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Valour One thought circled in his head like the black birds swirling about the mountain peaks They must be stopped CorbanValour carries on literally minutes after the action when Malice presented us such an amazing breathless finale We witness the so called Bright Star Corban and his bizarre accumulated band of all sorts that incorporates warriors, witches, Queens and outcast woodsmen following on from the evacuation of Dun Carreg due to the unforeseeable monstrous actions that took place, wi One thought circled in his head like the black birds swirling about the mountain peaks They must be stopped CorbanValour carries on literally minutes after the action when Malice presented us such an amazing breathless finale We witness the so called Bright Star Corban and his bizarre accumulated band of all sorts that incorporates warriors, witches, Queens and outcast woodsmen following on from the evacuation of Dun Carreg due to the unforeseeable monstrous actions that took place, with the effects still lingering amongst the groups morale It also picks up with readers favourite, Maquin awakening in the tombs underneath Haldis after the ultimate betrayal and follows him overcoming his tragic loss, knowing that his main ambition is now purely revenge All the point of view perspectives from Malice, if the characters are still alive that is still continue here and Gwynne has united a bond between player and reader throughout the narrative We really care about these guys as in one book we have already been through so much together The Malice players perspectives would only cover about fifty five percent of the world s happenings so many new and just as engrossing characters are introduced who let us prance around their minds and hear what is going on These include hardened female Giant fighter Coralen, Jehar warrior top dog Tukul and Uthas, a giant who was featured in the first book of the saga but whose motives are unique and mysterious The need for these new perspectives is so that when factions cross as either friends or foes, we have someone we can relate to on both sides which will help us understand the necessary camaraderie felt or potential hatred Corban is still the main perspective that we follow At the start of this book, he doesn t accept or even really believe his foreseen destiny He envisages that the people closest to him who believe these predictions are a little bit mad and focusing on fables and faery stories, however much that he loves these comrades He still trains with former stablemaster, Gar for reasons he doesn t understand but Corban will not yet even contemplate what the truth could be We can see that he is growing up to be a very clever, respected and influential individual People are still awestruck when they see him fight or train with Gar but he doesn t know why Throughout the tale,anddifferent factions become intertwined and infected with his destiny This book really presents a lot regarding the unity, joy, and comraderies of friendship Once, a Camlin scene comes to mind, it was slightly unrealistic with his statements regarding his change from hard brutal forest warrior to Corban s kinsman and troop leader essentially I like the positive sides of people so if a character could change this much and it is for a progressive story reason I will not see it as a negative Corban also notices these weird things that keep staring and smiling at him Ladies Will a love story impact on our heroes destiny It would not be the first book that such a dilemma had occurred Valour is highly focused around three amazing sieges and battles following High King Nathair and his alliance with Rhin in the West of the Banished Lands which is where the majority of this tale frequents Nathair believes he is the heralded Seren Disglair and has been advised by his Lord that he needs to obtain the seven Giant treasures to save the world from darkness It is obvious that Gwynne knows his swords, weapons and can create the most amazing battle sequences, arguably some of the best I have read in fantasy The shield wall reminds me of the Battle of Red Cliff in China The warfare is full of unpredictable awesomeness, betrayals, tricks and not forgetting the side who decide to trick the side who just tricked them The tale in the East follows the Old Wolf Maquin, an honourable hero who has somehow failed in keeping all his vows in life thus far I will not say too much but this side includes brain washing, fighting pits, degradation and extreme inhumanity We analyse the point of views from both sides of the armies, so we know exactly what their opinions represent when certain sequences happens Such as analysis and proof that enemies have shapeshifting demons amongst the flanks, an undefeatable shield wall and not forgetting a talking crow, raven and a brutally loyal extreme skin piercing howling Wolven are in the mix The ending was unique and as a critic, I have nothing critical to say about it Instead of the one aforementioned see my last review scene to finish off Malice, we have three to enjoy I will say that word lightly as like me, you will have no idea what will happen before this novel s conclusion All three scenes end up with enticing cliff hangers I have to wait two days until I can afford Ruin and that really annoys me I was debating on whether I was going to give this book four or five stars After much deliberation, I decided that the only reason I would rate this four stars is that I think the next book will be better Valour itself is a five star book so