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Blood of the Lost

The Darkness Within Saga, Book 2
Written by: JD Franx
Narrated by: Simon Vance
Length: 19 hrs and 46 mins

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Publisher's Summary

Few people survive the suffering that Kael Symes has experienced. Hot steel, demonic magic, and the loss of those he loved.

After escaping the horrors of Arkum Zul, Kael and his companions survive a terror-filled night on the ocean only to find themselves shipwrecked and stranded in the Wildlands. With forest tribals on the warpath and old enemies roaming the forest, Kael struggles to come to terms with what he is slowly becoming - a killer. A DeathWizard.

In the fight against the evil that threatens to consume him, Kael learns that the Dwarven Mountains far to the north may hide an ancient monolith that holds the answer to the corruption that flows in his veins.

But trekking across Talohna is a dangerous prospect. It is a world that holds its secrets close. The cost of uncovering them may very well be his soul and quite possibly his life.

©2017 JD Franx (P)2017 Podium Publishing

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  • Victor
  • 06-11-17

Frustrating, and dissapointing

You know those movies where problems could be solved if the girl didn't run away and just listened to a few words? This book reads like this. Every character makes such bad decisions that could be avoided if they just sat and think for 10 mins. I loved the first book, but this second was just too frustrating having me wish everyone would just die from their poor decisions.

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  • Edward
  • 09-11-17

Very Frustrating! Parts are really well done<br />

As others have indicated the over use of coincidental non encounters is way over done

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  • Margaret McKnight
  • 27-10-17

Good wtiting Bad book

I want to say this book is really great I really do the writings well done and the story is good but the author seems to want to use so many clifhangers the book becomes impossible to read. I would gladly read this book if literally, he wrote one line differently.

This book is incredibly infuriating the entire permise of the book seems to be the MC dealing with prejudice and whatnot but the author dangles a massive clifhanger over you for the entire two books so what might have been amazeing turns into a really infuriating book about the MC failing to find his wife or even learn shes alive when he could learn for some magical reason one of the characters happens to be in the way and stop him I wouldn't mind it so much if it didnt feel like it was just the author teasing the reader his wife has an ability to dream walk and straight up told him she was alive through dreams but for some reason he believes that his wife is dead even though their entire backstory says even on the most faint hope he would believe she was alive not only that but his wife can teleport and she never once seems to try teleporting to him.

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  • leon thornton
  • 06-03-19

So frustrating and breaks one of my cardinal rules

This book is way too frustrating, and it breaks one of my cardinal rules.

1. There are so many scenes in this book where you believe the main characters are finally going to meet up only to have some random occurrence happen out of nowhere to ruin everything.

2. The main villains never die. A witch gets stabbed through the stomach, no problem, we'll just have her walk by herself for a day and randomly run into some people who can help. An assassin gets killed. Maybe not, we'll just get a necromancer (who was actually looking for someone else) to stumble across him in the afterlife and bring him back instead. One of the main villains finally killed... Nope, gotcha again. This time we’ll get him to use an illusion to make someone else look like him while he stays watching in the shadows.

3. Finally, my biggest issue, the cardinal rule if you will, is that you never kill off the main protagonist unless this is the last book in the series. Almost all of the story lines in this series revolve around one guy. If that guy dies, and you don't find a way to bring him back right away (like you did all of the villains), then that's the end of the story. This series is over. I'm left wondering why a third book was even written. As a general rule, if the main character dies, I stop following any remaining books (unless there's a character spin off).

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  • dawkinsd
  • 25-10-18

Gripping and Exciting

Very fast paced and action packed and love the world building. Wasn't expecting the ending to be like this. Can't wait to read the next book.

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  • sigrunar
  • 26-09-18

best series ever

I love the twists and turns this series is undertaking. no spoilers but I wanna be a dark wizard...

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-09-18

I love this series!

this book series is comparably one of my favorites. I the performance is great and captivating the story intriguing and addictive.

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  • Crystal Benidict
  • 20-09-18

Amazing read

I was so frustrated at some points throughout this story that I felt like throwing my iPod through the window. It’s definitely worth reading but ughhhhhhhhh -So many misunderstandings and missed opportunities to clear everything up.. -

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  • Michael
  • 11-09-18

loved it

Great books, cant wait for #3

A+ Narration and writing. Cloud not put it down

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  • Ibrahim Kurdieh
  • 17-07-18

Lots of potential but poor execution

The main story and premise of this book are very enticing. Without spoiling the book, I can say that it very cleverly combines compelling and original ideas in a way that could have been groundbreaking. Sadly, the execution fails miserably for the same reasons the first book failed in this series: The story is ultimately sadistic and punishing to the reader. Even in the most got wrenching fantasies like Song of Ice and Fire, there is some catharsis. For example, when Eddard Stark was killed, Danerys got her dragons. In Blood of the Lost, the good guys lose over and over again without any cathartic moments. This book feels like being tortured before you are executed; it just piles on the suffering and the pain in a sadistic matter. As was the case with the first book, read it if you are a masochist who enjoys suffering, Or if you enjoy siding with the bad guys. Otherwise avoid at all costs. The ending was so devastating and heartbreaking that it made me wonder if the author is acting out cruel and sadistic Fantasies in this book (and the previous one).

