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Free download A Time of Blood ¶ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ✓ ❮PDF / Epub❯ ☃ A Time of Blood ✐ Author John Gwynne – Johns-cycling-diary.co.uk Acclaimed epic fantasy author John Gwynne's second book in his Of Blood and Bone trilogy an epic fantasy perfect for fans of George R R Martin Brandon SandeFantasy perfect for fans of George R R Martin Brandon Sanderson and David Gemmell For from John. I received an uncorrected proof copy of A Time of Blood in exchange for an honest review I would like to thank John Gwynne and Pan Macmillian for the opportunity This review will contain spoilers for A Time of DreadThe second entry in the Of Blood and Bone trilogy starts one day after the legendary giant Sig's last stand against the Kadoshim forces Her heroism granted her comrades enough time to escape and we pick up the action with Drem Cullen and Keld In the wake of the destruction and the horrors they have witnessed the group race towards sanctuary at the fortress of Dun Seren Elsewhere white wing Riv and Sirak Prince Bleda are debating their options after the attack of the Ben Elim's stronghold of Drassil taking into consideration the revelation that Riv is now clearly a winged half breed If she is seen in her current true form the conseuences would be drastic and Riv would be executed as an abominationAkin to A Time of Dread this novel also follows four point of view perspectives Readers will be familiar with the characters and viewpoints of the trapper Drem the warrior Riv and the archer Bleda A new perspective is that of Fritha a priestess and captain of the Kadoshim's covens This is our first insight into the mind of a player on the 'evil' side Although she was featured in the first book mainly as Drem's infatuation and ultimate betrayer here Gwynne fleshes her out as a character expertly Throughout her chapters she reflects about her upbringing the loss of her child her current motives and her overall mission objectives We witness that she has legitimate reasons for her hatred and is not just a two dimensional warped pure evil lady There is very little in Gwynne's The Banished Lands that is 100% good or 100% evil The distinction is cloudier and greyer in this series than what came prior with the Ben Elim and Kadoshim now residing in the human world The Ben Elim are now intune with and tempted by a plethora of human like emotions that they did not know in the Otherworld In my opinion Gwynne does two things better than the majority of fantasy writers Firstly making me truly truly care about the characters he's constructed There were many moments throughout this narrative where events from The Faithful and the Fallen were mentioned and just remembering the characters and the impact they had on me led to my tears actually blurring the words on the page I was reading before I realised it After spending time with Of Blood and Bone's ensemble through battles betrayals will theywon't they love dramas camaraderie and a sense of belonging I care for the main and side players much than I did in the first instalment I've always enjoyed Gwynne's depiction of animals and the parts they play to the overall narrative Here we have loyal wolven hounds talking birds flirting bears and some crazy warped concoctions of monstrosities too Secondly and I'll keep this one shortish because if you've read any of Gwynne's releases you'll be than aware that he writes battles duels skirmishes and confrontations better than anyone in the business right nowAfter epic battles galore the final few moments are stunning and I have no idea what implications this event will cause for the series' final entry I cannot wait at all Hopefully knowing John's work rate the conclusion to the trilogy will arrive sometime next year crosses fingers Although this isn't my favourite of Gwynne's works it is still pretty phenomenal Gwynne is one of the finest modern fantasy writers around The Order of the Bright Star shout 'Truth and Courage' when they charge into battle Looking at the consistent high uality of Gwynne's outings I imagine when he writes he has a mantra that states 'anything below excellent is not good enough'
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Acclaimed epic fantasy author John Gwynne's second book in his Of Blood and Bone trilogy an epic. ARC provided by the publisher—Pan Macmillan— in exchange for an honest review A Time of Blood earned my absolutely undying praise for its impeccable top notch ualityCurrently there are only three fantasy authors in the world who can compel me to drop every book in my reading plan and start their newest published work instead; John Gwynne is one of them There will never be a shortage of praises I can give towards Gwynne’s books I’m serious I have insanely high expectations towards his books and yet somehow each of his newest works never fail to not only meet but also exceed my expectations If you believe in my recommendations and somehow you still haven’t read any of Gwynne’s books you need to redeem yourself immediately A Time of Blood was such an incredible and riveting reading experience that I finished it in less than 24 hours; it made me totally ignore reality “There is much in life that is beyond our control events that sweep us up and along actions that wrap us tight in their conseuences Stop raging about the things you cannot change Just be true to yourself and do what you can do Love those worth loving and to the Otherworld with the rest of it That is all any of us can do” A Time of Blood is the second book in John Gwynne’s Of Blood and Bone trilogy and the story picks only a few days after A Time of Dread ends Remember the wonderful pacing of Valor That is exactly what you’re getting here chapters ending in a cliffhanger cinematic scenes being built up and terrific action scenes written