I will not be distracted by how great the extremities are that this saga could reach In my mind, and I know Gwynne has a lot of respect for the gentleman, and I do not blame him, but I think this series is superior in consistency, the amount of amazing characters and superb point of views to ASOIAF I know that is a huge statement Let me hope my sweeping statement is not premature with two books left to go From what all my Goodreads friends say, there is no way I will be disappointed I hate to admit, a couple of errors came through in the novel, I saw two spelling mistakes and a few randomly missed speech marks I have a critical eye and these small, very minute issues did not detract from my enjoyment at all I love you all Goodreads friends Take care Your pal, James Lafayette x www.youandibooks.wordpress.com More people freaking die, but of course that s to be expected right I didn t cry though Yay, me And of course I loved the book This book starts up where the first book leaves off Corban and the crew are on the run after the fall of Dun Carreg where they lived They sail across the water getting intotroubles, meeting up with new people,deaths, etc and so forth I loved when the Jehar Warriors came I was so looking forward to reading about them I hope to readin the nex More people freaking die, but of course that s to be expected right I didn t cry though Yay, me And of course I loved the book This book starts up where the first book leaves off Corban and the crew are on the run after the fall of Dun Carreg where they lived They sail across the water getting intotroubles, meeting up with new people,deaths, etc and so forth I loved when the Jehar Warriors came I was so looking forward to reading about them I hope to readin the next book, but PLEASE don t kill anyone I like in that group Corban s sister Cywen is still stuck in Dun Carreg with the evil people because they thought she was dead, but she was not That s not a spoiler, if you read the first book you will figure she is not dead either Cywen gets to learn about the evil people that are there, that killed her friends and part of her family But, she just may have a few on her side She also has her fathers dog, Buddai on her side and Corban s horse, Shield I just wish she would have tried to sneak away at night Like I said before, it all turns out for the good though And Veradis is there, I m hoping he will seereason and something will happen with him and Cywen I love him, for now at least The book is really good if you love epic fantasy books There is still the God War going on and I don t see it ending any time soon with all of the prophecies I m afraid to pick up the next book and I m going to wait a little bit because I m afraid who or what will die next NOOOOOO MY BLOG Melissa Martin s Reading List Valour has hit 10,000 ratings Huzzah 5 5Memory is a double edged sword, Uthas It can keep you strong through dark times, but it can also cripple you, keep you locked in a moment that no longer existsBravo to Mr John Gywnne for writing another fantastic book This is what happens when Lord Of The Rings meets Game Of Thrones THIS BOOK IS BRUTAL I LOVE IT I thought Malice was good This book is even better Shit got real and hectic on page one I absolutely adored this book and pretty much devoured it, I couldn t take my 5 5Memory is a double edged sword, Uthas It can keep you strong through dark times, but it can also cripple you, keep you locked in a moment that no longer existsBravo to Mr John Gywnne for writing another fantastic book This is what happens when Lord Of The Rings meets Game Of Thrones THIS BOOK IS BRUTAL I LOVE IT I thought Malice was good This book is even better Shit got real and hectic on page one I absolutely adored this book and pretty much devoured it, I couldn t take my eyes away every POV chapter ended on a cliff hanger Like I was ready to fucking combust This book literally consumed me I described this story to a friend as a car crash it is so horrible but you can t stop looking, and by that I don t mean the writing is horrible, nearly everything that happens to the characters I loved was horrible from wars to being tortured So pretty much just an emotional rollercoaster haha But in saying that I loved this book, I loved how my favorite characters grew, I pretty much loved everything and yes I LOVED ALL THE GORE DELICIOUS DEATH Yummy yummy, keep quenching my bloodthirst John Gywnne.This book was better then Malice, it is full of action and the prophecy is explained better We found out who was the champions for good and evil in book 1 and in book 2 the prophecy is explained we find out who true heart is I was right, yay and who the other players in the game are gives stink eye to all baddies Okay everyone says this book is cliche, well um back the fuck up, it Ain t Sorry but not sorry I disagree it is NOT CLICHE, yes the plot may not be original but it is the best book I ve ever read in regards to a god war.DID I MENTION I CRIED THE WHOLE TIME READING THIS Yep I m a sook..but I had so many feels for the goods guys I just literally wanted to give them all a cuddle and tell them everything would be fine my emotions consumed me with this one I felt the good guys were my friends lol and I did not want anything bad to happen to them Even tho everything bad happened to them the friendships between the good guys is what relived me from this dark grim fantasy read THIS BOOK HURT MY HEART ESPECIALLY THAT ENDING I love John Gywnnes writing style so much he doesn t spend two pages explaining land scape or what a saddle looks like he