The Killing Fog
Survivor of a combat school, the orphaned Bingmei belongs to a band of mercenaries employed by a local ruler. Now the nobleman, and collector of rare artifacts, has entrusted Bingmei and the ...more
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A great book and story with plenty to come. This book is a perfect blend of Chinese culture, fantasy and Martial Arts.
The book starts as a revenge story, with martial arts and a bit of magic. I like the martial arts fight in the book are great. I really wise Martial Arts masters. That is what I think is missing from martial art teaching today. I have trained with very good practitioners of hard arts who were great coaches but not the best people to get life advice from.
-The Killing Fog by Jeff Wheeler
Two nights ago, I was outside with my elderly beagle. While he sniffed his way around my yard, I watched the sky. The moon was full and it cast a silvery glow on the grass and trees, only interrupted by clouds that seemed to be growing as I watched. It had been an unseasonably warm day and only now did a cold wind start stirring around me. The air was moist and seemed to ...more
One of the main features fantasy readers always look to when attempting to decide if a book is right for them is in the world-building. In The Killing Fog, the world has associations called ensigns’, which ...more
(The Grave Kingdom #2) to come out.
I'd previously read another book from this Author, so when I saw this one was available as a First Reads selection, I selected it. I was intrigued by the main character, but found the World and the plot premise difficult to absorb. The Asian names and locale were not easy to mentally pronounce or remember, making the flow of reading a little tiresome. The writing style was typical epic fantasy--flowery and overly descriptive. Although a good length for a first book ...more
The world building in this book is fantastic. The main character is well-drawn, and the plot is exciting. But far too much of the book is taken up with fight scene after fight scene. Bones crunch, blood flows and spatters, foes fall, only to be replaced by ever more mindless, faceless enemies. I got heartily tired of prolonged fight scenes. Even though I am curious about how the story proceeds, I simply can't wade through more of the same, and there is no reason to ...more
DISCLAIMER : I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you NetGalley and 47North for providing me with an ARC of this book.
The Killing Fog by Jeff wheeler is the first book in the Grave Kingdom series. It is a very promising first book and pulled me in from the very beginning. The book is about an orphaned teenager Bingmei who belongs to a school where they are trained to be warriors. They are available for hire by the Kings to complete ...more
WOW! What an incredible epic fantasy story – rich and vibrant with characters who jump off of the page and into your heart. I’m ...more
He went to China, it doesn't matter what authors call that wall, it's obvious! There seems to be more and more eastern based fantasy at the moment, is that a trend, a fashion? I hope so… It's what I'm writing!
There plot here is very engaging throughout. It builds to a climax nicely but the climax itself was ...more
How can such an awful predicament seem so serene? Strange. I strolled through Jeff Wheeler's pages of THE KILLING FOG centered, enlightened, while the forces of this unknown land released horrible terrors. I can't help, but go back to Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. That beauty stricken time frame with hardships, determination, honor, and the unforeseen deaths.
THE KILLING FOG is ...more
This BOOK. Good grief, I am SO happy that I’ve found this series. I’m not great with book series’... there’s not many that I actually finish. But from page 50 of The Killing Fog, I knew this to be a series I would continue. This is my first read of a book by Jeff Wheeler, and I am impressed!
(Just to note here: I believe this book is marketed as an adult fantasy series, however it is very accessible, in my ...more
The Killing Fog is the first book in a new series by Jeff Wheeler. I had read and loved his Kingfountain series, so I was excited to read this one. The book takes place in an Asian-inspired world where the past is a mystery that has been lost to time. The protagonist is an orphan named Bingmei, or Ice Rose, so named because she has pale skin and white hair, which is ...more
I always find myself easily ...more
Not only are there factions fighting to exist in a harsh world, but there are unexplained powers within artifacts from a bygone era. When the fog rises it kills those it touches, but no one knows where it originates. The current people live within the cities of a people whose history is lost to time. Why did this former civilization disappear?
The main character, ...more
Considering I love the fantasy genre so much it's a bit of an oversight for me that I haven't read any of this author's previous books - only because I never knew which series I should begin with! When I saw The Killing Fog - the first in The Grave Kingdom series - offered on Netgalley I jumped at it and am so glad I did.
We are thrown immediately into the action as Bingmei's entire family and community is slaughtered and she narrowly escapes. From there the story ...more
Already I am eager for more in this series! Since being introduced to Jeff Wheeler a year or so ago I have thoroughly enjoyed getting lost in the many worlds his mind has produced, and this is no different. I love how he ties history and culture yet builds a whole new realm around it.
It is refreshing to have female leads in each of Jeff's books, and Bingmei is quite an interesting character to get to know. Jeff is able to be ...more
I refuse to give much more time to this review cuz I want to move on, but here are a few things that made me not a fan:
- Something about a white man writing in the voice of an Asian-inspired woman made me a little uncomfortable. Not saying it shouldn't be done, but it made me feel meh. I'd rather see more own voices in this genre, rather than someone writing it because he spent a month in China.
(And, yes, I know fantasy has different acceptable rules)
- Very ...more
It was nice to see what the meaning of honor was to the main leader as well as her outlook of revenge- the poison it embeds deep within the heart; the lesson the main character, Bingmei, learned because of her friends as well as her enemies, including lessons she held dear within herself from her ancestors. This story was epic! There were so many awesome ideas ...more
I happened to discover Jeff Wheeler a few years ago when browsing books to borrow from Amazon. It's been one of my greatest discoveries to date! His series feature fantastically detailed worlds. They have magic, and a strong hero or heroine that faces some kind of evil. The main character often makes mistakes, but then sees the error of his/her way and overcomes them to become a better person. The Killing Fog ...more
I own a few of the author’s books but have only managed to read one so far. This is the only title from February’s #AmazonFirstReads that held my interest. I was indifferent to the others so was left with little choice but to read this. I liked the blurb. It intrigued me. I really like Oriental Mythology and legend so this appealed to me. I made the right choice in deciding to read this. The world building in this book is spot on. The landscape Bingmei ...more
I loved the world within these pages -magic, mystery, and fighting! Such a beautiful country and fascinating characters. And being able to smell emotions? Who has that superpower?! But...
The story started out incredible and captivating. But as it continued to be strung along, it became apparent that there wasn't going to be a fulfilling ending point. And the decisions the characters needed to make to get there were very disappointing. I know, a protagonist is allowed to ...more
A breath of fresh air, as most contemporary fantasy is still stuck in a western world, so to have a massive fantasy world full of Asian themes is wonderfully refreshing.
I particularly love a female main character, and Bingmei's ability to smell emotions is immediately interesting and captivating.
Filled with dragons, magic, fighting and a slow, soft romance, I flew through this and leapt upon the next one - where Bingmei has to try and stop things ...more
I was already a fan of Wheeler before I picked up this book, to say I was not disappointed would be an understatement. The world building is breathtakingly and I felt I could almost see and smell the sights alongside the characters. The characters are vividly brought to life and their stories are engaging and beautifully crafted, the sense of their background and histories is tantalising. The story itself is a fantastic take of adventure, danger and mystery and I ...more
A captivating read, the mesh of Asian and Inuit culture and life, history and myth, were out so smoothly on the pages that I can't believe no one has ever done this before. I felt as if I could travel to this place, meet these people, eat their food and hear their stories. The magic of a fog of death that is summoned by using artifacts, a simple girl child with nothing special about her, and one so powerful and evil, made for a riveting read. Curl up with hot tea and a ...more