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A Blight of Blackwings

(Seven Kennings #2)

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  138 ratings  ·  41 reviews
From the New York Times bestselling creator of The Iron Druid Chronicles comes the story of a world-breaking war--an invasion of giant warriors--that inspires a movement to fight back.

Daryck is from a city that was devastated by the war with the Bone Giants, and now he and a band of warriors seek revenge against the giants for the loved ones they lost.
Hardcover, 592 pages
Published February 4th 2020 by Del Rey Books
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Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)
Thanks to Netgalley for giving me an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

CW: general violence and political intrigue

What a follow-up to the first book!

I don't want to say too much, but it follows some of the same characters as the first book, as well as adds in new perspectives of characters that were on the side in A Plague of Giants and completely new ones. The book expands on the world that was already given. You learn more about the Bone Giants, the Kennings, and some new worlds. Believe
Kevin Hearne has imagined another spectacular series to devour. He has created a unique writing style that pulls the reader into the world of his creation.

I do have to admit, this book had a slow start. It took me awhile to get caught up in the telling, which I do feel is the transition between storyteller (the bard) and the story itself but once it gets going, I’m all in.

I highly recommend you sit aside plenty of time to travel through the lands that contain Bone Giants and Kennings.

Following straight on from A Plague of Giants, this book throws the reader right back into the story. This is somewhat problematic if, like me, you read the first book some time ago and can't recall the details. It meant that initially I struggled to connect with, or even remember, some of the characters. Perhaps I should have read the first again, but honestly, I just didn't want to.

There's a lot to like here, especially the very real diversity of this world, and above all the imaginative and
Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)
A Blight of Blackwings is the second book in a wonderful fantasy series from one of my favorite authors, Kevin Hearne. The massive story is set in a world where certain members of the population are blessed with Kennings, the ability to manipulate one of the four elements, plants, or animals. The six nations of Teldwena are dealing with the aftermath from an invasion of an unknown race simply known as the Bone Giants (although some know the race to be the Eculans), as well as the discovery of ...more
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Again, Kevin Hearne as put me through an emotional journey. After reading A Plague of Giants, I thought I would be prepared. I was not. Mr. Hearne’s masterful storytelling is ingenious, wildly inventive and so skillfully presented that this reader was blown away before being given a chance to brace against the wind.

Having read book 1 over 2 years ago, I had a bit of a struggle getting back into the story. But somehow, suddenly I was there. There are so many fascinating, colorful characters, each
Jan 20, 2020 rated it liked it MUST read the first book before attempting this one. It begins immediately after the end of book 1 and it is perfect for fans of epic fantasy. Wonderful world building, terrific characters, intrigue, humor, and politics kept me up all night just to finish and see what happens next.
penny shima glanz
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In A Blight of Blackwings, the Raelech Bard Fintan continues his tales to the peoples congregated on Survivor Field in Pelemyn. We watch the historian Dervan wrestle with new knowledge and his role as he records Fintan's words. In this second book of the series, Hearne has polished his storytelling device and taken it to new levels. We meet and learn more about the characters of this new generation. It's a generation devastated yet also full of hope and revolutionary ideas. Each voice reacts ...more
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you NetGalley and Ballantine for access to the eARC. I was highly anticipating the release of this book. I finished it several weeks ago and have enjoyed thinking back on it. Kevin Hearne has created a lush and vibrant world filled with mysteries that build and unfold with each page. Each chapter is told in from a shifting first person perspective. First from Dervan who tells of the current time period and his handling of the Bard Fenton, and Second from Fenton who transforms himself using ...more
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Have you read A Plague of Giants? No? STOP! Read that first. Then come back and read this terrific sequel. Keven Hearne has created a fantastic world where anything can happen and usually does. With masterful world building, witty humor and creative politics this tale will suck you in and keep your imagination a boil. And while this tale may echo some of the headlines in todays news I can guarantee you will enjoy this story more. This is epic fantasy at its finest.
Beth Cato
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, netgalley, 2019
I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley.

