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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.

©2012 John Gwynne (P)2013 Recorded Books

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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!

    8 of 9 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.

    6 of 7 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 2007
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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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Earl Phoenix, AZ USA 12-13-14
    Robert Earl Phoenix, AZ USA 12-13-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Big disappointment"

    With all of the rave reviews this book received I was looking forward to getting into another good series. But it turned out to be a big disappointment. It drug on and on and I kept waiting for it to get better, but it never did. The author was trying to develop quite a few characters so that played into the slow pace, but I just couldn't get into the story enough to put up with the slow pace. I gave up before I got to the end.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Erie, Pa 03-11-15
    Kim Erie, Pa 03-11-15 Member Since 2015
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    "An awesome tale to fall into and never put down!"

    This author builds such deep character descriptions and creative story lines that I don't want to put it down!!

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    "Great storytelling and characters"

    The build up of the characters took a while but the payoff was worth the wait. Intense and action filled with lots of swords and sorcery.

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    Brian 12-06-14
    Brian 12-06-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Boring story and lackluster narration"

    I really tried with this one. I'd heard great things. But I just couldn't get all the way through it. The story was a very straightforward cookie-cutter fantasy. I really felt like I knew a lot of what was going to happen from the outset. But I also didn't care about any of the characters.

    I listened to this and attempted to read the kindle version at the same time. I found that the book was a bit better when I read it than when I listened. The narration was just so flat that it was hard to stay focused. There were characters with similar names (especially when spoken). This was enough of a problem that even halfway through the book (which admittedly is about where I stopped) I would still have to stop and try to figure out who was who.

    Eventually I got to the point where I had like 14 hours left and I just couldn't imagine spending that much time listening to a book that I don't really like. So I stopped.

    1 of 2 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 2014
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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.

    3 of 6 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 2014
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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

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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 3 people found this review helpful
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