A Time of Blood, the second book in the Of Blood and Bone series, is the spectacular follow-up to A Time of Dread by John Gwynne. I think this is sort of par for the course for epic fantasy, though, and tends to be one reason why I avoid it. No, I think not. Geography is very much not my strong suit. Riv comes from a long line of White-Wings, warriors under the Ben-Elim, and is destined to be one too … except for the small problem of being unable to control her anger and failing her exam. I thought the way this was done was particularly interesting, because it impacts most of the point-of-view characters, with a few exceptions. Because the great war is far from over and in the shadows, demons are gathering, waiting for their time to rise. “I’m stuck,” Drem said, his voice muffled. 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. Still, I feel it’s worth mentioning that a lot of this book seemed like one skirmish to the next, one gory battle to another, and that sort of carried most of the action. While Gwynne does a fabulous job of writing battle scenes … I’m just not that kind of reader. As is his mother, who has since passed. Concealed in Forn Forest, Riv struggles to understand her half-breed heritage. I’m halfway through it, and it’s been really good. Glad to see your thoughts on these, I’ve heard great things about Gwynne. Book Review: A Time of Dread (Of Blood and Bone #1) by John Gwynne. . Exciting, action-packed fantasy." This is obviously a me-not-you sort of problem to have with a book. Now Fritha, the demons’ high priestess, is hunting Drem’s party. Even […]. The work of a predator, or something far darker?It's a time of shifting loyalties and world-changing dangers. The third one actually just came out today! At the battle of Starstone Lake, Drem and his friends witnessed horrors they’ll never forget. Defy the darkness. © www.john-gwynne.com | All rights Reserved 2018 | DEVELOPED BY HARLEIGH SOLUTIONSHARLEIGH SOLUTIONS, Voting open in the last round of the David GemmellAwards for Fantasy. Sometimes age doesn’t mellow and soften, sometimes it twists and toughens, squeezing all the kindness out of a soul. Sig led the way in the first book, and these women just picked up the baton without blinking. I have words to throw at them, and they aren’t very nice ones! Or I haven’t been. A Time of Blood, the second book in the Of Blood and Bone series, is the spectacular follow-up to A Time of Dread by John Gwynne. The only thing I would warn about is the gore, since that caught my a little by surprise … though it’s a war, so maybe it shouldn’t have. At the battle of Starstone Lake, Drem and his friends witnessed horrors they’ll never forget. “It’s a setback,” she said. Repeatedly. This could decimate the fractured Ben-Elim. And gladly. 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 Sanderson, and David Gemmell. Beneath both of them are the humans, who belong to different clans, groups, factions, whatever you want to call them, all struggling for survival just the same. I honestly don’t see how anyone could not love Cullen? There are so many great characters in this book that there’s no way I could highlight them all, but those were some of my favorites, at least. Because I’m not. I’m not ashamed to say that I skimmed. Get it today with Same Day Delivery, Order Pickup or … Even without having read his previous series, which officially establishes this world, I was able to get a real good feel for it. Is there a more sexy character trait than a loyal warrior? Again, this led to some delightful character arcs, and I particularly enjoyed how the characters grow into the new roles and circumstances they find themselves in. Surprisingly so. GLORIOUS. They were in pursuit of their eternal enemy, the Kadoshim demon-horde. 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. What most strikes me is that in a world full of gray characters, Drem is somehow just good. I highly recommend reading them back to back, since this sort of series basically picks up exactly where the last one leaves off. For example, when he gets stressed or starts feeling untethered, he counts his pulse as a way to ground himself. He’s young and sure of himself, but also entirely willing to crack a joke at his expense. You know, because … logic? . John Gwynne studied and lectured at Brighton University. For more from John Gwynne, check out:The Faithful and the FallenMaliceValorRuinWrath. A Time of Blood is the spectacular follow-up to John Gwynne's A Time of Dread. xD “I hate this genre!” *gives the genre books five stars repeatedly* Pffft, no one ever said I knew what I was doing here. He’s a single parent, and his son is the whole world to him, and just seeing this father-son dynamic could warm even the coldest heart. Free shipping on orders of $35+ from Target. As demonic forces multiply, they send a mighty war-host to overthrow the angel’s stronghold. There was no grin from him now. Defy the darkness. Defend the light . And you are a problem that I can only see is best solved by taking your head and burying you in a ditch.”. Cullen is … just … Cullen. Her heroism granted her … They weren’t wrong. I have a hard time following multiple points of view when they all feel so random and each have their own individual, separate plots. At the battle of Starstone Lake, Drem and his friends witnessed horrors they'll never forget. For more from John Gwynne, check out:The Faithful and the FallenMaliceValorRuinWrath. This world is a brutal one that pulls no punches, takes no prisoners, and is more than happy to squish the weak underfoot. At the battle of Starstone Lake, Drem and his friends witnessed horrors they’ll never forget. ISBN-13: 9780316502276: Publisher: Orbit: Publication date: 04/16/2019: Series: Of Blood & Bone Series, #2: Pages: 512: She earned her position as the top of the elites, now, didn’t she? “Not the end of your chances to join the White-Wings.”. It’s not even just the war, either: here, the world becomes so much larger and more brutal. The giantess Sig must head west to investigate disturbing demon sightings, though the Kadoshim are long-defeated. They were in pursuit of their eternal enemy, the Kadoshim demon-horde. For the first couple of chapters I did refer back to the Cast of Character guide to help me understand the relationship between the character better. Way to smash that glass ceiling. Many thanks to Orbit for a review copy in exchange for an honest, unbiased review. Filed under Book Reviews Tags: A Time of Blood, John Gwynne, Of Blood and Bone #2. Armed with fearsome new starstone weapons, Asroth prepares to lead his demonic war-host south. This series is on my TBR. I mean, it’s called the Desolations for a reason, right? . I’m not sure there are any words to describe Cullen? . He’s learning that things aren’t as simple as they seem, though. He takes it in stride. I’m not even one for gory, bloody works, and yet, I gave this a pass, because it was worth it. He is married with four children and lives in Eastbourne, running a small family business rejuvenating vintage furniture. Defend the light . 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