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Malice

By John Gwynne
Malice by John Gwynne digital book - Fable

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The first book in acclaimed epic fantasy author John Gwynne's Faithful and Fallen series, Malice is a tale of blind greed, ambition, and betrayal set in a world where ancient monsters are reawakening -- and a war to end all wars is about to begin.

The world is broken. . .and it can never be made whole again.

Corban wants nothing more than to be a warrior under King Brenin's rule -- to protect and serve. But that day will come all too soon. And the price he pays will be in blood.

Evnis has sacrificed -- too much it seems. But what he wants -- the power to rule -- will soon be in his grasp. And nothing will stop him once he has started on his path.

Veradis is the newest member of the warband for the High Prince, Nathair. He is one of the most skilled swordsman to come out of his homeland, yet he is always under the shadow of his older brother.

Nathair has ideas -- and a lot of plans. Many of them don't involve his father, the High King Aquilus. Nor does he agree with his father's idea to summon his fellow kings to council.

The Banished Lands has a violent past where armies of men and giants clashed in battle, the earth running dark with their heartsblood. Now, the stones weep red and giant wyrms stir, and those who can still read the signs see a danger far worse than all that has come before. . .

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Beaming Face with Smiling Eyes“This book was such a ride. At first I wasn't sure about there being so many characters, and them all being in different areas was hard for me to keep straight. But once the story got going it got easier. So many times that I was shocked and in disbelief, which I always appreciate in a book. Can't wait to see where the story progresses to now that we're more interested in the characters.”
Characters change and growDiverse charactersDescriptive writingUnpredictableComing of ageHeartbreaking
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Believable charactersSuspensefulComing of agePredictable
Surprised Face with Open Mouth“Super solid start to what I hope is going to be an epic series. The set-up was slower paced, which I expected, but now I feel immersed because Gwynne took his time and didn't rush the world-building. I loved the multi-POV, as it helped break up the slow pace, and it also kept me guessing for awhile wondering who was on the right side and the wrong side. Once the snowball got rolling in this book, it didn't stop and I'm feeling invested and excited to propel right into the next book. I love that on-edge feeling, when no one is safe. John Gwynne is not scared to toe that line. He's well inside of it so far.”
Believable charactersMulti-layered charactersImmersive settingComing of ageDark

About John Gwynne

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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