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The Lost War

(Eidyn #1)

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  595 ratings  ·  126 reviews
The war is over, but something is rotten in the state of Eidyn.

With a ragged peace in place, demons burn farmlands, violent Reivers roam the wilds and plague has spread beyond the Black Meadows. The country is on its knees.

In a society that fears and shuns him, Aranok is the first magically-skilled draoidh to be named King’s Envoy.

Now, charged with restoring an exiled fore
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Published October 2020 by King Lot Publishing (first published August 30th 2019)
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Justin Anderson Hi KP! Currently writing the sequel to Carpet Diem, then books 2 and 3 of Eidyn. Plan is early next year for book 2 followed by late next year for boo…moreHi KP! Currently writing the sequel to Carpet Diem, then books 2 and 3 of Eidyn. Plan is early next year for book 2 followed by late next year for book 3. Who knows, though? If I'm stuck inside indefinitely I might get more writing done! :)(less)
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Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Petrik by: Anna Stephens
Review copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

4.5/5 stars

Thrilling mysteries, powerful magic, tangible tension, and great characters to root for; The Lost War has it all.

I honestly had no idea what the book was about when I started it. I’ve never even heard of the author before, not until a few weeks ago where I stumbled upon Anna Stephens’, the author of Godblind trilogy, review of this novel on the Fantasy-Faction Facebook group. Stephens recommended it highly, and after
☘Misericordia☘ ⚡ϟ⚡⛈⚡☁ ❇️❤❣
We start at 5 stars:
+1 star for a world of magic and misrule and
+1 star for the PLOT!!!
+1 star for what I think might be a rather druid-inspired terminology:

“Back away, draoidh!” (c)
+1 star for some interesting stuff featuring in this world: the Order of the White Thorns, the Blackened, the Reivers... Even though I definitely didn't like the 'Mynygogg' name. And the Hellfire Club made me think about bikers too much for this plot. But that's just me being myself.
-1 star for some tortured phra
Nov 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spfbo-2020
*This is an #SPFBO finalist this year, and I read it as a judge for the competition*

This book is excellent, it’s exactly the kind of book I love to read, but it has some fresh elements and some excellent surprises along the way. I am shocked that this doesn’t have more ratings and reviews or popularity, as it’s certainly going to be classed as one of my favourites from now on. I couldn’t have imagined where it would end when I started reading it, and although it’s a slower beginning, it had me h
Nov 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Lost War has a lot going on. A lot. And it has an exciting and unexpected climax (no spoilers – but wow!). It's not perfect, I have a few issues with it, but they're all minor. I'll buy the sequel as soon as it gets published.

Longer review to come.
Anna Stephens
Aug 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
WHAT? Sometimes a book has a shock ending with a twist you didn't see coming. This wasn't a twist - this was a bloody corkscrew and, better than that, it was set up really, really well.
This is the first in a new series for author Justin Lee Anderson and it sets up the world, the challenges, protagonists and antagonists fantastically. An intricate and detailed world following several POV characters as they set out on a quest to rescue a deposed queen on orders of their own king.
And speaking of
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Omg omg omg I don’t think I can do this book any justice in my review. It was earth-shakingly fabulous. The world that I knew had changed; it had become what the author wanted to show me. Such was the power of Justin Lee Anderson’s writing.

The first thought that came to me as I opened the book was – magnum opus. Every cell in me woke up and went on the adventure that the author took me on. The blood in my veins rushed in a tempo which matched the excitement this story brought about.

I was introdu
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

The War is over and Eidyn is left in a vulnerable state. A plague is spreading, daemons are burning the peoples provisions and there is danger at every turn. The kings Envoy and elemental Draoidh, Aranok, is sent across the country with a band of strangers to restore an exiled queen on orders of the Crown. Only Aranok takes a detour from the kings orders, to visit his home and family after hearing reports that the city has been
May 13, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

Fact: This book has overwhelming positive reviews.

To be honest, I'm tempted to start this review by stating, I must have read this book wrong and be a lot more, 'It all worked out in the end anyway', because of that ONE SCENE.
However, I always figure if a book is rated this highly, it should definitely, definitely (and I cannot stress this enough) have something more than 1 particular scene in the plot going for it.

