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A Time of Blood (Of Blood & Bone Book 2) Kindle Edition
"The book reminded me in the very best way of the sort of fantasy I loved in years gone by. Exciting, well-written, swords and sorcery. Try it on for size."―Mark Lawrence on A Time of Dread
"Great evils, conflicted heroes, bloody battles, betrayal, and giants riding battle bears! What's not to love?"―Peter Newman on A Time of Dread
"I loved A Time of Dread and read it from cover to cover in two days. I couldn't put it down."―Miles Cameron on A Time of Dread
"Fans of epic fantasy have something to cheer about: A Time of Dread is marvelous. Gwynne's writing is superb, delivering not only twists and turns but also nuance and complexity."―Sebastien de Castell on A Time of Dread
"An accomplished and rousing tale of heroes and dark deeds that fans of epic fantasy will devour."―Tom Lloyd on A Time of Dread
"A fierce, gripping tale, and one I found hugely enjoyable."―Anna Smith Spark on A Time of Dread
"A series that promises the same degree of complexity and depth found in Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time books and George R. R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series."―Library Journal (starred review) on Malice
"Influenced by Gemmell's Rigante and George R. R. Martin's Game of Thrones ... Hell of a debut."―Conn Iggulden on Malice
"Middle Earth-ish extravaganza with all the usual thrills, chills, spills and frills ... there's plenty of action."―Kirkus on Malice --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B07CWQ5QL8
- Publisher : Orbit (April 16, 2019)
- Publication date : April 16, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 3777 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 513 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #43,928 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I’ve found that in fantasy some of the best I’ve read have been because the author, through multiple PoVs is able to give you both sides of the story. John Gwynne does this easily by having multiple people relaying the story through their eyes.
While I enjoyed Drem, Riv and Bleda’s tellings of the story the new PoV of Fritha added some dimension to the fight of good against evil. Even though there really isn’t a wholly good side because the Ben-Elim seem just as corrupt in a slightly different way than the Kadoshim.
Fritha is in deep with Kadoshim, who are trying to resurrect Asroth the Lord of the Kadoshim currently in a frozen state locked in the Ben-Elim stronghold. The lengths she is willing to go in this story to capture Drem and make her ghastly new creations are horrible and mind boggling but captivating and as much as I want her demise I’m also strangely drawn to her character. I enjoyed learning more about her motivations and while I’m not playing for her team, she makes a good, smart villain.
Drem, that poor kid has learned and lost so much in a short time. He has gone from a mostly solitary life of trapping with his father to running from the Kadoshim with a small band of elite soldiers. This is a boy with a destiny and I’m not sure he will survive to the end of the series or go out in some blaze of glory. I love that with Gwynne’s writing you can’t be sure either way. As Drem travels to get word of the danger to the Order of the Bright Star he comes alone some creatures of tales and superstitions. Each battle is dynamic and entertaining.
Riv and Bleda’s story is kind of intertwined in some ways. They are dwarn to each other and became friends in A Time of Dread. I for one was hoping that would eventually bloom into more in this book even though Bleda has an arranged marriage to someone else. They are a good team and I think long term can teach each other a lot. I had some suspicions about Riv when her wings busted through in the prior books and there was a lot of movement on that front. Even though I don’t like the Ben-Elim either I do think the direction they took in this book was a move in the right direction. Still Kol, new leader of the Ben-Elim is on my top ten list of people I’d like to die in this series.
Bleda and Riv’s PoV each show us something different in the story. Riv lets us follow the happenings in the Ben-Elim inner circles while Bleda lets us know what is happening on the human front. As the threat draws nearer each with take bigger risks for the other and in so doing draw some lines in the sand that can never be taken back.
***“There is much in life that is beyond our control, events that sweep us up and along, actions that wrap us tight in their consequences. Stop raging about the things you cannot change. Just be true to yourself and do what you can do. Love those worth loving, and to the Otherworld with the rest of it. That is all any of us can do.” ***
There is a lot of action leading up to the ending and Time of Blood is a very fitting title since there was a lot of it. This ended on a really dire kind of note and no one is safe leading into the next book. Gwynne has woven an intricate tale, with great world building and character development. We hit the ground running in this and so there isn’t much down time overall in the read.
Another wonderful tale from Gwynne. I’m very curious about the prequel series and I’m excited to start it as soon as the last of the audios comes out. I think it will add even more depth to the series.
