A Plague of Giants

A Plague of Giants

by Kevin Hearne

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From the author of The Iron Druid Chronicles, a thrilling novel that kicks off a fantasy series with an entirely new mythology—complete with shape-shifting bards, fire-wielding giants, and children who can speak to astonishing beasts

Tallynd is a soldier who has already survived her toughest battle: losing her husband. But now she finds herself on the front lines of an invasion of giants, intent on wiping out the entire kingdom, including Tallynd’s two sons—all that she has left. The stakes have never been higher. If Tallynd fails, her boys may never become men.

Dervan is an historian who longs for a simple, quiet life. But he’s drawn into intrigue when he’s hired to record the tales of a mysterious bard who may be a spy or even an assassin for a rival kingdom. As the bard shares his fantastical stories, Dervan makes a shocking discovery: He may have a connection to the tales, one that will bring his own secrets to light.  

Abhi’s family have always been hunters, but Abhi wants to choose a different life for himself. Embarking on a journey of self-discovery, Abhi soon learns that his destiny is far greater than he imagined: a powerful new magic thrust upon him may hold the key to defeating the giants once and for all—if it doesn’t destroy him first.

Set in a magical world of terror and wonder, this novel is a deeply felt epic of courage and war, in which the fates of these characters intertwine—and where ordinary people become heroes, and their lives become legend.

“A spectacular work of epic fantasy . . . an absolute delight.”—Shelf Awareness

“If you’re looking for some entertainment before Game of Thrones returns to television, this could be the series you need to read.”—Newsday

“A genuine page-turner.”—Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345548627
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/26/2018
Series: The Seven Kennings , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 768
Sales rank: 114,274
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Kevin Hearne hugs trees, pets doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also thinks tacos are a pretty nifty idea. He is the author of A Plague of Giants and the New York Times bestselling series The Iron Druid Chronicles.

