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Publisher's Summary

Young Corban watches enviously as boys become warriors, learning the art of war. He yearns to wield his sword and spear to protect his king’s realm. But that day will come all too soon. Only when he loses those he loves will he learn the true price of courage.

The Banished Lands has a violent past where armies of men and giants clashed in battle, the earth running dark with their heartsblood. Although the giant clans were broken in ages past, their ruined fortresses still scar the land. But now giants stir anew, the very stones weep blood, and there are sightings of giant wyrms. Those who can still read the signs see a threat far greater than the ancient wars. Sorrow will darken the world as angels and demons make it their battlefield. Then there will be a war to end all wars.

High King Aquilus summons his fellow kings to council, seeking an alliance in this time of need. Prophesy indicates darkness and light will demand two champions, the Black Sun and the Bright Star. They would be wise to seek out both, for if the Black Sun gains ascendancy, mankind’s hopes and dreams will fall to dust.

©2015 John Gwynne (P)2015 Audible, Ltd

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  • Daniel
  • Joburg, South Africa
  • 06-20-18

It’s a slow starter but full of potential

I really enjoy Mr Gwynne’s world building but it really takes a while to get into the greater story. There are several ‘main characters’ that all intersect which makes the voice artists job a challenge but I really like his allocation of accents & intonation- there may even have been a fair South African accent!

Sometimes i lost the credibility of the story - but I’m picky - such as how giants are so feared yet certain folk seem to cut through them like they are summer wheat....um...no...

It’s worth a credit and I will listen to the second as it’s getting exciting & I’m looking forward to seeing how the sides stack up...go the good guys!

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  • Damion Foncette
  • 07-21-15

Unexpected pleasure!

I was hooked from the start. I couldn't stop listening until the end.

I'm already downloading book two.

Good story and performance.

Definitely one of my favourites!

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  • William
  • 06-29-15

A Surprising find, a decent book with a character

Would you consider the audio edition of Malice to be better than the print version?

Haven't read the book so i cannot tell you.

What did you like best about this story?

To be honest the twisting route of light and truth into the darkness inch by inch and decision by decision. Its a great rendition of a similar and familiar story we all know and love.

What about Damian Lynch’s performance did you like?

He is a solid voice actor , was confused by the random accents.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

again I've heard this question its stupid.

Any additional comments?

Dear avid listener, this book has 2 min characters and 4-6 sub characters, it follows mostly two main lads are coming of age, one is a prince the other a blacksmith son. you dont quite know who is the good guy and who is the bad. I would recommend this to most people.

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  • philip stonehouse
  • 01-23-17

Slow to start

Very good but you might find the book is slow to start but keep going because once it gets going it is very good

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  • Kate
  • 07-22-15

Epic tale

A great story with more than a little influence from Game of Thrones. The narration let it down a bit - seemed very rushed in places and lacking tension at exciting moments. I checked several times to see if I had it on fast speed but it wasn't. I know its a big book but there's no hurry!
One of those stories that deserves a second read or listen to get all the characters in the right place but well worth the time.

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  • C Milne
  • 06-12-15

good time sink

This is an audio book review.

It's not a good story. very predictable plot twists and its full of cliches, tropes.

The voice acting is good, though some characters and lines are jarring & just wrong. That is to be expected when the actor has to voice tens of characters.

I enjoyed the listen overall. recommended for a very long journey to fill time.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-26-16

listen to ... the pause ... every 5 .... words.

What would have made Malice better?

remove the narrators constant pausing.

Would you ever listen to anything by John Gwynne again?

with a different narrator

Would you be willing to try another one of Damian Lynch’s performances?

no no no ... and no

What character would you cut from Malice?

never made it past the first 30 mins

Any additional comments?

i listen to 3 / 4 books a month while driving and this is the first one i have given up on completely.

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  • Jennifer Berry
  • 05-25-18

total rubbish

total plagiarism. giants from game if thrones, cauldrons and wizards from the takes of Uhtred of babbenburg. every accent on the planet used even Nigerian. this is just the best bits of other authors work crammed together and sold for £24. waste of money

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-17-17

A bit slow to start but a great story eventually.

A bit slow to start but a great story eventually. Has a cliff-hangar ending so you do need to read the next book.

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  • Miss Nicola Rolfe
  • 09-13-17

An intoxicating entry into audio books

If you could sum up Malice in three words, what would they be?

Amusing, detailed, intriguing

What did you like best about this story?

The fact I found I was easily able to relate to many of the characters.

What about Damian Lynch’s performance did you like?

his wide variety of voices for both male and female characters.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Surprisingly It did actually make me laugh aloud, as I find it hard to imagine anyone who doesn't find brinna and craff funny has a stale sense of humor.

Any additional comments?

While there's political intrigue it's not overly complex and it's made very easy to follow and it's all explained very well.

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  • A
  • 08-20-17

Couldn't finish- generic story, irritating accents

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I couldn't finish the book - the narrator was ok in general, but he seems to be working his way around the world in terms of looking for accents for leading characters...the crunch came with the particularly awful Australian accent given to the head of the darkwood.The story was ok, but has a lot of similarities to other fantasy novels I've listened to recently (tribes of giants, rescued wulfen (=dire wolves), etc.So overall the story is ok, but combined with the narration I couldn't get through it.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Malice?

To be honest there weren't really any stand-out moments - it was all rather generic.

Would you be willing to try another one of Damian Lynch’s performances?

Probably not - definitely not with the same narrator.

Do you think Malice needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

It is the first of an existing series.

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  • Bradley
  • 01-27-18

It's a good story

But you follow one chapter and then it goes to a another which sucks the first books a bit slow at the start

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  • Nathan
  • 04-07-17

Slow started . But further it in the end

It is very slow start and hard to follow. But get better after about 10hours

0 of 2 people found this review helpful