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Acclaimed epic fantasy author John Gwynne with the first book of a new trilogy.

The Ben-Elim, a race of warrior angels, once vanquished a mighty demon horde. Now they rule the Banished lands. But their dominion is brutally enforced and their ancient enemy may not be as crushed as they thought.

In the snowbound north, Drem, a trapper, finds mutilated corpses in the forests - a sign of demonic black magic.

In the south, Riv, a young, tempestuous soldier, discovers a deadly rift within the Ben-Elim themselves.

Two individuals with two world-changing secrets. But where will they lead? And what role will Drem and Riv play in the Banished Land's fate? Difficult choices need to be made.

In the shadows, dark forces are gathering, waiting for their time to rise....

©2018 John Gwynne (P)2018 Hachette Audio

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  • Mark Hancock
  • 08-01-20

Another compelling Gwynne book- and I don’t get the negativity directed at Damiam Lynch

I found this to be a compelling start to a new series, for which I am grateful. I loved the first series, so this delving into the same world 130 some odd years later is great.

I almost held off due to critical comments from some reviewers about Damian Lynch’s performance, but as he read the first four books, I figured I’d put my faith in him. Glad I did. As always, he was superb. For those who complained about pauses, my advice would be to speed up the book in settings if you find it so bothersome. I certainly did not, and enjoy his talented readings.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-05-18

Dose not disappoint

I often worry when authors revisit worlds whose stories have finished. The results of these trips are generally nostalgic but not particularly good. This was not the case with this book. Time of dread takes the existing world of John Gwynne and rather then exploit it, builds on it, giving us a view of the world the heroes of Faithful and The Fallen fought for. It builds on rather then exploiting the source materials, taking the story in a new exciting path that is still accessible to a new reader unfamiliar with the previous story. The success of this book leaves me hopeful that mr Gwynne other books will all soon be available on audible.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-12-18

Gripping story!

Okay, so personally, I was a big dumb-dumb because I didnt read the first series before this one...But, luckily I was able to catch on quickly with what was going on!
I didnt think I would get through this book because of the length, but I found myself not be able to put it down! The characters were so well developed! My personal favorite was Drem, he just seemed like a character that I could relate to better than the others, so his chapters really stuck out to me! All in all, fantastic book!

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  • David Gibson
  • 09-10-18

Story jumped around too much too often

Really could not get a grasp of the story and characters because the race names and character names were not well defined early on and then every chapter the story jumped to a different character so it was really too hard to follow and took a lot of work to understand the story.

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  • John P May
  • 25-09-18

Good story but lots of too long pauses in the narration

I mostly enjoyed Damian Lynch’s narration but there are lots of places where pauses go two or three beats too long and it makes it really hard to listen to in places.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 04-04-21

Fantasy Done Right

There's not a lot that I can say about this book or series that hasn't already been said if you love fantasy you're going to love this series it has everything that you would want in a top notch fantasy series this is my 1st reading of this author I can't wait to read all the other ones I've been missing out this guy is truly a great fantasy author,brutal battles, Corruption,Betrayal,great characters and Truly Evil foes keep up the great work

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  • Robert C.
  • 19-03-21

A Time of Dread

I absolutely enjoy this series of books. I was hooked from the very first book. Although this is the first audio book I have listened to in this series. I still enjoy the continuation of the story. I do hope they make this into a TV series. I think it would be better than the GOT series. Just an opinion but these books would do very well as a series or even a trilogy of movies. Just my opinion. I look forward to more and more. Another great book from one of my favorite authors.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-02-21

decent not great

maybe it would have been better if I hadn't literally just finished the urge series, those 4 were awesome.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-02-21

Horrible

This is one of the worst books I have ever read. The writing was worthless, the editing was worthless, the narrator was worthless. A six grader could have written a better book a complete waste of a credit and brain cells.

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  • Krista
  • 09-11-20

Entertaining, but Weaker Than the First Series

After a slow beginning, the story picks up with battles, betrayals, and new threats. Like all of Gwynne's books, the ending was action-packed! It's fun to revisit the Banished Lands and see how things have changed. I noticed this series seems to be darker in tone and smaller in scope. It's not necessarily a bad thing, just a different feel from the original series. While, I don't think I liked this quite as much as The Faithful and the Fallen, I still found it to be an enjoyable read. As usual, Damian Lynch did a fantastic job with narration.