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Fate Lashed

(Ethereal Earth #2)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  294 ratings  ·  48 reviews
Some heroes are born, some are made, and some are willing to fake it for the right pay.

Gabe abandoned life as a conman after the disasters in Lincoln, and he managed to carve out a bit of peace with the scraps he had left. Unfortunately, bad guys suck at respecting personal boundaries. So together with Heather and a group of weird new companions, he finds himself shackled
Kindle Edition, 375 pages
Published February 7th 2019 by Josh Erikson (first published February 2019)
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Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Urban fantasy fans
Review Copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

4.5/5 stars

I’m so exultant that I followed my instinct and took another chance on this urban fantasy series.

It’s been a year since I’ve read Hero Forged, Josh Erikson’s debut and the first book in his Ethereal Earth series. I enjoyed reading the first book, Hero Forged was good, not amazing, but it showed glimpses of the potentials of better things to come for the series. I promised the author back then that I would come back to
Jan 11, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

If Gabe thought getting a God out of his head was going to solve all his problems and let him get back to a normal life, he has another think coming. Magically bulldozing the plans of all kinds of evil people means he’s still on their lists. And not for Christmas cards. If he didn’t have Heather, he’d be running close to empty, and he’s pretty sure that piece of luck might change any day now. After all, why would a succubus be hiding out with a nobody ex-con man? One who might have a v
TS Chan
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of the audiobook from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Josh Erikson does it again with his stellar narration in Fate Lashed, and this time with a faster-paced, action-packed and riveting plotline.

In the previous book, we got the origins story of Gabriel Delling - how he became intertwined with supernatural entities and ended up as a human with the ability to use magic (well, just somewhat at this stage). After losing the evil God from his head and spending time hidin
Queen Terrible Timy
This review was written for my blog, RockStarlit BookAsylum!

Actual rating: 4.5

I've got an ARC copy from Josh Erikson in exchange of an honest review.

"Trust is a funny thing. We just hand it to some people while making others fight for every scrap. Or we might rip it all away for a minor infraction while letting someone else trample on it again and again. Most of us prefer not to think about it unless we have to, but that's basically my entire job description."

I buddy read Fate Lashed with Filip
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I love this series. I can't possibly be unbiased about it now since there's a character with my namesake in it, but I liked this one just as much as the first.

longer review to come.
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
Hero Forged was a pleasant surprise for me when I stumbled upon it by accident last year (thanks to its fun sounding blurb!) so I'm happy that Fated Lashed ended up being a pretty good sequel. This is an UF series that mixes grit and humour pretty well and also has some enjoyable characters.

The premise of the story was pretty fun. Gabriel Delling, self proclaimed professional con artist and former vessel to an evil God, has spent a bit of time laying low after the events of the previous book bu
Rob Hayes
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ever wondered what it would be like it Avengers Infinity War was done in an urban fantasy style full of demons, gods, magic, and minotaurs?... No? Well Josh Erikson has you covered anyway!

Fate Lashed is the follow-up to Hero Forged. My guess is book 3 will be called something like God Touched or God Bound or something. I'm calling it! I listened to the book on audible and it was read by the author himself who really does a damned good job of it.

Book 2 picks up pretty close to where book 1 left o
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobooks
Full review is here on my blog!~

This is the continuing adventure of Gabe, a conman from the midwest who was inadvertently pulled into the world of the supernatural when he gets a very powerful evil god stuck in his head.

Gabe and Heather are recovering from the events of book one, trying to lay low since there’s a pretty sizable bounty on their heads, but are hired by a group of witches and tasked with breaking into an unbreakable vault to collect an item before anyone else does.

They are teamed u
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-not-read
Last year, Hero Forged by Josh Erikson surprised a lot of people (myself included). As a debut novel, the book was well received and became a semi-finalist in the current SPFBO contest. I was especially impressed with the audiobook, especially since the author self-narrated it.

