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The Forgetting Moon

Written by: Brian Lee Durfee
Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
Length: 30 hrs and 44 mins

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Publisher's Summary

A massive army on the brink of conquest looms large in a world where prophecies are lies, magic is believed in but never seen, and hope is where you least expect to find it. 

Welcome to the Five Isles, where war has come in the name of the invading army of Sor Sevier, a merciless host driven by the prophetic fervor of the Angel Prince, Aeros, toward the last unconquered kingdom of Gul Kana. Yet Gault, one of the elite Knights Archaic of Sor Sevier, is growing disillusioned by the crusade he is at the vanguard of just as it embarks on his Lord Aeros' greatest triumph. 

While the eldest son of the fallen king of Gul Kana now reigns in ever increasing paranoid isolationism, his two sisters seek their own paths. Jondralyn, the older sister, renowned for her beauty, only desires to prove her worth as a warrior, while Tala, the younger sister, has uncovered a secret that may not only destroy her family but the entire kingdom. Then there's Hawkwood, the assassin sent to kill Jondralyn who has instead fallen in love with her and trains her in his deadly art. All are led further into dangerous conspiracies within the court. And hidden at the edge of Gul Kana is Nail, the orphan taken by the enigmatic Shawcroft to the remote whaling village of Gallows Haven, a young man who may hold the link to the salvation of the entire Five Isles. 

You may think you know this story, but everyone is not who they seem nor do they fit the roles you expect. Durfee has created an epic fantasy full of hope in a world based on lies.

©2016 Brian Lee Durfee (P)2019 Recorded Books

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  • Matthew
  • 10-05-19

alright-ish

the book has classic turns and twists. pretty easy to guess what happens. expected more from everyone else's reviews. Good story but just let down from all the other high praise reviews. all in all, it's worth a read but expect it to be an average story and nothing "absolutely amazing"

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  • Dave Williams
  • 01-06-19

Great except...

Plot and characters are interesting. Heavy on swords, light on sorcery (I'm quite tired of sorcery). The author's mastery of language is impressive. But I initially thought that the concept of the 5 angels was juvenile. If you're like me, you'll eventually get used to these silly deities. I started book 2 immediately after finishing book 1.

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  • John MacKenzie
  • 11-07-19

Pointless dark

I've got a ton of books on Audible and need to admit that I quit with about an hour left of this one. I've never EVER read a book where I was actively rooting for a plague to wipe out everyone. I'm all for dark characters, anti heroes and redemption, but this 30 hour slog strained my brain from the repeated eye rolling.
Thomas Covenant is a more sympathetic character than anyone in this book.

Reynolds is a fantastic reader.

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  • John
  • 30-03-19

Good but Frustrating

Some of the characters are very frustrating to read because of their self-doubt and hesitation. I am hoping that this is because they are evolving and in the next book they will be more decisive.

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  • Thomas Cavano
  • 27-06-19

Who to like?

Despite Reynolds’s usual artistic performance, this story remains frustrating. There may be protagonists but they are whiney and confused. The antagonists are two-dimensional villains. The only characters to admire are those secondary to the action. The plot twists are frustrating too, less a function of irony or justice than seemingly random events, as if plucked from a hat of alternatives without regard to story line. Dialogues are broken up by paragraphs of unnecessary inner monologues as if the author were being paid by the word. There is perhaps an interesting story to be told here, but it is muffled in the over elaborate emotional reportage of people I wanted to care about but couldn’t - people I don’t want to know.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-05-19

Can’t make up my mind to either return this book or get the second one.

I did not like any of the characters but the storyline was interesting. If I thought the next book would develop the characters beyond being sniveling whining teenagers I would get the second book just not sure if I want to invest a credit to find out.

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  • Sailfish
  • 09-05-19

Who's your daddy AND who's your mommy?

For those who enjoy their medieval fantasy adult-themed with lots of court intrigue, betrayals and, at times, gruesome encounters then there is lots to like about this novel. Brian Lee Durfee skillfully creates many character arcs with ample backstory to make them memorable. He does this in equal amounts for the likeable and the detestable. Tim Gerard Reynolds's performance brings each of these players to life in one's mind as he narrates the unfolding tale.

Onto Book 2.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-03-19

meh

The story was not bad but this book left a lot of unanswered questions that a reader would not normally need to wait to get answers to. it just kind of stopped in the middle of the story.

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  • Rusty
  • 27-07-19

GOT type, dark, midevil, political

I'm writing this review because I felt the reviews posted were unfair. This is a solid grim dark series. There is a lot of violence, I think that is what turned people off. For me the story is set in a world where life is cheap so the violence fits. My favs are GOT and Joe Abercrombie. This series is less compelling but good. Definitely worth a try if you enjoyed stories sim. to above.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-06-19

Great book epic start

If you like Game of Thrones or action-packed political fantasies this is the book for you it is epic this book sets up the world of five isles and the political schemes trying to take over the world you find yourself rooting for the characters and taken back by the brutality of war I cannot wait to buy the second book I didn’t set this down in 2 days I listened
to 40 hours of book

6 of 7 people found this review helpful