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War has come to the Winter Kingdoms. The Dread will rise. Kings will fall.Summoner-King Tris Drayke takes what remains of his army north for a war he is ill-prepared to fight, as reports from spies confirm Tris's worst fear. A new threat rises across the sea: a dark summoner who intends to make the most of the Winter Kingdoms's weakness. In Isencroft, Kiara's father is assWar has come to the Winter Kingdoms. The Dread will rise. Kings will fall.Summoner-King Tris Drayke takes what remains of his army north for a war he is ill-prepared to fight, as reports from spies confirm Tris's worst fear. A new threat rises across the sea: a dark summoner who intends to make the most of the Winter Kingdoms's weakness. In Isencroft, Kiara's father is assassinated and she will now have no choice except to return and claim the crown. But she must leave behind her husband and their infant son to face the dark power that threatens her rule.THE DREAD is the epic conclusion to the Fallen Kings Cycle....

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ISBN : 11236353
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The Dread Reviews

  • colleen the convivial curmudgeon
    2019-03-25 11:16

    One of the reasons that I really liked this series at the out-set was that while it was a standard-as-all-heck sword & sorcery/epic type story, Martin wrote good characters that I liked and genuinely cared about. And even in this last installment, it's the little personal touches of the story between the characters that I enjoy the best.Unfortunately, they're rather few and far between as the story, overall, focuses on the war being fought on multiple fronts.One of the downfalls of our characters being spread all over - aside from the lack of personal touches - is the fact that we jump between 5 or 6 different perspectives, and as soon as things start getting good, we jump to someone else.More than that, though, is the fact that our characters have little to know way to communicate with each other, so we see each group sort of have to learn the same things that you already watched the other groups already learn. And while it makes sense to the story for all the groups to have certain information, it gets kind of tedious to have to keep reading the same stuff over and over again.And while the battles were sometimes cool, they felt mostly repetitive, and it was kind of annoying that it was just "ooh, here's the newest and baddest magical thing you have to fight against" and then, against the odds, people win, and then "ok, no, here's the newest and baddest magical thing you have to fight against".*sigh*There were some moments were it shined (Gethin was a nice addition, though I would've liked to see him interact more with Berry, Jonmarc's thoughts while on the battleground and missing the birth of his children was good, I liked the Aidane and Kolin storyline until Aidane started acting so stupid), but, overall, it just didn't live up to earlier installments in the series. I missed Carina and Calloway a lot, and Tris' parts, which were often my favorite in past installments, seemed to fall flat here - even though they were, arguably, some of the more intense and interesting. And after all the set-up, the climax was just so rushed and sort of unsatisfying, and a lot of the magical problems were resolved a bit too patly.I don't know - just, overall, I felt like Martin was relying on our connections with the characters from earlier books in the series instead of putting any effort into it this go around. (I will say, though, that she's pretty good at reminding you of things that happened in past installments without doing huge info-dumps.)Anyway, I didn't hate it and it was a pretty fast read, considering the size, but Fallen Kings doesn't hold a candle to the Necromancer cycle and it's kind of a pity that the end of the Kings cycle was so meh.It was also kind of annoying that the ending read a lot like the set-up for the next arc in the series, which is obviously going to involve the children that everyone's having. Bit too heavy-handed with the hooks for the next arc in the series, there.

