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An ancient evil emerges. The Glass Kingdom is at war. Not even the gods can help now. Full-scale rebellion rages in the south, and Sir Torsten Unger must lead the Glass Army to face it. But when a new and unfamiliar king forces Torsten to march alongside one of his fiercest rivals, he must draw on his faith to keep the army from fracturing. Whitney Fierstown continues his An ancient evil emerges. The Glass Kingdom is at war. Not even the gods can help now. Full-scale rebellion rages in the south, and Sir Torsten Unger must lead the Glass Army to face it. But when a new and unfamiliar king forces Torsten to march alongside one of his fiercest rivals, he must draw on his faith to keep the army from fracturing. Whitney Fierstown continues his tutelage of the blood mage, Sora, who is desperate to get a better handle on her mysterious powers. Their journey brings them to the merchant city of Winde Port, where they seek passage to Mei Ping aboard a ship. It's smooth sailing until they realize an old nemesis is hunting them, hell-bent on vengeance and willing to turn to an evil unlike any they've ever faced before.


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An ancient evil emerges. The Glass Kingdom is at war. Not even the gods can help now. Full-scale rebellion rages in the south, and Sir Torsten Unger must lead the Glass Army to face it. But when a new and unfamiliar king forces Torsten to march alongside one of his fiercest rivals, he must draw on his faith to keep the army from fracturing. Whitney Fierstown continues his An ancient evil emerges. The Glass Kingdom is at war. Not even the gods can help now. Full-scale rebellion rages in the south, and Sir Torsten Unger must lead the Glass Army to face it. But when a new and unfamiliar king forces Torsten to march alongside one of his fiercest rivals, he must draw on his faith to keep the army from fracturing. Whitney Fierstown continues his tutelage of the blood mage, Sora, who is desperate to get a better handle on her mysterious powers. Their journey brings them to the merchant city of Winde Port, where they seek passage to Mei Ping aboard a ship. It's smooth sailing until they realize an old nemesis is hunting them, hell-bent on vengeance and willing to turn to an evil unlike any they've ever faced before.

30 review for Winds of War

  1. 4 out of 5

    Soo

    Note to Self: Stop getting books in this series just because it's cheap. Note to Self: Stop getting books in this series just because it's cheap.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    It is not often that the second book is better than the first, but I found it so in this series. This book was less funny than the first, which was a bit of a shame, but there was a lot of action and it was a bit darker, which I felt made the book slightly better. There was good development of the first book. This is part of a series; you could try to read it as a standalone book, but it is much improved by reading them in order. Again, there is a cliffhanger at the end, but I imagine anyone woul It is not often that the second book is better than the first, but I found it so in this series. This book was less funny than the first, which was a bit of a shame, but there was a lot of action and it was a bit darker, which I felt made the book slightly better. There was good development of the first book. This is part of a series; you could try to read it as a standalone book, but it is much improved by reading them in order. Again, there is a cliffhanger at the end, but I imagine anyone would want to read the third book so it is more funny than anything.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    I received this book for free. I am voluntarily leaving this review and all opinions expressed herein are my own. This is the second book in the Buried Goddess Saga. It is really not a standalone book and should not be read without reading the first book - Web of Eyes. It should also be noted that this book ends on a cliffhanger. This book is even better than the first [and I am hopeful that the third book will continue to improve upon its predecessor]. The story picks up a few weeks after the las I received this book for free. I am voluntarily leaving this review and all opinions expressed herein are my own. This is the second book in the Buried Goddess Saga. It is really not a standalone book and should not be read without reading the first book - Web of Eyes. It should also be noted that this book ends on a cliffhanger. This book is even better than the first [and I am hopeful that the third book will continue to improve upon its predecessor]. The story picks up a few weeks after the last book ended. The main characters, Torsten, Whitney and Sora have parted ways. Torsten is dealing with the politics in the castle and trying to support his King, even though the Kingdom is heading towards war. Whitney has begun to teach Sora about his thieving ways -- although she is starting to have a virtuous influence on Whitney as well. The characters, who were well developed in the first book, continue to grow. Sora, in particular, is fleshed out more and she has become much more interesting. Red Star is back and has a key role. There are plenty of action sequences. The humor is still present but a little less so than in the first book. This book is a bit darker, but it has to be given all the turmoil in the Kingdom and the war. This story is so well written. I highly recommend it. I listened to this story -- the narrator, Luke Daniels, was fabulous in the first book and he is even better in this book. He has voices for all of the characters. His narration enhances this well written book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Bolt

