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The Buried World (The Grave Kingdom, 2) Paperback – June 23, 2020
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The young warrior Bingmei pits her courage, combat skills, and very life against a brutal tyrant’s dark magic in the follow-up to Wall Street Journal bestselling author Jeff Wheeler’s The Killing Fog.
The orphaned Bingmei didn’t choose to be a hero. She has no wish to cross the Death Wall to save the world. But she has awakened Echion, emperor of the Grave Kingdom and Dragon of Night, and it is her destiny to defy him. From his imperial city of ancient sorcery and immortal darkness, Echion conspires to fulfill his own destiny: vanquish Bingmei, revive his queen, and rule together for another eon unchallenged.
Traversing a labyrinth of caves and mountains, Bingmei and her band of allies prepare their defense against a fateful war they cannot win. But when they are overcome by Echion’s terrible power, Bingmei is left vulnerable to a ruthless assassin…one with orders to capture, not kill.
Before he destroys her, Echion craves something more than Bingmei’s soul. Only she has the power to resurrect Echion’s ancient queen, Xisi, whose evil is matched only by his own. Once reunited, their dark shadow will fall like a shroud over the realms. To be a savior, Bingmei must first survive what she has unleashed, and to survive she must begin to understand the seeds of power she’s never learned to control.
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“Wheeler once again blends exciting confrontations with depth of characterization and superb world building.” ―Booklist
About the Author
Jeff Wheeler is the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Killing Fog in the Grave Kingdom series; the Harbinger and Kingfountain series; and the Muirwood, Mirrowen, and Landmoor novels. He left his career at Intel in 2014 to write full-time. Jeff is a husband, father of five, and devout member of his church. He lives in the Rocky Mountains and is the founder of Deep Magic: The E-Zine of Clean Fantasy and Science Fiction. Find out more about Deep Magic at www.deepmagic.co, and visit Jeff’s many worlds at www.jeff-wheeler.com.
- Publisher : 47North (June 23, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 335 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1542015030
- ISBN-13 : 978-1542015035
- Item Weight : 12 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #839,001 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bingmei can sense what people are really feeling, whether it’s love or disgust, and she can tell if a person is good, evil, or conflicted. She knows exactly what people keep hidden or what they don’t bother to hide. Because she’s different, she faces prejudice. But the same people who despise her tell her that it’s her duty and privilege to sacrifice herself so the world may survive. For a long time, she has believed that the world, with all its hate, prejudice, and deception was not worth saving. But now she sees the death and havoc caused by her refusal to cross into the Grave Kingdom. Echion, the Dragon of Night, is more evil and destructive than she could have possibly imagined.
As her journey progresses, Bingmei discovers more and more people that she considers worth saving. Now all she has to do is make it to the Grave Kingdom.
Jeff Wheeler does his usual masterful character and worldbuilding. Bingmei, our reluctant heroine, grows mightily through this second story, as does Rowen. This is is another enjoyable story that’s hard to put down.
The downside to this book is that it is not the end, and we must wait for the next story. I’d knock off a star for The Buried World pretty much ending on a cliffhanger, as did the first book, but it’s business as usual for this author. Just not my favorite way for a book to not end. Very much looking forward to the next book, though, and hoping it’s the conclusion of the story. Awesome continuation of Bingmei’s tale.
I received this book as a digital Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) from the publisher through NetGalley. My opinions are my own.
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The book is good a bit slow in parts. Much of that is to do with the fact that in the last book the heroes had suffered devastating losses already and are seemingly over matched when it come to what they are facing. So they are already on the back foot or actually in the run.
I do like the twist that what seems to make the bad characters almost invincible is what might be the key to defeating them. There are a number of the hints at things in thus book of a more spiritual nature, destinies to come, and past lives.
I am definitely intrigued for the next book. On a personal preference I am hoping for a lot more marital arts action, that just unlocking a new spiritual power to win the day. I am also interested I who Bingmei chooses, I know who my preference for her is, but is that destiny already written?