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No problem, Yes it would be great to get him down. He struggles to get out too far due to his daughter requiring a lot of care but if it's down south we have a chance. I'll definitely be going to the Wrath signing, even if it's on the moon! :-)


Yea I spoke to John about his article, it was on history in fantasy. We went for a drink after the signing for ruin and spoke at length about that too. He loves his Celtic myths and that really comes across in the giants  :)

I have always loved Alcyon  :D

So pleased you enjoyed it! I run a little fan page on goodreads where a few people chat about the series so far if you would like to check it out https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/169010-the-faithful-and-the-fallen


I am probably one of the biggest fans of this series. I have 5 different versions of Malice :-) but even I do tell people it starts slow. The last third of the book is as many have said where you are rewarded and the next book, Valour (Valor for my colonial friends) is a different story. I found the pace just got faster and faster to the point where I'm certain I missed bits resulting in two further rereads.

Regardless of pacing I just bloody love them! In todays grimdark market I find a modern (ish) take on the epic with a clear love of military history and tactics very refreshing.

Awesome  :)

So pleased you like it!

Book 2, Valour, is amazing, the pace is relentless. It just climbs for 660 pages!

Then you have Ruin which is almost in between the two in terms of pace but by book 3 relationships between your favourite characters come into full swing.

Hope you enjoy!


Read Alongs / The Faithful and the Fallen Read along.
« on: September 15, 2015, 07:39:16 AM »
Hi guys,

I hope you are all fit and well.

I'm starting a read along of The Faithful and the Fallen series by John Gwynne. Originally I was doing it out of my fan page on goodreads but the allfather Mr Aplin suggested I see if anyone on the forum would like to join in.

I must confess to being something of a technophobe so the idea of using more than one platform never entered my tiny mind. However Mr Aplin is (as usual) correct! I would love for as many people as possible to join in to enrich conversation and offer their thoughts.

So far the series is three quarters of the way through, it consists of Malice, Valour and Ruin. Wrath, the final book in the series is due to be released next year. So far they have always come out in the summer. For our US friends Ruin will not be released until October, so if you were to join in Ruin would be out by the time we finished Valour.

The series is epic fantasy that is focused on the characters. Not grimdark though there are some graphic scenes and plenty of blood! Battles are beautifully written and plentiful. You have Warrior clans, giants, magic, gods at war, giant wolves and so much more. I hope to convince the author to a cheeky Q&A at the end of each book. 

I could go on but I'll post links to descriptions here should you choose (and I hope you do) to join in.

Malice: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15750692-malice?from_search=true&search_version=service

Valour: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20516386-valour?from_search=true&search_version=service

Ruin: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23524878-ruin?from_search=true&search_version=service

I would like to begin on the 21st of September. I'll post updates on my group page on goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/169010-the-faithful-and-the-fallen but will endeavour to post on here as well.

Thanks, and hope to see you in the read along.

Kareem  :D

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: It's a small world.
« on: July 20, 2015, 11:10:30 AM »
Ha! Yea he is a pretty cool guy. I'm looking forward to The Dragon Engine. What I have read of his books so far is pretty high octane. Brutal in places so I wouldn't expect rainbow unicorns lol  ;D

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Fantasy-Faction Facebook Group
« on: July 11, 2015, 09:02:32 AM »
Facebook is just more widely used I guess. It tends to be more instant, but I agree that is saturated with crap ... some of that crap makes does me laugh though  ::) Forums are more in depth, and usually topic specific but people do struggle with them. Just depends what you prefer. I think the fact that we have both is great. 

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / It's a small world.
« on: July 08, 2015, 08:40:34 PM »
So, it turns out a great fantasy author works at the school I work in and I never even knew! I manage a gym situated in a secondary school. When my boss (vice principle) found out I was trying out writing she suggested I spoke to Andy Remic, one of the English teachers. She knew he had a few published fantasy novels. I didn't really follow it up for whatever reason.  Anyway, skip ahead a couple weeks and I've decided to buy the new Legends 2 anthology, in honour of David Gemmell as it has short stories by Mark Lawrence and John Gwynne.  I gave the rest of the authors a look and there he was, Andy Remic   :)

He apparently has 18 books published.

The next time I was in work I went to see him. He is a great bloke, happy to talk avout his work and has been really helpful to me in my writing pursuits.  He even gave me some dedicated books  :) I read the first chapter of The Iron Wolves and can't wait to crack on with it. It gives the impression of a fairly violent world.

A freaky but welcome experience. 

Yikes!  yea. In my head I said it  ;D

John has just announced via social media that he will be doing a signing for his new book, Ruin at Forbidden Planet on the 16th . Ruin is part three of The Faithful and the Fallen series.  My favourite modern series yet! Then heading to a pub afterwards.  Be great to see some of you guys there  :)

I'm at waterstones in Nottingham on the 15th for Mr Abercrombie too if anyone is around. 


Thanks guys! Have to say I've never come across thi,s though I've no doubt it happens. I'm never usually this far behind! I'll go in open minded and see how this baby turns out!

Thanks! Mark Lawrence had an endorsement on the front of one so I just bought it. I asked Mark what he thought and he described as moreish with a Gemmell feel  :)

I'm looking forward to them now!

Every now and again I like to take a gamble and buy books that I literally know nothing about. So, bored at work I did some amazon foraging and snapped up the Raven's Shadow series.

Tell me good things people!

Well..... I finished The Skull Throne. That was pretty damn good. I did find myself constantly waiting for Arlen and Jardir but the book centres much more around the politics of the Krasians and all in all I thought the book was great!

Then..... The Vagrant. A great debut by Peter Newman, At first I couldn't get my head round it (I even posted about it another link) but as you plough through it you come across some great characters and the journey takes some really interesting turns.

Currently reading Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett as recommended by my partner, 56 pages in and so far it's brilliant!

The above may have spilled into May...!

I'm super excited because I have just ordered four more Steven Pressfield books! The man responsible for my favourite book ever! Gates Of Fire..... whoop  :D


Getting my Pressfield on!

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