August 13, 2019

#ReleaseDay & #BookReview: Pale Kings (Lost Gods #2) by @micahyongo @angryrobotbooks

Synopsis: When the gods return to claim their world, the Five Realms will fall, in this earth-shaking epic fantasy thriller from the author of Lost Gods

For centuries the Five Lands have been at peace, but now a nameless enemy is tearing apart their borders. 

When a young assassin, Neythan, is summoned to SΓΊnam, he expects to help uncover the enemy, but is instead confronted with secrets from his forgotten childhood, all somehow linked to the ancient scroll he has always carried. 

As the invasion continues, and the supernatural forces responsible are unveiled, Neythan must learn the truth about the power that lies in his blood... before it is too late.

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About the Author:  MICAH YONGO is a UK-based journalist, writer and videographer. When he's not writing articles he can be found lamenting the often rainy weather in his beloved hometown of Manchester, working on his true passion - fiction writing - or blogging about the varied things that make the world tick, and those who live in it.

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My Review: This one started out with a cover that I didn't really care for.  I think it works well for this title but I would have liked something to really grab you!!  This book starts off where book one ends and I will say that if you haven't read book one you will be hopelessly lost.   In this book of hope and back stabbing you don't know who to trust and who not to trust.  I thought that the story opening to this one was kind of on the slow side. Although it did pick up pretty quickly, the pacing was spot on for this as it unfolded at a great pace once the story got going.  

The writing style was easy to follow and I enjoyed all the growing anticipation as the story unfolded.  I was never lost and the author painted a beautiful picture.  

This book is slated as File Under: Fantasy [ Monsters and Men - False Myths - Priest-Killers - Unravelling Truth ] And I have to say that that list is SPOT ON!!  If you are looking for a new EPIC FANTASY!! With amazing characters and a great story arc then check this one out! 

"Ringing follow-up to 2018’s Lost Gods… Yongo is building an increasingly strong fantasy story in which tiny details assemble into fascinating mysteries."
– Publishers Weekly
"A richly imagined adventure inspired by African folklore and mythology"
– B&N Sci Fi & Fantasy Blog

Praise for Lost Gods

“Yongo invigorates the epic fantasy genre with his original and accomplished voice in the striking and throroughly enjoyable Lost Gods.”
 Adrian Tchaikovsky, Arthur C Clarke Award-winning author of Children of Time
“Fast-paced and intriguing… with an African inspired setting that makes a refreshing change.”
– Anna Smith Spark, author of The Court of Broken Knives

Lost Gods is a fully immersive experience which made me a fan again. It made me seriously take my time, soak in its prose, get lost in this fully realized, rich and vital world, and get whisked along in its adventure. Micah Yongo pays respect to his elders, like Charles Saunders, while defining a space for himself in the pantheon of great sword & sorcery (sword & soul!). He is a griot, a true storyteller, coming into his own.”
– Maurice Broaddus, author of the Knights of Breton Court trilogy and The Usual Suspects
Lost Gods is a tense, complex fantasy thriller that keeps the reader guessing until the very end.”
– Mike Brooks, author of the Keiko series

“Lost Gods is fresh, fierce, and lush with inspiration from the lands and mythology of ancient Africa and the Middle East.”
– Cameron Johnston, author of The Traitor God

“There’s a lot of lore here, beneath the skin, and for lore junkies like me, that’s pretty much irresistible. So a big thumbs up from me, and I’m going to keep an eye on Micah’s career.”
– This is My World

“It’s rare for a book to grab me from the get-go quite like Lost Gods did.”
– Alan Brenik

“Read this book for four hours nonstop… I can’t wait to see what Yongo is going to reveal next.”
– Angry Elves

“A wonderful introduction to a new world, in which there is so much going on, and so much more to learn and explore. I happily give 4.5 hoots and look forward to Yongo’s next book!”
– Purple Owl Reviews

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