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.
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John Gwynne studied and lectured at Brighton University. He's been in a rock 'n' roll band, playing the double bass, travelled 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.Review:
'Influenced by Gemmell's Rigante and GRR Martin's Game of Thrones - two good strands of DNA. Great characters and plot - it gets faster and more fascinating by the page. All I want now is for the author to put everything else aside, including his health - and write two or three more as fast as humanly possible. Hell of a debut: Highly recommended' Conn Iggulden 'With its warring clans, sleeping giants, Banished Lands and omens and portents ... is a strong contender for the "if you like Game of Thrones, why not try this?" award' Independent blog 'Malice is easily one of the best fantasy novels I read this year, and one which will appeal to most fans of the genre' Iwillreadbooks.com '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' SFX '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!' Fantasy Book Critic
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Descripción Tor, 2012. Estado de conservación: Good. Limited First Edition. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Nº de ref. de la librería GRP78996207
Descripción Tor, London, 2012. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Near Fine. Estado de la sobrecubierta: Near Fine. 1st Edition. First edition first printing. Hardback book is tight clean and square. Boards sharp and clean, title gilt perfect. Text block clean, with light toning to edges. Feels lightly read. Minor bump to head and foot of spine, near fine condition. Jacket some minor crimping to top edge, and head of spine. 3mm Split to top of rear fore edge. Plus an Invisible closed split to fore edge, only noticeable when jacket is off book. Booksellers Signed sticker to front cover. Overall near fine. Signed by author to title page. For grading accuracy books are photographed without a protective book cover. This book is fitted with a non adhesive archival quality book protector to make a worthy addition to your collection. Note we do not use stock images, the book pictured is the book described. Please note : this book is very heavy (1250g) overseas purchasers may be charged additional shipping. Please contact bookseller for exact price. A near fine example of this collectible title, the first in the Faithful and the Fallen quartet. A scarce hardback especially when signed, one for the discerning collector. Signed by Author(s). Nº de ref. de la librería 002917
Descripción Tor, 2012. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Fine. Estado de la sobrecubierta: Fine. 1st Edition. Rare 1st edition set of The Faithful and the Fallen quartet. All signed by the author to the title page. MALICE is signed, VALOUR is signed, RUIN is signed and numbered 11/100, Wrath is a rare Signed Lined and Doodled copy with a sketch of a claw. These books are getting impossible to find and proving to be highly collectable. All books are in fine/Fine condition with protected dust jackets. The price reflects the high cost of fully insured and tracked shipping in a very strong box with plenty of protection. Signed by Author(s). Nº de ref. de la librería 1042