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A Plague of Giants (Signed Book) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mr. Hearne is a wonderful storyteller. This I would have to classify as a "thoughtful tale" in the overall presentation. An easy read that I enjoyed taking my time to savor. Well done, sir.
In_My_Humble_OpinionDA More than 1 year ago
In this exciting new series Keven Hearne has created a fantastic world where anything can happen and usually does. Travel with a talented Bard with a fun sense of the absurd and a quiet historian who is to spy to determine if the Bard is a spy. And while this tale may echo some of the headlines in todays news we can guarantee you will enjoy this story more. This is epic fantasy at its finest.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I archived this steaming pile after about 150 nook pages. It is a jumbled mess of POV that makes it nearly impossible to find a character to enjoy, much less root for. Kevin Hearne should be offering refunds on this trash. Loved his Iron Druid series, but this garbage makes me never want to read anything else from him again. Don't waste your money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All the classic fantasy elements. A unique world peopled with characters you want to discover and explore. Told in the rarely used second person, and told well. Hearne is a fantastic story teller and I recommend him strongly.
The Eclectic Review More than 1 year ago
"This great war of our time has indeed been terrible, and I am still struck with its horrors, waking up in the night sweating." Kevin Hearne, author of The Iron Druid Chronicles gives us a tale told by Fintan, Bard of the Poet Goddess Kaelin. A fleet of Bone Giants, tall, thin people with bone armor on their torsos and arms, is on its way to kill anyone in their path to find the unknown Seventh Kenning, a form of magic given to a blessed few. People blessed with kennings are charged with defending their homes at any means against the giants who are invading their land. Kennings include moving the earth, building and destroying walls, moving water, talking to animals, communicating by roots and stems, and taking on the voices and likenesses of others to inform the masses of what is to come. This is a 640-page, epic story of terror and wonder with an assortment of interesting characters. At times the story was confusing with all of the characters and plot lines, which is what took me so long to finish it. I would have appreciated an Appendix of all of the characters and their kennings more than the tables that were provided. In all it was a very fascinating, unique story and I love the cover of the book. However, it was too long for me and I do not plan to read the next book in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A consummate storyteller, and a superior creator of characters and worlds. Cannot wait for the next installment.
M. Kuriel More than 1 year ago
A masterpiece featuring a complex and interesting world, the strength of united diversity, and the horror of war. The Good: Worldbuilding by immersion, a well-grounded magic system, balanced themes, rousing characters, and... so much more. The Meh: I listen to an audiobook while commuting and sometimes had trouble understanding the high-pitched female voices. The Ugly: There's only one book available in the series! Noooooooo! Write on, Mr. Hearne, write on!  The Good are what I enjoyed most about the story: Worldbuilding: It's an essential part of every Fantasy and there are many ways to do it. Immersion is, by far, my favorite. It features characters that don't information dump every little detail to a reader, but invites them to discover all the world's details as the story progresses. It means engaging the reader and making them ask, "What does that detail mean?" and then pushes them deeper into the story to find answers. In this case, I think it's pushed me deeper into the series, because I still have many questions that every character in the story also seems to have. I applaud your style, Mr. Hearne - thank you! Magic System: It's powerful, hard to obtain, has clear limits, and exacts a toll on the user. More than that would introduce spoilers - read the book! Themes: There are many, but none of them come across as preachy or overdone. In my opinion, too much importance these days is placed on details that are largely irrelevant. Including them in this story, the way the author has, brought me unexpected joy - a balanced portrayal of diversity that adds flavor to the narrative. You might not care for war stories, strong female characters, empathizing with people who commit atrocities, or people with different sexual preferences than you - but that's your choice to make. No one can force another to celebrate what they dislike - but I seriously doubt that anyone can get through this story without a sense that they're better for having read it. Rousing Characters: It wouldn't be good Fantasy if you couldn't cheer some and hate some. The Meh are the things that just didn't work for me. High-pitched voice: This could have given me trouble for any number of reasons, it wasn't so bad that you shouldn't get the book. The Ugly are the real detractors. Honestly, I want more, more, more. That's not an issue if there are eight books out there, but it is if it's the first in an unwritten series.  Final thoughts: You will not regret reading, or listening to, this book. There's so much in fiction that you might walk away from thinking, "Why did I even bother reading that? I'm happy the story's over because it made me feel so awful." (The Hunger Games had this effect on me) A Plague of Giants brightens my day and inspires me as a writer. 6 out of 5 stars, and some graaavy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kevin Hearne takes a swing at high fantasy and hits the mark in A Plague of Giants. The setting is richly detailed and thought out, and the globetrotting story follows a variety of characters from different locations and cultures as events unfold. This is a good thing, and skillfully managed, but it took me a little while to fully dive into the story, due to spending the early chapters finding various locations on the included map and getting oriented to the relatively large cast. Once I got acclimated, though, I had trouble putting it down, invested in the fates of the characters and eager to learn more about the world they call home. I found plenty of action, intrigue, and drama, accented by moments of sharp wit and wry humor. The author has laid a strong foundation here, and I'm eager to see what he builds on it in future books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An enjoyable read from a great storyteller. A well deserved "Thank You" for once again keeping my attention from start to finish.
