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A Time of Dread: 1 (Of Blood & Bone)

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They've spent generations uniting the nations and tracking the remaining forces of the grotesque and scarily powerful Kadoshim, their Eternal enemy.

There are a great number of important personae, races, and animals throughout this tale that it might appear overwhelming to begin with but it's worth sticking with. By reading TFatF before reading this, you would have lived through the histories talked about in this book. The fact that I finished reading this book in less than a day should say enough about how addictive it was. I flew through this one, and I did rate it five stars, but I really want to talk in depth about this book because while I rated it as five (because I feel overall the quality of the world, writing, plot, and characters is above the rest in the fantasy genre) I did leave book one feeling a little disappointed.I was really surprised at a lot of the history that we were able to learn through the story without it feeling info-dumpy. Lastly, the difficulty with sequel series is that you need to create new characters and stories that have their own voices and aren’t copies of the old ones, while keeping a coherent link with the latter and sharing a common history and background. Sig, Riv and Byrne are all great strong women taking up the mantles from Coralen, Cywen, Edana and Brina from the original series.

Drem's character development was great, I enjoyed seeing another side of Drem and learn more about his past. Speaking of characters: for me, the driving force of a compelling book depends hugely on its characters.

John Gwynne has never been afraid of killing off characters so be warned, I've a feeling this series is going to be as emotionally devastating as the first one. I did expect some of the events because I am more used to Gwynne’s writing now but I was still surprised by some twists at the end and Gwynne always choose the best plot line anyway, so even if it is expected, it does not make it any less interesting! The following three books in the series - Valour, Ruin and Wrath, were all shortlisted for the David Gemmell Legend Award for Best Fantasy Novels of 2014, 2015 and 2016, with Wrath winning the 2017 BookNest Awards for Best Traditionally Published Novel.

This story is set in the same world as his previous series but takes place over 100 years later with a new cast of character. The Faithful and the Fallen is without doubt one of the most overwhelming, emotional and satisfying series I've read in my life. I don’t necessarily consider it an improvement because I loved both styles: I loved following many characters and seeing things fall into place in the first series but I also loved the quicker pacing and easiness to follow in this series! It’s okay for you to read this book without prior knowledge of the world, but do know that it will spoil you on the events of Gwynne’s previous series.Friendship and family, honor and loyalty are still as central themes as gore, fights and epic battles in John’s books. Not only this is one of the greatest start to a series I’ve ever read, Gwynne has truly earned his place among the rank of legendary fantasy authors such as J. It has been awhile since we left our beloved characters at the end of the Faithful and the Fallen series.

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