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The first book in acclaimed epic fantasy author John Gwynne's Faithful and Fallen series, Malice is a tale of blind greed, ambition, and betrayal set in a world where ancient monsters are reawakening--and a war to end all wars is about to begin.
The world is broken...and it can never be made whole again.

Corban wants nothing more than to be a warrior under King Brenin's rule - to protect and serve. But that day will come all too soon. And the price he pays will be in blood.

Evnis has sacrificed - too much it seems. But what he wants - the power to rule -- will soon be in his grasp. And nothing will stop him once he has started on his path.

Veradis is the newest member of the warband for the High Prince, Nathair. He is one of the most skilled swordsman to come out of his homeland, yet he is always under the shadow of his older brother.

Nathair has ideas - and a lot of plans. Many of them don't involve his father, the High King Aquilus. Nor does he agree with his father's idea to summon his fellow kings to council.

The Banished Lands has a violent past where armies of men and giants clashed in battle, the earth running dark with their heartsblood. Now, the stones weep red and giant wyrms stir, and those who can still read the signs see a danger far worse than all that has come before...

The Faithful and the Fallen Malice Valor Ruin Wrath
For more from John Gwynne, check out:
Of Blood and Bone A Time of Dread A Time of Blood A Time of Courage

Publisher: New York, NY : Orbit, 2013.
New York, NY : Orbit, 2013.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9780316399739
Characteristics: 646 pages : illustration ; 24 cm.


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Aug 15, 2017

Fast paced fantasy with lots of twists. Filled with different conflicting kingdoms, Giants, werewolves Wyrms and a neat lil' talking crow. Craf the Crow is just awesome.

I'll start with the bad. The dialog in this book is very bad. There was an extreme overuse of the words: Huh, aye, and bairn. Most dialog in this novel may look like this:

"yeah, he's just a bairn though." someone said.
"Aye, you aren't lyeing there"
"Huh" someone replied.

The use of Old English is a little off-putting, but is certainly something that can be overcome. I can't even count how many times a character was supposed to respond or say something important and all they say is "Aye" or "Huh". It's like the author just wrote this great exciting novel and just fudged the dialog so he could hurry through the plot. But after writing it he forgot to go back and actually WRITE DIALOG.

About a hundred pages in I was about to abandon this book. However, I've seen good reviews on it so I stuck with it. I'm glad I did. It gets exponentially better if you can stomach the first bad hundred pages or so. The betrayals and mysteries in this book were really awesome. There were scenes where characters became really awesome or evil, and that really compelled me.

The story was edge of the seat all the way through it's end. It definitely points to a sequel, and I'm excited for that.

If this novel had better dialog and was smoother between the transitions of jumping a few months ahead in time with characters, then I'd give it a near perfect rating. The dialog alone made me want to rate it a 3, but the plot redeemed it so much.

Jul 26, 2017

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Malice has to be one of the best books I read in 2016! This is a fantastic start to what looks to be an exciting fantasy series! The plot is complex and engaging, the characters are all well-developed and multi-dimensional, and the world-building is astounding! Though it doesn’t reinvent the fantasy genre it is still a fantastic read and one that will probably be put on my all-time favorites list! Every fantasy lover will adore this book, both young adult and adults alike.

LookSeeTry Feb 15, 2016

This starts a little slow because it is told from so many perspectives. Give it 50 pages. It gets good.

Feb 02, 2016

One of many odyssey genre books, situated in a mythical country. Well told.


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