Book Title: The Killing Fog
Series: The Grave Kingdom (#1)
Author: Jeff Wheeler
Goodreads Link: Click here
Release Date: 3/03/20
Star Rating: Excellent start to a new series by a favorite author
Disclaimer: I received this book free from Netgalley in return for an unbiased review.
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. – Goodreads
I’m a huge Jeff Wheeler fan. His books are an auto-buy for me. So when I found out he was starting a new series that is, as he describes it, “fun martial arts adventure story set in a world with a geography like Alaska and the culture like ancient China” I was eager to get my hands on an ARC.
Mr. Wheeler does not disappoint. Firstly, I really enjoy entertainment that features Asian cultures like anime, K-drama, Japanese light novels, and literature by authors like Amy Tan and Lisa See. This series is inspired by those cultures, and I love it.
He is an excellent fantasy writer, in part because his books are never heavy handed or hard to get into. They are easy to read and engrossing. I just got the second book as an ARC and I’m excited to get to reading. I think you will be happy if you pick up this series.
Song for this book: Princess of China – Coldplay ft. Rihanna