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Young Corban watches enviously as boys become warriors, learning the art of war. He yearns to wield his sword and spear to protect his king's realm. But that day will come all too soon. Only when he loses those he loves will he learn the true price of courage.

The Banished Lands has a violent past where armies of men and giants clashed in battle, the earth running dark with their heartsblood. Although the giant-clans were broken in ages past, their ruined fortresses still scar the land. But now giants stir anew, the very stones weep blood and there are sightings of giant wyrms. Those who can still read the signs see a threat far greater than the ancient wars. Sorrow will darken the world, as angels and demons make it their battlefield. Then there will be a war to end all wars.

High King Aquilus summons his fellow kings to council, seeking an alliance in this time of need. Prophesy indicates darkness and light will demand two champions, the Black Sun and the Bright Star. They would be wise to seek out both, for if the Black Sun gains ascendancy, mankind's hopes and dreams will fall to dust.
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Product details

  • 122 x 132mm | 73g
  • ABC/Audible Audio
  • Australia
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged edition
  • 065569658X
  • 9780655696582

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'Reminds me of why I became a fantasy enthusiast in the first place.' -- Robin Hobb, bestselling author of the Farseer Trilogy. 'John Gwynne writes fantasy with the heart of a hero and the inventiveness of a master mage.' -- Sebastien de Castell, bestselling author of the Spellslinger series.
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About John Gwynne

John Gwynne studied and lectured at Brighton University. He's been in a rock 'n' roll band, playing the double bass, travelled the USA and lived in Canada for a time. He is married with four children and lives in Eastbourne running a small family business rejuvenating vintage furniture. He is the author of the epic fantasy series The Faithful and the Fallen including Malice, Valour, Ruin and Wrath. Damian Lynch is a British actor, writer and experienced voiceover artist. He trained at the Webber Douglas Academy in London whose alumni include Rupert Friend, Matthew Goode, Hugh Bonneville and Minnie Driver. Fluent in German, Damian became the first black British actor to play Iago in a German language theatre production of Othello in 2013. In voiceover, his previous TV and radio campaigns include Virgin Holidays, GAME, Volkswagen and Sony Playstation. Damian has also featured in many BBC Radio 4 dramas and won the Carleton Hobbs BBC Radio Award.
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