A Time of Dread

Narrated by: Damian Lynch
Series: Of Blood and Bone, Book 1
Length: 15 hrs and 31 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (144 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Acclaimed epic fantasy author John Gwynne with the first book of a new trilogy.

The Ben-Elim, a race of warrior angels, once vanquished a mighty demon horde. Now they rule the Banished lands. But their dominion is brutally enforced and their ancient enemy may not be as crushed as they thought.

In the snowbound north, Drem, a trapper, finds mutilated corpses in the forests - a sign of demonic black magic.

In the south, Riv, a young, tempestuous soldier, discovers a deadly rift within the Ben-Elim themselves.

Two individuals with two world-changing secrets. But where will they lead? And what role will Drem and Riv play in the Banished Land's fate? Difficult choices need to be made.

In the shadows, dark forces are gathering, waiting for their time to rise....

©2018 John Gwynne (P)2018 Hachette Audio

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Dose not disappoint

I often worry when authors revisit worlds whose stories have finished. The results of these trips are generally nostalgic but not particularly good. This was not the case with this book. Time of dread takes the existing world of John Gwynne and rather then exploit it, builds on it, giving us a view of the world the heroes of Faithful and The Fallen fought for. It builds on rather then exploiting the source materials, taking the story in a new exciting path that is still accessible to a new reader unfamiliar with the previous story. The success of this book leaves me hopeful that mr Gwynne other books will all soon be available on audible.

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Another compelling Gwynne book- and I don’t get the negativity directed at Damiam Lynch

I found this to be a compelling start to a new series, for which I am grateful. I loved the first series, so this delving into the same world 130 some odd years later is great.

I almost held off due to critical comments from some reviewers about Damian Lynch’s performance, but as he read the first four books, I figured I’d put my faith in him. Glad I did. As always, he was superb. For those who complained about pauses, my advice would be to speed up the book in settings if you find it so bothersome. I certainly did not, and enjoy his talented readings.

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Gripping story!

Okay, so personally, I was a big dumb-dumb because I didnt read the first series before this one...But, luckily I was able to catch on quickly with what was going on!
I didnt think I would get through this book because of the length, but I found myself not be able to put it down! The characters were so well developed! My personal favorite was Drem, he just seemed like a character that I could relate to better than the others, so his chapters really stuck out to me! All in all, fantastic book!

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Story jumped around too much too often

Really could not get a grasp of the story and characters because the race names and character names were not well defined early on and then every chapter the story jumped to a different character so it was really too hard to follow and took a lot of work to understand the story.

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Good story but lots of too long pauses in the narration

I mostly enjoyed Damian Lynch’s narration but there are lots of places where pauses go two or three beats too long and it makes it really hard to listen to in places.

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The story is great, the narration is just painful

It's a wonderful story. For me however the narration is just horrible. The "voices" of many of the creatures just sound like they are severely impaired with...like a brain tumor. Think of one of your drunk friends failing at a Forest Gump impersonation. I appreciate the effort to differentiate between the characters. I could not finish listening because it was just too irritating

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An excellent series

An excellent series that keeps getting better and better as it continues. Thank you John Gwynne and Damian Lynch!!

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Horrible narration

I didn't even finish listening to the first chapter. This narrator is horrible. The cadence is jerky with big pauses that ruin the immersion. I'll be returning this immediately.

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Distracting awkward pauses in narration

I was excited to start listening to this, especially once I realized the sequel is going to be released soon. Unfortunately, I will need to switch to written books as the narration has extended pauses between sentences? paragraphs?

I tried adjusting the speed of the playback, but it does not help.

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awesome read or listen.

loved this almost as good as his first series. it was quick and fast paced thru characters are nicly developed look forward to next installment.