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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.

©2015 John Gwynne (P)2019 Orbit

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  • G. Redavid
  • 25-02-21

It was ok

While this book had the some of the same issues as Valour then last third was pretty good. I still think this 4 book series would’ve worked better as a trilogy. Valour and Ruin were so similar (run-caught-escape-fight-lose-repeat) combining them would’ve made it stronger and less predictable in my opinion. I’ll finish this series but doubt I’ll continue reading John Gwynne unless something changes drastically in the next book. Its far to easy to predict every single event because they all end the same.

The narrator was inconsistent throughout the book. The same characters accents would change & people from the same nation, that grew up together, would have completely different accents. This needed some sort of quality control person to make sure it was all consistent.

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  • Proxy
  • 23-02-20

too much jumping around

series went off the rails. too many characters taking the lead. every fifteen minutes you're hearing a different view at a different time and place.

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  • Lisa
  • 08-11-19

RUIN establishes series as 1 of BEST!⭐️!⭐️!⭐️

⭐️Ruin, third book of Faithful and Fallen series, is an INCREDIBLE follow up to the first two books!⭐️

Ruin brings about various turning points for the series, in which separate plotlines converge at last, split again, and join yet to others.
The entire book moved faster than ever to the final conclusion, whatever that may be, but also finally brings to fruition many situations that have been built up throughout last two books. I can’t count how many times I cheered but also and sadly, the times where my heart felt so broken. This author has never spared out attachments & feelings towards any character, no matter how beloved or hated.
I have to say, the author’s skill in creating such unique and intriguing figures is rivaled by only the best fantasy writers out there. Hell, he even has me holding the tiniest bit of hope for Nathair...
I remember when reading game of thrones long ago, and how angry, devastated I was when Ned Stark was killed- those r type feelings you get in this series 😠 ooh, or when Sanaa’s wolf killed!?😡 grrrr the injustice of it all!
RUIN gets 5 starz only because I can’t give it 50😉

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-05-21

Amazing

First off, great voice performance. That can make or break an audiobook and this guy delivers. Each character has a truly unique sound.

Second. Wow. John Gwynne started with a very tropy seeming chosen one story with book 1 and has absolutely warped every assumption he allows you to think about where the story will end up. Competent (for once) bad guys, moral grey issues, deep set betrayals, believable characters that make understandable choices, well meaning rogues and righteous tyrants. My goodness. By the end of book 1 of this series I still had some doubts. Had potential but didn’t quite add up all the way. By book 2 I was sold. Now, I’m a fan. He has taken what seemed so naturally to be a coming of age/YA/chosen one rut in the road at the beginning to be something unique and powerful that really delivers.

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  • hooman heydare
  • 12-04-21

that was awesome

I love Des books you can say nothing bad about it I cannot wait to listen to the last one

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  • Matt Swinnerton
  • 24-02-21

Cannot Stop With This Series

John Gwynne’s style is vivid, savagely vibrant and the man writes battles with such brutal detail and vicious tension that I feel as though I’m not reading or listening but watching something in the same vein as The Last Kingdom, Game of Thrones or Lord of The Rings; somehow all at once.
His language is repetitive but like a well-forged sword, the edge never seems to dull; thanks in part to Damian Lynch’s valiant effort in bringing the Banished Lands and their occupants to life.

That said, Some of the voice work does leave a little (I’m emphasizing “little” here) to be desired. Most characters sound great but Damian loses me a little any time anyone shouts or roars in battle. It also seems like he may have run out of ideas when coming up with accents for certain kingdoms, and the most horribly jarring of all of these is Dag the Huntsman. That small gripe though is the only issue I take here, aside from one plot twist towards the end that I didn’t much care for.
Even so, these books just keep getting better and I am genuinely torn between being sad with the ending of this book (still a great one) or in the knowledge that I only have one left.
I am beyond excited to discover the conclusion of Corban’s story, and it is my fervent hope that this series, it’s beautifully written characters and its author receive accolade upon accolade and all the exposure of those other great works mentioned in this review.
I’d love to see these books adapted into a multi season show under the watchful eye of their incredibly gifted creator. These Banished Lands deserve to be seen and felt, every skull -crushing, bone-crunching, gut-wrenching, throat-tearing blow.
Finally, in the faintest of hopes that he might actually read this: I’d like to thank John Gwynne for gifting an aspiring author like me with so much inspiration as well as what must most certainly be close to my absolute favorite works of fiction, second only now to Tolkien.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-02-21

Excellent book 3!

Holy cow! Just finished and looking forward to the finally! No spoiler but the end of this one is gonna freak you out!!!!! The narration is awesome as you know since you probably listened to book 1 and 2. Does anyone know what Dag's accent is? It's awesomely weird!

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  • Krista
  • 30-09-20

Full of Action and Intrigue!

The farther I get into this series, the better it gets. There are still occasionally some slow parts, but the pacing is improving with each book. Now that much of the story is set up and I'm invested in the characters, I'm really enjoying it. This book was filled with intense action and intrigue, ending on an insane climax and cliffhanger! So glad the next book is already out.

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  • Sawyer
  • 07-06-20

An excellent series

An excellent series that gets better and better as it continues. Thank you John Gwynne and Damian Lynch!

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  • Brandon D
  • 01-06-20

Captivating & Emotional

This series matured so well as the story continues.

There were several moments of great immersion that has you on the edge of your seat cheering, crying, angry, laughing.

This book nails the emotional side in all the correct ways.

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  • Patrick
  • 23-04-21

Game of Celts

I actually love a lot of the writing. in some ways remenicent of the 2 Dave's . Eddings and Gemmel.
but then the battles. I love a Helms Deep battle but every single time (Bar1?) someone gets betrayed. the baddy who gets killed comes back next book and....well.
I couldn't write something nearly as good tbf.
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why does a guy who pretty much lives where everyone else lives have a New Zealand accent?

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  • Ronnieoooo
  • 10-01-21

Amazing

Great narration and fantastic book written by an brilliant author. John Gwynne should really be more well known, I have physical copies of all his books and now all of the audiobooks. Damian Lynch does a great job. All the accents are well done apart from maybe the southern American one for Dag the huntsman which seemed a little out of place.

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  • Roy H.
  • 30-06-20

Ruin

This book has everything you need to stretch your imagination and your emotional level to the max.