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Acclaimed epic fantasy author John Gwynne with the first book of a new trilogy.

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.

In the shadows, dark forces are gathering, waiting for their time to rise....

©2018 John Gwynne (P)2018 Hachette Audio

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Another compelling Gwynne book- and I don’t get the negativity directed at Damiam Lynch

I found this to be a compelling start to a new series, for which I am grateful. I loved the first series, so this delving into the same world 130 some odd years later is great.

I almost held off due to critical comments from some reviewers about Damian Lynch’s performance, but as he read the first four books, I figured I’d put my faith in him. Glad I did. As always, he was superb. For those who complained about pauses, my advice would be to speed up the book in settings if you find it so bothersome. I certainly did not, and enjoy his talented readings.

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Dose not disappoint

I often worry when authors revisit worlds whose stories have finished. The results of these trips are generally nostalgic but not particularly good. This was not the case with this book. Time of dread takes the existing world of John Gwynne and rather then exploit it, builds on it, giving us a view of the world the heroes of Faithful and The Fallen fought for. It builds on rather then exploiting the source materials, taking the story in a new exciting path that is still accessible to a new reader unfamiliar with the previous story. The success of this book leaves me hopeful that mr Gwynne other books will all soon be available on audible.

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Good story but lots of too long pauses in the narration

I mostly enjoyed Damian Lynch’s narration but there are lots of places where pauses go two or three beats too long and it makes it really hard to listen to in places.

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Gripping story!

Okay, so personally, I was a big dumb-dumb because I didnt read the first series before this one...But, luckily I was able to catch on quickly with what was going on!
I didnt think I would get through this book because of the length, but I found myself not be able to put it down! The characters were so well developed! My personal favorite was Drem, he just seemed like a character that I could relate to better than the others, so his chapters really stuck out to me! All in all, fantastic book!

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Story jumped around too much too often

Really could not get a grasp of the story and characters because the race names and character names were not well defined early on and then every chapter the story jumped to a different character so it was really too hard to follow and took a lot of work to understand the story.

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Read this

If your a fan of the first 4 books it’s a must read. This series will pick you right back up into the banished lands 100 years later. Good book.

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Excellent Continuation!

The social complexity is done in such a way that is not a stretch, is unique and takes the story to another level of complexity and danger.

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Fantasy Done Right

There's not a lot that I can say about this book or series that hasn't already been said if you love fantasy you're going to love this series it has everything that you would want in a top notch fantasy series this is my 1st reading of this author I can't wait to read all the other ones I've been missing out this guy is truly a great fantasy author,brutal battles, Corruption,Betrayal,great characters and Truly Evil foes keep up the great work

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A Time of Dread

I absolutely enjoy this series of books. I was hooked from the very first book. Although this is the first audio book I have listened to in this series. I still enjoy the continuation of the story. I do hope they make this into a TV series. I think it would be better than the GOT series. Just an opinion but these books would do very well as a series or even a trilogy of movies. Just my opinion. I look forward to more and more. Another great book from one of my favorite authors.

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Great start to a followup Trilogy

I was a huge fan of Gwynne's Faithful and the Fallen series. This book, set a couple hundred years after the first series conclusion, is a great continuation. Showing that all isn't lollipops and rainbows after Asroth's defeat. The Kodashim are still out in the Broken Lands and the Ben-Elim have taken the heroics of Corban and the others and co-opted it into their own glory using it to "lead" (read Rule) humanity. I can't wait to listen to the next two books.

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