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Valour (The Faithful and The Fallen Series Book 2) by [Gwynne, John]
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4.8 out of 5 stars 238 customer reviews

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'An epic that fans of A Song of Ice and Fire will enjoy! ... Definitely recommended -- a promising start to what should be an excellent Epic Fantasy series! davebrendon.wordpress.com 'Malice embraces the old favourites and breaths a new lease of life into them. Gwynne's goal to embody a little bit of Gemmell and Tolkien with a modern mix-up has definitely paid off! ... John Gwynne is a newbie to the fantasy writer world, but with Malice he's well earned his place amongst the ranks of the great.' written-with-a-sword.blogspot.co.uk 'With three-dimensional characters, a gripping plot, and a world that became real to me, John Gwynne's Malice is a great debut. In short, this is the kind of fantasy I love to read and I truly can't wait for the next volume in The Faithful and the Fallen!' Fantasy Book Critic 'It's exciting when you find a strong new voice ringing out through the halls of fantasy, and John Gwynne hits all the right spots in his epic tale of good vs evil, the first in the Faithful & The Fallen series ... there's a lot of pleasure to be had in this debut novel; Gwynne is definitely one to watch' SFX 'Influenced by Gemmell's Rigante and GRR Martin's Game of Thrones - two good strands of DNA. Great characters and plot - it gets faster and more fascinating by the page. All I want now is for the author to put everything else aside, including his health - and write two or three more as fast as humanly possible. Hell of a debut: Highly recommended' Conn Iggulden Praise for The Faithfull and the Fallen 'More traditional is John Gwynne's Malice (Tor), with its warring clans, sleeping giants, Banished Lands and omens and portents, which despite its familiarity is a strong contender for the "if you like Game of Thrones, why not try this?" award' Independent blog

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Compared to David Gemmell and George R. R Martin, John Gwynne's first novel Malice was called a 'Hell of a debut' by bestselling author Conn Iggulden and won the Gemmell award for best debut novel. The story continues in his second novel, Valour.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2706 KB
  • Print Length: 669 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Main Market Ed. edition (27 Mar. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HPYMWCI
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 238 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,229 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.5 stars again: Another good read and a great second instalment to the series. Exciting to see that John Gwynne can match the pace and quality of his debut, and he will continue to be one to watch in the fantasy world.

(Review has some spoilers - look out for --!SPOILER!-- and skip that paragraph if you haven't read it yet!)

Corban is on the run with a mixed band of survivors, having just escaped a maelstrom of shocking betrayals and power plays at Dun Carreg, and begins to deal with a fate he can no longer hide from; Cywen lives life on the edge behind enemy lines, and relies on wit & luck to keep her head; Evnis is carried along by the plan he set in motion, and nervously tries not to get swept up by escalating events; Maquin is steadily being consumed by shame & a thirst for revenge, and battles to stop this taking control; Nathair proves a terrifying blend of zeal, ruthlessness and ignorance as he pushes forward with his misguided mission; Veradis finds his loyalty challenged by the company he keeps and the decisions he is forced to make; and we meet Coralen, a feisty soul searching for truth & meaning in her life… sounding good yet?

The big strengths of John Gwynne’s style are all here in full force - naturally evolving situations, conflicts and characters - all a real joy to read, and so fresh in the genre! The politicking and shifty motivations of the villains will keep you guessing, and the earnest underdog nature of the heroes keeps you firmly rooting for their self-discovery and resolve to do what is right against terrible odds.

I really enjoyed the filling out of his world in this novel, and was glad, (and perhaps guiltily pleased to see my prediction validated), that we see greater detail emerging on the side of the giants.
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I don't understand the 3 star reviews, I've been reading fantasy for years and Gwynne's a marvellous addition to the fold.
I won't give any of the story away but I love his character development, coupled with the fact he's not afraid to let done of them die. All the while letting us see each player's view point in the narrative
I'm only unset that I don't know when the next book is due to arrive!
It's been a pleasure getting to this point though.
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By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 Nov. 2014
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Second volume in the series of fantasy novels entitled 'The Faithful and the Fallen.'

First volume was Malice: Book One of The Faithful and the Fallen (Faithful & the Fallen 1). This one is absolutely not a jumping on point, as there's nothing to bring people up to speed. So new readers should start with that.

Those who have read it, read on.

This book runs for six hundred and forty eight pages. It is divided into one hundred and twenty chapters. There are several viewpoint characters, but it tells you at the start of each chapter which one is the focus.

There's a cast of characters at the front and a map of the lands in which the story takes place.

Picking up from where book one ended, this volume begins with Corban and various others fleeing the fall of Dun Carreg. They are only one plot strand. As the narrative jumps over the land keeping up with various other warriors as well.

There are battles aplenty. Character moments galore. Bigger things going on. And since this is not the end of the story, everything finishes with quite a game changing event.

It's a bit tricky to get into at first. Corban was by far the most interesting character in book one, but he doesn't have as big a share of the narrative as he did there in this one. If it's been a while since you read that you might take a while to get back into things here. But whereas his plot strand was by far the most interesting in book one, that's not the case here. Because the other storylines do start to grab just as much. You can't say too much about these without spoilers, although new character Lykos, a pirate king, does grab the attention.
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Building and improving on the first book this sequel continues to weave something new out of ideas taken from Celtic myth and the Jewish Talmud and Torah. As in the first book there is one regrettable sentence which is a cliche out of a bad Hollywood action movie, but the rest is excellent.
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This is the second book in the series, it's as difficult to put down as the first and we are introduced to more gripping characters. One of our Heroes, Corban continues to underperform and shows no justification as to why he is hailed (by some) as a saviour. Please Mr Gwynne let the boy kick some ass. He's trained by a sword genius, and yet gets easily captured. People are giving their lives for him, but I cant for the life of me see what he's doing to deserve their fervour. So just a four star. Let's hope Corban lives up to his build up soon. I don't want a repeat of the Eragon series, Christopher Paolini's four LOOOOONG Novels about an uninspiring flop of a hero.
Still it's a beautifully descriptive and well written novel. I think John Gwynn could make the phone directory look like a great book but with a vast list of characters. Well worth your time this one, but read Malice first!!
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