I know, I know, all fantasy books can't have deep 3 dimensional characters,

Jennifer (bunnyreads)
Aranok the king’s envoy, is on a mission to help return the Queen Taneithea, to Gauelle and her throne, in hopes of gaining some powerful allies in this time of unrest.

 Joining Aranok are his bodyguard Allandria (who is also secretly his partner), Nirea and Glorbad (liaisons to the court), Vastin(a young blacksmith), and Samily (a young warrior).
 The group are finding all kinds of abnormalities among the other dangers they face during their travels; the Blackened (the people that have contra
Mark Lawrence
I haven't read this book, yet, but it's a finalist in this year's Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off, so it must be good! #SPFBO

See the finalist board here:
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review is also featured on Behind the Pages: The Lost War

The war for Eidyn may be over, but the horrors that follow are just beginning. Locked away in his prison of a castle, Mynygogg is a looming threat to the countryside. The King’s council has been sent to rescue a hidden queen to protect what territory they have stolen from Mynygogg. Among them is Aranok, the king’s advisor and a magic casting draoidh. As they venture towards the queen, Aranok learns that his hometown has been taken ove
5 stars! You hear me?! 5!
This book is freakingly awesome, amazing, great!
And I am sooooo fu**ed because Mr. Anderson didn‘t even start writing book 2, believe me, I asked him.
This book has everything a fantasybook lover is searching for. Strong protagonists, badass female characters, magic, demons, kind of zombies, clever evil wizard, and something that hadly ever happens in fanatsy books - a mindtwisting plottwist that I didn‘t see coming at all.
Really guys, read this book!
Thanks to Petrik fo
Jon Adams
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well that was perfectly entertaining. I thought I had guessed the twist at the end, but I was totally wrong...and happy to be.
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recap: Aranok, the King's envoy is meant to be on a rescue mission but he gets sidetracked as reality doesn't match up with what he was told. Strange beasts, demons, a plague of blackened and knights with unusual powers lead him on a new quest.

Review: Great fantasy writing with an interesting cast of characters. You do have this sense that you're missing something and so the ending is both a combination of I knew it and omg I didn't expect that! Traditional fantasy tropes are expanded on - there
Dec 11, 2020 added it
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Here's another of my fellow #SPFBO 6 finalists! THE LOST WAR is a classic-flavoured quest fantasy as a king's envoy travels around a devastated kingdom in the aftermath of a pyrrhic victory in a destructive magical war. On their way this band of adventurers will face demons, zombies, assassins, raiders, and nocturnal cocoon monsters...and that's not even counting our gradually mounting sense that something is badly rotten in the kingdom of Eidyn.

I have to admit that quest fantasies aren't usuall
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Dude... What?! I expected... something. I don't even know what I expected. The mystery surrounding the book swept me away completely.

At first, I treated this like all the other fantasy books out there, as if everything was based on concrete, realistic things like betrayal and revenge. What I got was so much more and the best climax in a book I've ever read, maybe excluding Oathbreaker and Hero of Ages, but satisfying in a way the others weren't, as if finally figuring out where that feeling of
Jay Fusco
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I read Petrik's review of this book shich was so well done that I gave the book a try. I have read a lot of fantasies over the years. I read Tolkien as each book was published in paperback back in the 1960's. I read almost all of the Ballentine fantasy books, read all the sword and sorcery books I could find, and tried a lot of the newest high fantasy i can get my hands on. The Lost War: Eidyn by Jason Lee Anderson is easily in the top 5. I put him with Tolkien, Robert Jordan, Patrick Rothfuss a ...more
Tom Lloyd
Feb 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A highly entertaining fantasy built on familiar ground that develops into something greater. While very different there's definitely a flavour of Tchaikovsky's After The War novel in terms of the setting - I don't know if that's a new thing or just a coincidence but I like it. Both were handled well without being too heavy on the trauma of past events. There were small parts that didn't quite chime right for me through the book that interfered with my reading rhythm, as it were, but at the end t ...more
kartik narayanan
Dec 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Review coming in feb
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love a bit of fantasy every now and then but I wouldn’t regard myself as a genre groupie - there’s just too much mediocre stuff out there.
This, however, is in a completely different league - it’s the kind of fantasy that really has it all!
There’s the classic elements: the band of misfits on a quest together (a magician, a warrior, a pirate, an archer, a blacksmith, a knight and a monk), there’s cosy inns with roaring fires, bandits and demons to battle on the way, atmospheric scenery, fast-pa
Kitvaria Sarene
This was good fun! Felt quite a bit like the traditional quest sort of fantasy, which I have rarely read lately, so if was a really nice change on pace and style!
I love the magic in this, with different talents for air, or fire, or illusions... It's obviously not a new idea, but I haven't read it in newer books, so it didn't feel tropey anymore. I especially loved the Draoidh!

