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The Killing Fog

(The Grave Kingdom #1)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  1,621 ratings  ·  188 reviews

The Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Kingfountain series conjures an epic, adventurous world of ancient myth and magic as a young womans 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

Kindle Edition, 404 pages
Published March 1st 2020 by 47North
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Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Christi M
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, netgalley
The Killing Fog is the first in a new Asian-inspired fantasy series by Jeff Wheeler. Im 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 are
Jim C
Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book thru a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for a honest review. I would like to thank the author and the publisher for their generosity.

Actual rating is 3.5 stars.

This is the first book of a series. In this one Bingmei and her companions are tasked to find a lost city. When they discover this lost city they discover more than they bargained for.

This book is a fantasy book with an Asian setting. I would categorize this book as a kung fu movie mashed up with a fantasy genre book.
Hannah Osborn
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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 run
Athena (OneReadingNurse)
Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Omg the end omg Rowan omg

Feb 03, 2020 rated it liked it
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
Francisca Pinto
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalleyarcs
I recieved this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is a book who fascinated me. I didt expect anything that I read and then WOOW!!! What an awesome book.

We have a lot of girl power and that is amazing. In a oriental place where the man is most important of all the things, here we have so many warrior women who are kickass, powerful beautiful and human (they have defects too like all the human being).

Bingmei is a girl with the winter sickness (she has white air) who is an
Shelby M. (Read and Find Out)
I received a finished copy of this book from Wunderkind PR and 47North in exchange for a free and honest review.

Overall rating: 2 stars

- Style/writing: 1.5 stars. Unfortunately I did not find the writing to be very compelling; it was a bit simplistic for my own personal taste.
- Themes: 2 stars. The only theme of note was whether the world is indeed worth saving, and I did not find the protagonist's thoughts and reasoning on the matter to be fully formed.
- Characters: 1 star. I did not enjoy

The Killing Fog is the first book in the Grave Kingdom series by Jeff Wheeler. The Killing Fog is the first book I have read by Jeff, but I know it will not be my last. I really enjoyed this fantasy novel and I can't wait to continue on in the series. The writing is richly atmospheric, and I think the age of the main character lends itself to reader crossover appeal for fans of both young adult fantasy and adult fantasy novels.

In the Killing Fog, we meet our main character Bingmei. Bingmei is a
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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 Ive found this series. Im not great with book series... theres 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
Mar 16, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, netgalley
What I liked about The Killing Fog:
- I liked that this was a fast paced fantasy story with strong familial bonds between a group of mercenaries for hire.
-I enjoyed that there was a glossary and a character list included. (It looks like there is a map included in the final published version.

What I disliked about The Killing Fog:
-In the beginning, I was very confused as lots of new words were being introduced with little no defining or context clues as to their meaning. However, I did find the
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 18, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
June Calvin
Feb 05, 2020 rated it liked it
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
Ian Strawbridge
Feb 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Zoe L.
Ive been seeing (and reading) a lot of Asian inspired fantasy lately, and Im 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. Its why I love fantasy so much! You get to visit a new place with every book you pick up, and ...more
Peter Baran
Cultural appropriation is - as most things are when you get into it - an accusation of nuance. I was initially wary with this bit of high fantasy because it seemed to be leaning wholly on what felt like a Western take of aspects of Chinese myth and legend. Or even worse merely lightly skinned a pretty standard mittel-European fantasy world with a some names, a few Chinese characters and combat techniques which were more fitting to a wuxia novel than a another iron grieve punching someone in the ...more
Mar 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2020-reads
A complete and brand new turn for this very talented author! Unlike Mr. Wheeler's previous series, this one is set in a completely new and uncharted world. It has an Asian feel and most of the names attest to that origin, as well. It was quite slow going throughout much of the story, however, with spurts of action here and there. This is most likely due to the need to set up the characters, world etc. in anticipation of subsequent books and the overall arc. Still it made it a bit hard to
Feb 03, 2020 rated it liked it
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.
Stephen A. Madva
Feb 13, 2020 rated it liked it
If youre 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, dont 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
Mar 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When her family is killed by the Qingdao, Bingmei is taken in by Kunmia, the leader of a nearby quonsuun that served the king of Wangfujing. They collect weapons of power, and the collection of one such leads Bingmei straight into her destiny. The Phoenix Blade calls to her, but it compels her to awaken an emperor of time long ago who would take over the world once more. Now Bingmei is the only one who can rid the world of him, and the only one who can help the emperor achieve his goals.

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Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy from the Publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Killing Fog by Jeff Wheeler is a magnificent journey through an ancient time with magic, lessons, death, and respect. 
Will Bingmei become the savior by life or death?
Bingmei has lost her family to cruelty and revenge; she is saved by another group of mercenaries, Bingmei is now part of the group and bound to the leader. She is different from the
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I first saw this book, I wasnt so sure about it. The title sounded like a Stephen King horror story, and the main character has a name that I wasnt sure how to pronounce. But Amazon First Reads doesnt 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. Im just
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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 20, 2020 rated it liked it
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
Emily Grace
Feb 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to the publisher for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review! All opinions are my own.

Dying is easy. Living has always been the challenge.

This was a solid start to a new east-asian inspired fantasy. The concept was truly excellent and very unique.

The Killing Fog follows main character, Bingmeitranslates to Ice Rosea young woman with "Winter Sickness," a mysterious malady that gives her pale skin and white hair, not to mention disdain from townsfolk due to superstition
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it

Im not a big fan of fantasy stories that borrow heavily from one particular existing culture. This book is heavily rehashing China, as a source of names, physical appearance, feudalism, and geography. In many senses it feels like historical fiction with a bit of magic mixed in. It adds a mental burden to me, always wondering which of the parts of the story are the authors invention, and which are retellings of established myth, that I dont know about as it isnt my cultural background.

That said,
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Jeff took an early retirement from his career at Intel in 2014 to become a full-time author. He is, most importantly, a husband and father, a devout member of his church, and is occasionally spotted roaming hills with oak trees and granite boulders in California or in any number of the state's majestic redwood groves. He is also one of the founders of Deep Magic: the E-zine of Clean Fantasy and ...more

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