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Valour

(The Faithful and the Fallen #2)

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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 Queen 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 enemie
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Kindle Edition, 669 pages
Published March 27th 2014 by Pan
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John Gwynne Hi Chris,

there will be four books in this series. Book three - titled Ruin - is finished and with my editor, pencilled for UK publication in June 2015…more
Hi Chris,

there will be four books in this series. Book three - titled Ruin - is finished and with my editor, pencilled for UK publication in June 2015. I'm writing book four at the moment.

Hope that helps.

Best,

John(less)
John Gwynne Hi Tom. Audible.co.uk have just purchased the rights to record Malice, Valour and Ruin - book 3 of the Faithful and the Fallen - for sale in the UK. A…moreHi Tom. Audible.co.uk have just purchased the rights to record Malice, Valour and Ruin - book 3 of the Faithful and the Fallen - for sale in the UK. As yet I don't know a publishing schedule, but I shall keep my blog updated on that.

Thanks for the interest,

John(less)
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Petrik
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Epic Fantasy & aSoIaF fans
Shelves: favorites
'War has erupted in the Banished Lands as the race for power intensifies' and with that eruption, comes a well deserved 5-stars rating.

I 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 quality progression of the series, I strongly believe the second half of T
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James Tivendale
Dec 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
"One thought circled in his head like the black birds swirling about the mountain peaks. They must be stopped." - Corban

Valour 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, Queens and outcast woodsmen - following on from the evacuation of Dun Carreg due to the unforeseeable monstrous actions that took place, wi
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John Gwynne
May 03, 2020 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Really looking forward to joining a chat with Alan, Petrik, Abby, Alex and Philip about Wrath in a few days. If you want to catch up on their BookTube chat on Valour, the link is here. They have videos discussing Malice, Valour and Ruin already.



Valour has hit 10,000 ratings.

Huzzah!
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Lady Luna. ✨
5/5 -

''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.”

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Bravo to Mr John Gywnne for writing another fantastic book!

This is what happens when Lord Of The Rings meets Game Of Thrones..

THIS BOOK IS BRUTAL & I LOVE IT

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I thought Malice was good.. This book is even better! Shit got real and hectic on page one! I absolutely adored this book and pretty much devoured it, I couldn't take my
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
More people freaking die, but of course that's to be expected right? I didn't cry though! Yay, me!



And of course I loved the book! ♥



This book starts up where the first book leaves off. Corban and the crew are on the run after the fall of Dun Carreg (where they lived). They sail across the water getting into more troubles, meeting up with new people, more deaths, etc. and so forth.

I loved when the Jehar Warriors came! I was so looking forward to reading about them. I hope to read more in the nex
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Samir
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even though the opinions about Malice, the first book of this series, are divided, I had fun reading it and enjoyed it very much. Slow pacing and a large cast of characters didn’t bother me at all but because I’ve read it a couple a months ago I decided to reread it and refresh my memory, prepare myself for adventures to come. Upon rereading it I realized two things; I loved it even more the second time and my expectations for the rest of the series were raised sky high. A few people told me tha ...more
Choko
Sep 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*** 5 +++ ***

A buddy read with the Fantasy maniacs at BB&B!!! We need to get our revenge on!!!!



Just read it for the second time and I am just as emotionally invested and ruined as I was the first time around! Goodness gravies! Could John have hit any more tender spots in my soul and attacked my adrenaline centers with the last 30% of the book, just so my body would not know to melt or to explode??? This is what happens when a reader gets attached to characters and those same characters are bein
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Ginger
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
ALL THE STARS!
Full review up!


Valor starts right off from the ending of Malice and it was outstanding! I would give this 10 stars if I could!

I’m going to try and keep this review as spoiler free as possible, but it will be hard.
I’ll try and keep it vague if you’ve never read the 1st book in the series, Malice.
The Faithful and the Fallen series is a epic fantasy series that involves betrayal, amazing battle scenes and believing in hope against all costs. It's wrote in POV chapters so you'll get in
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Eon ♒Windrunner♒
Mar 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone who loves fantasy.
What if the Dark Lord's champion thought he was the Chosen One, the savior of all mankind?

This book was amazing!!!

