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A Time of Dread (Of Blood and Bone) Hardcover – January 11, 2018
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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 *
About the Author
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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Overall, I loved this book. Well written, great story, and you almost always feel engaged. My only criticisms are twofold. First, the PoV chapters are often too short, so the flow of reading can occasionally interrupt you while you're in the mental state of mind to keep reading. The PoV chapters could probably have been combined. So while there would be fewer chapters overall, each chapter would be a longer read but more rewarding to the reader. Second, the couple/few twists are rather predictable early on. I won't describe why as that would require spoilers, but suffice it to say I found it easy to spot 2 of them much sooner than the author probably wished, and a 3rd that while I spotted it early on in the book I was only half correct. Despite those points, this is still one of the better books I've read in the past year, and likely will remain that way for a year or more.
I look forward to the next installment. This book gave me all new great characters to engage in. The new characters and the subsequent character building did not disappoint.
There are so many questions. Who is truly right or wrong regarding the merging of the immortal & mortal races? Who will wrestle control of the people? Will humans & giants fight beside the Ben-Elim/Kadoshim as equals, or as slaves and thralls? Will devastating deaths be avenged? Can love blossom in these times of turmoil? Will jealousy and pride turn certain characters sour & bitter? But most importantly...
WHAT IS THE RELEASE DATE FOR BOOK 2?!?!?!?!
Thanks, once again John, for creating a world into which I can immerse myself completely.
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