The Shadow of What Was Lost - James Islington

The Shadow of What Was Lost

By James Islington

  • Release Date: 2016-07-19
  • Genre: Epic
Score: 4.5
From 721 Ratings


A young man with forbidden magic finds himself drawn into an ancient war against a dangerous enemy in book one of the Licanius Trilogy, the series that fans are heralding as the next Wheel of Time.

As destiny calls, a journey begins.

It has been twenty years since the godlike Augurs were overthrown and killed. Now, those who once served them -- the Gifted -- are spared only because they have accepted the rebellion's Four Tenets, vastly limiting their powers.

As a Gifted, Davian suffers the consequences of a war lost before he was even born. He and others like him are despised. But when Davian discovers he wields the forbidden power of the Augurs, he and his friends Wirr and Asha set into motion a chain of events that will change everything.

To the west, a young man whose fate is intertwined with Davian's wakes up in the forest, covered in blood and with no memory of who he is. . .

And in the far north, an ancient enemy long thought defeated begins to stir.

The Licanius Trilogy is a series readers will have a hard time putting down -- a relentless coming-of-age epic from the very first page.

"Storytelling assurance rare for a debut . . . Fans of Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson will find much to admire."" -- Guardian


  • Excellent

    By searingfrost
    The best book I’ve read in years!
  • Well thought out

    By Action Jackson 7
    Love all the things the author uses to move the plot along. I don’t want to give any spoilers, but if you’re a fan of fantasy and time manipulation, this is for you.
  • Wow

    By Alexander Diamond
    Finishing this series is a must. Very well written.
  • Great story concept with intriguing points

    By Meaaaaahhh
    Fairly well defined story with a pretty unique concept and some interesting conflicts and semi interesting characters. Great potential. Sadly the never end assault of god voice narrator character, inner voice speaking for others and relentless allegorical over indulgence me at even reading it on my phone and. Wing really into the story, I still had to lightly resist the urge to hurl this book against a wall. If you don’t mind those things then the story is absolutely worth it
  • Complicated

    By jwmpc
    A lot of comparisons were made to “The Wheel Of Time” in the description of this book series. I found the comparison to be inverted, in that WOT begins simply, with archetypical characters while this series starts with intricate nuanced ones. WOT gradually adds to the complexities while this on gradually reduces them. Not sure which one I prefer.
  • At least the minimum of what a good fantasy book should be

    By BluesHarpist
    5 stars are reserved for books that totally blow me away, or classics that I believe would have when they were new. I don’t give too many of these out, because it’s the highest rating that you could ever possibly give any book on here. 4 stars for books that I would recommend to just about anyone, or, at least, to someone who doesn’t dislike the genre. 3 stars for books that I would only recommend to someone who is fond of the genre. 2 stars for books that I would be hesitant to recommend to anyone at all, but the book was not a total disaster. 1 star for books that I found so terribly ridiculous, or poorly written, that I wish I had not spent time reading to begin with.
  • One and done

    By dwgormly
    It took fully 2/3 of this book for me to like it and WANT to read more. It’s very much like listening to a five year old describe a dream—lots of new things happen with no explanation or exposition. Maybe that’s the author’s intent, but at 700 pages (iBook) it gets tiresome. I probably will not read the rest of the series.
  • Plot holes for days

    By GSU17
    The ending was okay, but this book was absolutely bloated. It took forever to get through and there was so much menial information that it ruined the entire ending.
  • Best I’ve read in a long time

    By Ccghibvcgghctr
    Engaging characters, non-stop action, great story arc, thought provoking dilemmas of fate and choice, faith and belief of evidence, well crafted and thought out structure to the magical environment. Couldn’t put it down until I was done with the last book. My COVID shelter in place savior!
  • Young adult fiction

    By emacslrftw
    Starts out well, but lacks anything original. Later on it just becomes tedious young adult literature.