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

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

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

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A Time of Dread is part creature feature, and part investigative fantasy thriller as each of the leading characters are made witness to the terrible events brought to bear around them. We have Riv, who has always been exceptionally skilled at battle and wants nothing more than to become a White Wing – one of the Ben Elim’s human peacekeepers – like both her mother and sister. The plot twists and turns in unpredictable ways, and yet each time it pulled me along, never once making me want to put the book down. Summary: I loved the first entry in this new series and I think it has the potential to be as epic as the first series! First of all is that before, when the Faithful and the Fallen series was told, there were many different countries and that did not remain the same.

The reader knows there is more to the journey, but it feels as if the story stops and makes camp for the night rather than running off a cliff's edge in the dark. While the early tone set for AToD feels much darker than the one of tFatF, themes of love, friendship, honour, family, and of course truth and courage are still ever present, and still form the foundation of this writing that has grown from strength to strength, book by book. It's within this subtle and shifting moral landscape where Gwynne really shines, never opting for the easy answers.

It has been awhile since we left our beloved characters at the end of the Faithful and the Fallen series. I live on the south coast of the UK with my beautiful wife, three sons and my daughter, and an assortment of animals (at the moment three dogs, a horse and a lamb who thinks she’s a dog). I buddy read all his books with my friend Devin, and we decided we wanted to wait until book two was about to come out to read book one because we didn’t want to have to wait (knowing how John Gwynne is).

Gwynne made an excellent job giving enough background and history to make you understand the context and the world of his new story. Let me say this, you do not need to have read The Faithful and the Fallen to enjoy reading this new trilogy as most big events from the previous series mention at some point in these novels. As for the second, I avoided falling into the trap halfway through the book by taking a break and going back with newfound eagerness and fresh eye. The way Gwynne introduces the characters, world, rivalries, and history is sublime, reminding me of the previous stories, however; I honestly believe this would be a great place to start too as the writing is deep, descriptive, and enchanting.As in the Faithful and the Fallen, there are a lot of POV (but not too many) that make the reading very interesting and allow the reader to know more about this world and the stories of the characters.

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. Then we have Drem, Northern hunter doing his traps when he comes across a mangled corpse and the remains of an ancient meteor.Their house in the Desolation, in Kergard, has been their home for longer than any other place, but unfortunately that doesn’t remain true. I have no problem admitting to myself and to you all that it was hard for me to accept that those characters were no longer around, and maybe because we met Drem first that was what caused the distance between the character and myself. Along with the amazing characters this book is packed with action pretty much from beginning to end. The Faithful and the Fallen is one of the series that I recommend the most often to every fantasy readers I know, whether it’s on Bookstagram, Booktube, Goodreads, or real life; I’m going to keep on doing that, except that starting from now, Of Blood and Bone will be included.

This first book in the Blood and Bone series follows four main characters: Bleda, Riv, Drem, and Sig. Time changes everything, and it was very interesting to hear different views on how events from tFatF are believed to or said to have unfolded. So series extensions usually means taking a huge risk, because if you as an author messed up the extension, it would mess the original series too which sucks! Comparisons are inevitable and having the task of writing characters that can hold up to the love you have for those who came before is not one I envy any author.

He particularly enjoys fantasy and science fiction and was raised on a steady diet of Gemmell, Feist, Heinlein and Crichton. John Gwynne is one of the modern masters of heroic fantasy' – Adrian Tchaikovsky, author of Children of Ruin .

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