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Fantasy Faction => Fantasy Book & Author Discussion => Topic started by: J.R. Darewood on November 30, 2018, 07:48:07 AM

Title: Licanius Trilogy
Post by: J.R. Darewood on November 30, 2018, 07:48:07 AM
Is anyone else reading the Licanius Trilogy by James Islington?

The last book comes out in February!!!
Title: Re: Licanius Trilogy
Post by: J.R. Darewood on November 30, 2018, 10:29:22 PM
Ummmm ok I guess it's just me....
Title: Re: Licanius Trilogy
Post by: JMack on November 30, 2018, 11:43:44 PM
Ummmm ok I guess it's just me....

Is it good enough for me to use my December Audible credit?
Title: Re: Licanius Trilogy
Post by: Alex Hormann on November 30, 2018, 11:51:13 PM
I've read the first book and found it incredibly bland. It felt like a checklist of things a non fantasy reader eould expect to find in a fantasy novel.

Ye gods, those apostrophes.
Title: Re: Licanius Trilogy
Post by: J.R. Darewood on December 01, 2018, 01:09:33 AM
It's very stock fantasy, and I definitely wouldn't call it great but I really did enjoy the first two books. Sometimes it's nice to read something that's staunchly within the epic fantasy stereotype.
Title: Re: Licanius Trilogy
Post by: J.R. Darewood on December 01, 2018, 05:30:42 AM
Ummmm ok I guess it's just me....

Is it good enough for me to use my December Audible credit?

So @JMack ... here's what's interesting about the book:

* It's set in a place where there are normal mages and something called augurs which supposedly can see the future.  Before the beginning of the story, they ruled everything with an iron fist but they stopped being able to predict the future properly and there was a rebellion so now magic users are kept on a very short leash by the non-magical political leadership.  It's an interesting premise, it gives it a little bit of a fantasy x-men feel

* There is time travel but time travel doesn't seem to change things.  It'll be really interesting to see how he's going to get to what he's given the reader glimpses of in book 3.

* There's plenty of moral ambiguity. I think this comes out in the second book but I can't remember.  If you're interested in the thrust of the main plotline...

One of the MCs is a legendary villain who had an identity crisis and intentionally erased all his memories.

The bad guys are very overpowered, sort of like the Forsaken.  But the interesting twist is that they think they're serving God, or the fantasy equivalent of God, and a lot of the conflict is about whether or not the entity they're serving is actually good or evil.