Where to even begin...This story picks up exactly where it left off, but Mr. Gwynne has definitely shifted a gear and picked up the pace, never slowing down and delivering the punches non-stop. I don't want to give anything away, so I will merely say that many of the true identities behind the names listed in Halvor's prophecy are revealed to the reader, if not yet guessed. There are
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Related Reviews:
Book I: Malice ★★★★★

Picking up exactly where Malice, left off, John Gwynne re-enters the epic fantasy foray with a stunning followup to his debut novel that I won't soon forget.

Those who worry about picking up series written by a debut author, have no fear here because the story movement and character building here is just as lovingly crafted by Mr. Gwynne as it was in the first book. Whereas Malice is a bit slower
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Hamad
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‘All men feel fear,’ Corban said. ‘Gar told me that. It’s what you do about it – stand or run, fight or give up – that’s what makes you a coward or hero. Without fear there is no courage.’


Malice: ★★★★ 1/4
Valour: ★★★★ 3/4

Most of the books that end up disappointing me do so because they sound good, they have a cool synopsis but their execution is bad. This series is kind of the opposite. The book does not have the most original plot and it has
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Emma
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Michael Britt
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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 later.

I really wish I would've had more time throughout the week to have read this beauty! As much as I loved it, I actually think I liked Malice more, for reasons I can't really put my finger on. I think it felt like more 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 boo
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Holly (Holly Hearts Books)
Dec 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
I love these characters so so much. I will say I think I found this one slightly slower than the first. Many others mention how Malice is set up while this one begins the actual conflict which I totally see that and agree. There was just a lot of travel time in the first half. So funny how we can experience things differently like this. This is the kind of 4 star rating that makes me want to change every past rating I've ever done because it far exceeds many other reads. ...more
Haïfa
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
2nd read. Spoiler alert: I cried anyway. Multiple times.
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Okay folks. I loved every single thing about this book. It made me cry, it made me swoon, it made me grit my teeth and it tied knots in my stomach. I found nothing to complain about.

"You humans are all the same. Willing to live a lie, any lie, as long as it is prettier than the truth."


While Malice was a long and slow introduction of the characters and of the Banished Lands, its kingdoms, myths an
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Deborah Obida
This review is spoiler free for book two, since its almost impossible for me to review this without mentioning the first book, they are tid bits of spoilers from book one, I mentioned names of characters that lived and died so don’t worry about that.

This started just where Malice left off, no time jump. This consist of a lot of battle scenes that was so well depicted, why am I even surprise, the book is titled Valour for a reason. Lots of battle means the loss of characters, so many died and oth
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Mayim de Vries
When I started reading Valour, the most common reaction was: “I thought you hated Malice!”

I am not sure “hated” is the best word to describe my relationship with Malice (check for yourself), but it is what it is mainly because I expected a masterpiece. Since my expectations suffered and then died a slow and painful way during the previous instalment, reading Valour was OK because I knew I will get a mediocre book.

“Aha! So you still have ISSUES!” you want to exclaim (please, do it for me and pron
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Celeste
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, fantasy
Full review now posted! Original review can be found on Booknest.

“Two born of blood, dust and ashes shall champion the Choices,
the Darkness and the Light.”

Valor (or Valour, depending on which copy you end up with) is book two of The Faithful and the Fallen and sequel to Malice. While I thought that Malice was an absolutely incredible debut, Valor did nothing but improve upon an already fantastic story. There have been many comparisons between this series and Martin’s A Game of ThronesA Game of T
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Orient
After Malice I didn't know what to expect from Mr. Gwynne. Book one was some kind of peculiar and I felt unhooked while reading the first part of it. Book two is way more different, I loved it from the very start till the very end. Wow, just wow, the adventures, intrigues, fighting, friendships, loves, secrets, betrayals, lots of action and suspense... This book just left me mindblown and def wanting for more!



My total fave obviously stays



*sending million of hugs to Storm*

Also the characters I
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ChopinFC
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, fantasy, favorites
5 Stars (Phenomenal)

You known the feeling when you're reading a book that is so good, that you immerse yourself completely into the story and you never want it to end?

Valor is that incredible of a book!!

John Gwynne has catapulted from a very good fantasy writer, to my top 5 fantasy authors just like that! The writing, the prose, the characters are so well written- that at times I slowed myself deliberately to make the story last a little longer, hehe.

We pick up the action immediately after th
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Lee
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Your family, your friends, your cousin Rick, your aunt Ethel - EVERYBODY.
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
“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.”