is a no bullshit writer and I love that, I still cannot believe these are his first books he is such a fantastic writer it s like he has been writing forever.I did however not like the fact that I didn t even no what Corban or Cywen looked like until the middle of book two, I was also disappointed to find out Veradis was the opposite to what I imagined, so I think in future the author should describe his characters at the beginning even if it is brief And that is literally all I didn t like about these books lol John Gywnne is very descriptive when it comes to battle scenes and does not hold back He has shocked and made me cringe onthen one occasion I personally think the battles in this are better then GoT, but that s just me Another thing I loved about this book, if your reading a book about war you know it s gonna to be bad and John Gywnne absolutely delivers Can t wait for book 34 I need my precious NOW So pretty much to sum up the story..This happened beware hectic gif s usage thisof this Then everyone got their witch onYou tamed a wolven She s not tame I need a bottle of wine after this one lolPs Maquin is the stealer of my soul and the reason for my whole existence 5 A buddy read with the Fantasy maniacs at BB B We need to get our revenge on Just read it for the second time and I am just as emotionally invested and ruined as I was the first time around Goodness gravies Could John have hit anytender spots in my soul and attacked my adrenaline centers with the last 30% of the book, just so my body would not know to melt or to explode This is what happens when a reader gets attached to characters and those same characters are bein 5 A buddy read with the Fantasy maniacs at BBB We need to get our revenge on Just read it for the second time and I am just as emotionally invested and ruined as I was the first time around Goodness gravies Could John have hit anytender spots in my soul and attacked my adrenaline centers with the last 30% of the book, just so my body would not know to melt or to explode This is what happens when a reader gets attached to characters and those same characters are being put in situations which could terminate them permanently, while in the hands of an author who has shown that he is willing to kill anyone of them off I need a drink and I need a week of light and fluffy silly reads, just so I can reestablish my equilibrium HR, chick lit and Smut, here I comeThis world may be full of greed and tragedy and darkness, but I am fortunate beyond measure to have such people about me I saw a very short review one of my GR friends wrote, which pretty much sums the whole experience up, and I quoteOMG omg OOMMMGGGWell said, Butterfly I am blown away and I have no idea how to write a review on such work It is Fantasy, it is Epic and it is Grim at this point The first book was just an introduction to the characters and the world, it took it easy, lulled us in the belief that all will be good in the world, despite some unfortunate losses on the side of the Good guys And by Ch 4, John G wipes all hope of rainbows and goodness out of our hearts and proceeds with breaking all remaining tendrils of fancy that maybe, somehow, some of the characters we already care for, would find any happiness what so ever As I said, by Ch 4 all hope for happiness is lost, by the end of the book, you go through feelings of love, hope, HATRED, HOPELESSNESS, HELPLESSNESS, DESPAIR, DESOLATION, ANGER, NEED FOR REVENGE, AND PURE DISILLUSIONMENT and DISSOLUTENESS It is such a roller coaster of hope and despair, that by the end you feel as if you have lived every battle, every mile of running, every second of terror the characters were involved in Corban is the chosen avatar of G d s champion and he is, I believe, at this time 17 years old He doesn t believe that pitiful old him could be the chosen of a G d, so he tries to do his best and ignore the knowledge Yes, it is the typical simple village boy gone good turn hero trope, but it is one most of us love, so don t hate on it His main strength is his loyalty and the loyalty he has from his family and group of friends He also has a cool horse named Shield and the coolest pet a Wolfen named Storm, who thinks of Corban as her pack leader They are adorable together Cywen is Corban s sister and she is a tough one, with a stubborn streak, fiery temper, and is extremely protective of the people she loves, Corban most of all He resents that, since he thinks it makes him look weak in front of others, that his older sister constantly tries to fight his battles for him I am guessing she is kind of cute, because there are several people whose eye she catches in this volume Definitely one of my favorite characters Along with the brother and sister team come their mother, Gwen, who is fiercely protective of her cubs Gar, the mysterious warrior who has been with the family since Corban was born Camlin, a woodsman who is very good with a bow Corban s friends Dath and Farrel, who are hilarious, a bit pathetic and very loyal and we can not forget Brina, the healer which and her talking crow There are several others, including a Queen, but those are the ones whose loss I would be devastated byI hope you are taking note of this, All Father Surely you watch, even if you no longer intervene All I have done, my whole life, has been in the hope that you watch That you would notice me There is a character who has been dealing on the opposite side of the bad dudes but has not yet been connected with the main gang of goodies, Maquin, one of the few living Gadrei, whom I am rooting