with sniper precision Even when there was a respite from all the chaos the story never stopped being interesting because these portions were used effectively to build the character development and relationships The first book was mostly setup and Gwynne phenomenally built upon the foundation he established to execute a fast paced and brutal seuel full of dramatic revelations engaging dialogues and bloody warfare Fans of The Faithful and the Fallen or A Time of Dread have nothing to worry about here; this installment doesn’t suffer the infamous middle book syndrome Gwynne smartly used this book as a platform to prepare the story for the concluding third and final book while making sure this book doesn’t feel at all like filler “Each small step taken for a greater good and then before you know it you have walked a thousand leagues from where you used to be And how do you return to that place return to the person you were Or if you cannot do that how do you become the person that you wish to be Just like my reviews for The Faithful and the Fallen I’ll refrain from mentioning character names from the second book and so on in order to make my review as spoiler free as possible If you’re familiar with Gwynne’s work you should know by now that he’s brutal with his characters and he’s not afraid to torture or kill them off This is also why I utterly LOVE Gwynne’s books Because of the horrible things he’s not afraid to put his characters through a melody of dread seems to accompany these characters; I felt a healthy dose of fear for their fates as I turned every page Their hatred sorrow and moral complexity were superbly written and they helped in developing the characters even However it is once again their friendship loyalty and love for each other that made me truly care The rise and fall of heroes and villains in the Banished Lands have always been something that feels personal to me because Gwynne’s characters always feel so real and A Time of Blood continued that tradition with finesse The shifting of emotions that the characters felt were exceptionally portrayed and the characters’ motivations for their actions felt realistic Because the characters were extremely well written the atmosphere of danger in the battle scenes became even palpable “A person is made by their heart and their wits’ He touched his one hand to his chest and then to his temple ‘And by the deeds that they do Their choices Not whether they have pale skin or dark skin wings or no wings One hand or two” The scintillating uality of the action scenes in Gwynne’s books has always been a crucial factor that totally enhanced my reading experience and A Time of Blood displayed a lot of breathtaking battle scenes Tension packed chase fatal archery stunning airborne battle deadly ancient magic marvelous swordcraftdance magnificent duel and savage beasts’ wrath; they’re all here Even though A Time of Blood is not the last book of the trilogy the action scenes—especially the final 100 pages which I blazed through in one sitting—could’ve easily worked as a final battle in your usual epic fantasy series Mayhem and madness exploded as humans ferals giant warriors of the Order acolytes wyrms draigs angels and demons all fought in one epic battle In this installment Gwynne is back once again to show fantasy readers that he’s still the conueror of close uarter battle seuences I’ve read than two hundred fantasy books and in my opinion there are less than five authors who can measure up to Gwynne’s unchallenged skill when it comes to writing vivid and heart pounding close uarter combat scenes As the Kadoshim rises with explosive malice and the Ben Elim descend with their bloody justice the Order of the Bright Star must stand their ground with iron forged determination in order to counter the tsunami of a bloodbath brought by the newly erupting war in the Banished Lands I can’t emphasize enough the palpable thrill of reading the pulse pounding climax seuences that were filled with a maelstrom of blood and the clashing steel of devastation in this book The cinematic action scenes were absolutely fantastic and the heart hammering climax seuences were completely world classI mentioned this in my A Time of Dread review but it still holds true so I’ll say it again EVERY single book by Gwynne is on my ‘favorite books of all time’ shelf So far no other author has ever achieved this kind of constant greatness for me Not even some of my top favorite authors like Brandon Sanderson Steven Erikson or Joe Abercrombie have this kind of consistency During my time reading A Time of Blood I was an avatar of iron and the structure of the words written inside this book was a large scale crimson magnetic field that compelled me to never stop reading Every word in the book was brilliantly crafted to amaze readers with its superlative uality and I consider myself blessed to have read this book Continuing the legacy left behind by legendary authors like JRR Tolkien who rose to fame with his epic fantasies of light waging war against darkness Gwynne steers the battle between good and evil in modern fantasy towards a perennially promising future Brimming with astonishing plot excellent characterizations unputdownable pacing vividly engaging prose and full throttle exhilarating action in a fully realized world; A Time of Blood is an irresistible jaw dropping seuel that shows the importance of Gwynne’s role as an ever burning bright star in modern fantasy Fantasy fans trust me when I say just pre order or buy this book and read it as soon as possible You won’t regret it You’re missing out on one of the greatest books and series that fantasy has to offer if you should choose not to read it The stage for the grand conclusion has been set and I absolutely can’t wait to read how it all concludes in the final book of the trilogy which I envision will solidify Of Blood and Bone as one of my favorite trilogies of all time Thank you very much to John Gwynne for delivering another stupendous escapism experience We live our lives by Truth and Courage Love and loyalty friendship and honor are our guiding lights” Official release date April 18th UK and 16th US 2019You can pre order the book from UK | US | Book Depository Free shipping The uotes in this review were taken from an ARC and are subject to change upon publication You can find this and the rest of my reviews at Novel Notions
