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Malice

Narrated by: Damian Lynch
Series: The Faithful and the Fallen, Book 1
Length: 23 hrs and 50 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (93 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The world is broken....

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, but now giants are seen, the stones weep blood, and giant wyrms are stirring. Those who can still read the signs see a threat far greater than the ancient wars. For if the Black Sun gains ascendancy, mankind's hopes and dreams will fall to dust....

...and it can never be made whole again.

Malice is a dark epic fantasy tale of blind greed, ambition, and betrayal.

©2012 John Gwynne (P)2019 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"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)

"Middle Earth-ish extravaganza with all the usual thrills, chills, spills and frills...there's plenty of action." (Kirkus)

"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)

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Different than the standard

I have been struggling to find quality fantasy for a while. The formula is set, and the narrative predictable. This book was different in presentation and enjoyable. Not the same level as Jordan, but a great read.

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Amazing you should definitely read it

Great story. Good vs Evil. Characters are alive. Definitely in mytop5 favorite fantasy series. Well written. I couldn't put this book down once i started.

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Can’t recommend this enough!

John Gwynne has made a world that feels believable and plausible and yet still fantastic. It’s an epic story that never loses its beginnings. While the performance took a bit for me to get used to, I eventually came to see the genius in the casting. Gwynne uses a lot of Irish/Celtic references/language and the voice actor is perfect.

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Good not great

felt like Bernard Cromwell winter king writing style. felt like Brent Weeks lightbringer characters. good story. narration didn't pull me in. not interested in finishing the series right now.

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Great Epic Story

I buy A LOT of books. It has been a long time since I’ve come across a truly great epic story. The story was well written, the characters interesting, and the pace of the story is just right once you get past the initial charter building. Loved the book and definitely getting the next one.

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Well written, well read

I really enjoyed this book. The fiction borders on historical fiction. This Audible book was very well read.

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A masterpeice of world building!

I hear people comparing this to so many other authors works, but for me I had the same resonance to me as when I read Tad Williams Green Tower.

This is fantasy at its best, if your a fan of fantasy you all know the old troupe of the chosen one destined for greatness but Malice takes it a bit beyond what you come to know. A prince who believes he is the one to lead the forces of good, a boy just wanting to grow up and be a man, warriors with shadowy pasts, warrior out to make a name for him self and exscape the shadow of his family. All this as the God War is descending apon them all, no one will be untouched.

I can't wait for the next book to be released in audible later in the week!!!

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