for big time and the story around him is just devastation after devastation I want something good for this old, grizzled warrior dude What makes the book as good as it is, is the bad guy who thinks he is the chosen one for the good side Nathair, the newly crowned high king of the land This character is larger then life and full of charisma, with grandiose ambitions and strong belief that the methods matter not, as long as it is done in the name of the GREATER GOOD His naivete scares the hell out of me Hitler, anyone It is fascinating to watch him blundering in his quest to unite the land under his rule in order to eventually fight the bad guys Nathair has surrounded himself with a group of loyal followers and advisors, all of which with dubious character except one his First Sword, Veradis He is a good, honorable, loyal young man who believes in doing right, but who has given his oath to a person far from deserving it His struggle under the oath and his belief in right and wrong is amazing and one of the most compelling parts of this story I can not wait to see how it all comes to an end While in the previous volume we got to meat our heroes and got a feel for the part they will play in the upcoming battle of Good vs Evil, this volume was full of action, battles, duels, pit fights, andclarity was brought to the delineation of the camps So, what I am trying to say is, THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING, Y ALL GO READ IT I wish you all Happy Reading and may you always be filled with emotion from the books you read Even though the opinions about Malice, the first book of this series, are divided, I had fun reading it and enjoyed it very much Slow pacing and a large cast of characters didn t bother me at all but because I ve read it a couple a months ago I decided to reread it and refresh my memory, prepare myself for adventures to come Upon rereading it I realized two things I loved it eventhe second time and my expectations for the rest of the series were raised sky high A few people told me tha Even though the opinions about Malice, the first book of this series, are divided, I had fun reading it and enjoyed it very much Slow pacing and a large cast of characters didn t bother me at all but because I ve read it a couple a months ago I decided to reread it and refresh my memory, prepare myself for adventures to come Upon rereading it I realized two things I loved it eventhe second time and my expectations for the rest of the series were raised sky high A few people told me that if I loved the first book so much, I would simply adore the rest Well, let me tell you something that made me anxious Of course, I wanted it to be true I hoped Valour would blow me away and surpass its predecessor in each in every way Every other outcome would mean disappointment Guess what I wasn t disappointed I was amazed This book is bloody brilliant The story picks up right where the first book ended Events are bursting throughout the Banished Lands like a flood and affecting everyone s lives The ancient prophecy caused a great turmoil and unfolded the main players in this intricate game of powers Some are in exile, fighting for their lives Some are gainingpower by forming alliances Revelations are changing lives and shedding some light on the plans and secret motives of the real puppet masters Meanwhile, a great threat in the Otherworld is waiting to strike and bring chaos to the mortal world Sounds fun It is.It s hard to mention something I didn t like about this book I would have loved it evenif certain characters suffered horrible deaths but you can t have it all I guess seeing them dead later in the series will provide satisfaction and joy I m aware I sound like a sadistic maniac or Cersei in male form but some characters really provoked me with their actions and generally being pure evil so I m looking forward to their demise.Just like in the first book, the narrative is shifting between numerous POVs and although we continue to follow the main characters, there are side characters at least they were in the previous book and a couple of new ones, who gotscreen time and their own POV Maquin is one of those characters and I m not mentioning him just because of that but because he totally won me over and became one of my favorites I really enjoyed all of the storylines and it was hard for me to decide which one I enjoyed the most but as I was near the end, there was one which stood out and it was Maquin s His story took me on an emphatic and emotional journey which I ll never forget Betrayal, grief, fight for survival, fight against becoming something opposite of his beliefs, of his nature His humanity stripped away and forced to sacrifice himself, driven by vengeance and an oath given in the past, an oath he failed to fulfill Maquin is an exceptionally well written character and I can t wait to find out the epilogue of his story.Having an interesting story and a set of characters I can root for is usually enough for me to enjoy the book but there is one other thing which I enjoy very much and this book had an abundance of it great action sequences Battle scenes are gripping, intense, not too graphic but much bloodier than battles from the previous book and I would love to watch them on the big screen As I read them, I had a feeling like I was right in the middle of them They felt so real and I swear there were arrows and throwing knives flying towards me from the pages Luckily, I have reflexes like a wolf so I managed to dodge them If you thought I wouldn t mention wolves you couldn t have