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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 suffer
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Kindle Edition, 960 pages
Published February 26th 2019 by Saga Press
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Petrik
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 Bla
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Jody
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 i
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Kaitlin
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I went straight from book 1 of this series into the second and I was pleasently surprised to find that the second one is even more ambitious and exciting than the first. Whereas the first feels like it's an introduction to the world and the characters, this one is really just the continuation of all of their adventures and I have to say it's got a LOT happening!

TRIGGER WARNINGS: Rape, Gore, Death, Mutilation, Murder, Violence and a whole lot more...It's basically one of the darker fantasy books
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Choko
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, fantasy-grim
*** 4.75 ***

This one was soooo much better than the first! It was exciting and addictive! The style of writing has improved leaps and bounds! I have nothing but praise for this book and this up and coming young author! The only problem - the next book is not yet!!! I would go nuts waiting for it!!! Strongly recommend it to all fans of Epic Fantasy!!!
Laura McLain
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2018
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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Selina
May 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
There it comes: my highlight of 2020!
I had very high expectations for this book and Brian Lee Durfee managed to EXCEED them.
"The Blackest Heart" is the most dark-brutal-and-epic fantasy book I have read for a very long time ... maybe since Game of Thrones.
Almost 1000 pages of an epical composition of brutal force, dangerous intrigue, tricky manipulation, terrible fates and compelling characters, all wrapped up in a complex story.
If there is one thing to say about this epic beast, it is: It won't
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B
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Read this book right now!

Have you been looking for that deep, rich, adult epic fantasy series to quench your post Malazan, post-Wheel of Time, post-Game of Thrones fire? If so, look no further than ‘The Five Warrior Angels’ series by Brian Lee Durfee.

Two books in, with The Blackest Heart, and the trajectory is through the roof: a multifaceted tail of multiple perspectives - complete with a revisitation of some (Nail, Tala, etc) from book 1, as well as new ones (Stefan, Bishop Goodwyn) this mammo
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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
Liz
Aug 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Insane how epic and good a book can be. Pure awesome on every page... Will gather thoughts for a longer review to come :)
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.
Charles Bronson
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
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Noah
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Finally got around to reading this amazing sequel and boy I was not disappointed in the slightest. This book is a great continuation of the first with all the same twists, turns, and gore. Again if you’re thinking of reading this series be warned that there are very dark and graphic subjects within these books. I felt that Blackest Heart was way darker than Forgetting Moon (that was a joke....hehe).

Still this book was great, the twists and constant mystery of all these religious prophecies jus
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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 treasure. An
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Koeur
Oct 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Rating: 4.0/5

Review:  

The Good: This installment really picks up the pace in the form of a quest. Finally an author embracing a vehicle that not only expands characterization but the world building as well. The forays to find the weapons are as inventive in design as the traps are intricate and surprising.. Liz Hen nearly dies yet somehow is written deep into the story line to never go away.

The bad: Everyone is just da best swordsman/woman in like forever. They all move faster than the eye can s
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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
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Nick
Jun 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holy moly, this is the best book I have read in years. I had such a hard time putting this book down, despite its massive physical weight. Seriously, it is absolutely riveting. The first book set up a ton of events, and (unlike many fantasy series where story threads just grow exponentially and never seem to finish) they actually start to happen - fast - in this book.

Some of my favorite characters may or may not have made it through to the end. I can also neither confirm nor deny who the "actual
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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
Crystal
Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Simply amazing continuation of the story. This story picks up right where the first book left off. The characters continue to amaze me and make me love the story and them more. Highly recommend this series
Angela Sandford
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Absolutely mind blowing! Can’t wait for the next book! 👍🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Brock Perry
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.75/5.00
This is really good.
It's odd that this series still seems to be lacking the attention it deserves.
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
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James
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
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Erica Anderson
I highly recommend the audiobook, narrated by the always excellent Tim Gerard Reynolds.

First, there's no way to understand what's going on without reading the first book, The Forgetting Moon. So if you haven't, go back and start there. Second, this is fantasy in which religion plays a major role, so steer clear if that's not your thing. Third, violence. Yep. Lots.

If you're still reading this review, then you can expect a truly complex world of warring islands, with adherents to three different
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Mike
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
More blood soaked greatness.
James
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
claire
May 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: high-fantasy
A great sequel to The Forgetting Moon.

Plot: Aeros, the Angel Prince, continues his crusade to take over the Five Isles in Gul Kana. The Gul Kana court at Amadon has fallen into cruelty and secrets. Nail and his Company of Nine quest to find the two Weapons of Laijon Shawcroft hid long ago.

Characters: Some characters that were minor in the first installment get more POV time in this one and the major characters get more in depth development. Standouts below.
Nail- Orphan. Shawcroft's ward. May
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Joey Stettnisch
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was wrapped up much better than the first book. Really friggin good, really really dark.
HassanTheAthenian
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Finally, a battle! Questions. Questions. More questions. Ah well. I feel like the characters didn't... grow much. At least some questions were answered. But more answers are needed now. I will gladly read the next book for them.
Daniel Robson
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
5 stars because Beer Mug is the best dog ever. But all seriously, this is probably the best book i have res in 2020, and easily in my top 5 books of all time. The problem is the waiting game for the third one,and I can be quite impatience
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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 Grand
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