  • Ranting Dragon
    2019-04-22 10:39 Dread by Gail Z. Martin, sequel to The Sworn, is the second book in The Fallen Kings Cycle and another example of the recent rise in duologies over trilogies. This cycle tells the continuing story of King Tris Drayke after The Chronicles of the Necromancer series as he struggles to protect his burgeoning kingdom from a threat from across the northern sea.A fantastic transition from young adult to adult fantasyI’ve felt all along, while reading Gail Z. Martin, that she seemed torn between the desire to write relatively simple young adult fantasy and more mature adult fantasy. As I read more of her work, I’m becoming more inclined to think that she’s doing this on purpose and, in so doing, filling a niche that could really use some more depth.Her characters are interesting and well developed, though they still lack the truly deep internal awareness and gradual development of those of, say, Guy Gavriel Kay. Instead we see some occasionally jarring shifts in attitude. That said, they do still push deeper than true YA fantasy tends to, providing a segue that will encourage teen readers to broaden their horizons.A compelling world with a unique magic systemThe main characteristics of Martin’s world are the substantial presence of ghosts in the world and the power of necromancy. The spirits of the departed are something everybody in this world is aware of and generally okay with. Family ancestors hang around to watch over the later generations, sites of major battles or massacres are rife with the angry dead, and the intercession of necromancers to help those who wish to pass on makes for a fascinating culture.Hero and ancestor worship is a common trend in our history and mythology, but when you can go to a place where the spirits of the kings of old are just hanging around for a chat when necessary, it provides a lot of great chances for plot and world development. Martin capitalizes on this wonderfully. Add in the attendant power of necromancy as a form of magic, and then give that same power to the villain of the series as well as the hero, and you set yourself up for a battlefield where the dead fight alongside the living, making the stakes even higher.Vampires! But not the crappy sparkly kind!Another great piece of Martin’s world design is the presence of the vayash moru, Martin’s version of vampires. They have a lot of the more traditional standard vampire characteristics: they drink blood, can’t be out in sunlight, are preternaturally strong and fast, and, of course, are tolerated (at best) by humanity at large. They form a lot of the socio-political plot in Martin’s books. They almost universally live off animals and not humans, and have an uneasy peace, but serve as the scapegoat for anything serious that goes wrong. Drought? Missing children? Mysterious murder? Blame the vayash moru.This really allows Martin to make some great statements about society and intolerance, showing the hypocrisy inherent in happily accepting someone’s help when it is convenient, then spurning them at the first sign of trouble, which is a very important part of developing your young adult reader into an adult reader. This vehicle for encouraging some critical thinking and analysis is almost as positive as the fact that they don’t brood or sparkle in sunlight.Why should you read this book?You should read this book because Gail Z. Martin is a solid writer. She has a firm grasp of pacing, suspense, character development, and plot. While I might say she isn’t doing anything particularly unique or groundbreaking, that isn’t always called for. Sometimes you just want to see an exemplar of the genre, and Martin provides that in spades.If you’re in the market for a traditional fantasy story, excellently told with relatable characters, compelling action, and a solid plot, then The Fallen Kings Cycle is for you.

  • MissM
    2019-04-17 13:14

    I really like the world created in this series. This volume is mainly war; multiple fronts of the same war. So it reads pretty fast despite being a large book. This is also apparently the last of this portion of the story - the "Fallen Kings Cycle" - and the next book will be part of the next cycle of the series.There is some frustration with overlapping events occurring but the characters being apart from each other so they can't combine efforts, but it's not enough to fully detract from the story. And, in some ways, the way the separate events are played off each other actually work well.Since it's war there are some deaths and some characters don't make it, though not so much as to take away from the main core.A very enjoyable series though and this book is no exception. As always, I look forward to the next.

  • Mandy
    2019-04-05 12:13

    I loved these. All of the books in both of the related series. Loved them. Quick reads that walked a fine balance between joyful happy endings and sorrowful loss that avoided the candied feeling of a fairy tale without getting lost in the grim over-reality of the 'Game of Thrones' books I just finished.I'll definitely be looking for her new series once it's available.

  • Mark Jordan
    2019-04-22 11:35

    All in all this book was really well thought out, the storyline had more twists and turns than a coiled snake. Thats exactly what some of the characters in the story were like also(a slippery snake).

  • Darin
    2019-03-25 08:38

    Pretty good. is there supposed to be a third book?

  • Mirjam
    2019-03-29 10:12

    When King Donelan of Isencroft is assassinated, his daughter and heir must leave her husband and infant son behind and hurry back home. Being the daughter of one king and the wife of another, Kiara knows all about the sacrifices the Royal family must make for the good of their kingdom. However, that does not make it any easier to leave your loved ones behind in such dangerous times. Her husband, King Martris Drake, has joined his army on the coast of Margolan where they face the dark summoner and part of the Temnottan army. Apart from leading his army Tris will be expected to face and defeat his evil counterpart or die trying. But although Kiara will be going home, she will not be any safer. Isencroft is divided between loyalists and divisionists, who hate the idea of a joint-kingdom with Margolan. The Divisionists have already killed the king, now only Kiara and her young son are left. Civil war is not the only threat facing Isencroft for the Temnottan army is attacking all the winter kingdoms at once. Kiara is facing a huge challenge as she must unite her country against the enemy. Once again dark clouds are gathering over the winter kingdoms. Can the young and mostly inexperienced kings and queens of the winter kingdoms defeat Temnotta and its dark summoner?Being a huge fan of Gail Z. Martin’s works I was counting the days until the release of her latest book, The Dread, second in The Fallen Kings Cycle. Martin always succeeds in bringing her story to life for me. The Dread is as engrossing as her previous works with all the subplots that are established. I often dislike it when authors constantly switch from character to character throughout the book. Mostly because I often end up being more interested in one particular storyline to the point where I am sorely tempted to skip the other storylines until after I finish the one I enjoy the most. So far I haven’t given in to temptation yet, but it is always a good sign when an author manages to make all the different storylines equally interesting. I can honestly say that I have never been tempted to skip parts in Martin’s works! Whether the story features Tris, Kiara, Jonmarc, Jair or Aidane, I am always eager to find out what is going on. I find the religion Martin created most intriguing with a well-developed system of good and evil. As a powerful summoner Tris is always walking a fine line between using his magic without crossing the line between good and evil. Misusing magic with the best intentions is still wrong. In The Dread Tris once again has to face the fact that this line is mostly black and white. Martin expertly balances physical battles with magical ones. There is always work for the army and work for the magic-users. Sometimes magic is used in most amusing ways, like in The Dread. I will not say too much, but the way the gift of fire is used sure made me chuckle out loud! The Dread is a book I know I will re-read many times. There is action, magic, love, sacrifice, good, evil, war and all those aspects that make a great fantasy story!

