The Shadow of What Was Lost

The Shadow of What Was Lost

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"It has been twenty years since the god-like Augurs were overthrown and killed. Now, those who once served them - the Gifted - are spared only because they have accepted the rebellion's Four Tenets, vastly limiting their own powers. As a young Gifted, Davian suffers the consequences of a war lost before he was even born. He and his friends are despised beyond their school walls for the magical power they wield: a power that Davian, despite his best efforts, cannot seem to control. Worse, with his final test approaching and the consequences of failure severe, time to overcome his struggles is fast running out. But when Davian discovers he wields the forbidden power of the Augurs, he unwittingly sets in motion a chain of events that will change his life - and shake the entire world"-- Provided by publisher
Publisher: New York, NY : Orbit, 2016
Edition: First U.S. hardcover edition
ISBN: 9780316274098
Branch Call Number: SF Isli
Characteristics: 693 pages : map ; 25 cm


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Sep 26, 2019

I have a love/hate relationship with the fantasy genre. On those rare occasions when I come across a fantasy novel that truly soars, I'm 100% invested. Unfortunately, this is rare. James Islington's Lucanius Trilogy book #1, The Shadow of What Was Lost, comes close. It's still a little too fantasy-ey for my preferences, meaning that far too often the genre tends to zap the humanity out of the story, but I would likely rank this book in my own top 10 among fantasy books. The rules of Islington's world are complex, which may necessitate a re-read, but the characters feel alive and their hopes and fears valid. Worldbuilding is important to me but believable characters and their arcs are more important so I'm tentatively looking forward to continuing the series.

Apr 26, 2019

This and Echo - the 2nd installment are quite good. Reminds me a lot of Name of the Wind in its slow character development and unveiling of elements at a slow speed. Enjoyable though. I am curious how its all going to tie together in the 3rd book. One of those series in which I can't wait to read the 3rd book. Not as good as Sanderson or Rothfuss but quite enjoyable.

Feb 01, 2018

gave up on series after 165 pages of book 2, it was blah,blah,blah with no end in sight, book 1 at least had some action to help move the heavy subjects along, and I gave it a couple of stars but book 2 was a deal breaker for me, as boring as wheel of time which I gave up on after book 6 and it was literally like, minor skirmish with some antler guys, gets new power,eats breakfast,hints at what is coming, repeat book 7

Dec 02, 2017

Great start to a new series. The characters are great, although the storytelling style is overly descriptive at times.

Oct 18, 2017

This was so good. It took me a long time to read because I had to share it with my husband (he ended up finishing first).

I love reading new worlds and this one is just fantastic, especially for a debut. I was so into it already from the beginning. The author keeps you guessing and doesn't reveal things until way later on - which makes you want to read faster - but, reading so many cryptic things made me want to keep a notebook of stuff I should be remembering while reading ... (I kinda hope someone else has done this so I can find it and finally understand half of the references to things that happened in the past.) It was a lot to take in, and it's a big book, and truthfully, I'm glad it's just going to be a trilogy and also that 2 of the books are out already so that I don't have to stay guessing for too long.

I love all of the characters so much ... really, every single main character ... Davian, Wirr, Asha, Caeden (I WANT TO KNOW MORE!), Aelric, Dezia, Karaliene, Taeris, the other Augurs ... I just need to read the next one already.

One thing I did not like was the violence. Honestly, it was mostly fine, but sometimes the descriptions of torture, of mutilated bodies were too much for me. However, don't stay away from the book if you're scared of this because it's rare.

The front cover says it's recommended for Wheel of Time fans (one of my favourite series) and that's why I picked it up, and I'm extremely glad I did. Recommended if you like fantasy and want to read something new!

Apr 01, 2017

If you like Robert Jordon's Wheel of Time series with all it's complex characters and in depth world then you will likely love this book at much as I did!

It did take me about a month to read however this didn't diminish how deep I was sucked in while reading it. So many questions and twists. I was kept guessing through the end!


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Apr 26, 2019

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