    I enjoyed the story and the characters. However the writing seems slightly stilted and I noticed a lot of missing words and things that didn’t match up. (For instance tough salty meat became chewy dried fruit.) The story is set in what could be an interesting world if it were fleshed out to some extent. The action also took place over a fairly short period of time indicating the distances traveled didn’t match up with the map. And the use of a giant spider has been done so much that it’s become a I enjoyed the story and the characters. However the writing seems slightly stilted and I noticed a lot of missing words and things that didn’t match up. (For instance tough salty meat became chewy dried fruit.) The story is set in what could be an interesting world if it were fleshed out to some extent. The action also took place over a fairly short period of time indicating the distances traveled didn’t match up with the map. And the use of a giant spider has been done so much that it’s become a cliche. Even with all that, I have started the second book because I want to see where the characters end up and if they grow beyond how little the actually changed through their first adventure. MCs need to stretch and grow and I want to see that evolution in the three main characters.

  5. 5 out of 5

    J.C.

    Love the cast of characters!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ammon

    If you came here looking for a review of the World War II novel of the same name by Herman Wouk, prepare for disappointment. If, however, you're here for the latest and greatest in the ongoing adventures of Whitney "Bliss-Slayer", Torsten of the Glass, and Sora the blood mage then you're in for a treat. This review is for the audiobook version of Winds of War as narrated by Luke Daniels and in which he delivered yet another stellar performance. If you already are a fan of Daniels' work then you'l If you came here looking for a review of the World War II novel of the same name by Herman Wouk, prepare for disappointment. If, however, you're here for the latest and greatest in the ongoing adventures of Whitney "Bliss-Slayer", Torsten of the Glass, and Sora the blood mage then you're in for a treat. This review is for the audiobook version of Winds of War as narrated by Luke Daniels and in which he delivered yet another stellar performance. If you already are a fan of Daniels' work then you'll feel right at home. The latest installment in the Buried Goddess Saga picks up where we left our heroes at the conclusion of Web of Eyes. Whitney and Sora are off on their own with Whitney corrupting … er … teaching Sora the arts of thievery while Thorsten is trying to support the new king. There are so many things I'd like to talk about here, but I really don't want to spoil it, so let me just sum this up by saying that Web of Eyes was good, but Winds of War was very, very good. The characters we were introduced to in the first book are further fleshed out, we see them continue to grow and develop, and they respond consistently, but not predictably to the challenges they face. Sora, who I thought was just OK in book 1, had a star turn for me. She is a much stronger character this time around and consequently is much more interesting. In book 1 the POV would shift between the two male protagonists, but in book 2 we have Sora added to the mix and so we get see and know her more intimately. Once again, Bruno & Castle have created a fun romp through a fantasy world. If you liked the first book, you'll definitely have fun with the sequel. *** Disclaimer: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Colin Rowlands

    Firstly, this is a direct sequel to book one and you should read or listen to that one first as it is well worth it and you will then appreciate this one much more as well. Our three protagonists spend quite a bit of time being out of their depth in this book as the overall situation for the world has escalated quite a lot since book one, albeit the self-confidence of Whitney will rarely allow him to admit such a thing even to himself despite the new and returning enemies they have to face this Firstly, this is a direct sequel to book one and you should read or listen to that one first as it is well worth it and you will then appreciate this one much more as well. Our three protagonists spend quite a bit of time being out of their depth in this book as the overall situation for the world has escalated quite a lot since book one, albeit the self-confidence of Whitney will rarely allow him to admit such a thing even to himself despite the new and returning enemies they have to face this time round. I am not sure if the narrator is having fun with these books or not, but he certainly sounds like he is with some accents continuing to be a little outlandish at times, although thankfully he has either toned down the one he uses for Whitney or I have become acclimatised to it by now as that one no longer grates. I do still wish they would drop the reading of the chapter tags that signify who is going to be the focus of it, they are totally unnecessary with the performance and needlessly detract from it in the process. Overall, this is a quality second book in the series that nicely builds on the good start of the first one and further encourages me to want to move onto the subsequent books in the series too. [Note - I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.]