This was really Fritha's story - I won't get into too many details about that. But her POV stole the show.
What struck me the most was the author's subtle introduction of classical monsters in a story which clearly they didn't exist in - during the last series. I enjoyed seeing them come to life.
As for our Main Character Drem - I don't know what to think, he's very bland and I can see how we are being set up for him to get Red-Shirted. I'm trying not to get my hopes up too much for him - I don't peg him long for the earth.
Favorite Line: The dead tell no lies.
- Just when you thought this series couldn’t get bloodier … welcome to war. Oh, there will be blood and guts and gore. Repeatedly. Endlessly. It’s not just fighting between the obvious groups, either. There’s a lot of in-fighting that goes on in this book. It’s not even just the war, either: here, the world becomes so much larger and more brutal. I mean, it’s called the Desolations for a reason, right? It was hinted at pretty heavily in the first book that this place was no rose garden, and yeah, that’s an understatement. If the enemy doesn’t kill you, the wildlife will. And gladly.
- Oh, the betrayal! Expect the unexpected. We get a taste of this in the first book, but … honestly, that was nothing. We delve full bore into betrayal in this book, and it. Is. GLORIOUS. I 100% saw some of them coming, but that didn’t dim my emotions at all when it actually happened.
- Where the first book was about learning who you are, the theme of this book is discovering where you belong. Or, more aptly, figuring out who the heck you want to be. The name of the game is self-discovery, but as it relates to your future and not your past, like in the previous book. 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. This fits well with the fact that this is the second book, so rather than introducing the characters, we were able to delver more deeply into who they are, which was something I enjoyed.
- Everywhere you look in this book, there’s a strong woman demanding love and attention.
- I just want to take a moment and appreciate Drem, because in a book full of amazing characters, he somehow manages to stand out. For me, that’s because Drem is easily the most relatable of all the characters. He’s young (21), raised in a semi-normal (ish) life as a hunter/trapper, and is thrust into this absolutely impossible situation. What most strikes me is that in a world full of gray characters, Drem is somehow just good. Mostly, he’s just honest and still slightly naive and loyal and trying to do his best in a world that is constantly beating him down and kicking him in the ribs.
- This book felt like it was 85% battle scenes, and that’s just not my thing. This is obviously a me-not-you sort of problem to have with a book. I mean, I gave it five stars, so I feel like that should say something, because this obviously didn’t keep me from enjoying the book. 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. I’m not ashamed to say that I skimmed. While Gwynne does a fabulous job of writing battle scenes … I’m just not that kind of reader.
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The problem with Of Blood and Bone is that it inevitably is compared to its predecessor, and not favourably either. While the first series rolled along on the strength of the narrative and the excellent cast of characters, this series has to battle against both. I actually found myself grinding my teeth through some parts hoping to get past some of the dialogue into a part where I could start to enjoy the book. It rarely happened. It just feels utterly two dimensional.
Two of my bugbears when it comes to fantasy narrative are betrayal and constant escapes. the former is generally a crutch for a limping plot and the other is a sign that the author really hasn't many ideas. Now considering the series is set just 100 years after the first, in which betrayal was a pretty integral part of everything, you'd think some lessons would've been learned.. not a bit of it. The gaping jawed naivety when the scurrilous cads turned coats simply sets the eyeballs rolling.
In Of Blood and Bone the Houdini impersonator is Fritha, probably the most annoying character in the book. Fritha, apart from being a graduate of the Dr Moreau Medical School, could make the legendary escape artist hang up his chains and padlocks in disgust. In one scene Fritha is beset on all sides, down to her last eyebrow twitch and seemingly doomed... at this point I sighed and rubbed the bridge of my nose, I knew what was coming. Yep and sure enough there she is zipping off into the distance leaving bewildered foes shaking fists with impotent fury. I had to count to 10 after that.
To summarise this is not a bad series, its just an extremely disappointing one. If I hadn't read The Faithful and the Fallen I would probably have given three stars, I did though, so I won't.
Non of the simplistic she's bad, he's good. Some real depth to these people never just light of dark but each with real shade and shadow. As always John does battle so well you can almost smell and taste it. Now the long wait to the next volume.
A really good book. Perfect for fans of battle scenes galore! Great characterisation; you really feel for them, even the villains!
A great read! I look forward to book 3 next year.