Paperback, 480 Pages
Epic Fantasy/ Adult
By: John Gwynne
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 1/2
“Sometimes the only answer is blood and steel”
Malice ★★★★ 1/4
Valour ★★★★ 3/4
A Time of Dread ★★★★ 1/2
I always thought that this series was a prequel to the first series for some reason and it turns out that I was wrong and that it is actually a sequel. This series can be read without reading the first series but I would not recommend that at all and that’s why I added my ratings of The Faithful and the Fallen series here. There are major spoilers here for the first series and also some of the things mentioned in this series would make more sense if you have already read the first series, otherwise, you would need to accept it as a part of the world’s history!
So series extensions usually means taking a huge risk, because if you as an author messed up the extension, it would mess the original series too which sucks! I was kind of afraid going into this one but Gwynne proved me wrong and this was an excellent extension which has the same vibes but a slightly different tone in writing. Gwynne’s writing is as great as usual and I loved it and there was so much that I can quote from the book!
This book is actually easier to follow because there are only 4 POVs instead of the 10 we had in the original series and because the world has merged into a kind of unions so there are fewer cities than the first series! So that means fewer characters, fewer places and the events connect the characters pretty fast which is cool! I don’t necessarily consider it an improvement because I loved both styles: I loved following many characters and seeing things fall into place in the first series but I also loved the quicker pacing and easiness to follow in this series!
I loved all the POVs and though I preferred one POV at first (Drem) I ended up loving all POVs almist equally later in the book! The book plot does make sense and I loved that it was darker than the first series! I did expect some of the events because I am more used to Gwynne’s writing now but I was still surprised by some twists at the end and Gwynne always choose the best plot line anyway, so even if it is expected, it does not make it any less interesting!
“You cannot be truly brave unless you feel truly afraid.”
Summary: I loved the first entry in this new series and I think it has the potential to be as epic as the first series! This was darker, easier to follow with fewer places and characters but it has the same great writing and pacing! I am looking forward to book 2 for sure!