Valor (Faithful and the Fallen Series #2)

Valor (Faithful and the Fallen Series #2)

by John Gwynne

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ISBN-13: 9780316399746
Publisher: Orbit
Publication date: 07/22/2014
Series: Faithful and the Fallen Series , #2
Pages: 688
Sales rank: 29,264
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.80(d)

About 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 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous 11 days ago
Valor clips along at a faster pace than Malice. By the beginning of Valor, Gwynne has most of the major players on the board. The story progresses quickly and you see more and more conflicts occur between armies, and also between individual characters. There are losses on both sides of the board, so don't expect Gwynne to pull any punches. The romance is kept to a minimum, so don't expect much there. Also, if you're a magic lover and looking for a new novel about magic to get your fix then don't expect to get it here. It exists, but up to this point it has a mostly minor role.
FrankieReads More than 1 year 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.