  • Eloise Kindred
    2019-04-03 08:23

    Compared to Gail Martin's first series, the Fallen Kings Cycle just didn't do it for me. The Dread continues when The Sworn finished as war comes to the Winter Kingdoms and the armies of Margolan, Isencroft and Principality are forced to face their enemy from across the seas but, although there are more action sequences in this book, I felt like I was reading the same battle scenes over and over again. There is still too much dialogue and little in the way of plot. The characters that I loved as outlaws in the first series (Tris, Kiara, Jonmarc etc.) are now all kings, queens, lords and ladies that I find it impossible to relate to. Other characters (Carroway, Harrtuck, Carina, Gabriel) are almost completely omitted. Instead of being in the thick of danger like they were before, they now sit and watch the battle unfold from afar and spend more time discussing with their advisers. The finale was rushed and anti-climactic. In short, I do not think this was a story that needed telling. I'm happy that Ms Martin wanted to write more about the Winter Kingdoms and the characters in it, but I think she could have done better.

  • Scott
    2019-04-08 07:39

    This is a very good read. The best in the bunch.But yes, it gets tiring when we see repeated characters and their history is explained again and again throughout all of the books in the series.I liked the introduction of a new story line, and the ending is excellent. But I think some of the characters should have culled a little more. I think it would have made the story a little more interesting.I am curios, while everything is tied up nicely at the end, it would be kind of cool to see where Ms. Martin would take these characters at this time frame and where the world would go. Whether she continues to build it up, or she tears it down a little.An entertaining series, especially since all of the books are written and you won't have to wait for the next one in the series to come out.Give it a try, it's not that bad, but it is also not on Sanderson's scale either.

  • Austin
    2019-04-16 12:28

    Having read the other books leading into this one, it helped having that background to finish this series out. Even though the book says #2, it is a continuation of the original Summoner Books, thus should be read in that order. The story itself was written the classic way the others were. I felt there wasn't as much diversity in the battle scenes/monsters involved in the fighting, merely most of the species of things were mentioned, but the only things that had some tangible parts were the "shape-shifters" which is always vague. I also felt the final battles between the main characters/villains were rushed. Alot of hype and build-up, but the actual battle ended in about 2-3 pages. I still recommend this whole series to people who like classical fantasy with a band of characters with some magic thrown in.

  • Audrey Terry
    2019-04-01 07:14

    This was another solid read for me. As always Martin delivers not only on the battlefield, but in her descriptions of the magic used throughout the story. I loved reading about the Dread and Tris's journey to the Nether. I also found new characters to fall in love with in this installment. I'e always had a soft spot for Kiara and Tris's relationship, but I think that Aidane and Kolin's story is really sweet as well. But not sickly, just really 'aww' worthy (even if she's kind of an emotional dunderhead/ convenient badass) I really wish the next book was out. That's all I'm gonna say. This one didn't end with a cliff hanger, but the story laid out was enough to have me anxious to see how the new leader's lives pan out.

  • Liana
    2019-04-13 13:29

    A nice blend of magic and THE DEAAAADDDDD...! Pretty good stuff.Kiara’s role as a new queen is very interesting. She’s such a strong and dependable woman now, who really shines in this story! Tris’s role has gotten a lot more interesting too, and some of the choices he made made me doubt whether it was a good idea, and hoped everything would turn out for the best. Page 551 was certainly a real shock, when (view spoiler)[Tris told Soterius to stab him in the heart... That whole scene was INTENSE! I was worried if Tris’s strategy would pull through or not, and if the preservation spell on his body would fail. (hide spoiler)] That was definitely my most favorite scene out of the whole book.Check out this series sometime, if you don’t mind a crazy long story. 8)

  • Suzanne
    2019-03-24 07:28

    Overall, the story was ... okay. That's it. Not great. Not terrible. There were a *lot* of battle scenes, many of which seemed repetitive. The romance was incredibly sappy. However, I'm not a big fan of schmoop in my books - it's rare that I will read anything schmoopy unless the plot and/or character development that surrounds all that sap is well-done - so take that comment with a grain of salt. Much was predictable. Much was unexplained. And the battle between Tris and Scaith was anticlimactic.

