Author: John Gwynne
Star Rating: ✪✪✪✪.5
Synopsis from author website
Winner of the David Gemmell Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Debut, 2012
Called a ‘Hell of a debut’ by bestselling author Conn Iggulden, Malice by John Gwynne is the first in The Faithful and the Fallen series.
Young Corban watches enviously as boys become warriors, learning the art of war. He yearns to wield his sword and spear to protect his king’s realm. But that day will come all too soon. Only when he loses those he loves will he learn the true price of courage.
The Banished Lands has a violent past where armies of men and giants clashed in battle, the earth running dark with their heartsblood. Although the giant-clans were broken in ages past, their ruined fortresses still scar the land. But now giants stir anew, the very stones weep blood and there are sightings of giant wyrms. Those who can still read the signs see a threat far greater than the ancient wars. Sorrow will darken the world, as angels and demons make it their battlefield. Then there will be a war to end all wars.
High King Aquilus summons his fellow kings to council, seeking an alliance in this time of need. Prophesy indicates darkness and light will demand two champions, the Black Sun and the Bright Star. They would be wise to seek out both, for if the Black Sun gains ascendancy, mankind’s hopes and dreams will fall to dust.
My first thought – I absolutely love this book. I enjoyed watching Corban, grow from a unconfident boy to an confident man. I loved watching his relationship with his sister grow and mature, from the other sister looking after him to her realising he is a grown man and can stand up for himself. As an older sister, I recognised this as something I went through with my brother. I found the story to be perfectly paced and didn’t get drawn out.
There were characters I loved, like Gar and Tull and characters I couldn’t stand like Rafe and Nathair.I really like when a author can make me feel strong feelings towards certain characters. I found all the characters development was done extremely well.
The only thing I have as a small complaint was that there are alot of characters which sometimes could get a little confused at the beginning, this would be easier as the book went on.
The ending was really well done and I can’t wait to get the next book in the series.
Overall a really good book and I will definitely be carrying on with the series.
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