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jordan

    Before I start in on the review of the story, let me just say that I listened to the audio version and Luke Daniels is the main reason this book shines. His characterizations give so much life to the characters even when they're sort of flat otherwise. His reading is the reason I think I'm hooked to these books. So, bravo, sir. Well done. Okay, honestly, the last chapter bumped this up to a 4 stars because it got super interesting and left me wanting to jump right into book 3. But... Call me old f Before I start in on the review of the story, let me just say that I listened to the audio version and Luke Daniels is the main reason this book shines. His characterizations give so much life to the characters even when they're sort of flat otherwise. His reading is the reason I think I'm hooked to these books. So, bravo, sir. Well done. Okay, honestly, the last chapter bumped this up to a 4 stars because it got super interesting and left me wanting to jump right into book 3. But... Call me old fashioned, but I still have a little trouble with the informal way in which this book (and the series) is written and sometimes it bumps me out of being fully immersed in the story and makes me feel like I'm reading a collaborative RPG story written by a group of friends more than a published work of fantasy. (And don't get me wrong, I've been one of those friends and the stories are always delightful and rollicking and worth being a part of.) My other slight complaint is that the characters are still a little bit one dimensional. Rogueish trickster thief with a heart of gold (sort of); practical, two-feet-on-the-ground mage with more to her than meets the eye (more to her than what she even knows); moral-to-a-fault, stick-up-his-butt, and would-be-cool-if-he-chilled-out gruff old soldier. Even Red Star feels like the villain we all know. I expected a little more depth to be given to our main crew, but the book mostly focused on the action of the rebellion. I know middle books tend to be more move the plot forward devices, but I wanted some wavering from Torsten, some genuine fear from Whitney to knock him down a peg, and some stepping up from Sora. Sora's one moment of controlling a situation felt a little too simple and based more on her being pretty than clever and that was a bummer. Oh, and I don't know if Oleander being so unpredictable and weird and changing her mind/behavior all the time is a mental disorder or just poor writing. Still, I'm giving this 4 stars because despite wanting more and maybe some cleaner characterization, the foundation that is laid IS fun, enjoyable, engaging, and everything I want an adventure story to be. I just feel like they're leaving some opportunities behind that make these books feel more amateur than I think the writers are capable of. There's so much there waiting to be fleshed out! Give me the juicy character development so I can really sink into these characters and remember them for years to come! Make the female characters more than just flighty and pretty and lacking understanding of their power! Hoping book 3 delivers more than just entertainment, for sure, but I'm still along for the ride regardless because dammit if it's still not a fun story.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Robert A Vaughan

    Since I thoroughly enjoyed the first book I forged ahead into the series and I'm glad that I did. This is not a standalone book, you really need to read the entire series in order for these books to be worthwhile. I wouldn't think that this needs to be said, but I guess it does. This book really builds upon the world and history and as in the first one creates more doubt about who is really the good guy in the series. The authors have a great way to make you truly hate some characters and to feel Since I thoroughly enjoyed the first book I forged ahead into the series and I'm glad that I did. This is not a standalone book, you really need to read the entire series in order for these books to be worthwhile. I wouldn't think that this needs to be said, but I guess it does. This book really builds upon the world and history and as in the first one creates more doubt about who is really the good guy in the series. The authors have a great way to make you truly hate some characters and to feel compassion for others. The heroes are not infallible, they fall, they fail, the make mistakes, and that human touch to them makes them all the more relatable. The relationships of the characters are well done also, the dialog between them and how they get to one another is very much like sitting around a gaming table with good friends. While some of the plots are predictable, you can guess what is going to happen in a lot of cases, the authors do throw in some curveballs and make the predictable outcome happen in a way you didn't expect. That was fun to get hit from left field with something unexpected. Good read.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tala Gilbert

    Great read! This second book in the Buried Goddess Saga is just as fun, funny and exciting as the first book was. Whitney is still my favorite character. His wit has me laughing out loud often. Torsten has now lost the trust of all his men at the battle of Winde Porte. Redstar, the wicked uncle of King Pi who is alive again due to either a miracle of Iam or, in my opinion something more sinister like uncle Redstar, has won over all the men under his command. Torsten does not know what's right and Great read! This second book in the Buried Goddess Saga is just as fun, funny and exciting as the first book was. Whitney is still my favorite character. His wit has me laughing out loud often. Torsten has now lost the trust of all his men at the battle of Winde Porte. Redstar, the wicked uncle of King Pi who is alive again due to either a miracle of Iam or, in my opinion something more sinister like uncle Redstar, has won over all the men under his command. Torsten does not know what's right and what's wrong at this time and he has been arrested. Whitney has ended up in Elsewhere with the Vampire who wants Sora for his own. Where in the world is this story going? Guess I'd better get busy and start the next book! Looking forward to see what happens with all our heroes.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Paula Dyches