In Fate Lashed, we pick up where the last story left off after Gabe and Heather have spent a brief time in seclusion. Unfortunately for them, that time of quiet comes to an abrupt end, and the two of them find themselves i
That was a fantastic sequel to Hero Forged. Loved it. Review to come.
Calvin Park
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Many thanks to the author for providing an ARC for review.

Josh Erikson has given us a sequel that improves on everything the first book did well. 2018’s Hero Forged was a uniquely styled urban fantasy that provided readers a great deal of fun. 2019’s Fate Lashed takes everything that Erikson did in his debut and turns it up to 11. From the cinematic quality of the prose to the deep character development to the witty banter, Erikson’s second novel hits perfectly in nearly every way.

It’s difficul
Jon Adams
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best Urban Fantasy series going today. Get in.
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Josh Erikson continues to amaze with this follow up to one of the finest urban fantasy debuts out there. Fate Lashed picks up from where Hero Forged closed, with protagonist Gabe and his faithful partner-in-crime, the succubus Heather trying to learn more about the mysterious powers possessed by the cocky conman with a heart of gold.

I listened to the audiobook, kindly offered to me by the author in return for an honest review. What I found was a continuity of all the voices from the first book,
Kevin Potter
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
And Josh Erikson does it again!

The first thing you need to understand is I'm not normally a fan of urban fantasy. The tropes, protagonists, and lack of world building depth typical of the genre just don't usually appeal to me.

Similarly, I generally tend to steer clear of fiction audiobooks read by the author. I've seen a lot of authors who think they should narrate their own books, and it's usually because they feel they know how everything (and everyone) is supposed to sound and don't want an u
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-read
Fate Lashed is an excellent addition to the Hero Forged family, so if you loved Josh Erikson's first book (Hero Forged), then get right on to reading this. If you haven't read Hero Forged, now you know you have 2 excellent books in a series and more to come. This is a fun and fresh take on urban fantasy, and in Fate Lashed we get to learn more about the Ether and the Umbra, Gabe and Heather are back, and we have some new characters -- like a freakin' minotaur. Our hero's resident snark is intact ...more
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Hero Forged made me smile and cheer for Gabe. Fate Lashed continues his misadventures in an equally humorous way.

Gabe would love to live a regular life, but cosmic forces and Umbras have different plans for him. His new mission is simple - he needs to recover Igla, the key to the universe, and save whole creation. Easy-peasy. 

Helped by his succubus friend/girlfriend Heather and a group of weird companions (stunning Asian scholar, a mythical beast, and a Hexen), Gabe needs to steal stuff, talk hi
Jonathan Wilson
4.25 Stars
Jim strange
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fast and a Furious

This is a wonderfully confused, crazy, and cynical romp. Bringing together the twists and turns of a mystery with the crazed characters and mayhem of dungeons and dragons quest, the author takes you on a wild ride where reality is not at all what it seems.
Feb 10, 2019 rated it liked it
The author provided me an advanced copy for an honest review.

Hero Forged was my favorite self-published urban fantasy of last year, so I was extremely eager to read the next in the series. After much contemplation, I ended up just liking this sequel.

We return to Gabe and Heather's world on a quest to retrieve an extremely powerful artifact that could disrupt the livelihood of everyone on the planet. Retrieving this item will reward them with a hefty bounty - enough money to live extravagantly fo
Gordon Long
Apr 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
I do wish otherwise good writers would stop trying so hard to be creative. Let’s take “Fate Lashed” as an example. It’s a non-standard love triangle driven by a main character with commitment issues. It’s also a classic Modern Epic Fantasy containing huge numbers of supernatural beings of varying levels of power, with the fate of the universe at stake. This leads to a whole lot of wonderful battle scenes, lovingly described in intense detail.

The main character is a classic archetype: a human wi
Steph Warren
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*I beta read this novel and received a free ARC in exchange for an honest review. This review is unbiased and represents my own personal opinions.*

As a Dresden Files fan I can confidently say that I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in this series, Hero Forged. This second book in the series is even better!

