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A Time of Dread
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John Gwynne's fantasy trilogy is a stirring epic where loyalty, truth and courage will be tested - and new heroes will be forged as a mighty conflict awaits. Perfect for fans of David Gemmell and Bernard Cornwell.

About the Author

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 debut novel, Malice, won the David Gemmell Morningstar Award for Best Debut.

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A truly excellent read . . . Exciting, well-written swords and sorcery. Try it on for size * Mark Lawrence *
John Gwynne is of the modern masters of heroic fantasy * Adrian Tchaikovsky *
Fans of epic fantasy have something to cheer about: A Time of Dread is marvellous. Gwynne's writing is superb, delivering not only twists and turns but also nuance and complexity * Sebastien de Castell *
Great evils, conflicted heroes, bloody battles, betrayal, and giants riding battle bears! What's not to love? * Peter Newman *
I loved A Time of Dread and read it from cover to cover in two days. I couldn't put it down * Miles Cameron *
A brilliantly compelling heroic fantasy - likeable characters with nuance, a story that builds at a perfect pace, and a thrilling, climactic ending that kept me reading late into the night * James Islington *
An accomplished and rousing tale of heroes and dark deeds that fans of epic fantasy will devour * Tom Lloyd *
A fierce, gripping tale, and one I found hugely enjoyable * Anna Smith Spark *
A brilliant and bold journey into an unpredictable world, A Time of Dread is an exciting tale of rivalry, politics and a power struggle of epic proportions * Lucy Hounsom *
Gwynne does an excellent job of weaving a classic light vs dark tale while keeping it interesting . . . a sense of foreboding builds along with the pace, balanced by the overall sense of hope * SFX *
The stakes are high, the characters are engaging and relatable, and the action is thrilling . . . you will storm through A Time of Dread * SciFiNow *
Gwynne is a master of his craft and one of the best fantasy writers around . . . A Time of Dread is epic, unpredictable and exhilarating * FantasyBookReview *
Gwynne has truly earned his place among the rank of legendary fantasy authors such as J.R.R. Tolkien, George R.R. Martin, and Brandon Sanderson * BookNest *
Smart and well-crafted epic fantasy * SF and F Reviews *
?A Time of Dread reminds me of why I became a fantasy enthusiast in the first place. Fantasy can be an escape from reality, but some stories carry the reader to an enhanced reality, a place where the world seems to have brighter colors and sharper contrasts -- Robin Hobb

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