The Banished Lands are torn by war as the army of High King Nathair sweeps the realm challenging all who oppose his holy crusade. Allied with the manipulative Queen Rhin of Cambren, there are few who can stand against him. But Rhin is playing her own games and has her eyes on a far greater prize . . .
Left for dead - her kin have fled and her country is overrun with enemies - Cywen fights to survive. But any chance of escape is futile once Nathair and his disquieting advisor Calidus realize who she is. They have no intention of letting such a prize slip from their grasp. For she may be their one chance at killing the biggest threat to their power.
Meanwhile, the young warrior Corban flees from his conquered homeland with his exiled companions, heading for the only place that may offer them sanctuary. But to get there they must travel through Cambren, avoiding warbands, giants and the vicious wolven of the mountains. And all the while Corban struggles to become the man that everyone believes him to be - the Bright Star and saviour of the Banished Lands.
Embroiled in struggles for power and survival, the mortal world is unaware of the greatest threat of all. In the Otherworld, dark forces scheme to bring a host of the Fallen into the world of flesh to end the war with the Faithful, once and for all.
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Praise for Malice
'Influenced by Gemmell's Rigante and G.R.R. Martin's Game of Thrones - two good strands of DNA. Great characters and plot - it gets faster and more fascinating by the page. All I want now is for the author to put everything else aside and write two or three more as fast as humanly possible. Hell of a debut: Highly recommended' Conn Iggulden
'It's exciting when you find a strong new voice ringing out through the halls of fantasy, and John Gwynne hits all the right spots in his epic tale of good vs evil . . . there's a lot of pleasure to be had in this debut novel; Gwynne is definitely one to watch' SFX
'Warring clans, sleeping giants, Banished Lands and omens and portents . . . a strong contender for the "if you like Game of Thrones, why not try this?" award' Independent blog
'This is the kind of fantasy I love to read and I truly can't wait for the next volume in The Faithful and the Fallen!' Fantasy Book Critic blog
'Malice embraces the old favourites and breathes a new lease of life into them . . . John Gwynne is a newbie to the fantasy writer world, but with Malice he's well earned his place amongst the ranks of the great' Written-with-a-sword.blogspot.co.uk
'An epic that fans of A Song of Ice and Fire will enjoy! . . . Definitely recommended - a promising start to what should be an excellent epic fantasy series!' Davebrendon.wordpress.comAbout the Author:
John Gwynne studied and lectured at Brighton University. He's been in a rock 'n' roll band, playing the double bass, travelled 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. His first novel, Malice, won the David Gemmell Morningstar award for best debut fantasy. Valour is his second novel.
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