The Faithful and the Fallen


“Influenced by Gemmell’s Rigante and GRR Martin’s Game of Thrones – two good strands of DNA. Great characters and plot – it gets faster and more fascinating by the page. All I want now is for the author to put everything else aside, including his health – and write two or three more as fast as humanly possible. Hell of a debut: Highly recommended.” – Conn Iggulden

“Although this dark fantasy grew more complex, brutal and poignant with each pages turned, at the same time it’s filled with familial love and friendship that will warm and break your heart.” – Petrik Leo (

“As Conn Iggulden announces on the cover: it’s a ‘hell of a debut’. I look forward to reading the rest of the series.” – Laura Hughes – (

“It’s a real house brick of a book, weighing in at 628 pages, and it grabbed me right from the start.” – Dominish- (

“You will get attached and yes; it will hurt.” – James Tivendale – (

.”I’ve read some truly stunning debut novels in the past…but rarely have I read a debut as fantastic as this one that was the first in a series” – Celeste (

“This is the kind of fantasy I love to read and I truly can’t wait for the next volume.” – Sabine Gueneret – (

“My giddy aunt! Now THIS is what I call epic fantasy.” Kristy – (

“The battles are nicely done, plenty of epic swordfights, cavalry charges and the giants battling against men are some of the best scenes” – The Lord of the Night – (

“Character-wise, ‘Malice’ is truly top-shelf – John writes them with a deep understanding and empathy, so that even the ‘bad’ guys don’t seem so bad, and the good guys have their own failings and troubles.” – Dave Brendon – (

“All is revealed slowly, the backstory blending smoothly with current events in an effortless writing style that appears easy but no doubt takes a lot of hard work to achieve.” – Sandy Auden – (

“When you mix these entertaining characters with great lore, some nice battles, ferocious giants, sinuous wyrms, mighty draigs, and fearsome wolven, you have a really enjoyable classic, fantasy tale.” – Wendell – (

“Well worth your time and attention” – Zhaoyun – (Nerds of a Feather)

“The characters shine. They feel real and develop at a natural pace.” – MojoFiction – (MojoFiction)

“It’s not often these days that I find a book I entirely immerse myself in. John Gwynne’s first book Malice is one of these books.” – Niall Berry – (CultureFly)

“I loved the explosive ending, which makes you yearn for the sequel, as a good ending should do.” – Cindy Atemorizado – (DraumrKòpa)

“I would recommend this book to anyone who loves an action-packed fantasy book but expect to be on the edge of your seat throughout!” – Aoife Lawlor – (AoifeLawlor)

“Regardless of what side your favourite character falls on – pr what blade they fall upon – it’s impossible not to appreciate the level of care that went into their characterisation.” – Bentley – (BookBastion)

“I for one can’t wait to see the next book in order to discover how the characters develop alongside the authors skill at producing a cracking read.” – Gareth – (FalcataTimes)



“Valor is an amazing 2nd book of a series, it doesn’t suffer the infamous 2nd book syndrome and as a whole, it provides a highly engrossing experience.” – Petrik Leo – (

“As with Malice, I really enjoyed the parts of the story that were set in the Celtic-influenced areas. The settings are beautiful and vivid.” – Laura Hughes – (HalfStrungHarp)

“The Faithful and the Fallen seems like a much more hopeful and emotionally compelling story that A Song of Ice and Fire, and I believe that one day it will rise above these comparisons and stand firmly on its own as a classic of the genre.” – Celeste – (

“Where Malice showed that it’s not afraid to stand on its own amongst the giants of the genre, Valour, for me at least, shows that this is a series on its way to becoming one of those giants in its own right.” – Dominish – (DominishFantasyReviews)

“Valour itself is a stunning novel so I will not be distracted by how great the extremities are that this saga could reach.” – James Tiverdale – (FantasyBookReview)

“With excellent characterizations, a compelling story, and picturesque depictions of battle scenes, Valor proves itself to be a worthy sequel to Malice.” – Daniel Corner – (KingConanReview)

“As detailed and complex as Game of Thrones but with fewer slow points and a raft of memorable characters whose lives are at constant risk of a gruesome and bloody death.” – Charlie Hopkins – (CharlieHopkins)

“The saving grace of the genre are the writers who have taken the hint that readers would really like characters, silly names or not, who have human feelings and motivations regardless of the background to their story, John Gwynne is such a writer.” – Charles Packer – (Sic-fiOnline)

“The stuff of legends, for fans young and old, page-burning pace.” – Mike Evans – (WrittenWithaSword)

“Another aspect I particularly enjoy about Gwynne’s writing is his ability to describe battle scenes! They are always epic, easy to envision and extremely fast-paced. While some scenes are particularly brutal, Valour places its focus on the horrors of war, rather than glorifying in it.” – Bentley – (BookBastion)

“A solid second book to an addictive and compelling series!” – Luna – (



“Ruin filled me with grief and joy like an unrequited love. Even though a lot of events transpired in this book made me really anxious, I can’t help but give my love towards this book for its epic scenes and heartwarming moments.” – Petrik Leo – (

“I heartily recommend this series to fantasy fans, historical fiction fans, religious fiction fans, war fiction fans, and anyone who likes their fiction with just a tinge of Scottish influence.” – Celeste – (

“It’s dark, thrilling and bloody. But Ruin’s strongest point is, for me, its characters. The author takes character relationships crafted throughout the first two novels – between friends, family, loved ones and, especially, animals – and brings them beautifully to the fore without overstating them” – Laura Hughes – (