A Full Five Stars: ✰✰✰✰✰

Absolutely riveting continuation of a series that is as gripping as it is brutal. A slow start that turned into nothing other than a perfect sequel. I was blown away by how good it was. From the themes, the story, the characters - even the action and battle scenes - John Gwynne shows himself to b
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Lema
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lema by: Petrik
Shelves: favorites, fantasy
I have officially crossed over from the Dark Side...I am a HARDCORE FAN as of now!
This book you guys! this glorious wonderful brutal heart-wrenching book!!


I literally went from this during Malice (Click here for my not-so-happy review)..
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..to THIS, and only from reading two chapters of Valour..
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It's like everything I didn't like about Malice has just vanished and everything I DID like has been expanded on like there's no tomorrow.. I just loved Valour to pieces, and the series has finally taken
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Lisa
Apr 22, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I hated the first book. Hated! If it weren't for the fact that I had already bought the series, I'd have said "fuck it!"
But...Seeing as how I'd spent 40 bucks, then I should read a wee bit more!
What I hated in the first book, slowly came together in the second.
I love multiple characters and their arcs. What I hate is too many people that are shown in a short time, and they sound the same as the next character!
I managed to keep all of Robert Jordan's characters in line. This first book of Gw
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Paul
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had given "Malice" a very solid four stars. "Valor" outshone its predecessor and gets an unreserved five-star rating.

This is the book that kept me up late, the one that took my attention away from my family, the one that made me wonder what the characters were doing when I was away from them.

Mr. Gwynne has made me know these people, invest in them and their world, feel their pain and share their triumphs. The last few pages had my mouth gaping open.

I don't need to say much more. There are ple
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Kaitlin
Jun 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-sff-faves
This book is the second one in this series and after enjoying the first one a lot and giving it an easy 4* rating I was hoping for things to improve and become more exciting as the series went on; that certainly did seem to be the case! This story continues immediately after the ending of the first which is wonderful because it meant that we could get back into the action and story straight away. The characters that we know and enjoyed in the first book are back, and we also have a fair few new ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
Valor = Valour (The Faithful and the Fallen, #2), John Gwynne

The second in The Faithful and the Fallen series, Valour by John Gwynne carries all of the excitement of the first.

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 Queen 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 ki
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Stefan Bach
“Allons enfants de la Patrie,
The day of glory has arrived!
Against us tyranny's
Bloody banner is raised!”


This book is a perfect example why I think rating books with numbers (of stars or pine cones or whatever else you could think of) is needless and futile.
Is Valour the greatest book I have ever read? Hell no.
Is it a good one? Couldn’t say that either.
Then it’s a bad one? No, no, no.
Then what is?
It’s a decent enough book.
And if we’re going to be “strictly technical” Valour’s worth is of two
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TS Chan
Sep 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Buddy Read with my awesome buddies at BB&B.

Well done, Mr Gwynne, well done! An absolutely worthy and breathtaking sequel that had me completely and irrevocably invested in the plot and the characters. When you start to take little breaks, breath heavily and notice your hands involuntarily making fists throughout the crucial battle scenes involving your favourite characters, you know are all-in.

My emotional investment in the main characters, even those without POVs (including the non-humans, ani
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Jody
Oct 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I have spent all of my free time reading so much lately that I haven’t put in the time for my reviews that I should. So, with that being said….here we go!

Another amazing novel in the world of The Faithful and the Fallen. Mr. Gwynne has given us another work of art that was fun to read, and hard to put down. The pacing of this book doesn’t let up throughout. It’s full of action and breathtaking battle scenes described with extreme detail and gore. We are introduced to new characters, and say good
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Solseit
Jul 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"They must be stopped".

The easy way to summarize this book is: stunning continuation of Malice. Actually, I even liked this book more, somehow; I believe it is mostly because I already knew all the characters from the first book and this book focused more on the plot and character development.

I just finished the book and I am just speechless (view spoiler).

I really loved the book: political i
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I am the author of epic fantasy series The Faithful and the Fallen, Of Blood and Bone and The Bloodsworn Saga. I'm also a Viking re-enactor and enjoy nothing more than standing in the shield wall with my three sons, who are as passionate about swords and axes as I am (when I'm not stuck in my coat of mail; it's harder than it looks).
I live on the south coast of the UK with my beautiful wife, thre
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Other books in the series

The Faithful and the Fallen (4 books)
  • Malice (The Faithful and the Fallen, #1)
  • Ruin (The Faithful and the Fallen, #3)
  • Wrath (The Faithful and the Fallen, #4)

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