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The Killing Fog

The Grave Kingdom, Book 1
Written by: Jeff Wheeler
Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins

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Publisher's Summary

The Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Kingfountain series conjures an epic, adventurous world of ancient myth and magic as a young woman’s 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 skilled team with a treacherous assignment: brave the wilderness’s dangers to retrieve the treasures of a lost palace buried in a glacier valley. But upsetting its tombs has a price.

Echion, emperor of the Grave Kingdom, ruler of darkness, Dragon of Night, has long been entombed. Now Bingmei has unwittingly awakened him and is answerable to a legendary prophecy. Destroying the dark lord before he reclaims the kingdoms of the living is her inherited mission. Killing Bingmei before she fulfills it is Echion’s.

Thrust unprepared into the role of savior, urged on by a renegade prince, and possessing a magic that is her destiny, Bingmei knows what she must do. But what must she risk to honor her ancestors? Bingmei’s fateful choice is one that neither her friends nor her enemies can foretell, as Echion’s dark war for control unfolds.

©2020 by Jeff Wheeler. (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

“Wheeler (Broken Veil) opens the Grave Kingdom series with this winding tale of valor and sacrifice, set in a realm where using magic summons a heavy fog that kills every living thing it touches. [T]he threat of the fog looming in the background adds atmosphere and tension.... This excellent introduction to the prolific Wheeler’s work will appeal to fans of Asian-influenced fantasy.” (Publishers Weekly)

“The unique cast of characters in a well-constructed world will appeal to readers of Terry Brooks and Orson Scott Card.” (Booklist)

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  • Kristi
  • 02-03-20

I miss Kate Rudd

Jeff wheeler as always have a wonderful story and stunning writing . Unfortunately, I could not get past the performance of the narration. The characters where ok but the narration felt breathy, with no life between the dialogue of the characters. It was very distracting from the story. I guess I’m just used to Kate Rudd’s colorful narration.

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  • It's Me Stacy!
  • 09-03-20

Great Narration Choice!!!

I love Jeff Wheeler! but seriously every fantasy lover should!! But I just loved the new narrator Emily Woo Zellar! she was an excellent choice for the telling of this story. her variety of voices for each character and the emotion she puts into those characters is amazing.

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  • Goldenrodfarm
  • 10-04-20

Confusing, needs different narrator

The narrator ruined this book for me. The breathy whisper makes it hard to hear and understand, I found myself constantly flipping back to try to figure out what I missed. I have bought several books lately that are narrated in this whisper, even with the volume all the way up it is difficult to understand, if there is the slightest background noise you miss more then you get, this eliminates listening to the audiobook in a car, one of the main places I listen. The names of characters are so many and varied, and all strange, that it was difficult to keep track of characters. Half way through the book I still didn’t understand what the plot was supposed to be. The blurb that describes the book starts with the main character being a survivor of combat school, I thought she was a survivor of her family’s massacre, maybe both, but it is still not clear. Maybe it would be different with a new narrator, but I won’t be getting any more of this series.

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  • Calvin
  • 04-03-20

The Narration is Hard to Listen To

I have loved Jeff Wheeler's books, but I will have to second the fact that this narrator is really hard to listen to. She is distracting to the story. She is basically monotone and breathy during the main part of the narration. The character narration is decent, but not great. I am really surprised with this audio book and I don't plan on keeping it. I am not going to be able to make it through the rest of the story.

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  • Aranubus
  • 29-04-20

excellent narration and story!

This book is a slightly different flavor then Mr. wheeler's other books, but keep an open mind and it will not disappoint. I've listened to almost everything he's put out, and once again I'm blown away by his writing, I absolutely loved the eastern culture influence that is prominent in this book.

The characters are well thought out and developed, and the way they interact with one another feels authentic and genuine.

Loved the book and narration is top notch.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 29-04-20

Struggle

It was a struggle to listen to this book. if the author had not written previous books I quite enjoy I would have given up sooner. Your mileage may vary.

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  • Akayeh
  • 28-04-20

Great book but....

The story is fabulous but the voice of the reader is better suited for bedtime stories. I kept falling asleep!

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  • Danielle Adkins
  • 26-04-20

Odd

I have every book this Author has ever done, but I'm in Chapter 9, still waiting to be hooked. I'm not liking the Asian setting in a made up world, too many new characters, with odd names I can't keep up with, and it feels like I've watch a movie/read a book on parts of this... I'll finish this, because I paid for it.
Also the reader sounds constantly like she's on a secret agent mission, no matter what she's reading, whether it's suspense, or they're happy in a "palace"...
Also, the whole smelling everyone, every emotion, everything is odd/tiresome.

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  • MP
  • 25-04-20

Story Doesn't End

Interesting premise, but moved too slowly. The story had too much narration of feelings, and not enough action. The reader was wonderful, however and changed voices for almost every character. Not as enjoyable as Wheeler's Fountain series. Because the story really didn't finish, I was left feeling a bit cheated. As usual, I loved that there were no sex scenes or obscene words.

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  • Jojo
  • 24-04-20

Terrible!

I have read all of the Jeff Wheeler series and some of his other books also, this book is honestly terrible. The narrator is really bad, the story is so boring, that something that usually takes a day or two to listen to, took me weeks to finish. I’m so disappointed because audiobooks aren’t cheap. Won’t be reading the other two.

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  • mags
  • 08-03-20

jeff wheeler at his best

when i started listening, i did not think i would enjoy this book. it is so different from his other series, but soon became engrossed in the story. the narration is 1st class. i can't wait to listen to the next.