I’d recommend reading the first book first, because a) I have literary OCD and cannot understand why you wouldn’t read a series in order and b) you would miss out on the fantastic character de
John Gerber
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
Shelves: audio, audible
It is rare that there is not somewhat a lull in the second book in a series. "Fate Lashed" is the exception. It builds on the first book, "Hero Forged" and ratchet it up for a great story that the reader is bound to enjoy. Never think that you have author Josh Erikson figured out, as he puts one plot twist after another into his tales. In the end, the twisting ideas and realities make sense. Well, as much as anything can make sense that deal with fate, gods, etc. Just know that Josh will not let ...more
Cody Wachsmuth
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This genre frequently presents with two dimensional characters in colorful worlds, as if many of the authors haven't actually met and gotten to know real people so they don't know how to write them. Female characters end up faring the worst from this issue. So when I picked up this book to find that the main female character was a sex demon... and that the audiobook was narrated by the author himself (something I've only heard Neil Gaiman do successfully) I almost returned the book and moved on, ...more
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Really started to invest in this series. Lots of the same good stuff from the first book (including the CONscience quotes we get each chapter, which I inexplicably love for some reason) but this time things are expanded outside Gabe and Heather's more immediate purview, and into a much wider umbral world.

The dynamic between the two of them keeps the momentum of the book going, its interrupted a few times, pulled one way and then another. But despite all that they consistently surprise each othe
Eric Gaston
This was another fun adventure with Gabe and his new buddies (one's a minotaur). We've got golems, and shadow ninjas, and dragons (oh my). A lot happens in this book. There's a ton of action and activity. Yet amidst all the hustle and bustle, Erikson does a good job with character development. We see Gabe move from a self-reliant, smart-ass con artist to a caring, smart-ass team player with a heart. There are plenty of twists and turns. The story moves along at a fairly fast pace. This series ha ...more
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
This one was hard to finish. Gabe the great con man is so innocent in his form that it it is difficult to believe he thrives in the situations he faces. There are moments where this book shows promise but most of the book lags in Gabe’s soul searching depression to do what is right. I truly like to root for the good guy but it would be better if Gabe could grow a set once in a while instead of hiding behind the women in the story. The narration was good and helped me get through this installment ...more
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Last year Hero Forged made it to my top 5 books of 2018 list. Fate Lashed didn’t disappoint. Fast-paced, without being hurried, the story has it all: the complex and likable protagonist, witty conversations, well-written actions, and unpredictable plot! I appreciated new characters introduces in this book as well as highly enjoyed the return of some of my favorites from book 1. Also, Mr. Erickson is a superb narrator. Overall, Fare Lased is highly entertaining and worth listening to or reading!
Roberta Krier
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Exciting, Fast-Paced Read!

I loved this book! The main character is flawed with engaging moments of moral ambiguity. The plot line moved rapidly and is punctuated by violent challenges both physical and mental. Toss in a healthy dose of snark, season with family dysfunction and stir it all together with a story of friendship. I stayed up all night reading. Kudos to Josh Erikson on the second book of an outstanding new series!
Queen Meega
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun and entertaining urban fantasy quest

Gate Lashed by Josh Erikson is the second in a series about Gabe Delling. He is a cowardly conman who gets pulled along with much stronger allies and enemies during their fight for domination. The dialogue is so fun you can forgive all the plot devices that make the story improbable at times. Honestly, these books are fun quest stories. Just enjoy and don't make it complicated.
Neetesh Chauhan
Jul 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a really good sequel
I had some doubts in starting that it may fall short on the first book, but pretty soon it picked up the pace quickly. Though I was not able to read it one go, it was entertaining and good in a different way from Hero forged. I hope that more books do come of this series!
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Josh Erikson doesn't have any fancy credentials to tell you about here. He lives in rural Nebraska (US) with his wife and two children, where he mostly reads, writes, and reads about writing. His many awards and accolades include some beautiful photoshopped certificates he printed at home and a yo-yo trick contest he once won at a fun fair in a grocery store parking lot.

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