IrregularReader More than 1 year ago
The Six Kingdoms have existed in tentative harmony for generations, each country kept safe by a “kenning” or magical ability, each one specific to a certain kingdom. The peace is shattered when an invading fleet of pale, nine foot tall warriors, called Bone Giants, run rampant over the coastal cities, slaughtering everyone they come across. The kingdoms, reeling from the attack, must race against time to ensure their survival. But surely the world will never be the same again. I really enjoyed his book, but I have to say that it probably would have been a dud if written by a different author. This book is, in essence, a 600 page flashback. A novel-length world building tome. Yet it works. It’s crazy, but it works. When the story opens, the invasion is months in the past. The book follows Dervan, a scholar set the task of writing down the tale of Fintan, a bard. It is the bard’s duty to tell the story of the invasion and the subsequent retaliation by the Six Kingdoms. Every night, Fintan stands on the wall of the refugee city and tells another part of the tale. His bardic gifts let us hear the story from devious politicians, poor hunters, forest dwellers, scholars, and soldiers. Intermixed in all this are the gifted, the lucky (cursed?) few able to control one of the kennings. The book is huge, the story is epic in scope, and the world beautiful and terrible in all its detail. Hearne has created something incredibly ambitious, and he does it well. As I said, the format of telling the story in a series of flashbacks is odd, and it took me a bit to get into it, but I was hooked soon enough (though I have to say I do hope we get some more direct action in the next book). The plot would tend towards Game of Thrones-level darkness at times if it weren’t for Hearne’s sardonic sense of humor shining through. The brief moments of levity are enough to offset the horror of invasion, betrayal, and mass slaughter. Any one looking for a new epic fantasy series to dive into (I’m looking to you, Game of Thrones folks!) should invest some time into this book. Fans of Hearne’s Iron Druid series will also likely enjoy this book, though it is certainly a different creature from that fantastic urban fantasy series. An advance copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
KarenfromDothan More than 1 year ago
This first book in a new epic fantasy trilogy is a tome of a book at just over six hundred pages. Don’t let its lengthiness dissuade you from picking this one up though, as the story is totally absorbing and the pages will just fly by. It’s a very interesting and imaginative world the author has built that takes you to a wholly different place. I like the way the author cleverly tells the story mainly through the bard, Fintan, who has total recall and a gift for storytelling. There is a very diverse cast of characters and I grew to like many of them. I hated to see some of them meet their end, others not so much. A story of survival, heroism and self sacrifice, I can hardly wait to find out what the author has in store for us in the next chapter of this terrific fantasy series.
Michelle_Palmer More than 1 year ago
A new Epic Fantasy series from the author of the amazing Urban Fantasy series Iron Druid Chronicles. A Peaceful(ish) land composed of several countries. Most of the countries have control of a "Kenning" which is a magical control over a specific thing (water, fire, earth, air, plants, and others.) To gain access to a kenning, one has to risk their life. The kennings also take from those who have power in various ways. When the book begins, a race of giants have attacked in various locations. The tale is framed through the telling of the story by a bard to the peoples of one of the countries. I found the framing refreshing. I LOVED several of the characters (sometimes to my sorrow.) The world was fascinating to explore. I was riveted from the first page to the last. I am sorry that I now have to wait for the next. If you are looking for a new Epic Fantasy world to immerse yourself into and a fascinating magic system to learn then pick this one up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed the storytelling. The characters drew me in to their stories and the interweaving of them. Excellent reading :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kevin Hearne is amazing. That's it. Amazing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really wanted to like it, but I couldn't even finish it. Plodding is the best way to describe it, even when it started right off the bat with a "battle" - Perhaps after the Iron Druid series, my expectations were too high. I'll put it down and maybe try it again in a few months.
LisaB95 More than 1 year ago
Gosh, this is a hard review to write. I had a hard time deciding on how many stars. I won’t say it’s a bad read. I feel like it depends on what kind of reading mood I’m in. If you’re looking for a fast read where you don’t have to think, this isn’t it. The author builds a huge and wonderful complex story. I feel like there will be some wonderful books in this world , especially after the world building. This author has some really amazing ideas and is a genius at thinking this stuff up. It is more of a serious read than his other series. I think it will be one of those epic tales that will always be remembered through the ages. **I was given a copy from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. **
Sue_H More than 1 year ago
HIGH FANTASY. A Plague of Giants is a new book by Kevin Hearne and is the first book in the Seven Kennings series. I am a fan of his Iron Druid series so I was looking forward to reading this book. And unfortunately I was somewhat disappointed in this new book. It is a standalone but it is open-ended for the next book. There is violence, this is a story about war after all. The book blurb adequately describes the storyline so I'm not going to repeat all of that info here. The storyline is high fantasy, and like most high fantasy it is not the easiest to read. The author doesn't tell a straightforward story, but has a bard relate the stories from the view of others who experienced them. One problem I had with the book is that the story was told from too many points of view. This book has plenty of twists, turns, and surprises. But you have to be willing to stick with reading it. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and Random House/Ballentine. I chose to write a review for other readers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So many great characters. A good story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it