A phenomenal book two that continues to remind me of what makes the fantasy genre so special.
In my review for the first book in The Faithful and the Fallen series, Malice, I said that it was an absolute tour-de-force epic fantasy tale that reminded me of why I fell in love with the genre in the first place. Well, I'm delighted to say that John Gwynne continues that trend with the sequel, Valour.
The story picks up in the immediate aftermath of the first book's finale. Corban and his unlikely warband are on the run following the fall of Dun Carreg to the forces of the Black Sun and Queen Rhin. At the same time, a grieving Maquin must escape the tombs of Haldis after the ultimate betrayal and avenge the loss of his ward, Kastell. Valour hits the ground running from the get-go and does not relent for the remainder of its pages.