The Shadow of the Gods (Bloodsworn Saga #1) by John Gwynne - Book Review 14, Jan

Shadow of the Gods is an all caps EPIC. This Norse inspired story is full of high stakes, brutal fighting, and intriguing characters. I zipped through this slightly chonky novel at a gallop. It has cool monsters, a dash of magic, and some mythic backstory ripped straight from the sagas and twisted into something new.

A Time of Courage (Of Blood and Bone #3) by John Gwynne - Book Review 27, Jun

Title: A Time of Courage

Author: John Gwynne

Series: Of Blood and Bone

Publisher: MacMillan 2020

Pages: 648

Rating: 5/5

Gwynne delivers a mind-blowing finale seven books in the making.

I have a confession. I was hesitant to start A Time of Courage. Why? Two reasons. Firstly, for the simple fact of knowing that this is the end to one of the best fantasy sagas to grace the genre in the last decade, and secondly, if Wrath is anything to go by, I needed to prepare myself mentally and emotionally for what was about to happen. Two days after finishing it, I am still left reeling from what I just read. A Time of Courage, the final book in the Of Blood and Bone trilogy is brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. 

A Time of Blood (Of Blood and Bone #2) by John Gwynne - Book Review 09, Jun

Author: John Gwynne

Series: Of Blood and Bone 

Genre: Epic fantasy

Publisher: MacMillan, 2019

Pages: 476

Rating: 5 stars 

There will be blood…and lots of it. 

In A Time of Dread (AToD) we returned to an altogether different Banished Lands than the one we left at the end of The Faithful and the Fallen. A creeping sense of dread permeated every page, and we witnessed horrors enacted by both the demonic host of Kadoshim and the angelic order of the Ben Elim in their eternal war against each other. Caught right in the middle were our protagonists Drem, Sig, Riv and Bleda. By book’s end, things could not have been worse for these characters. Then John Gwynne gives us A Time of Blood (AToB).