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-05-18

Worth a listen, struggled to finish

Don't get me wrong, I like the world that has been created, and the story we are following is interesting. But I found myself lost a few times trying to connect too many people to each other (mostly with secondary characters) and the amount of near misses and misunderstandings just left me annoyed.

Simon Vance was amazing as ever.

I'll consider getting the next book as I do want the story to continue, I'm just dreading even more misunderstandings.

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  • M. Paddon
  • 14-03-18

Great epic fantasy with a few niggles.

I'll break this review down into a few sections to make it easier to see what I liked and didn't like.

Characters: Largely excellent characters that are brought to life in full 3d. Each are distinct and have a depth of personality, character, strengths and weaknesses that set them clearly apart from each other. Like or loath the character they are certainly fully formed and fun to follow.

Story: The story is what you expect from a good epic fantasy. It is deep with plenty of plots being embarked on by the main characters and those that are targeting them with good or ill intentions. The magic system the author has made is a good one, though the spells being used might have had a bit more depth at times I though. I also thought that at times they story dragged a little, but never quite enough to bore me too much.

Negatives: Convenient magic and stupidity were two of my main issues. The issue with the magic came about from our DarkWizard. When he first arrives he is saved a couple of times by casting a shield on instinct to save his life. Yet later this stops happening. It's possible that his tattoo is the issue, abut at no point does he try to fix this or even try to cast the shield with his will when he starts to understand his magic a little more. Given how often he is nearly killed I can't believe this would not be a priority for anyone. Likewise he carries around a Grimoire for months that he looks in a total of two times and one of those is to show someone else the book. He wants to learn about who and what he is and how his powers work but makes no real effort to look at more of the book.

Stupidity is where the author makes a character do something that isn't likely for any sane intelligent person to do just because the plot needs them to do it. Some of it would be like me entering evil lair, seeing a pentagram surrounded by candles and thinking it would be an awesome idea to go stand in the middle.

There are other things where characters ignore stuff they likely wouldn't in reality, or say things that aren't likely just because if they did it would radically change things in how the plot went.

Overall: The two books are a good listen, made all the better by having Simon Vance as the narrator. He in my top three narrators for fantasy fiction and does his usually excellent job here too. Overall I certainly recommend this series of books and there is plenty of story left to tell after this one.

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  • Alex
  • 17-03-19

Back to the bdsm torture..

Well...bdsm torture starts once more. Fun.
This starts to annoy me.
Ugh.
Near misses torture more torture and the main charecter being a helpless doll once more....woohoo....

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  • Brian P
  • 22-08-18

OMG...a real epic for me

JD Franz and Simon Vance equals epic audio book. Can't wait for the next book

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  • infensus
  • 29-05-18

Decent but frustrating

There are many points in this book where characters don’t community properly simply to further the plot (and other silly moments/decisions I can’t plot spoil). And there’s Gideon, a 500 year old head wizard who is as dense as a plank. The plot is also huge and keeps on opening up further without an end in sight, and the “twist” towards the end can be seen from a mile away (book 1). Also for the love of god stop getting every character to say “fair enough”. This book felt like a filler and while it had its fun moments it had more frustrating ones.

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  • Del M.
  • 03-05-19

good listening

not bad for so nothing I picked at random. great pace and twisty plot. enjoy

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  • Matt Holbrook
  • 02-05-19

amazing

I've fallen in love with this series, so gripping and really gets the emotions flowing.

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  • MonkeyFud
  • 28-04-19

keeps pace going.

enjoying this and the narrator too. nice little find for me. lacks complex depth but enjoyable all the same.

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  • j
  • 05-04-19

Ok but way too much plot armor spoils the tension.

best thing was the narrator everything else was average at best. the main story was long and frustrating with no real payoff

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  • kyle toyne
  • 25-03-19

Great

Great reader, great story just great can't wait for the next book to come out

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-03-19

Story, characters & narrated = Brilliance.

If like me you enjoy David Gemmell, this series has every book he ever wrote and improved them. Highest praise I can give.

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  • Cody
  • 22-01-19

PepeHands

How dare this book make me feel against my will. although if you have read book 1 pick this up aswell cannot wait for book 3

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-12-18

Frustrating, illogical and inconsistent writing.

I really love the premise of the story and the world. The narration is brilliant in my opinion, too.
The execution is just incredibly frustrating, the characters are forever kept apart by highly inconsistent decisions. The entire series is filled with terrible, illogical decisions from characters that go against all prior character building.

If someone hunting Kael for being an evil deathwizard said: 'Why did you kill that poor innocent group of orphans?' Of course, those orphans would've been literal demons eating children, but instead of defending himself he'd say something ludicrous like: 'They deserved it! I only wish I killed more of the disgusting things!'

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-09-18

AMAZING STORYLINE

Absolutely loved this book! When is the third installment!
Keep them coming please and thank you.

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  • Marc
  • 12-04-18

great second book

full of twists, turns ........ ending with yet more questions than answers. what could come next.....I will be looking for the next book..

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  • Bradley
  • 12-09-18

This book is not terrible

Instead of having a 10 or 12 hour book they dragged out to a 20 hour and just added bits and pieces that make it even worse they've had the same plot for the last two books and it's absolutely terrible

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  • Paul wallace
  • 01-04-18

not good

struggled to finish this book it was boring and it failed to keep my interest

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