The characters were exactly my cup of tea, and their humour worked well for me. At times they are a bit too good and naiv
Jim Robinson
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
AMAZING! 5 stars! Why have only 130 people reviewed this book! People get on it, this is a great read!

Sweeping fantasy adventure set in a broken realm post a brutal war, full of demons and undead and reluctant heroes I enjoyed every page of this story. The pacing is perfect, detailed character building set in between intrigue, deception and battle. At times its part fantasy spy thriller as our heroes try and solve what the hell is going on around them and part fight for their lives as all sorts
Susan Hampson
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I must admit that at first opening this book on my kindle it told me that the reading time was 9 hours 51 mins but by the time I had got to the end of the first chapter I knew that it was going to be worthy of every second. It is simply packed with everything to make this fantasy one of the best that I have read. The characters are very diverse with extreme beliefs that should have them fighting each other but they are all there for one purpose. A rescue mission to restore power to a queen and t ...more
F.D. Gross
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tbc-reviews
Such an extraordinary piece of work. Anderson’s ability to suck you into a world of make believe is quite REAL. Characters fleshed out and well described, there was no point you could lose your place among the many many pages this novel has to offer. Hours of entertainment encapsulated into a tome of rich fantasy. Multiple POV’s give you the clarity you need for such a huge story. It is safe to say there were some chapters where it was impossible to be bored. It is safe to say there were some ch ...more
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well this is the first book I have ever written a review for and the reason is because you should buy it. It is that good that it made me write my first review.

At first glance, it is a well written epic fantasy with a group on a quest. Even if it was simply that straight forward, I would recommend the book for a likeable group of characters, simple but interesting magic and just being generally well written. But there are hints that something is not quite right with the land of Eidyn. When you r
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely Loved The Lost War

Full review on my blog:

I absolutely loved this book.
The first time in a long while I REALLY cared about the characters. The magic system is really cool. The worldbuilding is fantastic.

The twist at the end I sort of saw coming in one respect but only a very small part of it, the twist as a whole blew me away, and makes me want to go back and read it again to pick up on all the subtle hints.

The book just flows really well; you
Rachel Shaw
There are some books you fear to review lest you give anything away and spoil the experience for another reader. For that reason, I will limit my review to telling you about how it felt to read this book and encourage you to sit down with your own copy quickly before anybody can take that moment from you.

A couple of quick notes before I go on. I listened to the audio version of this story and I am very glad I did. Not only can I recommend it because of the narrator's stellar range of Scottish br
Jonathan Pembroke

Lost War was a bit of a hit and miss for me. On the plus side, I thoroughly enjoyed the well-constructed world. It has a very vivid "lived-in" feeling, with a detailed history. I liked the explanation and differentiation of the magic system--and the reveal of one character's assumed powers being something else was clever and rational in context. The prose of the story is easy to read and flows well. Characterization was satisfactory; the protagonist and his main "partner" (for lack of a bet
Jun 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I kind of stumbled upon this one as I hadn’t heard much about it but I’m so glad I did, a pleasantly surprising read.
A fun, fast paced fantasy with plenty of action and twists and turns. The diverse team of characters are engaging and well crafted and I found it hard to put the book down.

I’m very eager for the next instalment and I hope it gets more recognition as it’s highly deserved.
A good fun read with engaging characters and enough conflict to keep me reading despite some clunky writing in places. This is a whopper of a book and although the 'plotting' seems somewhat 'shaky' at times, the storyline has a real sense of drama and brutality.

I look forward to the next book. Three and a half stars rounded up to four - I loved the ending ;)
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Justin spent 15 years as a professional writer and editor before his debut novel, Carpet Diem, was published in 2015. It became a best-seller and won a 2018 Audie award. His second book, The Lost War, was shortlisted in the 2019 Booknest Awards and is a finalist in the 2020 SPFBO competition.

Since 2018 he has been writing full time, alongside working on scripts with his wife, Juliet, who he met t

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