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Valor 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 ueen 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 disuieting 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 conuered 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 Actual rating 6 stars out of 5 This book gets an extra star solely because of how amazingly well written his female characters are More on that laterI really wish I would've had time throughout the week to have read this beauty As much as I loved it I actually think I liked Malice for reasons I can't really put my finger on I think it felt like was going on in Malice but I wasn't ever bored while reading this I would say that the only complaint I would have with this book is how a lot of the tragedies are pretty predictable Even though the outcome is predictable he exectutes those events in a way that I still enjoy them Well not enjoy but you know what I mean I also got kind of annoyed that every chapter ends with a cliffhanger but that was only when I had to stop reading and leave for work It didn't bother me so much while I was reading I actually like it then So take that for what you willI really really love how Gwynne writes his characters More importantly his female characters Most authors tend to write them either too weak or they go completely opposite and write them as the heartless assassin type Gwynne has managed to write his female characters where they feel like actual people Crazy huh? Even his make characters are written in a way where they feel different These are times where I wish I was better at putting my thoughts into words The plot is pretty predictable but like I said above his prose and execution than make up for it He kills off just enough characters where you don't get frustrated that he's killing all your favorites but you also get pretty worried anytime there's a battle scene Which is also something rare; finding that balance One thing we do know is view spoilerif anyone is a parent in this series they're pretty much dead hide spoiler 'War has erupted in the Banished Lands as the race for power intensifies' and with that eruption comes a well deserved 5 stars ratingI gave huge praises to Malice it was impressive but Valor the second book in John Gwynne’s debut series was incredibly better than its predecessor I included both Malice and Valor in one of my all time favorite lists; that’s two out of four books of the series already Judging from the uality progression of the series I strongly believe the second half of The Faithful and the Fallen will follow that notion Valor immediately continued from where Malice left off and it's simply insane how much better it was The story grew darker and complex because the prophecy from the first book has finally unraveled its thread; this means that the Bright Star Black Sun identity have also been revealed The unraveling of the prophecy provided a highly faster paced plot progression compared to some other epic fantasy series For example the nowhere in sight “Winter is Coming” from A Song of Ice and Fire; even after twenty years of publication winter is still not here Although the politicking was scarce here the manipulation scheming and deception prevailed; it was even common and evident compared to Malice; resulting in a terminal blind justice and beliefs for two of the main charactersFriendship and family were some the best factor to come out from the first book No need to worry there's no shortage of them here despite how dark the story became There were many heartwarming scenes between the lovable characters both human and animals Just within two books John Gwynne managed to cast a love spell that compelled me to care so much towards the characters The characters were really easy to get attached to because their personality development strength and weaknesses were written extremely well Plus it was amazing to see how each characters’ POV intertwined The world these lovable characters live in is truly harsh and bleak; heartbreaks bounded to occur I haven’t mentioned any of the characters names since my Malice review for a good reason and I’ll continue this reviewing style for the rest of the seriesIf I have to choose what Valor excels most than the first book it would definitely be its action seuences The characters from the first book have their personality well established already because of this John Gwynne was able to focus on the action scenes to create fantastic results The pacing in Valor pacing was superbly paced Full of brawl after brawl with only a short break before the next chaos happened again there were so many wars and intense actions seuences spread throughout the whole book Shield Wall strategic planning stealth giants and magic; I absorbed these amazingly written action scenes as if I was truly in the mids of all the madness Additionally reading the wars and seeing the events unfolded from the perspectives of each opposition brings a huge amount of depth and emotion; in estimation out of half of the 650 pages of this novel were phenomenal actions “Memory is a double edged sword Uthas It can keep you strong through dark times but it can also cripple you keep you locked in a moment that no longer exists” Valor is an amazing second book of a series it didn’t suffer the infamous second book syndrome and as a whole it provided a highly engrossing experience It was hard to put down it contained wonderful plot and characters' developments and I’m really happy to know that I still have two books left in this series to read I simply can’t wait to see how the story evolved from here In fact I’m starting the next book Ruin immediately after I finished writing this review Once again I highly recommend this series to anyone who’s looking for a fantastic epic fantasy read with compelling characters greatly written action seuences and unpredictable plot I'm halfway through the series now and my experience with it so far can be defined as Sic Parvis Magna—greatness from small beginnings There’s absolutely no reason for you to skip this series if you’re a fan of epic fantasy with the classic 'Good vs Evil' theme told with a modern narrative You can order the book from Book Depository Free shipping You can find this and the rest of my reviews at Novel Notions