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The Killing Fog

(The Grave Kingdom #1)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  638 ratings  ·  83 reviews
The Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Kingfountain series conjures an epic, adventurous world of ancient myth and magic as a young woman’s battle with infinite evil begins.

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
Paperback, 412 pages
Expected publication: March 1st 2020 by 47North
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    Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Destiny, faith and choice

    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.

    Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Although this is set for adult readers I wanted to let you know that I think some young adults might enjoy this as well. Its a very clean story. I mean I have some young adult titles that have more gore and sex in it than this one did. Because it didn't have any. You would have thought that with a title like The Killing Fog that we would have gotten something. But there just isn't. And I am not saying thats a bad thing, but it was kind of weird if you ask me. Anyway the characters were great the ...more
    Hannah Osborn
    Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    "Revenge settles nothing. It only poisons those who carry it in their hearts.”

    -The Killing Fog by Jeff Wheeler

    My thoughts:

    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
    Christi M
    Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: fantasy, netgalley
    The Killing Fog is the first in a new Asian-inspired fantasy series by Jeff Wheeler. I’m ashamed to say I have seen his other works, but never got around to reading them even though they have been on my list for a while. So, I am very happy to be able to read this first one in his new series.

    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
    Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: favorites
    What a fantastic work of fantasy! I was reading two other books when I started this one and literally had to put them down while I finished this. I think fans of Priory of the Orange Tree would love this as much as I did. Endearing characters, descriptive scenery and a compelling story line made this a WINNER in my book. It's going on my favorites list. I cannot wait for The Buried World
    (The Grave Kingdom #2) to come out.
    Feb 03, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Strong yet conflicted Heroine

    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
    June Calvin
    Good world building but . . .

    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
    Feb 03, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I wanted to like this more but the book is a thin pastiche of Chinese Wuxia and not an overly original concept. The main character is not a sympathetic hero though I know we are supposed to believe she is, however she is incredibly selfish and shortsighted. Some of the story beats are too obvious, the future books are most likely going to be just as obvious.
    Fazila's Book Review Corner
    Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing

    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
    Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    When I first saw this book, I wasn’t so sure about it. The title sounded like a Stephen King horror story, and the main character has a name that I wasn’t sure how to pronounce. But Amazon First Reads doesn’t offer fantasy novels very often, and Jeff Wheeler is a good fantasy writer – so I took the chance and made it my first reads selection. I am happy I did because…

    WOW! What an incredible epic fantasy story – rich and vibrant with characters who jump off of the page and into your heart. I’m
    Ian Strawbridge
    Feb 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: 2020, fantasy
    I read this because I loved the Kingfountain series (five stars for the early books in that series, it tails off). I wanted to see where Jeff went next because I decided not to go to Muirwood!

    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
    The Mother Cover Lover
    Oct 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Survivor of a combat school, the orphaned Bingmei belongs to a band of mercenaries employed by a local ruler...
    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.

    Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    And this is why Amazon First Reads is a Thing, and should be cherished by all book lovers.

    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
    3. 5 stars. I received an e-ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you NetGalley and 47North.

    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
    Zoe L.
    Feb 25, 2020 added it
    I’ve been seeing (and reading) a lot of Asian inspired fantasy lately, and I’m loving it! The Killing Fog hooked me right from the prologue. Well, actually maybe from the glossary. I am a sucker for a well researched book. But anyways, this is a world where magic and martial arts are plenty. World building is also plentiful in this book, and if you know me, you know I want to be transported into my reads. It’s why I love fantasy so much! You get to visit a new place with every book you pick up, ...more
    Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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    Thanks to NetGalley and 47North for letting me read and review this incredible story. I'm already anxiously awaiting the next book in this series! I love and have read most of Jeff Wheeler's works and he never disappoints with his stories full of adventure, intrigue, romance, life lessons and so much more. It's always one wild rollercoaster ride with my emotions when I read one of his books, but I always learn or take away something and enjoy the stories immensely.
    I always find myself easily
    Tales Untangled
    Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    The Killing Fog has an exciting new world created by Jeff Wheeler. The world is rich and complex with characters facing moral dilemmas.

    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,
    Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: netgalley-arcs
    This is an easy 4.5 stars for me.

    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
    After reading The Queen's Poisoner a few years ago and not feeling motivated to continue on with that series, I'm not sure why I thought reading another opening installment of a Wheeler series would turn out differently. I was encouraged by the take on a fantasy series taking place with Chinese lore as the backdrop, but I struggled to connect to the characters. I welcomed the linear approach to this fantasy tale - we stick with one point of view from start to finish. Bingmei was likeable and ...more
    A. Lorna Warren
    Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the free e-arc!

    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
    Feb 18, 2020 rated it did not like it
    This book is a trashcan fire.

    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
    Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I just loved this story from beginning to the end. I enjoyed all of the different details and I also became attached to the characters.

    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
    Kristi Kunselman
    Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I received this book from the author and NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

    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
    Pamela Scott

    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
    Andy Coleman

    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
    Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
    I read Jeff Wheeler's Harbinger series and really enjoyed it. That was the reason I chose to read the Killing Fog. As with the Harbinger series, I very much enjoyed what I read. The story was very intense and the characters were unique and well built. My only problem is the story started a little too fast and didn't have enough back story at times. I felt like I was either learning as I read or had to piece together why we were where we were at certain times. I'm sure if you read more of ...more
    Corinne Sparks
    Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    A very exciting fantasy world set in mythic-asia.
    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
    Stacey Davis
    Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I was hooked from the start

    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
    Stephen A. Madva
    If you’re looking for fast paced stylish writing and creative plot lines and interesting intricate characters as created by George R. R. Martin, Tolkien, or even the Hunger Games trilogy, don’t bother with with this. Wheeler tells a linear tale of average interest and not particularly well. The characters are of limited dimension. None is particularly compelling, although the female protagonist has a unique ability to smell the emotions of other characters, but even that gets a bit old. All in ...more
    Angela Armold
    A new world of magic

    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
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