Top positive review
Great follow up to the first book
Reviewed in the United States on November 4, 2019
Valor,Book 2 in this series was just as good as the first book, Malice. The primary characters were never in one place for very long. Book 1 seemed to introduce the world in different places and spend a little time in each, especially with Corban. Book 2, everyone seemed to be on the move. Some were the hunters, some were the hunted. And many times those roles changed unexpectedly as surprises in the story arcs sprang up. But this allowed John Gwynne to describe a lot of the terrain between the larger kingdoms and do more world building, which I really enjoyed.
There were several new characters introduced that quickly became integral to the story and quick favorites of mine. There were also characters that were secondary or lightly introduced in book one that became fully fleshed out in this book. Much like the first book, there were also characters who wont make to Ruin, book 3. To avoid any spoilers, I'll just leave it at that. John Gwynne really does a great job breathing life into his characters and making you root for them or hope they find the pointy end of a weapon soon.
The story moves along really well and I like the pacing of how big reveals were introduced and then handled by the characters. With as many characters as there are in this story, I think he does a good job with making sure all have arcs that are addressed. Some get more attention than others, of course, but none seemed to stay flat that were important to the story. I'm stopping my review here because I just finished Valor and I want to start reading Ruin right away. I've found this to be a fun and engaging series.