Sunday, March 4, 2012

Review (Fantasy) - The Fallen Kings Cycle by Gail Z. Martin

DESCRIPTION The Sworn - The Summoner-King Martris Drayke must attempt to meet this great threat, gathering an army from a country ravaged by civil war. Tris seeks new allies from among the living – and the dead – as an untested generation of rulers face their first battle. Meanwhile, the legendary Dread are stirring in their burrows after millennia of silence and no one knows what hand wakes them and whom they will serve when they rise.

Now, Drayke turns to the Sworn, a nomadic clan of warriors bound to protect the Dread. But even the mighty Sworn do not know what will happen when the Dread awake. All are certain, though, that war is coming to the Winter Kingdoms.

DESCRIPTION The Dread - Still reeling from plague and civil war, the Winter Kingdoms face an invasion force from across the Northern Sea led my a dark spirit mage in the name of ancient, vanquished gods. Summoner-King Martris Drayke and an untested generation of new rulers must stand against an unholy alliance of shadowy invaders.  To prevail, Tris must win the uncertain support of the Dread, spirit-beings that stand guard within the sacred barrows over an even more fearsome threat imprisoned within.  In the balance lies not only the freedom of the Winter Kingdoms, but Tris’s life and the soul of his young son, whose untested magic might be the biggest spoil of war.

The Dread is Book Two of The Fallen Kings Cycle, and it picks up the adventures of Tris, Jonmarc and the Winter Kingdoms gang immediately after the events in The Sworn.

The Fallen Kings Cycle is a  fantasy duology consisting of The Sworn and The Dread. It is an extension of the Chronicles of the Necromancer series following the same characters. In this pair of novels the eclectic band of friends face their greatest challenges. They are forced to accept ultimate responsibility and become the next generation of leaders among their various factions as one by one the various kings of the Winter Kingdoms succumb to assassination and disease.

Told from multiple points of view, we get to see how each beloved character responds to the new threats as all of the Winter Kingdoms go to war against an enemy that is the match to their own Summoner. Needless to say, people are lost along the way. We feel the survivors grief. Battles are frantic and chaotic and the action is furious.

Both books reveal new layers of spirit magic and secrets of the dead. The Dread are immensely powerful and need to be awakened for the Summoners forces to prevail but at a risk of awakening and even more powerful entities that the Dread themselves guard.

The Fallen Kings Cycle is a worthy closer to the series and readers of epic fantasy are sure to ensure this fast-paced character-driven story.


  1. I need to get back into the Chronicles of the Necromancer series. I was quite enjoying the first book . . . when it fell into the river and was promptly washed away. Sigh.

    I did pick it up as an ebook not too long ago, so hopefully I'll get to it soon.

  2. Love this series and just got the The Dread..can't wait to read it and hope Ms. Martin comes back to it.

  3. I would choose the light bike without hesitation. As a kid, I never had a bike with a chain guard, rode my bike almost every day, and never hurt myself.

  4. Thank you for reviewing!! It's very helpful.


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