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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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To boldly go...

Let me start by saying that I love the original Faithful and Fallen series.

And Damian Lynch is very good at his job.

However...

This audiobook feels stilted at best. There are gaps between every other line and little to no distinction between character tones.

I’m guessing that the majority of this lies with the editors.

Who for some reason.

Decided to split the text.

Sentence by sentence.

Annoying.

Isn’t.

It.

(Shatner would be proud)

It honestly feels like they recorded this on the fly with JG handing warm pages to Damian as they were finished.

There is absolutely no emotion or flow.

And for a fresh series that needs to introduce new characters, this is a real hinderance.

Having said that, I’m only two hours in... though I’m not sure I can do much more.

I would feel harsh marking down the story or performance, so I’ll go middle of the road, as at this point it may get better (please!?).

What I would say is that I normally rinse audiobooks (including JG’s previous) and this is taking me way longer to get into.


I honestly hope I’m wrong...

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Better to Fight and Fall

My review for this complete trilogy is covered in the last book, Time of Courage.

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a great start to a return to the banished lands

as always when a series finishes like the faithful and the fallen theres always trepidation to jump into the sequel series but im glad i have enjoyed the first book alot cant wait to start the next!

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Good Narrator

I won't review the book, it was fine I guess, but you guys can check plenty of reviews elsewhere.

The most important thing for me reading this reviews is:

"Is the narrator good enough to warrant the purchase of the book in audioform?"

And the answer is yes

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Seamless.

What a thing of beauty. Utterly fascinating and draws you in to a 'New' world.
Just when you thought it was all over the serpents move again.
Star stone performance.

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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.