  • Benjamin Babeshkin
    2019-04-18 06:19

    This book is the last of the "Chronicles of the Necromancer" series. It ends the Fallen Kings Cycle storyline. It ties up some loose ends, and opens up the possibility of future books dealing with the children of the main characters. I particularly enjoyed the Aidane and Kolin storyline. Would recommend these series to anyone that enjoys character driven epic fantasy. It also has a lot to offer to Vampire lovers.

  • Shannon Jones
    2019-03-28 13:37

    Meh. The book was ok. It seemed to drag on a bit and the end was a bit anticlimactic. I think better character development would have been more interesting rather than sheer volume of characters; so many in fact that in the back of the book there is a glossary of characters to help the reader keep track. Overall, didn't seem to be well thought out.

  • Gene
    2019-04-20 06:37

    Another excellent entry to the series. really enjoyed the continued story of the regular characters, and the addition of the new characters. However, that said, I really feel like the bad guys in htis story were not very well fleshed out. They were basically boogey men, only known by name, until the final battle.

  • Lisa
    2019-04-15 05:22

    I enjoyed this series, although I think it was a little rushed. There was a lot going on, with a lot of characters in different places; which I think woul dhave benefitted from a longer series - perhaps 3 books instead of two.It seems that the ending was left open for another series as well, and I'm sure I'll read it when it's published.

  • Don McDonald
    2019-04-18 11:12

    I have enjoyed the books in this world and plan the read future works from the author. The characters are good and enjoyable but there are times when the books seem to wind down very quickly at the end of the story.

  • Meredith Kaupp
    2019-04-16 06:13

    This has become one of my favorite fantasy series. I love all of the characters, and I love that the focus stays on them rather than spending too time on what the villains are thinking. I hope there will be more books set in this world.

  • Andrea
    2019-04-17 10:20

    As much as I enjoyed the other books in this series this one did fall alittle flat. I love the characters but it seems as though too much was going on and then climaxed very quickly!Not my favourite from the set but worth a read to finish off and tie up some ends.

  • Charley
    2019-04-18 09:40

    I thought the book was great. I enjoyed how the story can continue with the children of the characters. While I understand why they had smaller parts, or were entirely missing, I did miss some of the characters. Overall a good read

  • Rebecca
    2019-03-24 09:22

    Addictive. I think she is a fantastic author and the characters are well written. I especially love Aidane and her relationship with Kolin. Now I have to go get the rest of the books in the Fallen Kings series so I know how everything started!

  • Jackson
    2019-03-27 08:24

    A good wrap up of the story of the current generation of protagonists. Left it wide open to start a new series about their kids. The typical "here comes the bad guy, we better find some new skills/artifacts to deal with it," but still well written and enjoyable.

  • Craig
    2019-04-24 11:27

    Well done Gail Martin. While the book ended a little to fast for me, I still loved it. I gave it 5 stars because I couldn't put it down. No spoilers here, but it could easily have been made into a trilogy.

  • Patrice
    2019-03-26 07:16

    As with all the other books in the series, this is part of a duology within a longer series and I think concludes Martin's Chronicles of the Necromancer books. I really enjoyed this series and I like how things turned out. I am also looking foward to Martin's next book series.

  • Ursula
    2019-04-07 13:13

    I could not put this down and so bummed when it ended because there isn't another. This story collection with Tris and his friends has become one of my favorites and will definitely reread them again. Wish there was more to come.

  • Soteris
    2019-04-08 12:12

    Gail Z. Martin concludes the story that she started with the Sworn in a spectacular finale in the Dread. If you're a fan of Gail's work, you wont be disappointed. If you love fantasy, you will not be disappointed.

  • Michael
    2019-03-27 09:36

    I just haven't been able to make myself finish this. I want to because I've invested time in this series, but I'm getting the feeling this is a toxic relationship. Somehow even with a war it feels as if nothing is happening. It was already formulaic to the extreme, and now it's gotten boring.

  • Joanna
    2019-03-25 07:10

    I don't know what happened, but it seemed that the magic of the series was lost after the fourth book.

  • Robert
    2019-04-12 08:19

    AN apt ending for the series..... for now.