Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Review: Malice - John Gwynne

The Banished Lands has a violent past where armies of men and giants clashed in battle. An uneasy peace reigns, but now giants stir once more, the very stones weep blood and there are sightings of gigantic worms. Those who can still read the signs see a prophecy realised: sorrow will darken the world, as angels and demons make it their battlefield. 

Young Corban watches enviously as boys become warriors and yearns to join them, determined that he will make his family proud. It is only when everything he knows is threatened that he discovers the true cost of becoming a man.

As the Kings look to their borders, and priests beg answers from the Gods, only a chosen few know that the fate of the world will be decided between two champions, the Black Sun and the Bright Star. And with their coming will be a war to end all wars.

My thoughts:
The book was not easy getting into to. I was bored at first, then the many POVs had me confused. They kept on coming and before I knew one character another one was thrown at me. I do not have a problem with many characters, I just need to know who they all are and what they do first. But somewhere along the lines the book grew interesting, I started to like and hate people. Sure it took a while and that is why it's getting a 3 instead of a 4. Because in the end it was really good, the plot thickened and I wanted book 2. And there is no word out on book 2. I am dying here, I need to know certain things. It was so good! (edit, word on book 2 is spring 2014, yay).

Right, should I tell you about all the POVS? Eh, well some, there was Corban, the typical young boy who must find his fate (and I sure want to know too!). His sister who wants to fight. There is a prince thinking he will save all. A lawless man in the woods. A king's nephew who is dealing with a troublesome cousin. A man rising in the ranks of his prince. Let's see was that all? I can't say too much because certain plots, oh they were good. I kept wondering, thinking I had it, and the twists that I guessed were juicy.

He sure spun a good web. I wish some of the characters will see the truth and the rest I hope will burn. Aye, just like one should feel in a good book.

Conclusion:
So a difficult beginning paved way to a great debut. I hope the next book comes out soon

Cover
Eh


Paperback, 628 pages
Published July 4th 2013 by Tor (first published December 6th 2012)
The Faithful and the Fallen #1
Fantasy
Own


34 comments:

  1. I find when books are that many pages it usually does take a bit to get into them. I'm glad it got better for you and you liked it.

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  2. I know what you mean about everyone coming and going and feeling lost. Glad it ended up being a good read for you once you settled in, I am proud of you for sticking with it.

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    1. When I finally settled in and it got better, then it truly got so much better

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  3. At least you ended up liking it enough that you want to read the next book!

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    1. Oh yes, you should have seen the end, so good

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  4. Hmm. Do you object to swords being cut off in pictures, like the headless torsos? ;p

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  5. I usually get frustrated with too many POVs, but it looks like if you stick with it, you are rewarded. Might have to see if the library carries this.

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    1. I just needed more time with them all, for them all to stand out, and when they did, fun :D

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  6. Oh my, the first books in fantasy can be tough..glad it worked out despite the onslaught of POVs.

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    1. I would have loved a who is who at the back

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  7. Glad you stuck with it and ended up enjoying it.

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  8. Hmmmm, you have me curious. I might wait for the next book and see what you think. :) Thank you!

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    1. I will definitely get that one :) Of course it might have to wait until the xmas after this xmas but still

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  9. I can see how you would get all confused at first. But all those characters have me intrigued as to how their stories interweave.

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  10. I think I'll wait for you to read second book before getting into this series.

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  11. Lately many of the books I've been reading start off slow and then I find myself getting into it. I'm used to books that grab me from the beginning.

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    1. I am used to that too, cos I do give up easily

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  12. It's always difficult for me to have a lot of POVs... Don't read a lot of books like that.

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  13. hmm I'm a bit worried about the slow start because I already have this. But good to hear it got better.

    I first noticed this when I saw the cover lol, I thought it was pretty :D

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    1. I just want a bit more on the cover.

      If you know better things are coming maybe you will stick with it

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  14. Hm. Not sure this is the book for me as I struggle when there are so many POVs to follow, but I'm glad after a rough start you really ended up getting into this one:)

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    1. I would not have thought it, but i sure turned around and I am so happy about it

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  15. I do like a few POVs, but sometimes they have way too many and its super annoying. >.<

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    1. It was, it was just just ok him, and him, and who are they? But I learned

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  16. Ooh another one I think I'd like but it's a bit of a chunkster *sigh*

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  17. I am glad you enjoyed it, but I am not tempted, sorry.

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