Malice

Category: Book
By (author): Gwynne, John
Series: The Faithful And The Fallen
Subject:  FICTION / Action & Adventure
  FICTION / Fantasy / Epic
  FICTION / Fantasy / Historical
  FICTION / General
Audience: general/trade
Awards: Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Debut (2013) Winner
Publisher: Orbit
Published: December 2013
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 656
Size: 9.15in x 5.95in x 1.85in
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From The Publisher*The first book in acclaimed epic fantasy author John Gwynne's Faithful and Fallen series, Malice is a tale of blind greed, ambition, and betrayal set in a world where ancient monsters are reawakening -- and a war to end all wars is about to begin.

The world is broken. . .and it can never be made whole again.

Corban wants nothing more than to be a warrior under King Brenin's rule -- to protect and serve. But that day will come all too soon. And the price he pays will be in blood.

Evnis has sacrificed -- too much it seems. But what he wants -- the power to rule -- will soon be in his grasp. And nothing will stop him once he has started on his path.

Veradis is the newest member of the warband for the High Prince, Nathair. He is one of the most skilled swordsman to come out of his homeland, yet he is always under the shadow of his older brother.

Nathair has ideas -- and a lot of plans. Many of them don't involve his father, the High King Aquilus. Nor does he agree with his father's idea to summon his fellow kings to council.

The Banished Lands has a violent past where armies of men and giants clashed in battle, the earth running dark with their heartsblood. Now, the stones weep red and giant wyrms stir, and those who can still read the signs see a danger far worse than all that has come before. . .
Review Quote*"A series that promises the same degree of complexity and depth found in Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time books and George R. R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series."-Library Journal (starred review)
Review Quote*"Influenced by Gemmell's Rigante and George R. R. Martin's Game of Thrones ... Hell of a debut."-Conn Iggulden
Review Quote*"Middle Earth-ish extravaganza with all the usual thrills, chills, spills and frills ... there's plenty of action."-Kirkus
Review Quote*"Three-dimensional characters, a gripping plot, and a world that became real to me ... this is the type of fantasy I love to read and I truly can't wait to read the next volume in The Faith and the Fallen!"-Fantasy Book Critic
Review Quote*"John Gwynne hits all the right spots in his epic tale of good vs evil . . . there's a lot of pleasure to be had in this debut novel; Gwynne is definitely one to watch."-SFX
Review Quote*"Warring clans, sleeping giants, Banished Lands and omens and portents ... a strong contender for 'if you like Game of Thrones, why not try this?' award."-Independent
Biographical NoteJohn Gwynne studied and lectured at Brighton University. He's been in a rock 'n' roll band, playing the double bass, traveled 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. Malice is his debut novel.