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I read Jeff Wheeler s Harbinger series and really enjoyed it That was the reason I chose to read the Killing Fog As with the Harbinger series, I very much enjoyed what I read The story was very intense and the characters were unique and well built My only problem is the story started a little too fast and didn t have enough back story at times I felt like I was either learning as I read or had to piece together why we were where we were at certain times I m sure if you readof Wheeler s series, some of the language verbiage would makesense Overall though, a really good book an good start to a new series,Thank you to Jeff Wheeler, NetGalley, and 47North for providing me with an advanced reading copy. Thanks to NetGalley and 47North for letting me read and review this incredible story I m already anxiously awaiting the next book in this series I love and have read most of Jeff Wheeler s works and he never disappoints with his stories full of adventure, intrigue, romance, life lessons and so muchIt s always one wild rollercoaster ride with my emotions when I read one of his books, but I always learn or take away something and enjoy the stories immensely.I always find myself easily lost and immersed in the worlds he creates and invested in the characters and the stories they have to tell This story is very unique and different from others that Jeff Wheeler has written and just as amazing and engrossing as the others I have read.In this story, we find ourselves following along with this story of an orphaned girl named Bingmei, who is with a group of mercenaries that serve a local ruler They are sent on a mission to find and retrieve what treasures they can that are in a lost palace buried and preserved in ice But when they get there, they findthan they bargained for and when they upset the tomb, they unknowingly cause havoc Bingmei unknowingly brings Echion, Dragon of the Night back to life, waking him from his tomb and now is meant to fulfill her part in the legendary prophecy She has to destroy Echion before he takes over all the kingdoms and he has to stop her from destroying him Bingmei knows what she has to do, but she doesn t know if she can do it This is in a world of ancient myth, legend, magic and is a story about love, loss, grief, balance, duty, honor and what people do when faced with difficult choices in heart rending situations and so muchYou definitely want to have this one on your list, preorder it and read it as soon as you can. Revenge settles nothing It only poisons those who carry it in their hearts The Killing Fog by Jeff Wheeler My thoughts Two nights ago, I was outside with my elderly beagle While he sniffed his way around my yard, I watched the sky The moon was full and it cast a silvery glow on the grass and trees, only interrupted by clouds that seemed to be growing as I watched It had been an unseasonably warm day and only now did a cold wind start stirring around me The air was moist and seemed to run its cold fingers across my skin As the breeze picked up, it carried the smell of damp earth and decaying leaves The hair raised on my arms and neck as I felt like I was being watched It was eerie and unnerving I hurried my dog inside and dead bolted my door against the dark and whatever was in it.You may be wondering what this has to do with The Killing Fog by Jeff Wheeler That s reasonable Bear with me and I ll tell you Wheeler has a way with words that immediately pulls you into the setting within the first paragraph He draws on all the senses in his world building and puts you straight in the middle of a world that is touched by ancient China and Mongolia You can smell the camphor, myrrh, and cinnamon You can hear the marketplace or the shouts of the soldiers You can see the boats laden with fish And yes, you can feel the eeriness and foreboding of the Killing Fog It was a feeling almost exactly like my midnight excursion with my pup and I wanted to lock my doors lest the fog rolled in and claimed my furballs lives Bingmei has faced farthan an unnerving dog walk, as she lives and breathes in this wild world Wheeler has created She has faced loss upon loss and now struggles with developing attachments Here are her thoughts after one such loss Loss quivered in her chest again, though she tried to still the wrenching sensation Death was something that happened often It did no good to become too attached to people Bingmei often feels throughout the book that she would not sacrifice herself for anyone That she is selfish Over the course of the book she comes to the conclusion that she would die for her friend Quion and that maybe she s not as selfish as she thought When she s asked to sacrifice herself for a cause greater than herself she balks at the idea Maybe it s selfishness on Bingmei s part or maybe it s because too many have already died to preserve her life Maybe throwing her life away seems to her that it wastes their sacrifice This is a truly honest feeling How many of us would choose to sacrifice ourselves, given the chance to think about it beforehand Overall, I don t think any of that detracts from her character since it is such a human thing to feel Bingmei is likable and fierce She has secret skills that are unique from most fantasy books I ve read The supporting characters were also interesting Bunmia Suun is her master and a maternal figure in Bingmei s life She is highly skilled as a warrior and highly moral Her honor and how she lives it day to day is refreshing as it s not cheesy or portrayed as weaker than themorally ambiguous characters She loves her followers dearly and treats Bingmei as a daughter One quote I liked, is Bunmia describing herself When I take an assignment to protect something, I protect it as a mother does her cubs It is powerful magic The most powerful, I believe We also have two potential love interests that, thankfully, never descends into a love triangle Any romantic feelings are secondary to the rest storyline The first is Quion He is the sweet, steadfast boy next door The other is Rowen, our brooding bad boy that isthan he seems I look forward to seeing which one wins the girl This is a very clean read where love is hinted atthan anything One last thing, I truly appreciate what Wheeler has done with this book The female characters are