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The Blackest Heart

(The Five Warrior Angels #2)

4.49  ·  Rating details ·  69 ratings  ·  17 reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 960 pages
Published February 26th 2019 by Saga Press
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Apr 29, 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.

I'm absolutely stunned by this 960 pages marvel.

Seriously, The Forgetting Moon was awesome already, but The Blackest Heart triumphed over its predecessor in every possible way. I don’t even have words to express how grateful I am that the author sent me these two books, which weren’t even on my radar, to review; it’s truly serendipitous that I found a new ongoing favorite series because of it.

Picture: My signed copy of The Black
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Love of god is not always equal to the love of good."
- The Angel Stone Codex

The Blackest Heart is another amazing installment in Brian Lee Durfee's The Five Warrior Angels series. I wasn't sure it could be done, but he has managed to surpass the greatness of the first book, which is also a stunning read. How did he do this you ask? Well, Durfee writes with a passion and unpredictability that I have rarely experienced. There are so many fantasy writers out there now, that I'm sure it's hard
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
Ramona Wray
May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: awesome-reads
Oh, man, what wouldn't I give for a peek at Mr. Durfee's storyboard! :D It should be a thing to behold... Well, I already read the second book too, so - in as few words as possible - it's ambitious, large, and multi-layered. Slightly derivative, but what isn't nowadays. I'm excited for the next installment, that's for sure.
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
Reggie Kray
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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?
Trey Weller
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
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
CeCe Brown
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Kimberly Souza
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Robert Thompson
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is a bleak, gory, skin crawling odyssey through, eerie woods, claustrophobic ice tunnels, shark and mermaid infested waters and sacrificial places. Filled end to end with lies, rape, infanticide, regicide, patricide, misogyny, torture, addiction, rapine and bloody murder.

The Blackest Heart is either an apt description of the thought processes of the writer/characters moving the plot along or the feeling I now have, after being subjected to those machinations. I hardly know what to thin
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I liked the second installment of this story. Solid character development and there was a lot more distinguishing characteristics when it came to the main players. I am looking forward to the next book
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
More blood soaked greatness.
Brian Durfee
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aria Nocturne
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Finished Blackest Heart, it was better than book 1 but still a bit of a slog because at the beginning of each chapter or scene he feels the need to do a recap of shit that happened just previously. As if we already forgot, also describes the armor and appearance of each person pretty much every time they come into a scene which is entirely unnecessary. It's the same damn armor that dude has been wearing the entire fucking time, for 2 books now. If I wasn't near 2,000 pages into this storyline (w ...more
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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)
  • The Forgetting Moon (The Five Warrior Angels, #1)