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Gwynne check outThe Faithful and the Fallen Malice Valor Ruin Wrath Of Blood Bone A Time of Dre A Time of Blood is the second book in John Gwynne's new fantasy epic of warring angelic beings their demonic nemeses and most of all the people caught in the middle It's a tale of good versus evil but not the kind I was expecting which is why this book is so damned goodThe very idea of good versus evil strikes me as one of the most pernicious notions ever devised by human beings It lets us burn a brand into the very soul of those we dislike and gives us the moral freedom to use whatever means no matter how vile to vanuish them It turns our enemies into Tolkien's orcs – the infinitely abusable physical personifications of all we revile Many fantasy authors nowadays well aware of the clichéd baggage that comes along with good versus evil try to posit instead a kind of moral euivalency It's a tactically useful device for modern fantasy but one that's often unsatisfying because it removes any kind of real moral tension from the reader's experience We're all bad We're all good So who cares? Just tell me who the enemy is and let’s go kill himGwynne takes a different approach with A Time of Dread and especially the seuel A Time of Blood There's no real moral euivalency between the angelic Ben Elim and the demonic Kadoshim One views humanity as something to be protected the other as something to be used or destroyed But the Ben Elim are how shall I put this? Arseholes They're so convinced of their inherent goodness and superiority that their notion of protecting humanity amounts to controlling everything about our lives even while they break their own laws in secret and force others to pay the price for those actions It's through the gradual reveal of those actions that we see that the Ben Elim have brought much of this unfolding war down on their own heads – as well as those of the human beings they claim to protect Watching the human characters in the novel deal with those repercussions is what makes A Time of Blood so compellingAbove all else though what you get from A Time of Blood is the sense of heart that runs throughout the book No one escapes the conseuences of their emotions their loves and hates their losses There are moments of tremendous hope and scenes of terrible heartache A Time of Blood is dark and wrenching and yet always promises there must be an answer somewhere – so long as the characters keep searching for something beyond the false morality of either of the two great forces bringing their world to warFor all the angelic Ben Elim and giants the bat winged Kadoshim and feral creatures the magic and wondrous animals A Time of Blood is a profoundly human story told by an author who seems determined to make the reader reach for something deep inside themselves that is brave and virtuous and above all decent John Gwynne writes fantasy with the heart of a hero and the inventiveness of a master mage

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A Time of BloodAcclaimed epic fantasy author John Gwynne's second book in his Of Blood and Bone trilogy an epic A Time of Blood has hit 1000 ratings Thanks to all of the warband who continue the story with Drem Riv Bleda and the others A Time of Courage is set for next SpringTRUTH AND COURAGE

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Download Epub õ A Time of Blood · À [PDF / Epub] ☉ A Time of Blood By John Gwynne – Acclaimed epic fantasy author John Gwynne's second book in his Of Blood and Bone trilogy an epic fantasy perfect for fans of George R R Martin Brandon Sanderson and David Gemmell For from John Gwynne Acclaimed epic fanFantasy perfect for fans of George R R Martin Brandon Sanderson and David Gemmell For from John Following on from the catastrophic finale of A Time of Dread this is a high action high tension blinder of a read When you pick it up that first time be prepared not to put it down till the last page It follows standard film seuel rules bigger bolder bloodier There are all kinds of monstrous creatures chucked in perhaps running a little too far with it at times I’m looking at you Ulf and crew Still it makes for some seriously incredible scenes cinematic and deadly Even with all this action the absolute standout was the characters or one in particular Drem He is the heart of this book the one to stand with and cheer for What he considers to be his limitations are the very reason his thoughts and actions are so meaningful he overcomes them pushing through his boundaries to be the hero everyone else knows him to be He feels the most real especially as he’s the one person who genuinely develops in this offering there is real change and growth If there is a Bright Star here he’s itWhich feeds right into the problem with this series for me at least I just don’t love these people anywhere near as much as I do those in the Faithful and the Fallen Yes yes I know how rubbish a reader that makes me It’s like I broke up with someone and can’t move on But the memory of the past is too strong and its influence is everywhere from the battle call ‘Truth and Courage’ to the statute of Corban and Storm that stands outside Dun Seren from the sword dance to the shield wall Details big and small pervade every aspect of this series so much that the story actually relies on it There is an inescapable commemoration of the people and events from the original series it might be history here but it’s far from forgotten The tales of heroism and sacrifice are not just myth they remain in the memories of the long lived and have been passed down in ways which have ensured they form the political cultural and emotional foundations of society Even when negatively framed communities are still constructed as a direct response to the past And all it does is make me miss it Intellectually I know how ridiculous and unrealistic this is John Gwynne can’t write about the same people forever no matter how much I want him to and that kind of thing never works anyway but I can’t help but feel the emotional connection is lacking in comparison It’s exacerbated by the relative lightness of this series there’s not as much time or space for development of new characters again leaving them to be defined in part by the past It circles round and round againIn any case if you know John Gwynne then you know that things end on a pretty dire note And perhaps you also realise how much of an understatement that is I think I can get away with saying that there are insane battles That nobody is safe And that I really hope John Gwynne knows how he’s going to get people out of this goddamn mess because I sure don’t ARC via Netgalley