Valor (Faithful and the Fallen Series #2)

Valor (Faithful and the Fallen Series #2)

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by John Gwynne
     
 

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War has erupted in the Banished Lands as the race for power intensifies.

Corban flees his homeland searching for peace, but he soon discovers that there is no haven in the west as the agents of Rhin and roaming bands of giants hound his every step.

Veradis leaves the battleground and rushes to his King's side. But he has witnessed both

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War has erupted in the Banished Lands as the race for power intensifies.

Corban flees his homeland searching for peace, but he soon discovers that there is no haven in the west as the agents of Rhin and roaming bands of giants hound his every step.

Veradis leaves the battleground and rushes to his King's side. But he has witnessed both combat and betrayal and his duty weighs heavily upon him.

Maquin seeks only revenge, but pirate slavers and the brutal world of pit-fighting stand in his way.

Nathair becomes embroiled in the wars of the west as Queen Rhin marches against King Owain. The need to find the cauldron of the giants drives him on.

Sides are chosen and oaths will be fulfilled or broken in a land where hell has broken loose.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"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)

"Influenced by Gemmell's Rigante and George R. R. Martin's Game of Thrones ... Hell of a debut."—Conn Iggulden

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

"Three-dimensional characters, a gripping plot, and a world that became real to me ... this is the type of fantasy I love to read and I truly can't wait to read the next volume in The Faith and the Fallen!"—Fantasy Book Critic

"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

"Warring clans, sleeping giants, Banished Lands and omens and portents ... a strong contender for 'if you like Game of Thrones, why not try this?' award."—Independent

SFX
"It's exciting when you find a strong new voice ringing out through the halls of fantasy, and John Gwynne hits all the right spots in his epic tale of good vs evil, the first in the Faithful & The Fallen series . . . there's a lot of pleasure to be had in this debut novel; Gwynne is definitely one to watch."
Fantasy Book Review
"With three-dimensional characters, a gripping plot, and a world that became real to me, John Gwynne's Malice is a great debut. In short, this is the kind of fantasy I love to read and I truly can't wait for the next volume in The Faithful and the Fallen!"
Iwillreadbooks.com
"Malice is easily one of the best fantasy novels I read this year, and one which will appeal to most fans of the genre. With such an epic debut novel, John Gwynne is a writer to watch from now on."
Library Journal
08/01/2014
The big-scale, large-cast, high-stakes epic fantasy continues, as war has broken out in the Banished Lands. The first book in the series (Malice) was a debut novel and got an LJ starred review.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316399746
Publisher:
Orbit
Publication date:
07/22/2014
Series:
Faithful and the Fallen Series , #2
Pages:
688
Sales rank:
76,748
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.80(d)

Meet the Author

John Gwynne studied and lectured at Brighton University. He's been in a rock 'n' roll band, playing the double bass, traveled the USA and lived in Canada for a time. He is married with four children and lives in Eastbourne, running a small family business rejuvenating vintage furniture. Malice is his debut novel.

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Valor 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
FrankieReads 5 months ago
Let me begin by saying that The Faithful and the Fallen has become one of my favorite fantasy series of all time. Without a doubt, Valor has sealed that feeling for me. This book was an incredible second installment and is one of the best follow-up books I've ever read. This series follows the progress of the God-War that is waging between Asroth and Elyon. Malice, (the first book in this series) opens with the reader entering the Banished Lands thousands of years after the original war between the gods. This war ended in The Scourging, which had a devastating impact on the landscape and the Giant race. As we begin our adventure, we are following the course of events that will culminate in a war between two avatars of the Gods and their followers. Valor continues that adventure by taking us further into the giant and god lore that explains the magic systems and further develops the events of this war. Character development abounds and you find more people to love and hate as their stories unfold. Valor is extremely plot driven and each chapter is filled with action or a strong progression in the story. Although there are multiple POV's in the telling of these stories, I never feel lost. John Gwynne does a fantastic job of giving us just the right amount of information without excessive wordiness or "info dumps". We learn what we need to learn through dialogue, battles, characters internal dialogue, and dream sequences. There are heart-pounding battle scenes, moments of humor, and heart-wrenching points of loss and grief. This is a book that will make you FEEL. I will confess that I shed a tear during the very last chapter of this book. Gwynne's writing is so incredibly descriptive (but again maintaining that balance of not becoming overly descriptive), that there were times this book felt like a movie in my mind. I plan to begin Ruin immediately because I MUST have it read by the time Wrath is released. If you are looking for an engaging, swift-paced, plot-driven story, pick up this series. If you want to read about characters you can really connect with (whether through love or hate), pick up this series. If you want an epic fantasy series with superb world building, a fresh magic system, and lots of interesting animals/beasts, pick up this series. In short: pick up this series.
Off_The_Vine More than 1 year ago
Valor continues the strong story and character development that Gwynne developed in the opening to the series, Valor. There is more action in this second novel, as the war that was building throughout Malice has erupted in full. Carnage and mayhem abound as alliances are forged and broken in an ever-twisting dance of political intrigue. Gwynne continues to use the alternating perspective style to good effect, although I did find that some of the chapters were too short to merit the shift in perspective. The cliffhanger ending has me excited to crack open the next book, Ruin, as it leaves the future of one of the main characters in question. An earth-shattering secret is revealed that, while most readers will have picked up on long ago, leaves one character in utter shock. I cannot wait to see how that character will deal with the dilemma before them. This series continues to be a very strong entry into the sword and sorcery genre.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book series is amazing!! Complete page turner!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book I've read in a long time .
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The series is the most addictive I have read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book 2 in the series did not disappoint! The next installment can't get here soon enough.