strong, fierce, moral, and honorable without falling into stereotypes that still prevail in fantasy fiction How many times are a woman s strength portrayed as being less than a man s and she needs to be rescued from her innate weakness Here the men and women are on equal footing Their strengths are different but equal If one character shows any weakness, it is because they are human, not because they are male or female Many thanks to the author for writing his characters that way Also, my thanks to Netgalley for the ARC on exchange for my honest review Real love is displayed when a choice has to be made It would be easy to heal everyone who was sick if it didn t cost you anything But what if it meant excruciating pain Then you would have to make a choice Do I love enough to take on that pain, or do I take the easy route and keep this gift to myself Daughter of Light by Morgan L Busse Some recommended reading that I think is similar to this book Daughter of Light by Morgan L BusseMark of the Raven by Morgan L BusseProphet by R.J LarsonA Cast of Stones by Patrick W CarrRed Winter by Annette Marie Survivor of a combat school, the orphaned Bingmei belongs to a band of mercenaries employed by a local rulerHow can such an awful predicament seem so serene Strange I strolled through Jeff Wheeler s pages of THE KILLING FOG centered, enlightened, while the forces of this unknown land released horrible terrors I can t help, but go back to Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon That beauty stricken time frame with hardships, determination, honor, and the unforeseen deaths.THE KILLING FOG is considered adult, however, it is clean Super clean in the aspects of no cussing, there s high level mind sets of what is right and wrong, and no sex or over lusty moments Even the fighting scenes, minus a few characters who perish, are not overly cringe worthy One might ask with all of these none existing layers in an adult Sci fi Fantasy how did you come to enjoy it so much Didn t you miss the bloodshed Sometimes those aren t needed when the elegance of a story commandsthan the need for the bloody tales with gore The essence of THE KILLING FOG is so much .I am a dark fan reading type of girl, and the lack of these qualities didn t affect me in the slightest Honestly, I appreciated the change and fell in love with the honor and determination of the characters The magic that misted into the story line and the pacing was phenomenal I enjoyed so much how bits of the story pieced together with time with no intention to fast track due to the end is coming The characters, oh, I enjoyed their slight differences The twist of Bingmei s ability now, I m not spoiling that for you Jeff Wheeler is truly a master at pulling together an amazing story There is so much as a writer myself, I m taking away after reading THE KILLING FOG.I don t know if I would ve ever read THE KILLING FOG given it s none dark feel, but I m delighted I went out of my zone and did THE KILLING FOG rates 4.5 5 stars for me I m excited to see where The Grave Kingdom Series goes and how Bingmei continues to evolve I for one will definitely have my eye s peeled for the following sequel I received an ARC of THE KILLING FOG by Jeff Wheeler in exchange for an honest review This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of the review.Let s be honest here If it was great or sucked, I have no problem writing it out.Check out THE MOTHER COVER LOVER BLOG www.jenarcolliins.com for the full Cover Critique as well This is an easy 4.5 stars for me.Considering I love the fantasy genre so much it s a bit of an oversight for me that I haven t read any of this author s previous books only because I never knew which series I should begin with When I saw The Killing Fog the first in The Grave Kingdom series offered on Netgalley I jumped at it and am so glad I did.We are thrown immediately into the action as Bingmei s entire family and community is slaughtered and she narrowly escapes From there the story continues to progress at a good pace, neither hurried or too slow, and Bingmei becomes a formidable fighter in a band of mercenaries led by Kunmia Kunmia s team are sent on a mission, along with an exiled prince and his friend, to find a legendary palace buried beneath a glacier Also buried and now awoken is a powerful lord, Echion, who commands a legion of outlaws and who rules over The Grave Kingdom the kingdom of the dead.I loved the Asian influences throughout the book It was very fitting for the storyline The author has drawn a cast of characters whose unique strengths and weaknesses are revealed bit by bit along the way Together they make a strong ensemble The magical components add an element of unpredictability to the story.I now know why Jeff Wheeler is such a popular author and I can t wait for the next book in the series 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 lifethan 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 I received an ARC from NetGalley All opinions are my own.Forreviews go to www.talesuntangled.wordpress.com Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the free e arc Already I am eager forin this series Since being introduced to Jeff Wheeler a year or so ago I have thoroughly enjoyed getting lost in the many worlds his mind has produced, and this is no different I love how he ties history and culture yet builds a whole new realm around it It is refreshing to have female leads in each of Jeff s books, and Bingmei is quite an interesting character to get to know Jeff is able to be descriptive without being overwhelming about it, so that the characters build up and come to life with ease There is plenty of action and suspense throughout I kept trying to sneak a chapter or two in down time at work because I just HAD to know what would happen next Learning the way Bingmei interacts with her companions and the world at large and learning what sets her apart and why was fascinating Each time a question is answered, those answers bring 3 or 4questions, without feeling too convoluted At the end, you really feel Bingmei s struggle between what the world is expecting of her and what she feels is right My only complaint is that I now have to wait until I can read what happens to Bingmei and her companions I received this book from the author and NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion