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

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

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

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Hundreds of years have passed, so most of our beloved characters have become legendary figures and their names and deeds are mentioned a lot here. I don’t necessarily consider it an improvement because I loved both styles: I loved following many characters and seeing things fall into place in the first series but I also loved the quicker pacing and easiness to follow in this series!

Finally, Ben Elim and humans are starting to mix on more fronts than just the battlefield, with years of living together resulting in some forbidden romances.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'm also a Viking re-enactor and enjoy nothing more than standing in the shield wall with my three sons, who are as passionate about swords and axes as I am (when I'm not stuck in my coat of mail; it's harder than it looks). And the action… John Gwynne keeps on reminding us that he is second to none in the this department, whether it is large scale battles or mano a mano, his writing is so immersive and vivid that you cannot help but be transported to the scene of the violent, gory action.

I haven’t read the Faithful and the Fallen series, but after reading this book I’m very much a fan of John Gwynne’s writing and I’ll have to go back and read the original series set in this world 120 years before the events in this book.

I don’t know if it’s because I was so attached to Corban as a character or what, but I felt like his story should have been told more like Corban’s was. 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.

Page after page though, this sense of unease slowly escalates as the story marches on to it’s pulse-pounding climax, relentless, never wavering. I felt really connected to Riv and Bleda but I had SUCH a hard time connecting to Drem because of the way his story was told.I appreciated that there were a few unexpected surprises thrown in to prove that nothing is quite as it seems and that the baddies are just as bad as ever. It shows John's unique skill as an author that him just mentioning Corban or Veradis had me so emotionally touched and gripped.

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