“I think I just read the best fantasy book I’ve ever read.” – Paul O’Neill – (ConstantReader)

“This third book is a real treat for anyone who is a fan of epic, heroic fantasy, and shows that there’s plenty of life in the sub-genre so long as there are exciting new talents like John Gwynne popping up every few years.” – Dominish – (Dominish.wordpress)

“Mythical, magical, intense, brutal, poignant. If you are reading this and have not started The Faithful and the Fallen, stop being silly.” – James Tivendale – (FantasyBookReview)

“Yet, atop the raging actions and the mounting suspense, Ruin allowed ample times for developing its characters, world building, and all the while, it is telling a compelling story about truth and courage.” – Daniel Corner – (KingConansReviews)

“If you’ve loved the series so far, Ruin will make you SQUEE with joy!” – Kristy – (BookFrivolity)

Put yourself some time aside to lose yourself in this epic. Just don’t expect to come out of it with your heart in one piece. – Andrew Angel – (EBookWyrm)

“With the grim stage well and truly set, we readers knew to expect some serious grimdarkitude, and boy, does Gwynne deliver!” – (NerdsofaFeather)

“John Gwynne, how could you hurt me like this? I’m going to need some time to heal after this one. Engaging, fast-paced, and thoroughly brutal, I feel like Ruin certainly lived up to its name, because that’s what it tried to do to my heart a few times over.” – Bentley – (BookBastion)



“Watch out GRRM, while you’re waiting for the breeze from the ‘Winds of Winter’ to come, John Gwynne has appeared out of nowhere and he has conquered the genre, the apprentice has become the master.” – Petrik Leo – (

“Dark, bloody, proud: Wrath reinforces every value that The Faithful and the Fallen – and the fantasy genre as a whole – stands for.” – Laura Hughes – (FantasyFaction)

“I’ll be honest. I cried many times throughout the book. I cheered just as often if not more, and I ended up shouting “No! No! No!” in disbelief in instances. The book made me happy, it made me incredibly sad, and it had me excited all the way through. John Gwynne’s a bastard for writing this book.” – DarkChaplain – (ReadingLamp)

“Everyone no matter their favoured and preferred genre of book has a favourite series and The Faithful and the Fallen is mine.” – Drew Weldon – (TattooedBookGeek)

“It was all freaking epic. All four of the books in this series are nothing but EPIC!” – Melissa Martin – (MelissaReadsALot)

” I truly felt close to the created cast of The Faithful and The Fallen.” – James Tivendale – (FantasyBookReview)

“This final chapter is dark and grim , but with truth and courage, the heroes lighted the gruesome battlefield against the onslaught of darkness. I punched the air at moments when the heroes triumphed, I swore black curses whenever the villains gained the upper-hand, and I sighed in lamentations when tragedies struck.” – Daniel’s Corner Book Blog – (KingConan)

“Wrath has everything a loyal fan could be hoping for and is simply stunning in its execution.” – Charlie Hopkins – (CharlieHopkins)

“In terms of sheer fantasy awesomeness, this book has it all: battles to the death, memorable character moments and a culmination of 4 books worth of material that I won’t soon forget.” – Bentley – (BookBastion)

“The book alternated between happy and heartbreaking moments, and I often found myself torn between laughter and tears.” – Haifa – (Booksprens)

“The combat is grim, daunting, and explicit – and that combination is what makes it feel real. You can feel the crunch of a war hammer against armour, the thundering synchronised march of a shield wall, the screams of the dying, and the silence of the dead.” – Chris Meadows – (SFamdReviews)



Of Blood and Bone

A Time of Dread:

“The level of unease (dread) mounts relentlessly, the plot threads come together, and it steadily gets more exciting until you find yourself reading faster and faster and not stopping when you really should be sleeping.” Mark Lawrence – (Goodreads)

“If you’re a fan of epic fantasy, A Time Of Dread will feel like being in the hands of a master at the craft. For those entirely new to multi-volume sagas, this is a terrific place to start.” – Sebastien de Castell – (Goodreads)

“I loved A Time of Dread and read it from cover to cover in two days. I couldn’t put it down” – Christian Cameron

“A fierce, gripping tale, and one I found hugely enjoyable” – Anna Smith Sparks

‘Great evils, conflicted heroes, bloody battles, betrayal, and giants riding battle bears! What’s not to love?’ – Peter Newman

“Simply amazing and almost impossible to put down, A Time of Dread is truly a masterful start to a trilogy which I envision will be crowned as one of the best series I’ve ever read by its end.” – Petrik Leo – (

“Overall I’m sure the fans will love this book and I can see why there is such a big following out there for his books. I have just bought his first four books before writing this review so I must have enjoyed it!” – Steve – (TwoBaldMages)

“You needn’t have read the previous series of books to enjoy and follow this one.” – Keith – (TwoBaldMages)

“I definitely have a new favourite author and I am looking forward to losing myself in the world of the Banished Lands.” – Karina Read – (KarinaReads)

“If anything this is Gwynne’s darkest work to date. I should have known really looking at the awesomely designed cover. A Time of Dread contains amazing action scenes, shocking betrayals, intense battles, and a huge death count.” – James Tivendale – (FantasyBookReview)

“It’s a great start, giving us high stakes action, believable characters, and a world which carries some of the complexities and shades of grey of our own, whilst still feeling fresh and imaginative.” – Chris Meadows – (SFandBookReviews)