The work week begins. I quickly slip into my business suit and head back into the office to save a few innocent people. But while I try to fool myself into being excited about the grind, deep down, I’m not, so I’m going to escape dreary reality by reading some great books.
This week I’ll be finishing up two novels I started last week while adding an older novel I’ve been wanting to read for a while.
Valor by John Gwynne
Series: The Faithful and the Fallen #2
Publisher: Orbit (July 22, 2014)
Length: 640 pages
“War has erupted in the Banished Lands as the race for power intensifies.
Corban flees his homeland searching for peace, but he soon discovers that there is no haven in the west as the agents of Rhin and roaming bands of giants hound his every step.
Veradis leaves the battleground and rushes to his King’s side. But he has witnessed both combat and betrayal and his duty weighs heavily upon him.
Maquin seeks only revenge, but pirate slavers and the brutal world of pit-fighting stand in his way.
Nathair becomes embroiled in the wars of the west as Queen Rhin marches against King Owain. The need to find the cauldron of the giants drives him on.
Sides are chosen and oaths will be fulfilled or broken in a land where hell has broken loose.”
About the Author:
John was born in Singapore while his father was stationed there in the RAF. Up until his father’s retirement, John traveled around the world, generally moving every three years or so.
He now lives with his wife, four wonderful (and demanding) children, and three dogs in East Sussex. While he had many strange and wonderful jobs, including packing soap in a soap factory, waitering in a french restaurant in Canada, playing double bass in a rock n roll band, and lecturing at Brighton University, he now splits his time caring for his disabled daughter and working from home – both writing and helping his wife in her business of rejuvenating vintage furniture.
Valor is book two of The Faithful and the Fallen series. Malice, to Mr. Gwynne’s immense surprise and joy, won the David Gemmell Morningstar Award for Best Debut Fantasy of 2012.
Praise for Malice
“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
“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 Review
“Malice is easily one of the best fantasy novels I read this year, and one which will appeal to most fans of the genre. With such an epic debut novel, John Gwynne is a writer to watch from now on.” ― Iwillreadbooks.com
I’m super excited to start this series once it’s complete. And that author photo \m/
Interesting. John Gwynn and I have something in common, we’re both born in the same country!
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