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A Time of BloodGwynne check outThe Faithful and the Fallen Malice Valor Ruin Wrath Of Blood Bone A Time of Dre. You can find this review and at Novel Notions I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher Orbit in exchange for an honest review All opinions expressed in this review are completely my ownOh man I wish time travel was a thing so I could dart into the future and get my hands on the last book of this trilogy I need the final installment immediately “We live our lives by Truth and Courage Love and loyalty friendship and honour are our guiding lights”I absolutely adored The Faithful and the Fallen The entire uartet was insanely epic and each book was better than the last I was crazy excited to get my hands on A Time of Dread the first book of Gwynne’s followup series Of Blood and Bone As much as I enjoyed it that book had of a grimdark feel to it than the original series which saddened me and kept me from loving it to uite the same extent though I see now that it was a necessary writing decision A Time of Blood than made up for that While still dark and definitely bloody this second installment had of the optimism that made TFatF so wonderful shining a light into the darkness and fighting to overcome it I was ecstatic to feel the return of that hopefulness even in the midst of dark and terrible times Something that Gwynne does wonderfully well is balance sorrow with hope We should mourn and avenge our fallen but we should also preserve our memories of them and honor them by living life to the fullest“Life is harsh and complicatedTo survive each day and be with the ones you love that is becoming enough for me”One of my favorite elements of TFatF was Gwynne’s inclusion of animal characters and how he gave them loads of personality The close ties between man and beast in the Banished Lands has proven incredibly moving and I very much appreciate the crows and bears and wolven hounds as they’ve been showcased Not only do these animals seem like important characters in their own right but their loyalty to and friendship with their humans is absolutely beautiful When one of these animals dies they are mourned just like any other fallen comrade There’s a special place in my heart for Gwynne’s crows the only animal characters with speaking lines I love how very crow like their dialogue reads managing to convey thought and personality without ever seeming human“Moments like that when you act when there is no room for thought they show the truth of a person”Another element of TFatF that I absolutely loved that was carried into Of Blood and Bone is the almost Judeo Christian feel of the war between good and evil The Ben Elim appear very angelic and the Kadoshim are their malevolent counterparts However they are not so cut and dried as that As we come to see in A Time of Dread and A Time of Blood the Ben Elim have flaws of their own despite their apparent moral superiority and lovely white feathered wings Especially in A Time of Blood we see how the Ben Elim have not practiced what they preached and have kept certain darker parts of themselves hidden These darker parts are now coming to light and suddenly they don’t seem all that different from their demonic rivals In fact through the eyes of one of our perspective characters we see a loyalty to the Kadoshim that seems to be missing from the Ben Elim I love the spiritual warfare feel that this story brings but I love even that things aren’t as straightforward as they appear“War makes monsters of us all”Speaking of that perspective character Gwynne did a great job crafting a disturbingly evil individual whose backstory nearly justifies their actions As I always choose to do when reviewing Gwynne’s work I won’t be naming names but that character is among the most twisted sympathetic characters I’ve ever encountered I found them demented and misguided and brilliant and I truly felt for them and could see the reasoning behind their decisions even as I was horrified by them“Sometimes dark deeds must be done to accomplish great ends”As always Gwynne did a brilliant job of crafting his battle scenes They were easy to follow and completely consuming He does a wonderful job of conveying the emotions flowing through his characters in the midst of battle and showing how those emotions must be dealt with uickly so that the characters can focus on the matter at hand We see characters push through fear and rage and physical pain to continue fighting for what they believe in and I have immense respect for that “Fear is not the enemy it is the herald of danger and that is only wisdom”It’s been a while since I’ve read a book that left me this desperate for the next book with no word of when that book will be published The third installment of this trilogy is a book that I will be eagerly awaiting and will start reading as soon as I can get a copy Everything else will have to wait There was nothing about A Time of Blood that I would change Not a single solitary thing Gwynne has become on of those rare authors whose books I will immediately preorder as soon as they’re available If he writes it I’ll read it no matter what it is I don’t think I can give an author higher praise than that Truth and Courage All uotations are taken from the advance copy and are subject to change upon publication