Review: Malice (The Faithful and the Fallen #1) by John Gwynne

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Review: Malice (The Faithful and the Fallen #1) by John GwynneMalice by John Gwynne
Series: The Faithful and the Fallen #1
Published by Orbit US on December 3, 2013
Genres: Epic, Fantasy
Pages: 656
Format: Paperback
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The world is broken...

Corban wants nothing more than to be a warrior under King Brenin's rule - to protect and serve. But that day will come all too soon. And the price he pays will be in blood.

Evnis has sacrificed - too much it seems. But what he wants - the power to rule -- will soon be in his grasp. And nothing will stop him once he has started on his path.

Veradis is the newest member of the warband for the High Prince, Nathair. He is one of the most skilled swordsman to come out of his homeland, yet he is always under the shadow of his older brother.

Nathair has ideas - and a lot of plans. Many of them don't involve his father, the High King Aquilus. Nor does he agree with his father's idea to summon his fellow kings to council.

The Banished Lands has a violent past where armies of men and giants clashed in battle, but now giants are seen, the stones weep blood and giant wyrms are stirring. Those who can still read the signs see a threat far greater than the ancient wars. For if the Black Sun gains ascendancy, mankind's hopes and dreams will fall to dust...

...and it can never be made whole again.

MALICE is a dark epic fantasy tale of blind greed, ambition, and betrayal.

OK! I’m calling it! Malice (The Faithful and the Fallen #1) expired to DNF (at 23%) status on 10-Jul-2017 due to extreme prejudice against boredom.

I did NOT enjoy much of the 23% of Malice that I completed. I was bored, bored, BORED and nothing occurred – with the exception of a shitton of (what felt like) unnecessary POVs.

OMG. There were too many POVs! By the time I reached page 66 I had: Evnis, Corban, Veradis, Cywen, and now Kastell. Gwynne kept flipping POVs for each chapter in a random way, just when I started getting into a groove Gwynne would switch again.

At about 23% in I started itching to read a different book. Something with more action. As a fan of David Eddings, I’d hoped for some laughs and good dialogue but thus far, I was disappointed. Malice is a book club BotM so I tried to push forward…but I had a shiny new Space Opera that I KNEW to be action packed tempting me. And tempt me it did. After the Crown was a fabulous, fun read that I heartily recommend.

You know what Malice DIDN’T have? Action. Almost NOTHING happened and it bored me to tears. There were things happening (mostly talking) that seemed like they would be important in the future…but right now….nothing.

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