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A Time of Dread

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Set in the same world as the Faithful and the Fallen quartet, the first novel in John Gwynne's Of Blood and Bone series, A Time of Dread, takes place one hundred years after the end of Wrath.

The Ben-Elim, a race of warrior angels, once vanquished a mighty demon horde. Now they rule the Banished lands. But their dominion is brutally enforced and their ancient enemy may not be as crushed as they thought.

In the snowbound north, Drem, a trapper, finds mutilated corpses in the forests - a sign of demonic black magic. In the south, Riv, a young, tempestuous soldier, discovers a deadly rift within the Ben-Elim themselves.

Two individuals with two world-changing secrets. But where will they lead? And what role will Drem and Riv play in the Banished Land's fate? Difficult choices need to be made. Because in the shadows, demons are gathering, waiting for their time to rise. . .
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Product details

  • Hardback | 480 pages
  • 153 x 234 x 37mm | 757g
  • MACMILLAN
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main Market Ed
  • 1509812946
  • 9781509812943
  • 153,489

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Smart and well-crafted epic fantasy * SF and F Reviews * Gwynne has truly earned his place among the rank of legendary fantasy authors such as J.R.R. Tolkien, George R.R. Martin, and Brandon Sanderson * BookNest * Gwynne is a master of his craft and one of the best fantasy writers around . . . A Time of Dread is epic, unpredictable and exhilarating * FantasyBookReview * The stakes are high, the characters are engaging and relatable, and the action is thrilling . . . you will storm through A Time of Dread * SciFiNow * Gwynne does an excellent job of weaving a classic light vs dark tale while keeping it interesting . . . a sense of foreboding builds along with the pace, balanced by the overall sense of hope * SFX * A brilliant and bold journey into an unpredictable world, A Time of Dread is an exciting tale of rivalry, politics and a power struggle of epic proportions * Lucy Hounsom * A fierce, gripping tale, and one I found hugely enjoyable * Anna Smith Spark * An accomplished and rousing tale of heroes and dark deeds that fans of epic fantasy will devour * Tom Lloyd * A brilliantly compelling heroic fantasy - likeable characters with nuance, a story that builds at a perfect pace, and a thrilling, climactic ending that kept me reading late into the night * James Islington * I loved A Time of Dread and read it from cover to cover in two days. I couldn't put it down * Miles Cameron * Great evils, conflicted heroes, bloody battles, betrayal, and giants riding battle bears! What's not to love? * Peter Newman * Fans of epic fantasy have something to cheer about: A Time of Dread is marvellous. Gwynne's writing is superb, delivering not only twists and turns but also nuance and complexity * Sebastien de Castell * John Gwynne is of the modern masters of heroic fantasy * Adrian Tchaikovsky * A truly excellent read . . . Exciting, well-written swords and sorcery. Try it on for size * Mark Lawrence *
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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. His debut novel, Malice, won the David Gemmell Morningstar Award for Best Debut.
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946 ratings
4.47 out of 5 stars
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4 31% (297)
3 7% (68)
2 2% (17)
1 0% (4)
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