I loved Kevin Hearne’s first book in this epic series, and the sequel lives up to all of my expectations. I needed a smidgen of time at the start to find the groove of this world, as it’s been a while since I read the first, but I soon recognized characters and immersed myself in Hearne’s incredible setting. The magic continues to fascinate me—the ‘kennings’ with their unique abilities and consequences—but the characters are what truly shine
Sarah Wright
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
5/5 stars — epic hopepunk fantasy at its most appealing

You might not expect a setting with animals like gravemaws and meat squirrels to be home to an upbeat, optimistic narrative. Then again, maybe you’re familiar with Kevin Hearne’s talent for juxtaposing the absurd with the touching and having both come away stronger for the proximity. A Blight of Blackwings, the second installment in the Seven Kennings trilogy, is Hearne in fine form, an intricately layered tale with insightful commentary on
Laura Newsholme
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This second instalment in the Seven Kennings trilogy was a really great read, which I enjoyed more than A Plague of Giants. Continuing the story of the Giant Invasion and war, we follow some new characters and some old favourites as we piece together exactly what has been happening in each location.

The Positives: Structurally, these are very interesting books. Told over a series of nights by the Bard, Fintan, we follow bits of the story by living through the experiences of the characters. This
S.J. Higbee
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Firstly, if you haven’t yet read A Plague of Giants, then whatever you do – don’t start here. You’ll be flailing around in a welter of names and places that mean nothing to you for far too long to make sense of what is happening. This is, after all, a multi-viewpoint, epic fantasy which sprawls across continents as the natural disaster causes a massive invasion of a displaced people, creating havoc and aftershocks in its wake. I’ll be honest – this isn’t generally my favourite sub-genre, as too ...more
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, read-in-2020
I'm really enjoying this series, but it takes me a while to get back into the swing of complex fantasy like this EVERY TIME I TAKE THE PLUNGE. Which is totally me, guys. Totally me. When the brain's on a hardcore sci-fi wavelength, it takes time to change gears.

But enough about me. Let's talk about Fintan and his storytelling. FYI, having perfect recall might come with a few drawbacks (never forgetting the horrors you've witnessed, for example), but MAN it is crazy useful when it comes to
Joanne Hurley
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to #NetGalley, #KevinHearne and #DelRey for the opportunity to read the second book in the "Bone Giants" series: "A Blight of Blackwings" in return for a fair review.

I. Love. This. Series.

These are the continuing stories of Fintan, Bard of the Poet Goddess of Kaelin who is the narrator of the Giants' War, in the guise of many different characters whose seeming he takes on. In "A Blight of Blackwings" we take up the stories of many of the characters first introduced in #APlagueOfGiants,
My Review: I received a complimentary copy of this book via Netgalley, the following is my honest review and opinion. Since I read A Plague of Giants 2 years ago, this book has been on my most anticipated list, and it is finally here and I will start off by saying it was so worth the wait!! I am glad I took a bit of time in January to re-read the first book because this one picks up immediately where it left off. I am so glad we get to dive right back in with Dervan and Fintan as well as the ...more
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 2nd book in a series, and it is necessary that you have read the first one, before you read this one. The story begins exactly where the first book ended, and closure is eventually offered for some of the mysteries of the first book, but many more unresolved ones are presented.

While the main characters are a bard (a storyteller with perfect memory) and the historian tasked with writing down the stories he narrates, the stories focus on an enormous number of characters, much more
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once again we get to go and experience the stories of the build up to war as told by Finatain the bard.
There were a lot of new narrators, along with some of the more established favourites. The tale starts directly after the previous book and will be concluded in a final book, so although some of the storylines have concluded(?) there is still a lot left open.

The new narrators were a welcome addition and provide greater background not only to some of the stories started in the previous book but
Jason S Wrench
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First, and foremost, I'm becoming a huge Kevin Hearne fan. The Seven Kennings series is a fun and interesting series to read. I definitely think fans of Hearne's will appreciate Book 2 in the series: A Blight of Blackwings.