    I do love a good fantasy... but great or even fantastic hardly describes this one. This author really does an amazing job with the writing, plots are so smart and well written that I could really see this becoming a smash-hit movie series as well. This was incredibly hard to put down and I did finish it in 2 days... could have in one day but I do need to sleep too.  I just love the narrator and how he uses the quirky accents for the different characters. His acting and narrating skills are defini I do love a good fantasy... but great or even fantastic hardly describes this one. This author really does an amazing job with the writing, plots are so smart and well written that I could really see this becoming a smash-hit movie series as well. This was incredibly hard to put down and I did finish it in 2 days... could have in one day but I do need to sleep too.  I just love the narrator and how he uses the quirky accents for the different characters. His acting and narrating skills are definitely top notch. I would say if you enjoy Lord of the Rings and other fantasy or even action stories this is a book that you will love.  As a parent I would say that I would let my middle school kids and up read it just due to the intensity of the battles/violence and some minor sexual content.  I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Joe

    4.5 Stars. Audible Version. This was a great continuation in the story. It takes place weeks after the end of the first one. I feel like the pace and writing was much better and faster in this book. The interactions between the characters has also expanded. The new antagonist was a great addition to this story considering the Protagonist fought a God in the last book. I also felt this book was a little funnier. The story wasn't very predictable and the last few chapters took a unexpected turn. T 4.5 Stars. Audible Version. This was a great continuation in the story. It takes place weeks after the end of the first one. I feel like the pace and writing was much better and faster in this book. The interactions between the characters has also expanded. The new antagonist was a great addition to this story considering the Protagonist fought a God in the last book. I also felt this book was a little funnier. The story wasn't very predictable and the last few chapters took a unexpected turn. This book also has it's own ending, but definitely is more of a cliffhanger than the first. Once again the narration was one of the best I have heard in any book. Great read. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Nijhia

    first, the narrator had the most fun he could have possibly had with this audiobook. he easily makes all the characters unique and different with different accents and voices for them. the story itself is well written, easy to digest and leaves you wanting more. I easily hate red star and would have rather the ending not end up the way it did since I already dont like him, lol. you get super attached to Whitney's playfulness and Sora's resignation to it, lol. you want to be next to torsten as he first, the narrator had the most fun he could have possibly had with this audiobook. he easily makes all the characters unique and different with different accents and voices for them. the story itself is well written, easy to digest and leaves you wanting more. I easily hate red star and would have rather the ending not end up the way it did since I already dont like him, lol. you get super attached to Whitney's playfulness and Sora's resignation to it, lol. you want to be next to torsten as he fights because he is the best la was lawful good character I've ever met. the plot takes so many different turns and I can honestly say that I was not dreading going back and forth between the characters because all of them were amazing and kept me interested

  14. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    This book picks up right where the first one ended, as opposed to some novels that reappear 20 years, etc., in the future. Pi is a very interesting character so far and I'm curious to find out if Red Star still has some kind of influence over him or if he's Liam reincarnated. I feel somewhat sorry for Torsten. He is so set in his beliefs that it makes him a bigot about anyone else's. Of course, we still don't know if Red Star is legitimate in his proclamations about the buried goddess or just us This book picks up right where the first one ended, as opposed to some novels that reappear 20 years, etc., in the future. Pi is a very interesting character so far and I'm curious to find out if Red Star still has some kind of influence over him or if he's Liam reincarnated. I feel somewhat sorry for Torsten. He is so set in his beliefs that it makes him a bigot about anyone else's. Of course, we still don't know if Red Star is legitimate in his proclamations about the buried goddess or just using her as a ruse to achieve his goals. He does seem to have an unerring knack for being in the right place at the right time which gives some credence to his claim that she speaks to him. Whitney and Sora are pretty much still bungling around trying to figure out what to do with their lives. The extent of Sora's magic is still unknown as she tries to figure it out without much success. In closing - vampire!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Michael Richardson

    Whitney Fierstown Okay this series is really starting to grow on me. I have gotten to the point where I really enjoy with a ridiculous accents. I'm really starting to connect with the characters. For my review of the first book I mentioned that I did not like the over-exaggerated accent of Whitney Fierstown, but I must admit, it does fit. I also feel bad for Torsten. He tries so hard to do the right thing. I will stop before I give away any spoilers. I just wanted to say that if you liked the fir Whitney Fierstown Okay this series is really starting to grow on me. I have gotten to the point where I really enjoy with a ridiculous accents. I'm really starting to connect with the characters. For my review of the first book I mentioned that I did not like the over-exaggerated accent of Whitney Fierstown, but I must admit, it does fit. I also feel bad for Torsten. He tries so hard to do the right thing. I will stop before I give away any spoilers. I just wanted to say that if you liked the first book you will like this one as well. This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Anderson

