The Killing Fog
The Grave Kingdom
By Jeff Wheeler
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.
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Adult Point of View
The Killing Fog has an exciting new world created by Jeff Wheeler. The world is rich and complex with characters facing moral dilemmas.
Not only are there factions fighting to exist in a harsh world, but there are unexplained powers within artifacts from a bygone era. When the fog rises it kills those it touches, but no one knows where it originates. The current people live within the cities of a people whose history is lost to time. Why did this former civilization disappear?
The main character, Bingmei, has her life course changed when mercenaries attack her home. As she grows, she comes to find that she values her own life more than revenge.
There haven’t been dragons for ages, and the lost city she is sent to find might not even exist. When she and her companions find a lost city, they are in awe. There is no way to know what awaits them in this mystic palace. Bingmei is guided on their travels. Even she doesn’t know that deception is at the heart of the sword binding to her. Bingmei sets the wheels of destruction in motion when she is tricked by the ancient forces.
When Bingmei is seen as a means for peace, she questions the fate planned for her. The rising evil is great, but is it greater than the forces already at work? When there is unspeakable evil in the hearts of mankind, why should she sacrifice herself?
I can hardly wait for the next in the series. If you enjoy fantasy novels with interesting worlds, you won’t want to miss The Killing Fog.
5 out of 5 stars
If you loved The Killing Fog, try The Darkwater Sage by Patrick W. Carr and Incarceron by Catherine Fisher.
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