- Hardcover: 640 pages
- Publisher: Tor (27 Mar. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0230758460
- ISBN-13: 978-0230758469
- Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 5.3 x 24.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (239 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 349,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Valour (The Faithful and the Fallen) Hardcover – 27 Mar 2014
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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
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.See all Product Description
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(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.Read more ›
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.
The story flows, at quite a fast pace. The scenes run together nicely and keep you wanting more. There are surprises that make you cheer and cringe alike. The characters feel even more real than in Malice, and that's saying something. I just can't rave about it enough. What an author!
John Gwynne has a very easy to read style. Chapter length is perfect and he paints a wonderful literary picture. He strikes the perfect balance between descriptive narrative, character development and plot advancement, all working to keep the reader on the edge of their seat, wanting more.
Great story, let’s hope it continues into book 3 and 4!
The story goes from strength to strength, with the plot thickening at every turn. The politicking is interesting without being over-deep, the battle scenes are sharp and effective, and the sheer variety in setting and events between the characters keep the narrative flowing even when everyone spends a lot of time trekking through the woods and chasing each other up and down mountainsides.
Only one real issue keeping Valour from five stars - unneccessary romance strikes again. Perhaps it's just because they're two of my favourites, but the unneccessary and blatant lead-ins for a romantic liasion between Veradis and Cywen ticked me off. They have no real reason to be quite so reactive to mention of one another after knowing each other for such a short time, and while I can see WHY this relationship is useful plot-wise, I worry it might keep both of them from developing in a terribly interesting manner if this becomes their sole forward movement. Likewise, Coralen doesn't get much time to set herself up before pre-romantic liasons with Corban begin, and I feel she's a little bit saboutaged by not having much of a life of her own beyond this bugeoning romance and her feelings towards her longer-established and much more interesting brothers.Read more ›
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Brilliant book. Full of excellent characters, a good meaty read, in depth and compulsive reading, you wont want to put it down.Published 2 months ago by Green Eyes
I found this book difficult to start with but it soon became enthralling, although having so many different plots going on at the same time was difficult at times. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Roz
Gave it 5 star as its kept me gripped throughout- couldn't put the book down! Great storyline and characters !Published 3 months ago
Valour continues directly on from Malice, the first in the series. War spreads throughout the Banished lands. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mike A.
Brilliant 2nd fantasy Novel of a Trilogy. Great dynamic writing, each chapter leading to a cliff hanger.
Recommended... Up there with Game of Thrones and Tolkien
Up there with the greats. Great storytelling if you like your tales fast paced with heroes and villains you can't tell which, and several storylines running parallel and characters... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Old gamer
Loved this book, gutted its finished!! Can't wait till the end of 2016 when the last book in the series comes out😃👍xxxPublished 7 months ago by stacey Barwell