    Great Read I'm heading off to start the next book in the series. I was getting a little annoyed with Whitney in the first book, but his humor and personality have grown on me. It's also nice to see a change slowly taking over. Sora is a wonderful character and I look forward to reading more of her adventures with Whitney. Torston is also an interesting character. Actually, all the characters are unique as is the story. Great Read, highly recommended! Keep up the good work guys and thank you. Great Read I'm heading off to start the next book in the series. I was getting a little annoyed with Whitney in the first book, but his humor and personality have grown on me. It's also nice to see a change slowly taking over. Sora is a wonderful character and I look forward to reading more of her adventures with Whitney. Torston is also an interesting character. Actually, all the characters are unique as is the story. Great Read, highly recommended! Keep up the good work guys and thank you.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Marie Reed

    I adored this book. The chapters go back and forth between the two main pairs of characters as they continue their separate journeys, which come together and then break apart again spectacularly at the end of the book. Whitney is probably my favorite character, as even when faced with death (as happens multiple times), he can't help but mouth off. Torsten, as in book 1, has good intentions but things never really go his way. I am very curious to see how the new characters introduced in this book I adored this book. The chapters go back and forth between the two main pairs of characters as they continue their separate journeys, which come together and then break apart again spectacularly at the end of the book. Whitney is probably my favorite character, as even when faced with death (as happens multiple times), he can't help but mouth off. Torsten, as in book 1, has good intentions but things never really go his way. I am very curious to see how the new characters introduced in this book will act with the new group pairings that will start off the next.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Robert Defrank

    Finishing the first book had me reaching for the second, and I was not disappointed. Thus far, it’s got the same quality as Robert Jordan’s early Wheel of Time books, or Martins Song of Ice and Fire, without the bloat and interminable wait, and with a PG-13 rating. The books have got it: characters you want to read more of, a plot that keeps you guessing, and I can’t see where and how this will end.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    It is not often that the second book is better than the first in a series. This one ends with a cliff hanger. Character development is a bit slow but I did feel some growth since the first book. The author does a great job of making it difficult to tell who the bad guy really is and it gives the story a lot of depth. Can't wait to start #3! It is not often that the second book is better than the first in a series. This one ends with a cliff hanger. Character development is a bit slow but I did feel some growth since the first book. The author does a great job of making it difficult to tell who the bad guy really is and it gives the story a lot of depth. Can't wait to start #3!

  20. 5 out of 5

    D

    Naw, waste of time. Waste of 2 bucks, too. Had to put this one down a coupla times. Didn't help. Narrator was trying too hard to be each character. Had to keep the volume really low coz he spoke like he was screaming to get each of the voices out. Kept throwing me out of the story. Maybe it was just me? Dunno. Naw, waste of time. Waste of 2 bucks, too. Had to put this one down a coupla times. Didn't help. Narrator was trying too hard to be each character. Had to keep the volume really low coz he spoke like he was screaming to get each of the voices out. Kept throwing me out of the story. Maybe it was just me? Dunno.

  21. 5 out of 5

    John

    Further proof that this series is the real deal second book was just as good as the first.Characters are so well written and each one is of vital importance to the story.The new editions in this installment were fantastic both good and evil.The wyvern and vampire only made an already interesting story even better.Cant wait to see where book three takes the knight,thief,and mystic.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Frank Geimer

    What a story! This one is full of action and intrigue. The world is growing and evolving right before your eyes. The battles fought are well thought out and the fighting is fierce. If you like a great epic fantasy, then pick up this series and get ready for a ride.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ronald

    Keeps the story going. But leaves you with no resolution. It feels like half the story or less. I obviously can’t write, so it’s hard to criticize this talented writer. I feel like it should have been a complete story. Would have been 3.5 8if I could.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Donamarie Fournier

    A fast moving adventure. Really enjoy the characters and the trouble they get into constantly. Nothing is seeming to work out, but there is loyalty, developing relationships, and of course the bad guys.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Al Burke

    Review here - https://www.alwroteabook.com/2018/12/... Review here - https://www.alwroteabook.com/2018/12/...

  26. 5 out of 5

    michael fultz

    Excellent The second installment of a fantastic story gives us more fun and fast paced adventure with our characters coming alive

  27. 5 out of 5

    Troy Osgood

    Audible. Excellent follow-up to Web of Eyes.

  28. 5 out of 5

    John Walkenford

    Still going strong I think I enjoyed this one more than the first one. Of course it always helps being past the "get to know the characters" stage Still going strong I think I enjoyed this one more than the first one. Of course it always helps being past the "get to know the characters" stage

  29. 4 out of 5

    Asl4u

    not worth continuing the series - the crazy religous fanatic is just an idiot not worth pursuing. off to fibd something better

  30. 4 out of 5

    Brandi C

    Meh. 2.5 *. Not as good as the first. Hoping the next is better. I enjoy the characters.

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