beenwrong How could I not mention Storm, now fully grown and evenprotective of Corban Storm makes me want to go to the woods and befriend a wolf I love the animal companion trope and I m very glad Gwynne included it in this story I could ramble on about this book evenbut I m just halfway through this epic journey and Ruin is sitting on my desk and silently judging me for not starting it yet I m filling my saddlebags with lembas bread and continuing with this adventure The Banished Lands are torn by war as the army of High King Nathair sweeps the realm challenging all who oppose his holy crusade Allied with the manipulative Queen Rhin of Cambren, there are few who can stand against him But Rhin is playing her own games and has her eyes on a far greater prize Left for dead her kin have fled and her country is overrun with enemies Cywen fights to survive But any chance of escape is futile once Nathair and his disquieting advisor Calidus realize who she is They have no intention of letting such a prize slip from their grasp For she may be their one chance at killing the biggest threat to their power Meanwhile, the young warrior Corban flees from his conquered homeland with his exiled companions, heading for the only place that may offer them sanctuary But to get there they must travel through Cambren, avoiding warbands, giants and the vicious wolven of the mountains And all the while Corban struggles to become the man that everyone believes him to be the Bright Star and saviour of the Banished Lands Embroiled in struggles for power and survival, the mortal world is unaware of the greatest threat of all In the Otherworld, dark forces scheme to bring a host of the Fallen into the world of flesh to end the war with the Faithful, once and for all What if the Dark Lord s champion thought he was the Chosen One, the savior of all mankind This book was amazing Where to even beginThis story picks up exactly where it left off, but Mr Gwynne has definitely shifted a gear and picked up the pace, never slowing down and delivering the punches non stop I don t want to give anything away, so I will merely say that many of the true identities behind the names listed in Halvor s prophecy are revealed to the reader, if not yet guessed There are What if the Dark Lord s champion thought he was the Chosen One, the savior of all mankind This book was amazing Where to even beginThis story picks up exactly where it left off, but Mr Gwynne has definitely shifted a gear and picked up the pace, never slowing down and delivering the punches non stop I don t want to give anything away, so I will merely say that many of the true identities behind the names listed in Halvor s prophecy are revealed to the reader, if not yet guessed There are battles, betrayals and valor galore andthan one character crosses the bridge of swords.The 600 odd pages fly by swiftly as the author treats us to mini cliffhanger s every chapter treats is subjective of course with tight plot and pacing and wonderful characters that feel fleshed out and real I m pretty sure I experienced the full spectrum of emotions as I was reading this and applaud the author for making me care There truly is such a bevy of great characters, that I could not list them all here Not to even mention the non human giant ones that make this book even better Ok, fine I m mentioning them Storm, Fech, Craf this book would not be the same without you I did not even think I would be able to feel bad for the Black Sun, but there is a particular scene near the end where I could not help but feel for the guy and also for those caught in his wake John Gwynne never tries to re invent the wheel, and sticks with what we have come to love about fantasy, even though I can see how some readers are going to complain that he has used every trope, cliche etc and has not done much different You know what If you write fantasy this good, you don t need to change anything Highly recommended After book one of course See this review andlike it at www.bookbastion.netRelated Reviews Book I Malice Picking up exactly where Malice, left off, John Gwynne re enters the epic fantasy foray with a stunning followup to his debut novel that I won t soon forget Those who worry about picking up series written by a debut author, have no fear here because the story movement and character building here is just as lovingly crafted by Mr Gwynne as it was in the first book Whereas Malice is a bit slower See this review andlike it at www.bookbastion.netRelated Reviews Book I Malice Picking up exactly where Malice, left off, John Gwynne re enters the epic fantasy foray with a stunning followup to his debut novel that I won t soon forget Those who worry about picking up series written by a debut author, have no fear here because the story movement and character building here is just as lovingly crafted by Mr Gwynne as it was in the first book Whereas Malice is a bit slower in its delivery as it establishes the world, the characters and their places within it, Valour places its focus on getting that plot up and running, and from page one to the very end the characters are on the move, getting stuff done There s a real tendency for fantasy to have brief moments of action followed by hundreds of pages of exposition and incredibly slow movement Here, Gwynne focuses on keeping his plot rolling within constant movement and action scenes instead, giving Valour an almost frenetic pace in keeping with the chaos the characters endure as their world descends into turmoil and death Sometimes in fantasy that is told through shifting