The Killing Fog
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...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.
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 one-dime ...more
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. R ...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 a ...more
-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 ru ...more
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 i ...more
This is a book who fascinated me. I did´t 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 ...more
On the one hand, we have an ancient evil ruler who wants to subjugate all humans or else he would unleash a deadly fog yada yada, but on the other, the characters (with the exception of Quion) are not deserving of my sympathies and I truly wished the fog would sweep them all into the grave beyond.
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 read ...more
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This is a very good first book in a new fantasy series about a young girl's mission to fulfill her destiny in a legendary prophecy.
Orphan Bingmei is part of a band of mercenaries working for the ruler of a small kingdom. The ruler gives her band a dangerous mission to track down treasures from a long lost palace buried beneath a glacier. Once there, the band finds two tombs. Bingmei is unwittingly compelled to open the ...more
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 ...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
- 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 gl ...more
I have been an avid fan of Jeff Wheeler from the very first Muirwood novels, my introduction to the delightful worlds of this masterful storyteller. The two Muirwood trilogies, along with the Kingfountain series, will remain among my very favorite fantasy novels of all time. That said, I found this first book in his new series somewhat disappointing.
What I love best about his other fantasies is his ability to draw appealing and believable characters, an ...more
(The Grave Kingdom #2) to come out. ...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 e ...more
* An thrilling Asian-inspired Fantasy that could have used deeper character development*
ARC provided by 47North via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
This is the first book I've read by Jeff Wheeler, so I'm not familiar with his style. But this Asian-inspired Fantasy story caught my eye on Netgalley, so I gave it a try.
Sadly, the ARC only had a TBD page for the map. It would have been helpful to have access to the map. I will say thank you, though, that this was clearly called ...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
I felt as thought I was reading a mix between Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Kingdom, the Korean series on Netflix, with the conflicts and magical tones of the story.
The hero of the story is Bingmei, an albino who lik ...more
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 ...more