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    Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths Reviews Ice Forged is an entertaining but flawed fantasy post apocalyptic hybrid that dazzles in its depiction of the frozen waste of Edgeland and its prisoners colonists but undergoes a disappointing evolution near the end that results in a very forgettable conclusion.The story itself centers on a young nobleman, Blaine McFadden, who succumbs to righteous anger and slays his abusive father The King of Donderath shows mercy to young Blaine by banishing him to a penal colony in the bitterly cold, northern realm called Edgeland This is a country of snow and ice, mountains and volcanos, which has six months of daylight and six months of perpetual night Life here is possible, but it is a painful one, filled with never ending coldness that seeps into your bones until you forget what warmth ever felt like Indeed, without the liberal use of magic, life in this harsh penal colony might not even be possible, and it definitely would not exist without the supply ships that arrive from Donderath throughout the year So while Blaine s banishment to Edgeland is cloaked in mercy, it is in truth a sentence worse than death After Blaine receives this punishment, six years pass in the book with the turning of a page Our young hero is now called Mick , having decided to hide his noble heritage from his fellow prisoners, and he has survived long enough to become a colonist inst...


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    I won an ARC of Ice Forged by Gail Z Martin in November 2012, right here on Goodreads And so you know, all opinions are completely my own and Big Mike receives no compensations of any type for this review This book s cover art grabbed me immediately while skimming through the many GR book giveaways Fantasy Ice Hyborean looking hero And the fiery lettering of Ice Forged emblazoned on the cover was enough to pique my interest.First off, this is the sort of story that, while not defined as a mystery, has several sequences and even characters I think would spoil it for you if I were to give away too much.Better to say that it is a heroic fantasy, with strong male and female characters, taking place in a world once ripe with magic, and now stripped of much of it s external beauty, having become devastatingly bleak, from war, strife, and the near death of magic itself It is a character driven, well plotted, world building fantasy and certainly NOT your typical, farmer boy w royal blood on a quest to defeat the e...


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    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum ve long been curious about Ice Forged Though I also own The Summoner from her Chronicles of the Necromancer series, for some reason I just knew I wanted this one to be my first Gail Z Martin book They re both stories set in high fantasy worlds, but lands of ice and snow have always fascinated me, I don t know why Maybe because I think these harsh settings are often fertile ground for exceptional protagonists, driven to be harder in an environment marked by extreme temperatures and scarcity I love to read about characters becoming shaped by those experiences and overcoming those challenges.So it was a pleasant surprise when the book began by throwing its main protagonist into a situation that was even harrowing than I d expected Blaine McFadden is convicted of murder, and though his reasons for the killing were honorable, the young nobleman is sentenced to live out the rest of his days in a penal colony on Velant, an icy wasteland at the edge of the world Six years later, Blaine now known as Mick is a new man, emerging as a natural leader in the eyes of the other convicts and colonists Still, they are ...


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    Want it in a nutshell Prisoners in a Russian gulag find out that the world they were forced to leave has been all but destroyed And despite having been sent to the ends of the earth for their crimes against the kingdom, and putting in hard time in horrible conditions, they are a bit reluctant to leave the life they have been able to forge in this land Lead by a noble who gave up his name when forced out of his old life it may be up to them to keep the world from falling in on itself For the most powerful magic users in the land have pushed the land to its limit, and destroyed the very power they hold.A lot of little things to like here, making the story rise above the fairly generic nature of the tale While stuck in a very medieval fantasy setting the most generic of the generic the ice land prison colony is honestly a new setting for me in the genre Frozen wasteland though it was there was enough life to make it interesting Lead man Blaine Mick in this new land had earned his ticket of leave and built a homestead along with a few other residents And I will admit that at first I missed that the house was hiding a DD questing party in its wings complete with a female rogue skilled in dagger use Blaine, earning his living on the fishing boats and actually making a life of it despite the animosity of the guards, particularly their leader For a ticket of leave gets you out of the prison mines, but no one is allowe...


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    2.5From Read Now section on NetGalley.I ve been reading this for days It wasn t really gripping so I forgot to add it on reading list Every few days I d take a peak and I managed to finish it Even now I am not sure what to think of it Maybe I wasn t in the right mood for t...


