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A Time of Dread: 1 (Of Blood & Bone)

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The novel starts slowly as the characters, their allegiances and the history of the world are gently and cleverly massaged into the reader's mind. This series can be read without reading the first series but I would not recommend that at all and that’s why I added my ratings of The Faithful and the Fallen series here.

Think the heap of books he had to sign for Goldsboro was a bit of a mountain so I fully understand though 😀 Happy reading! This is a great place to start or an unmissable next step in Gwynne's majestic tale of Good vs Evil. It really must be difficult for an author to revisit a similar world and having to balance the desire to give fans something familiar, while also doing something truly unique, and Gwynne had to invest a lot of time trying to lay this backdrop. A Time Of Dread brings together all of the promise in John Gwynne's debut, Malice, and delivers a truly excellent read!

Set in the same world as the Faithful and the Fallen quartet, the first novel in John Gwynne's Of Blood and Bone series, A Time of Dread , takes place one hundred years after the end of Wrath . Bleda is a prince of a human clan and taken as ward by the Ben-Elim ( winged angel people) to ensure that his tribe is peaceful. Lastly, the difficulty with sequel series is that you need to create new characters and stories that have their own voices and aren’t copies of the old ones, while keeping a coherent link with the latter and sharing a common history and background.

First of all is that before, when the Faithful and the Fallen series was told, there were many different countries and that did not remain the same. The world is rich and complex, but you never feel lost or find yourself desperately reaching for a map. Gwynne hasn’t failed me and I don’t think he ever will at this rate; he’s truly the Bright Star of epic fantasy literature. Page after page though, this sense of unease slowly escalates as the story marches on to it’s pulse-pounding climax, relentless, never wavering. Let me say this, you do not need to have read The Faithful and the Fallen to enjoy reading this new trilogy as most big events from the previous series mention at some point in these novels.The level of unease (dread) mounts relentlessly, the plot threads come together, and it steadily gets more exciting until you find yourself reading faster and faster and not stopping when you really should be sleeping. I feel like Riv’s story was told so well, and I was able to get a really clear idea of her life from the beginning until where we are now and that just wasn’t the case for Drem – ultimately because Drem didn’t really know that much about his own history so we were learning with him.

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