In the vein of George R. R. Martin's Game of Thrones, comes the third novel in John Gwynne's epic fantasy series, The Faithful and the Fallen, continuing from Malice and Valour.
John Gwynne studied and lectured at Brighton University. He's been in a rock 'n' roll band, playing the double bass, travelled 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. His series, The Faithful and the Fallen begins with Malice and continues with Valour.
Mythical, magical, intense, brutal, poignant . . . utterly
brilliant. * Fantasy Book Review *
The battles are brutal and bloody, just as they should be (especially when you chuck giants, bears, draigs and huge wolf like beasts into the mix). All through the book it builds, the smaller battles leading towards bigger and bigger ones and leading to a climax that will knock you for six . . .don't expect to come out of it with your heart in one piece. * Ebookwyrm *
Triumphant . . . A masterful thrill ride of a book. * Dominish Fantasy Reviews *
Dark, thrilling and bloody. But Ruin's strongest point is, for me, its characters. The author takes character relationships crafted throughout the first two novels - between friends, family, loved ones and, especially, animals - and brings them beautifully to the fore without overstating them, whilst also forging new ones along the way. * Half Strung Harp Reviews *
This was an incredible follow-up . . . Ruin is probably the strongest novel in the series so far. Gwynne did an incredible job leading things to their logical conclusions for massive payoffs, while shuffling things up just enough to make me both dread and anticipate the finale. * Reading Lamp Reviews *