POV, there is a tendency to repeat information or see the same scenes unfold through various eyes, which I think is one of the traps of multiple perspectives Gwynne deftly avoids them here, using shifting perspectives to create a finely woven tapestry of tension that lends the reader a better understanding of why things are unfolding the way they are, without boring them along the way.This entry to the series is darker than its predecessor in tone and content, as much of the world we come to love in the first book descends into war and political machinations The real heart of the series continues to come from its characters They are varied and well crafted, each presenting a distinct take on the world and situations unfolding through their unique POV chapters I love them all, and the ancillary characters that surround them are just as easy to root for When people are in danger or meet their demise here, it is always devastating and heartbreaking The threat of my favorite characters being in danger created a very real compulsion for me to keep reading, to find out what was going to happen next While some plot points were a little too predictable for my taste, I do think that the overall movement, pace and thematic content present in the story was enough for me to overlook it and continue to enjoy the directions the story headed 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 I m very excited to see where the series goes next There s some crazy plot movement in this entry to the series that I can t wait to see built upon in the next book Wherever the story goes next, I am certain that it will continue to be epic 5 5 stars Actual rating 6 stars out of 5 This book gets an extra star solely because of how amazingly well written his female characters are More on that later.I really wish I would ve hadtime throughout the week to have read this beauty As much as I loved it, I actually think I liked Malice , for reasons I can t really put my finger on I think it felt likewas going on in Malice, but I wasn t ever bored while reading this I would say that the only complaint I would have with this boo Actual rating 6 stars out of 5 This book gets an extra star solely because of how amazingly well written his female characters are More on that later.I really wish I would ve hadtime throughout the week to have read this beauty As much as I loved it, I actually think I liked Malice , for reasons I can t really put my finger on I think it felt likewas going on in Malice, but I wasn t ever bored while reading this I would say that the only complaint I would have with this book is how a lot of the tragedies are pretty predictable Even though the outcome is predictable, he exectutes those events in a way that I still enjoy them Well, not enjoy, but you know what I mean I also got kind of annoyed that every chapter ends with a cliffhanger, but that was only when I had to stop reading and leave for work It didn t bother me so much while I was reading I actually like it, then So take that for what you will.I really, really love how Gwynne writes his characters More importantly, his female characters Most authors tend to write them either too weak or they go completely opposite and write them as the heartless assassin type Gwynne has managed to write his female characters where they feel like actual people Crazy, huh Even his make characters are written in a way where they feel different These are times where I wish I was better at putting my thoughts into words The plot is pretty predictable, but like I said above, his prose and executionthan make up for it He kills off just enough characters where you don t get frustrated that he s killing all your favorites, but you also get pretty worried anytime there s a battle scene Which is also something rare finding that balance One thing we do know is view spoiler if anyone is a parent in this series, they re pretty much dead hide spoiler All in all, I m really excited for the next book Highly recommend this series, as of right now


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About the Author: John Gwynne

Malice is my debut novel Goldsboro Books of London, specialists in signed first editions, have made Malice their Book of the Month for December 2012.I was born in Singapore while my dad was stationed there in the RAF Up until he retired that meant a lot of traveling around, generally a move every three years or so.I live with my wife and four wonderful and demanding children in East Sussex Also three dogs, two of which will chew anything that stands still I have had many strange and wonderful jobs, including packing soap in a soap factory, waitering in a french restaurant in Canada, playing double bass in a rock n roll band, and lecturing at Brighton University.I stepped out of university work due to my daughter s disability, so now I split my time caring for her and working from home I work with my wife rejuvenating vintage furniture, which means fixing, lifting, carrying, painting and generally doing what my wife tells me to doAnd somehow during this time I started writing I ve always told my children stories at bed time, and they pestered long and hard for me to write some of it down At the same time I felt that my brain was switching off a little vintage furniture is my wife s passion, whereas my passions are geekier That s how The Banished Lands and Malice began, though along the way it becamethan just a hobby I m still in shock that it is actually a real book, rather than just pages on my desk.


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