I happened to discover Jeff Wheeler a few years ago when browsing books to borrow fromIt s been one of my greatest discoveries to date His series feature fantastically detailed worlds They have magic, and a strong hero or heroine that faces some kind of evil The main character often makes mistakes, but then sees the error of his her way and overcomes them to become a better person The Killing Fog is the start of a new fantasy series featuring a girl named Bingmei who s entire family is killed in front of her as a child After finding someone to take her in, she trains as a warrior, partly so that she can take revenge on the man who killed her family She and her team are hired by a king to go search for a hidden kingdom When they find it, a great evil is awakened and the world is in danger Bingmei must decide how or if she is going to save the world She will have some loyal friends to help her along the way. FBRC REVIEW DISCLAIMER I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Thank you NetGalley and 47North for providing me with an ARC of this book The Killing Fog by Jeff wheeler is the first book in the Grave Kingdom series It is a very promising first book and pulled me in from the very beginning The book is about an orphaned teenager Bingmei who belongs to a school where they are trained to be warriors They are available for hire by the Kings to complete various missions Bingmei and her journey are one of exploration, growth, and sacrifice Will she able to sacrifice herself for the people and do they deserve it The story was fascinating, engaging, and a definite page turner with the right pacing and story development I also loved the glossary and the character details provided in the book as a reference There were proverbs Dawanjir spread out throughout the book that I really loved The group is lead by a fierce leader Kunmia Kunmia is hired by King Budai to collect various artifacts that contain magic He then comes across a fisherman who found a rare piece of stone that is claimed to be the part of the Summer Palace They set forth on this journey teaming up with another Quonsuun to find out if the stories of the Summer Palace and its existence is true or not The team is ambushed by bandits and by following their leader s instructions they get pulled into an unexpected situation Bingmei unknowingly brings Echion the Emperor of Darkness into existence and therefore dooming their country into destruction, despair, and tyranny.Bingmei is our central character and we follow her from when is 12 yrs old to her teenage years as a young adult Her character is brave, smart and special She is someone who is said to have the winter sickness which is loathed in certain parts of her country whereas welcomed and respected in other neighboring countries Her pale skin and white hair have always been looked at with contempt and wariness by people Her parents and her grandfather loved her enough to avoid getting hurt by outsiders Her training began at a very young age She was a hard worker who had the passion and dedication to be a warrior Her character was not that of a perfect girl who is flawed, selfish at times and someone who made her own survival a priority I loved her character and the role she plays in bringing the story together.Kunmia is a fierce warrior with the heart of gold She was a second parent to Bingmei and guided her journey She is protective, selfless and a great example to follow for her young followers I loved her and how she was secure and confident in her position as the leader of her Quonsuun She handled her situations very well and was always humble.Marenqo, Zhui, and Meishi were great cast as well They were different and had their voices with interesting traits The fisherman Quion is also a great supporting character They all were amazing Bao Damanhur is the leader of the second Quonsuun He is arrogant, prideful and a great warrior as well He is an interesting character and his relationship with Prince Rowen is also fascinating They are all unique All these characters and their motivation to be part of the expedition to find the Summer Palace Their skillset and strengths help them move forward on their journey The expedition itself was risky to attempt and the outcome was unknown The greed and need to be in power shifts from some characters to the other character.Rowen as a character hasn t shown his true nature, he is very good at controlling his emotions and not letting it get the best of him He is prideful, jealous, and ambitious He is not what you expect in a prince and yet you can t help their cause because they are all banded together to ward off the enemies One thing the book has in common is the characters are gray Morality, right or wrong is something they grapple with They do understand the severity of situations but have difficulty doing the right thing as well.Emperor Echion is truly a great villain and the perfect antagonist with powers unknown to the characters and dark magic that rivals the living world His limitations are unknown and the extent to which he might use magic to gain power is not something we can imagine at this point He is without mercy, prideful and arrogant I want to knowabout him and how it all connects him to Bingmei.We see the elements of greed, revenge and the aftermath of these How the power and the greed forend up withpeople dead The book is not heavy on gore, it was clean but at the same time had fight sequences, adventures they take us on I am extremely curious about Bingmei and her special skills I wasn t a fan of it in the beginning and after the story progressed I was OK with it I want to knowabout their background, history of the place and the connections they have to current events I wonder how Bingmei will accomplish her task and come out unscathed as well It is nearly impossible, but I love her determination and motivation to do things Hopefully, we will get an amazing sequel to this book I can t wait to read it and discoverof Echion, Bingmei, and Rowen.Overall this was a fun and engaging read I loved it and totally recommend it to all YA fantasy readers It s unique, well written and amazingDefinitely check it out ^KINDLE ✙ The Killing Fog ⇲ 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 PriceEchion, 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