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Set in the same world as the Faithful and the Fallen quartet, the first story in John Gwynne's Of Blood and Bone series, A Time of Dread, takes place 100 years after the end of Wrath.

The Ben-Elim, a race of warrior angels, once vanquished a mighty demon horde. Now they rule the Banished Lands. But their dominion is brutally enforced, and their ancient enemy may not be as crushed as they thought.

In the snowbound north, Drem, a trapper, finds mutilated corpses in the forests - a sign of demonic black magic. In the south, Riv, a young, tempestuous soldier, discovers a deadly rift within the Ben-Elim themselves.

Two individuals with two world-changing secrets. But where will they lead? And what role will Drem and Riv play in the Banished Land's fate? Difficult choices need to be made. Because in the shadows, demons are gathering, waiting for their time to rise....

©2018 John Gwynne (P)2018 Macmillan Digital Audio

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  • james ashton
  • 02-16-18

To boldly go...

Let me start by saying that I love the original Faithful and Fallen series.

And Damian Lynch is very good at his job.

However...

This audiobook feels stilted at best. There are gaps between every other line and little to no distinction between character tones.

I’m guessing that the majority of this lies with the editors.

Who for some reason.

Decided to split the text.

Sentence by sentence.

Annoying.

Isn’t.

It.

(Shatner would be proud)

It honestly feels like they recorded this on the fly with JG handing warm pages to Damian as they were finished.

There is absolutely no emotion or flow.

And for a fresh series that needs to introduce new characters, this is a real hinderance.

Having said that, I’m only two hours in... though I’m not sure I can do much more.

I would feel harsh marking down the story or performance, so I’ll go middle of the road, as at this point it may get better (please!?).

What I would say is that I normally rinse audiobooks (including JG’s previous) and this is taking me way longer to get into.


I honestly hope I’m wrong...

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  • Charley
  • 03-29-21

confusing and with mostly irellovant wings

so many similar parallel stories makes it difficult to follow and the angel deamon cultures have little depth, basically the same as humans and adds little to the story until the end, some good chapters but mostly confusing and bland

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  • tracey pashley
  • 04-03-21

Wow

Just when I thought John Gwynne couldn't get any better he goes and blows my thought to smithereens.

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  • Martie_T
  • 05-14-20

A brilliant return!

Like the other John Gwynne books, I could not stop listening. A fabulous pace of storytelling, just enough info and references to remind you of the previous story. Really pleased Damian Lynch is doing the reading again, it makes it much easier to slip back into this world with his familiar and excellent performance.
Thank goodness I have two more books to go!

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  • Dr. J. S. Bray
  • 08-06-18

Very good

Very good continuation both in story and in performance of the Faithful and the Fallen, although the narration was a bit jerky and robotic in places, though this is more likely due to the editing than the reader.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-03-21

Dazzling story of beautiful epic fantasy, valor & serious intriguing depth! Kudos to John Gwynne!!

I’m particularly touched by the depth of the characters & their epic characteristic traits! The main characters are amazingly inspiring.

The Ben-Elim and the Karashim is a grand analogy to Yin & Yang. To the dark siths & the Jedi’s.

The battle cry of the Order of Brightstar brings me goosebumps! So powerful! “Truth & Courage!”

I loved this book, so addictive with all its Valor & Epicness, building up for a Masterpiece trilogy!!

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  • Poppey
  • 02-21-21

Better to Fight and Fall

My review for this complete trilogy is covered in the last book, Time of Courage.

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  • Nelson
  • 01-08-21

a great start to a return to the banished lands

as always when a series finishes like the faithful and the fallen theres always trepidation to jump into the sequel series but im glad i have enjoyed the first book alot cant wait to start the next!

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  • Pau
  • 09-01-20

Good Narrator

I won't review the book, it was fine I guess, but you guys can check plenty of reviews elsewhere.

The most important thing for me reading this reviews is:

"Is the narrator good enough to warrant the purchase of the book in audioform?"

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  • Roy H.
  • 08-23-20

Seamless.

What a thing of beauty. Utterly fascinating and draws you in to a 'New' world.
Just when you thought it was all over the serpents move again.
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  • Lauren VS
  • 06-28-21

Bloody excellent story.

Another awesome book from John Gwynne.
So good to be back in the Banished Lands, learning the history and what's gone on since Corban and crew's stories.
This new story was fast paced and really interesting too grabbing my attention from the get go.
Drem is a great character, I loved how thoughtful and methodical he is, as well as brave and kind, I also liked all the other characters too.
Very intriguing storyline with the Ben Elim and also the storyline with the Kadoshim, acolytes and ferals was great and felt very sinister.
This one felt darker and grittier and its just so well written, the scene with Drem at his homestead is the best.
I loved it, on to the 2nd book.

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  • Pat r.
  • 03-03-19

great read

loved it cant wait for the next book to com out.Do yourself a favor read it