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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peace is tenuous at best and ghastly, troubling things are happening all around the land and even at the heart of the Desolation. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. I’ve read a lot of epic fantasy books and I’m confident enough to say without hesitation that Gwynne is one of—if not the—best when it comes to writing grippingly realistic battle scenes.

These characters and their actions influence the plot as much as the plot influences them, which I love.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. Expect to devour every last scrap of knowledge that the author drip-feeds us of events that happened between the book Wrath and this work of art. For those of you who’d read and loved The Faithful and the Fallen, this book will feel all the more like a precious gift, with a huge sentimental value! I breezed through all 4 of those books earlier this year, thanks in large part to the memorable characters and the epic thread of action that runs through the heart of Gwynne's storytelling.

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. While it still can be seen as a battle between Good and Evil, you will encounter a few factions whose intentions are not entirely clear and aside from a few exceptions, you will be seriously questioning some key characters’ intentions. This seamless interweaving of two different times is done so masterfully, that I am almost tempted to proclaim that reading the first series is unnecessary if you want to start with this book first. There are some great reminders of the first series found in the descendants of those we knew so long ago, including Storm’s, but this is a whole new story. 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.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.

Wrath was an awe-inspiring, frenetic finale to one of the all-time great fantasy series – The Faithful and the Fallen – and I’d just finished reading it when I heard John Gwynne’s new project would also be set in the Banished Lands, but a few generations into the future. The nock of arrows, the clashing of steel, the explosion of blood, the formation of shield walls; his action scenes have always been very cinematic, intricate, immersive and dynamic, and this book is no exception. This was an enjoyable, satisfying read that absolutely nails plot, character, world-building, and style. The four main characters have the nuance and troublesome qualities we expect from modern fantasy novels, and yet they retain just enough of the classic heroism that got so many of us into the genre in the first place. It really must be difficult for an author to revisit a similar world and having to balance the desire to give fans something familiar, while also doing something truly unique, and Gwynne had to invest a lot of time trying to lay this backdrop.It’s not an exaggeration to say that it will be extremely hard for Gwynne to create a series that tops my love for his first series. Still, as a big fan of the original books, I really did love all the throwbacks included for those fans. The fact that I finished reading this book in less than a day should say enough about how addictive it was.

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