily) Hersom
4.5 -stars

This was an excellent debut book and great start to a new Epic fantasy series.

I've been too busy to take time to do a proper review, but I'll try to get one out soon
Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this book restored my faith in epic fantasy! amazing story
Oct 07, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'll add a rating later because I really hate giving debuts 1 star when they have few ratings, but this was Bad. *rolls gaze heavenward*

**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
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the most impressive start to a series I have had the pleasure to read. The author has created a rich, detailed and fascinating world that feels authentic. The characters were all intriguing which is very difficult to do with rotating p.o.v. books.

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
Aug 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a must read for any Epic Fantasy reader!
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
I'd lean towards 3.5 stars. Big, epic, large, and full of grimark. Did I mention vast? Durfee's novel is pretty damned ambitious, full review to come at
Reggie Kray
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Now THIS is glorious epic fantasy. Fucking eh! Great job Brian! Now on to the prodigious volume 2.....
Alexander Sedge
Dec 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Starting with the bad first, because it's mostly good: this book feels very traditional-fantasy, especially early on. An old knight saves an infant from assassins. That infant, now grown, learns to fight with a sword. We flip over to a castle, where the young king isn't as good as his father was. Someone eats a bowl of stew.

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
Trey Weller
Jan 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An exceptionally promising debut.

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
Dec 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Up front: I received an early copy of the book for review. I also know the author personally before he became said author.

That said...

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
Oct 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't believe i have to wait till summer of 2018 to continue this story. It's amazing. Might just be in my top five fantasy novels.
Austine (NovelKnight)
Fans of the traditional epic fantasy akin to Tolkien and George R.R. Martin, fear not! I have a new book for you. The Forgetting Moon is exactly the kind of sweeping fantasy that we all know and love and this book is a monster (like it's REALLY long) so plenty to keep you busy.

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
Cisco Estrada
The Forgetting Moon, the first book in the Five Warrior Angels series, has been one of those books that I had on my TBR since it came out. I tried reading this book twice, only to give up due to the prose being a bit too thick with information for my tastes. However, when the audiobook came out, I decided to give it another go. Tim Gerald Reynolds is a fantastic narrator and I quickly found myself getting into what was presented throughout the novel.

Starting a new series, especially one in the e
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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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