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Malice: The Faithful and the Fallen, Book 1 | [John Gwynne]

Malice: The Faithful and the Fallen, Book 1

In this epic fantasy debut (perfect for fans of George R. R. Martin), John Gwynne takes listeners to The Banished Lands - a broken world with a violent past. 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.
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In this epic fantasy debut (perfect for fans of George R. R. Martin), John Gwynne takes listeners to The Banished Lands - a broken world with a violent past. 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.

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    Brian L. Manley Oklahoma, USA 02-08-14
    Brian L. Manley Oklahoma, USA 02-08-14 Member Since 2012

    I'm in my early to mid-thirties and I live in the mid-west. I have two wonderful children and the perfect wife. My profile pic is of my APBT, named Jasper. I like epic sic-fi type books. Some of my favorites are The Story of Song and Ice series, The Way of Kings, Theft of Sword series, and

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    "Wonderful"

    I'm no stranger to epic fantasy books. They are by far my favorite type books to listen to. Malice is right up there with the Riyian Chronicles, The Blood Song, The Desert Spear, and yes even The Game of Thrones series. It may not rank #1 on my list, but it's right up there in my top-5.

    Malice may start just a little slow, but you soon find yourself engrossed. It's the kind of book that you're listening to in the car and you get in the driveway of your home, only to spend the next 5-10 minutes listening for just a little longer. It won't disappoint!

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Rolf the Ruf Bear, DE, United States 03-17-14
    Rolf the Ruf Bear, DE, United States 03-17-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Best new author since Michael J. Sulivan"

    This was a great find. Not since I stumbled upon Michael J Sulivan's roguish characters Hadrian and Royce have I enjoyed a new novel so. Make no mistake, this is not exactly a similar journey. But it has a few things in common: An intriguing plot, great character development and edge-of-your-seat action! I truly enjoyed it and highly recommend it to all lovers of epic fantasy. Can't wait for the next one!

    John Keating's narration may have missed a proper inflection here and there, but overall I enjoyed the amusing array of Scots, Irish and low English brogues he utilized to distinguished the characters.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Zac Knoxville,Tn 11-22-14
    Zac Knoxville,Tn 11-22-14 Member Since 2013
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    "No cliche goes untouched"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone new to the genre and kids.


    What was most disappointing about John Gwynne’s story?

    The unoriginality of it was astounding. It's like he read a bunch of generic fantasy books then compiled them into his own.


    Did John Keating do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Kind of. I didn't really care enough and half the time I'd forget which POV I was listening to.


    What character would you cut from Malice?

    The dire wolf....I mean wolfen.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like farmboy/blacksmith's son generic fantasy, this book's for you. If you've been reading fantasy for a while, don't bother, you've already read this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Caleb Caldwell Brentwood, CA 10-08-14
    Caleb Caldwell Brentwood, CA 10-08-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Terrible Narration"
    Would you try another book from John Gwynne and/or John Keating?

    I will avoid John Keating from now on.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator speaks haltingly and pauses at odd times in the middle of sentences which makes it hard to track who is talking and pulls you out of the story to try to figure out how the sentence should have been read. This isn't a every once in a while occurrence either, it's nearly every sentence. He isn't consitent with the voices/accents he uses for characters so it's easy to lose track of who's who. He gives the characters tones of voice that don't fit with what's being said or how they are acting. Overall it is a terrible performance and I just couldn't keep listening. I couldn't follow the story or get engrossed in the book mostly because of the narration.


    Any additional comments?

    The story might be good. I didn't get far enough to judge it well, although the first several chapters seemed hard to follow and the characters pretty simplistic. With good narration, though, it might be a lot better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joe SEATTLE, WA, United States 05-26-14
    Joe SEATTLE, WA, United States 05-26-14 Member Since 2010
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    "AFun Little Childrens Book"
    Would you try another book from John Gwynne and/or John Keating?

    Personally, no. However, if I was 10 or 11 years old I would most certainly read another book by this author.


    What was most disappointing about John Gwynne’s story?

    The mantra of almost every author is "Show, not tell". I think this author didn't get the mimeo about that trick. The author continuously "tells" us about scenes from the past instead of describing those sevens and having them play out for the reader. The story would be much more engrossing if the author let the characters show the readers their lives rather than having the author bombard us with exposition. As my title suggest I think that the author's style would be fine for 4th or 5th graders, and maybe that's who the target audience is, though I sort of doubt it.


    What character would you cut from Malice?

    Most of the characters are fairly one dimensional and predictable. All of the badges are clearly and obviously bad while all of the protagonists are overly nice and simplistically good. Although, some of the characters are simply contradictions of themselves. For example, in the beginning of the book Corban, one of the main characters, is too "cowardly" to fight back against his bully yet insane enough to leap from one thin and narrow tree branch to another while many feet up in the air . And he doesn't even get hurt when he falls, plummeting through branch after branch, and crashes onto the forest floor.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are a young reader, or know a young reader, of fantasy, then this book might be for you. If not, it's probably not.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Megan San Diego, CA, USA 03-30-14
    Megan San Diego, CA, USA 03-30-14 Member Since 2004
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    "Excellent book"

    Excellent book! One of the few I've given 5 stars. The narration was good, but could be better. The reader speaks in a halting manner, pausing in strange places. Regardless, the narration is good enough and the story is great. I bought the book as it was an Audible recommendation based on my having read the King of Thrones series, and it is similar. With only one book in the series published at this time (next book, Valor to release July 22, 14), I cannot say how it compares to KOT overall. I can say John Gwynne has made a great start with Malice. I hope the full series is as good.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rory Calgary, AB, Canada 02-25-14
    Rory Calgary, AB, Canada 02-25-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Missing Something"

    I wanted to like it. It had lots of novel ideas, and interesting characters but just lack depth. The writing in places was so basic and juvenile, and the dialog between character was awful. I'm was disappointed because it could have been really good, instead I struggled through and almost returned it to audible

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Robert 02-09-14
    Robert 02-09-14
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    "to soon."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better distinction between different avenues of plot, as the author skips from one plot line to the next every chapter.


    Any additional comments?

    Basic Story line was good, first 5 hours was very confusing as the author jumped around from one character to the next with limited markers to bring any plot line into focus, leaving listener to wonder 'who was he again'. several instances where the characters acted completely out of character at major events. Seems to be a good start on a first draft.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Monica United States 08-29-14
    Monica United States 08-29-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Terrible"
    What would have made Malice better?

    A better story line... I couldn't even finish the book.


    Has Malice turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No... the storyline in this book was so poor that it doesn't hold a candle to George R. Martin and the others. However, had this been my first listen in this genre I might not have listened to another.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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