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"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

"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

"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

"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

"An accomplished and rousing tale of heroes and dark deed that fans of epic fantasy will devour."―Tom Lloyd

"A fierce, gripping tale, and one I found hugely enjoyable."―Anna Smith Spark

About the Author

John Gwynne studied and lectured at Brighton University. He's been in a rock 'n' roll band, playing the double bass, traveled 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. Malice is his debut novel.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ 0316502243
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Orbit (February 20, 2018)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 512 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 9780316502245
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0316502245
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.27 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6 x 1.5 x 9.25 inches
  • Customer Reviews:
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I am the author of epic fantasy series The Faithful and the Fallen, Of Blood and Bone and The Bloodsworn Saga. 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).

I live on the south coast of the UK with my beautiful wife, three sons and my daughter, and an assortment of animals (at the moment three dogs, a horse and a lamb who thinks she’s a dog).

My dogs think I am their slave.

Malice, my debut novel, was published by Pan Macmillan in 2012 and went on to win the David Gemmell Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Debut of 2012. That was a truly wonderful moment, as David Gemmell is a hero of mine and one of the reasons I write.

The following three books in the series – Valour, Ruin and Wrath, were all shortlisted for the David Gemmell Legend Award for Best Fantasy Novels of 2014, 2015 and 2016.

My second series, of Blood and Bone, is set in the Banished Lands, the same world as the first series. Book 1, A Time of Dread, begins 130 years after the events of the first series.

A Time of Courage, book 3 Of Blood and Bone, made the Spiegel Bestseller’s List in Germany.

My latest book, The Shadow of the Gods, book 1 of the Bloodsworn Saga, will be published in May 2021. It is inspired by Norse mythology, Beowulf and Ragnarök.

I am represented by Julie Crisp.

You can find me online at:

https://john-gwynne.com

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https://www.instagram.com/john_gwynne_author/

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Peter Clarke
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly amazing read from John Gwynne - 5*s is not enough praise
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 24, 2018
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant read, even if you haven't read the prequel series!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Kadoshim are back!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bloody hell John!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gritty without being depressing, with heroes who are flawed yet likeable
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 14, 2020
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