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    There s a voice in my head that tells me that any Martin that also uses their initials must be related to George I imagine that Gail and George could be having writer type conversations at family meet ups, swapping plot ideas and congratulating each other for another book they enjoyed Sadly, it seems this is only in my mind, I couldn t find any evidence at all of a familial connection However, there are plenty of other connections apparent here For a start, they both write successful epic fantasy series although one of them does appear to be slightly successful than the other And the similarities don t really end there I may have only read Martin s George R.R Song of Ice and Fire series and this is my first Martin Gail Z but there are a number of plot similarities too.Like that other series, Ice Forged features a grim, northern, icy wasteland where the dregs of society are sent Here it s a prison instead of a wall, but you could easily argue that the wall is a prison for most that are sent there Also, this is a world where magic has fallen back from society Not as far as in A Song of Ice and Fire, but there are just a few magicians left in the service of the king The general populace don t even really think of their knacks as a magic any But that s okay, the George Martin doesn t own icy wastelands or magic systems These are both commonly used motifs in epic fantasy.Lord Bla...


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    Forged is the seventh novel by American author Gail Z Martin, and her first one to take place outside of the Winter Kingdoms, the world of the Fallen Kings Cycle and the Chronicles of the Necromancer It tells the story of a young man s quest to stay alive in a world turned to chaos Blaine Mick McFadden finds himself struggling to restore order in the face of warlords, assassins, criminals and the threat of an invading army.A new world and a new styleI mentioned in my review of The Dread that I felt she filled a very useful niche in the transition between young adult and adult fantasy, melding the simpler styles of YA with the serious and realistic themes of adult fantasy With this new series, Martin seems to be pushing further into the world of adult fantasy with a much grittier and darker vision for her characters and her world.In this book, we find that Mick has been sentenced to exile in the frozen penal colony of Velant for the murder of his own father, a nobleman and Lord who was also a vicious abuser and rapist And so we re already off t...


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    I grabbed this book on sale for the Kindle and I have than mixed feelings about it.It s not terrible but the character building isn t that great and the plot is full of holes especially the part with Vampires, it really felt like they are in the story because the author likes them.All in all I don t want to spend a lot of time talking about this book but here is a quick summary of the story The hero Blaine Mick gets condemned for the murder of his father who deserved it and sent to a penal colony A huge war takes place while he is gone that ends up with the destruction of most of the kingdoms as well as the disappearance of magic When learning of that the penal colony revolts, the bad governor is killed and Mick decides to return to the mainland to try to make magic come back because it turned out that a lot of mundane things were using magic and a world without magic sucks Add a sprinkle of vampires clans fighting in the bac...


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    I ve picked up a number of books through LibraryThing s Early Reviewers program over the years Some have been phenomenal, and some have been pretty good, but a lot of them have been pretty mediocre, if not downright bad So when I signed up for a chance to win a copy of Gail Z Martin s upcoming novel, I had my fingers crossed all I really wanted was an enjoyable, competently written fantasy from an established author at a well known publisher.Ice Forged delivered exactly that.The basic premise was an intriguing one an arctic penal colony gets cut off from the rest of the world after the magical version of nuclear Armageddon Has the post apocalyptic scenario been done before in a fantasy world If so, I haven t read it yet, which isn t saying a lot, other than that the idea here was new enough to me to be exciting Anyway, the main character, a nobleman s son by the name of Blaine McFadden, gets sentenced to Velant, the aforementioned penal colony at the top of the world There s some quick jumps in time as we see Blaine adjusting to his new life, while back on the mainland we re introduced to a secondary protagonist, a functionary of the royal court named Bevin Connor It s through his eyes that ...


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    This was my first book by Gail Z Martin From the cover I m not really sure why I was expecting something a bit military SF flavored Nope This is straight up fantasy, and I d recommend it for anyone in the mood for a big, chunky, entertaining but not too demanding tale in the genre.We re introduced to a Scottish tinged land, a feudal realm dependent on magic Blaine McFadden is heir to a manor, but his father s atrocities finally drive him to kill the man This action gets him exiled to the northern penal colony of Velant Fast forward a few years this part felt a bit rushed , and Blaine, now calling himself Mick, has made a life for himself in Velant Life is hard, and the governor has a grudge against him, but he s become a self reliant man, and has gathered friends around him Then a magical catastrophe strikes After quite a lot of chaos, dithering about, messing with enigmatic maps and pendants, and meeting with vampires, among other events, it transpires that Blaine may be the very last heir to the Lords of the Blood who, generations ago, tamed magic for the use of the kingdoms And that means he may be the only one who has a chance of restoring the power that everyone depen...