In the second book, all of our favorite characters are once again with us, but there are also some new characters. As with the previous book, the book centers on the relationship between Dervan (a scholar who is tasked with writing the words of a visiting bard) and Fintan (the
Shawn Hartmann
I loved the first book in the series, Plague of Giants. This second book has come after Kevin teamed up with another author to right a fun set of books that are both whimsical and fun, full of endless innuendo. It's that work that has made its way into A Blight of Blackwings and quite honestly, has no place. Plague of Giants felt like a fresh new writing style from Kevin but all the dick innuendo in A Blight of Blackwings feels like several steps back. They have a time and place but not in the 7 ...more
Feb 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Through more fabulous world building Kevin Hearne continues the saga he began in a Plague of Giants, the first book in the series. If you have not read it go read it. This book picks up and continues the tales told by Fintan the bard who is blessed with a perfect memory and magical orbs that allow him to project the look of the person telling the story and for his voice to be heard throughout the city of Pelemyn, a city recently attacked by bone giants whose people are trying to recover and make ...more
Amy Braun
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Kevin Hearne returns to a world of amazing magic, eclectic characters, monsters, and wicked magics. I really loved returning to this series and its unique brand of storytelling. So many stories are told throughout this book, with various characters intertwining and crossing paths, or even just going on their own adventures.

There are so many characters and each are powerful and engaging in their own right, but the show-stealers for me were honest and kind Abhi, powerful and strong Olet, and
Jessica ☕ Rodrigues
Jan 07, 2020 marked it as try-again-later  ·  review of another edition
I lovvveddd A Plague of Giants, but I read it over two and a half years ago. Unfortunately, the brain fog won, and I don't remember enough to figure out what is going on in this one.

There's not enough time in my life to re-read A Plague of Giants right now, so I'm going to wait until this series is finished and read them all back to back.

Really bummed that I couldn't get into it at this time because the first one was a great ride.

arc received from the publisher
Karin Gorham
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very political, very multicultural epic fantasy that covers many nations and ethnic groups across a continent and then some. This book is hard to describe with out giving away the plot. In book one A Plague of Giants the homeland of the giants is destroyed by a volcano and they invade the continent of Teldwen, in this book the aftermath.
I read this as an audiobook and enjoyed the dual narrators but Luke Daniels in particular made me forget sometimes that he was a) only one person and b) that
Byron Oneal
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Second verse, same as the first in this sequel. It was a lot to expect that this book would live up to the same standard of the first book. It didn’t quite get there for me but I still really enjoyed it. As the characters got more familiar, their dialogue got a little more modern which I had a bit of trouble adjusting to. What was before an explanation of surprise became “Oh shit!” It works but the departure stuck out to me. He’s a great writer and it’s a unique concept so you can’t go wrong ...more
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-books
I loved this book. I like books with shifting perspectives, and this book takes it a step further and ties those perspectives into the story teller. Then, the internal voice of the stories' audience, and the back and forth between storyteller and listener open it up to so many weaving stories. It is so clever, and so well done. There's humor, sadness, romance, and mystery. Honestly, everything a person could want. I foresee myself submitting this one for a Goodreads Choice later this year.
Feb 15, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While good, this book felt like Hearne forgot that he wasn’t writing urban fantasy. There were many points of anachronism (ex. a character thinking “it was all very meta”) and odd character changes compared to the previous book (ex. Abhi, especially, seemed to be one Hearne really didn’t have a good handle on in this book).

Also, the last third had glaring and distracting editing errors (ex. saying one nation when another was clearly intended).
Wenzel Roessler
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a beautify told tale, the author found an exceptional way of weaving the many stories in this book in a very creative way. This is a wonderful story of many different cultures, heroes, villains, and just simple regular folk all woven together. There are so many outstanding characters and adventures in this book and the whole story is wrapped in just the right amount of humor and sorrow.
Sercalunna Pautasso
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A great second installment in a great series.
It's got all the elements that make me love Kevin Hearne: a great plot, humour, well developed characters and an amazing world building.
it can't be read as a standalone.
I love it and I strongly recommend it.
I received this ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love everything Kevin Hearne wrote and this book was no exception.
It's full of humour, well crafted plot and an amazing world building.
It can't be read as a standalone but this is a great series and I advise to read it.
Strongly recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
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