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 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...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.
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 ...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. ...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 run ...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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...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 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 ...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 ...more
(The Grave Kingdom #2) to come out.
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
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
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
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
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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
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 ...more
WOW! What an incredible epic fantasy story rich and vibrant with characters who jump off of the page and into your heart. Im just ...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
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
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 ...more
I always find myself easily ...more
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, ...more