Ruin

Paperback | October 13, 2015

byJohn Gwynne

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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.

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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 th...

John Gwynne studied and lectured at Brighton University. He's been in a rock 'n' roll band, playing the double bass, traveled the USA and lived in Canada for a time. He is married with four children and lives in Eastbourne, running a small family business rejuvenating vintage furniture. Malice is his debut novel.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:800 pages, 9.25 × 6 × 2 inPublished:October 13, 2015Publisher:OrbitLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316386324

ISBN - 13:9780316386326

Customer Reviews of Ruin

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Epic Fantasy At Its Best WOW. Talk about an epic. This book took me longer to read than usual because I was on vacation and missed a bunch of reading time, but I was eager to read it whenever I snuck a chance. I was glad that it picked up right where the previous book left off, especially since each character had their stories go in wild, brand new directions. It's hard to pick out whose story I liked best, but I think I'll go with Maquin. He's a total badass and I was surprised at the angle given to his story. I also loved how Gar advanced and how Corban's warband grew to be truly formidable. There were a lot of surprising reveals in the story and some crazy twists I didn't see coming (particularly at the end, and I'm not just talking about character deaths, though be warned, there are those too). Every character was great, the action was brutal and intense (hey Lykos, I think you have something on your face!), and the story was spectacular. I think the only reason I didn't love this book as much as I loved book 2 was because of the ending. Let me be clear: The ending is not bad. FAR from it. But it's the kind of ending that makes you want to scream and pull your hair and look at your calendar to count the days until the next book is released. THE FAITHFUL AND THE FALLEN is epic fantasy at its best, and I cannot wait to see what happens next.
Date published: 2016-11-13

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"Warring clans, sleeping giants, Banished Lands and omens and portents ... a strong contender for 'if you like Game of Thrones, why not try this?' award."-Independent