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The Banished Lands are torn by war as the army of High King Nathair sweeps the realm, challenging all who oppose his holy crusade. Allied with the manipulative Queen Rhin of Cambren, there are few who can stand against him. But Rhin is playing her own games and has her eyes on a far greater prize....

Left for dead - her kin have fled, and her country is overrun with enemies - Cywen fights to survive. But any chance of escape is futile once Nathair and his disquieting advisor, Calidus, realize who she is. They have no intention of letting such a prize slip from their grasp. For she may be their one chance at killing the biggest threat to their power.

Meanwhile the young warrior Corban flees from his conquered homeland with his exiled companions, heading for the only place that may offer them sanctuary. But to get there they must travel through Cambren, avoiding warbands, giants, and the vicious wolven of the mountains. And all the while Corban struggles to become the man everyone believes him to be - the Bright Star and saviour of the Banished Lands.

Embroiled in struggles for power and survival, the mortal world is unaware of the greatest threat of all. In the Otherworld dark forces scheme to bring a host of the Fallen into the world of flesh to end the war with the Faithful once and for all.

©2014 John Gwynne (P)2015 Audible, Ltd

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Epic!


This is just as good as the first book.

I can't wait to get stuck in book three!

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Absolutely stunning!

I thought the first instalment was excellent - this surpassed it. Great narration, fabulous story and a wonderful development of the characters. I have book three downloaded and I can't wait to listen to it!

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superb

love the reader, gets the feelings and voices perfectly correct. great story which grabs you, can't wait for tomorrow to start the next book.

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Great swords and sorcery tale

Very well performed, different accents help distinguish between the many different characters.
The storyline is somewhat predictable as you'd expect in this kind of novel but the pace keeps it interesting.

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Too much.

I won't be continuing with this series.
There are too many names, and too many strands to the story.
The narrator tries hard, but he has to reuse accents to keep up too.
Maybe I'm just not devoted enough to follow it, but I don't want to work that hard when I'm listening.

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Great read

I like the story more than the writing style which i find to be a bit simplistic at times, while at others gwynne shines. The story continues on from the first with lots of little action breaks set amid the prevalent family drama. Good ending, will probably read the next one.

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Betrayal and Plots

After Book 1 Malice, Valour picks up the adrenaline rush of what's happening to each of the characters, introducing some new personalities as a rollercoaster of betrayal occurs. A fantastic weaving of characters, plots and betrayal with a suitable ending to start book 3.

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Dark

I purchased this book as, although I enjoyed Book 1, I was doubtful I would follow the whole series. Wrong! I found the number of different characters a little hard to follow, especially when the names seemed to be cut short by the narrator sometimes.

Book 2 sees us get more into the characters, those that are left alive that is. Dun Carreg has fallen and Corban flees with a rag tag group. He has been told the truth by his mother and Gar, but cannot comprehend what his destiny may be.

Veredis, Shield to King Nathair, is proving as evil as his king, while trying to deny it to himself and is one of my least favourite at the moment

We lose a lot of characters in this book, while new ones take their place, so there is no lag. Battles are fast and furious.

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Good story. Awful narrator.

I read the first part of this trilogy in the form of a physical book and really enjoyed it, so I thought I would get on well with part two as an audio book.

I only persevered because I really wanted to know what happened next.
The actual story is excellent, but not for the squeamish as the is a lot of blood and gore. No problems with the actual book.

The narrator is truly awful!! I very nearly gave in and got my credit back. Firstly, I found his attempt at drama by using clipped, staccato speech infuriating. The book is set in a pre industrial, feudal society. However, this narrator's accents do not 'fit' the characters at all. Most of the knights, Corban and his family sound like Irish travellers. Lykos is black Caribbean. Other characters include an Ozzy, Essex estuary, and worst of all a Scouser. The healer/witch sounds like a batty old woman and the giants too sound ridiculous. I will be reading part three 'ruin' as a proper book.

Overall. Read the books they are great, but give this narrator a miss. I won't be listening to anything else he's done. Sorry :-(

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The story continues and what a story it is too.

What an excellent Read (listen). A steady boil throughout. Simply great writing and narration. Cannot wait for book three.
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  • 12-02-21

Dont Bother

The hero has no character, the story is predictable and the reasons behind their actions lack depth.

This should be a tale for young kids