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Blood Moon

Painting the Mists, Book 2
Written by: Patrick G. Laplante
Narrated by: Adam Verner
Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins

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Following the events in the spirit woods, Cha Ming and his friends make a complete recovery. But not everyone is the same, and more trouble is on the horizon.

Guided by destiny, Cha Ming and Huxian face a sinister plot.

In his penance, Feng Ming discovers a horrifying, devil-worshipping cult that will change the fate of the Song Kingdom.

Meanwhile, Gong Lan struggles to find her way, her grief fueling an insatiable lust for power. Can she use this power wisely, or will she hurt her friends in the process?

Facing the rising tide of darkness, Wang Jun fights the oracle's apprentice, Zhou Li, in a battle of wits.

The forces of evil are mobilizing, and the coming struggle will change our heroes immensely - for better or for worse.

Note: Blood Moon is an Eastern fantasy novel, which means it contains a lot of martial arts, Asian mythical creatures, and many references to Budhism and Daoism. Cultivators fight to pursue immortality, fight demons and devils, and engage in ancient crafts like alchemy and weapon forging. Enjoy!

©2018 Patrick Georges Laplante (P)2020 Podium Publishing

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  • David R
  • 29-01-20

Just getting better

I am so glad that they changed the Narrator because this series is just getting better and better. No complaints about this book. They didn't go overboard on filler, the characters are all developing in ways that make you want to see what happens next, and No plot holes. You should read this.

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  • Brenner
  • 14-03-20

A soup so full it became pudding

This is much like the first book. But, with too many events and too many named people.

The first book had a slower pace, there would be down time and lead up to important events. It had a good flow and I was able to take it in. But, this book is one important event after the next in rapid fire. I still enjoyed much of the book, but without down time there is no room to grow and develop characters. I only really felt connected to the MC from the first book, and this was enough to bring me through the story.

The second main issue is related to the first. There where just way to many named people in this book. Incorporating so many people into the main story made it really hard to tell who did what. There was more than one time when I realized someone was familiar, sometimes after they were already dead. But, no time was spent on the reader's connection with these characters nor time reintegrating them into the reader's attention when they appear later in the story.

So, this book had too much stuff, and everything suffered from a lack of space or attention. But hey, the third book looks like it may be better, so I've pre-ordered.

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  • ARmeen63
  • 27-02-20

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This story is right for anyone who liking fighting. I hope that anyone who like to read will get this book

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-02-20

Great Series, terrible narrator!!

First off, I love this series. I own all available books on kindle and have read them many times.

That being said, the narrator is atrocious...He has zero ability to instill emotion into his voice to match the story. When he tries it just comes out in an annoying nasally arrogant tone. That would be fine for certain characters but all of them???

Additionally, with the exception of Cha Ming an a couple others, it is impossible to detect a difference in the voice between characters.

If all that wasn't enough, the female voice a absolutely horrible.

The author would be better off hiring Travis Baldree or Daniel Thomas May to narrate the rest of series. I would even go so far as have one of re-narrate the first two.

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  • Christopher
  • 01-02-20

Narrator is still annoying, Storyline is a bit more cohesive.

Though much of this book is still sort of meandering and slice of life-ish, the author does manage to put more of a plot into this second installment. It’s such that by the end we actually have enough information to feel like there are several storylines being crafted. As opposed to the first book where it just seemed like things happened to and around the characters without much obvious meaning or purpose.

The cultivation system is still almost completely glossed over. There’s continues to be very little information about the actual mechanics or methods of increasing ones cultivation level. Despite the levels and breakthroughs being constantly discussed we know almost nothing about what the characters are doing to achieve these goals.

It’s almost as if the author is assuming that there is one true cultivation system that every book in the genre already agrees on, and so it would be redundant to actually discuss it beyond characters taking pills and “meditating”.

Then there’s the super-annoying narrator who is still pronouncing almost every line like it’s the last sentence in a children’s book, and he’s doing his best to add gravity to the last few words by narrating in a drawn out, and subdued, yet dramatic voice. It makes you feel like there is a crazy person who thinks he is surrounded by skittish, developmentally-challenged children, reading this book in the hopes of imparting a deep message... Just terrible.

I will get the next book as the writing is improving, but dear god, hire a new narrator.

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  • Randy Smith
  • 31-01-20

The Ending Sucks!!!

The ending sucks big time but most of the book was not that bad. The book works well for most of the story but someone who is trying to be free from fate he sure is at its mercy.

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  • David Hobbs
  • 31-01-20

I loved it.

Okay! I just finished! Tbh I loved the book! If you enjoyed book one of this series then you will also enjoy this one! The characters are great and the story is thrilling. While the MC is strong he is not over powered. He can be beaten and he can win against the odds. I’m living the series and can’t wait for the next one.

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  • Alex
  • 30-01-20

yes yes yes

really I love this series I compare it to the realms series just so good I really can't wate for the next book

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  • Elijah
  • 29-01-20

Great with one main issue

I enjoyed this book just about as much as the first one. I liked the growth of most of the characters, the problem comes with the most over powered cultivation to ever exist "BLOOD". I was frustrated how this cultivation allowed 4 breakthrough moments for one of our main characters in less than a month, like what? I would think most people would want to use blood cultivation, and the lack of blood cultivators feels like a huge plot hole, if it is such a fast track to power.

Let's compare for a second, the MC has a clutivation for body and spirit made by a being who claimed to defeat GODS and he is at a much lower cultivation compared to this blood cultivation chick. I am sorry but that just feels a bit off to me, I do not mind the MC not powering up as fast but he has a several thousand year old dude inside his mystic brush to teach him AND he had some lucky breaks, this chick can just go "ahhhh blood make feel good" and get major jumps in her cultivation, this bothered me greatly and I had to stop several times to understand why the author needed all these crazy jumps in power for her, and even by the end I was still bothered by it. I still liked the book though and would recommend it.