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A Time of Dread

Narrated by: Damian Lynch
Series: Of Blood and Bone, Book 1
Length: 15 hrs and 36 mins
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Summary

Set in the same world as the Faithful and the Fallen quartet, the first story in John Gwynne's Of Blood and Bone series, A Time of Dread, takes place 100 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....

©2018 John Gwynne (P)2018 Macmillan Digital Audio

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John Gwynne has done it again!

Having been a huge fan of the Faithful and the Fallen series it was with a little trepidation that I sat down to listen to Book 1 of John Gwynne's new foray back into the Banished Lands however I was not disappointed. There is so much I would like to tell the listener but should I tell anything of the story or its characters I feel as if I might take away a little of surprise about the outcome of a battle or the underlying humour when - even though we are listening - that 'next page' is turned and you are suddenly crying or laughing or swearing.

The narrator was good although I felt this time his rhythm was a little bit off and his pauses seemed to be in the wrong place but perhaps it is me being picky!

Overall this is another brilliant story from one of the UK's newer fantasy authors and without doubt I would recommend this to all who love excellent well-written books.

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A brilliant return!

Like the other John Gwynne books, I could not stop listening. A fabulous pace of storytelling, just enough info and references to remind you of the previous story. Really pleased Damian Lynch is doing the reading again, it makes it much easier to slip back into this world with his familiar and excellent performance.
Thank goodness I have two more books to go!

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Really slow start

Really slow start, last couple of hours of the book, it gets interesting enough for me to buy the second book. Loved the first trilogy so still got high Hope's as we move forward. Narrator has an annoying habit. Stop reading now if you havent noticed. ......... . He keeps pausing at the end of sentences or sometimes half way through, mostly nit needed. Really ruins the flow.

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Not as good as the faithful and fallen

Not as good as the faithful and fallen. however still good work from John Gwynne. Which is such a shame.

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Absolutely brilliant 😁

I have read all of John's books and love everyone, what a brillant series, highly recommended.

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Slow start, strong finish!

Great sequel to the original book series, no just need to wait for next release!

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Very good

Very good continuation both in story and in performance of the Faithful and the Fallen, although the narration was a bit jerky and robotic in places, though this is more likely due to the editing than the reader.

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Just as brilliant as the Faithful and the Fallen

Just as brilliant as the Faithful and the Fallen. I can't wait for the next one.

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an amazing start to the series!

Equally as brilliant as the first series! Feeling bereft at finishing this! Immense storytelling by John Gwynne and fantastic narration. Hope it's not too long a wait to the next one..

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Brilliant

Cracking new book from John Gwynne. I really enjoyed this book and it was great to be able to revisit the world of his first trilogy.