• A Time of Dread

  • By: John Gwynne
  • Narrated by: Damian Lynch
  • Length: 15 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 11-01-18
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Macmillan Digital Audio
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.7 (44 ratings)


Set in the same world as the Faithful and the Fallen quartet, the first story in John Gwynne's Of Blood and Bone series, A Time of Dread, takes place 100 years after the end of Wrath.
The Ben-Elim, a race of warrior angels, once vanquished a mighty demon horde. Now they rule the Banished Lands. But their dominion is brutally enforced, and their ancient enemy may not be as crushed as they thought.
In the snowbound north, Drem, a trapper, finds mutilated corpses in the forests - a sign of demonic black magic. In the south, Riv, a young, tempestuous soldier, discovers a deadly rift within the Ben-Elim themselves.
Two individuals with two world-changing secrets. But where will they lead? And what role will Drem and Riv play in the Banished Land's fate? Difficult choices need to be made. Because in the shadows, demons are gathering, waiting for their time to rise....
©2018 John Gwynne (P)2018 Macmillan Digital Audio
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5 out of 5 stars
By Patricia on 24-01-18

John Gwynne has done it again!

Having been a huge fan of the Faithful and the Fallen series it was with a little trepidation that I sat down to listen to Book 1 of John Gwynne's new foray back into the Banished Lands however I was not disappointed. There is so much I would like to tell the listener but should I tell anything of the story or its characters I feel as if I might take away a little of surprise about the outcome of a battle or the underlying humour when - even though we are listening - that 'next page' is turned and you are suddenly crying or laughing or swearing.

The narrator was good although I felt this time his rhythm was a little bit off and his pauses seemed to be in the wrong place but perhaps it is me being picky!

Overall this is another brilliant story from one of the UK's newer fantasy authors and without doubt I would recommend this to all who love excellent well-written books.

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3 out of 5 stars
By james ashton on 16-02-18

To boldly go...

Let me start by saying that I love the original Faithful and Fallen series.

And Damian Lynch is very good at his job.


This audiobook feels stilted at best. There are gaps between every other line and little to no distinction between character tones.

I’m guessing that the majority of this lies with the editors.

Who for some reason.

Decided to split the text.

Sentence by sentence.




(Shatner would be proud)

It honestly feels like they recorded this on the fly with JG handing warm pages to Damian as they were finished.

There is absolutely no emotion or flow.

And for a fresh series that needs to introduce new characters, this is a real hinderance.

Having said that, I’m only two hours in... though I’m not sure I can do much more.

I would feel harsh marking down the story or performance, so I’ll go middle of the road, as at this point it may get better (please!?).

What I would say is that I normally rinse audiobooks (including JG’s previous) and this is taking me way longer to get into.

I honestly hope I’m wrong...

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