Thursday, 16 July 2015

Review and Giveaway: Ruin - John Gwynne

First I will start with the giveaway :)

Giveaway
1 autographed copy of Ruin

1. Open to everyone in the universe
2. Ends July 21st
3. To enter just comment :)

And now on to the review

The Banished Lands are engulfed in war and chaos. The cunning Queen Rhin has conquered the west and High King Nathair has the cauldron, most powerful of the seven treasures. At his back stands the scheming Calidus and a warband of the Kadoshim, dread demons of the Otherworld. They plan to bring Asroth and his host of the Fallen into the world of flesh, but to do so they need the seven treasures. Nathair has been deceived but now he knows the truth. He has choices to make, choices that will determine the fate of the Banished Lands.

Elsewhere the flame of resistance is growing - Queen Edana finds allies in the swamps of Ardan. Maquin is loose in Tenebral, hunted by Lykos and his corsairs. Here he will witness the birth of a rebellion in Nathair's own realm.

Corban has been swept along by the tide of war. He has suffered, lost loved ones, sought only safety from the darkness. But he will run no more. He has seen the face of evil and he has set his will to fight it. The question is, how? With a disparate band gathered about him - his family, friends, giants, fanatical warriors, an angel and a talking crow he begins the journey to Drassil, the fabled fortress hidden deep in the heart of Forn Forest. For in Drassil lies the spear of Skald, one of the seven treasures, and here it is prophesied that the Bright Star will stand against the Black Sun. 

My thoughts:
I so should have checked if this one was the last one or not, I was all, they are not going to make it! Oh there is one more book. Well that explains it, and then noooooo! I want the next book now!! Nooooooo!

Let's try to make this simple. We have Corban, a young hero who is told he will save the world. And I have enjoyed his road, slowly he has gained his confidence. Then there is Naithan, who also has been told he will save the world. I do loathe him, but so far it has not been his fault. He is the bad guy, he just does not know it. Except he learned so in the last book so now he really is bad,

Then there is Jael, who took a kingdom by force and I hate him. Lykos, who has a kingdom in his hand and wants to crush it. Jeradis, a seemingly good guy who thinks he is following the good guy, but he is not. That breaks my heart because he is good.

And now some of the good ones. Edana, a queen in exile trying to stay alive. Meican and Fidele running from Lykos. Yes, there are a lot of people in this book. It's one big book after all. I remember  reading book 1 and checking who was who a lot, but I when I got into it it was easy. 

There are good guys, there are bad guys, and then there are good guys who are bad guys. There are liars, and manipulators. It's not black and white, there is a lot of grey in this book.

As for the story. Many are running for the lives, or trying to find allies. While others kill and pillage, and crush those not following them. And slowly it is shown that the story itself is not black and white either. I went all whaat?! That was one big surprise.

The end then. It was pretty brutal, hopeless and sure one big cliffie. I have no idea how the book 4 will turn out now. That was one big ending. He sure know how to throw a punch, or a hundred!

Conclusion:
I look forward to book 4, I am biting my nails to find out what will happen to them all.

Cover
the details are prettier in rl

Hardcover, 672 pages
Published July 16th 2015 by Tor UK/Panmacmillan
The Faithful and the Fallen #3
Fantasy
For review


62 comments:

  1. Glad you enjoyed it and are looking forward to the next book! No need to enter me.

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  2. I am really looking forward to starting this series. I have book one all ready and waiting for me. Thank you for the giveaway! steffstuff at gmail dot com :)

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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  3. My goodness. The plights of the characters in this book! I'll probably have a hard time keeping them straight in my head. Lol.

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    1. That is fantasy, many people around

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  4. Sounds great except for the ending and I would be freaking out for next one as well

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    1. But it does make me want it more ;)

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  5. hehe the universe huh? I am so totally telling the people on Pluto :)

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    1. Yes please tell those nice folks on Pluto :)

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  6. I hereby very graciously allow you to include me in the giveaway. I think you know my e-mail ;D.
    Biting your nails is bad for your karma. It is known *hides*

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  7. This sounds sooooo good and I'm glad you enjoyed it :D Thanks so much for the giveaway!

    Asma @ IceyBooks

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  8. Well this sounds exciting, liars, manipulators bad guys masquerading as good guys. Not thrilled about the brutal cliffie.

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    1. Oh those cliffies, they can be so evil

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  9. Great review, like the sound of this book. And I think I can handle a cliffhanger ;)

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  10. I so want to read this series. Oh and I feel your pain when it isn't the last one and you thought it was. Love that cover!

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  11. Sounds like an interesting book for sure. I'd be super interested to read it even if I don't win it! Although the cliff hanger will definitely upset me a bit (in a good way).

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  12. I love series that have you biting your nails as you wait for the next issues. I always try to savior each book end end up devouring them..LOL

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  13. Sounds like a great fantasy series to sink my teeth into. ( not an entry)

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  14. No wonder you want the nxt book now!

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  15. Ah it's difficult to have an end like that, I hope you'll have book 4 soon!

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  16. This is one of the series that a couple of friends recommended to me, but I didn't start it yet. It does sound great... Maybe I should try to squeeze it in soon...

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  17. So, this is book 3? I will need to start at the beginning.

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  18. I'm commenting, but not to enter the giveaway, but because I love your blog :)) I like the sound of this cast of characters - complex and well balanced, it seems. But I'd have to start with book one, right? Well... Meanwhile, have a great weekend, Linda <3

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    1. Thanks Ramona :)

      You def has to start with book 1

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  19. This one sounds really good! I have first book on my TBR... someday I'll read it.

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  20. *waves* HIiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii
    Count me in!

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  21. Oh wow, 600+ pages? Sounds like heaven!

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  22. Here's something that's in my wishlist for a time now. Regards :)

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  23. The description sounds pretty generic, but you made it sound good. I'm always checking the names list too! I can't read epic Fantasy on my kindle for that reason.

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    1. Same! I hate reading fantasy on an e-reader and have stopped. Cos I can never check the glossary or maps

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  24. Count me in Please! This sounds awesome 😀

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  25. haha nail biting ... it must be good! but don't count me in, I have to start at the beginning :)

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  26. haha nail biting ... it must be good! but don't count me in, I have to start at the beginning :)

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  27. Oh Bummer. I missed the giveaway. This does sound like a very good series.

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    1. Well, I have not chosen a winner yet. I forgot ;)

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  28. Ooh, this sounds good! Is the 4th book the final one?

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