One thought circled in his head like the black birds swirling about the mountain peaks They must be stopped CorbanValour carries on literally minutes after the action when Malice presented us such an amazing breathless finale We witness the so called Bright Star Corban; and his bizarre accumulated band of all sorts that incorporates warriors witches ueens and outcast woodsmen following on from the evacuation of Dun Carreg due to the unforeseeable monstrous actions that took place with the effects still lingering amongst the groups' morale It also picks up with readers favourite Mauin awakening in the tombs underneath Haldis after the ultimate betrayal and follows him overcoming his tragic loss knowing that his main ambition is now purely revenge All the point of view perspectives from Malice if the characters are still alive that is; still continue here and Gwynne has united a bond between player and reader throughout the narrative We really care about these guys as in one book we have already been through so much together The Malice players perspectives would only cover about fifty five percent of the world's happenings so many new and just as engrossing characters are introduced who let us prance around their minds and hear what is going on These include hardened female Giant fighter Coralen Jehar warrior top dog Tukul and Uthas a giant who was featured in the first book of the saga but whose motives are uniue and mysterious The need for these new perspectives is so that when factions cross as either friends or foes we have someone we can relate to on both sides which will help us understand the necessary camaraderie felt or potential hatred Corban is still the main perspective that we follow At the start of this book he doesn't accept or even really believe his foreseen destiny He envisages that the people closest to him who believe these predictions are a little bit mad and focusing on fables and faery stories however much that he loves these comrades He still trains with former stablemaster Gar for reasons he doesn't understand but Corban will not yet even contemplate what the truth could be We can see that he is growing up to be a very clever respected and influential individual People are still awestruck when they see him fight or train with Gar but he doesn't know why Throughout the tale and different factions become intertwined and infected with his destiny This book really presents a lot regarding the unity joy and comraderies of friendship Once a Camlin scene comes to mind it was slightly unrealistic with his statements regarding his change from hard brutal forest warrior to Corban's kinsman and troop leader essentially I like the positive sides of people so if a character could change this much and it is for a progressive story reason I will not see it as a negative Corban also notices these weird things that keep staring and smiling at him Ladies Will a love story impact on our heroes destiny? It would not be the first book that such a dilemma had occurred Valour is highly focused around three amazing sieges and battles following High King Nathair and his alliance with Rhin in the West of the Banished Lands which is where the majority of this tale freuents Nathair believes he is the heralded Seren Disglair and has been advised by his Lord that he needs to obtain the seven Giant treasures to save the world from darkness It is obvious that Gwynne knows his swords weapons and can create the most amazing battle seuences arguably some of the best I have read in fantasy The shield wall reminds me of the Battle of Red Cliff in China The warfare is full of unpredictable awesomeness betrayals tricks and not forgetting the side who decide to trick the side who just tricked them The tale in the East follows the 'Old Wolf' Mauin an honourable hero who has somehow failed in keeping all his vows in life thus far I will not say too much but this side includes brain washing fighting pits degradation and extreme inhumanity We analyse the point of views from both sides of the armies so we know exactly what their opinions represent when certain seuences happens Such as analysis and proof that enemies have shapeshifting demons amongst the flanks an undefeatable shield wall and not forgetting a talking crow raven and a brutally loyal extreme skin piercing howling Wolven are in the mix The ending was uniue and as a critic I have nothing critical to say about it Instead of the one aforementioned see my last review scene to finish off Malice we have three to enjoy I will say that word lightly as like me you will have no idea what will happen before this novel's conclusion All three scenes end up with enticing cliff hangers I have to wait two days until I can afford Ruin and that really annoys me I was debating on whether I was going to give this book four or five stars After much deliberation I decided that the only reason I would rate this four stars is that I think the next book will be better Valour itself is a five star book so I will not be distracted by how great the extremities are that this saga could reach In my mind and I know Gwynne has a lot of respect for the gentleman and I do not blame him but I think this series is superior in consistency the amount of amazing characters and superb point of views to ASOIAF I know that is a huge statement Let me hope my sweeping statement is not premature with two books left to go From what all my Goodreads friends say there is no way I will be disappointed I hate to admit a couple of errors came through in the novel I saw two spelling mistakes and a few randomly missed speech marks I have a critical eye and these small very minute issues did not detract from my enjoyment at all Valour has hit 10000 ratings Huzzah

  • Hardcover
  • 640 pages
  • Valor
  • John Gwynne
  • English
  • 02 December 2016
  • 9780230758469

About the Author: John Gwynne

Malice is my debut novel Goldsboro Books of London specialists in signed first editions have made Malice their 'Book of the Month' for December 2012I was born in Singapore while my dad was stationed there in the RAF Up until he retired that meant a lot of traveling around generally a move every three years or soI live with my wife and four wonderful and demanding children in East Sussex

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