The Monthly Best is normally reserved for new releases, but the series I’m reading right now is so great I couldn’t wait until the 2016 release of Book #4 to talk about it!
Series: The Faithful and the Fallen
Book #1: Malice
Author: John Gwynne
I picked up The Faithful and the Fallen after receiving multiple recommendations from the subscribers of our site, and to those subscribers we say thank you!
The story of our hero, Corban, begins as classic Coming-of-Age fantasy, with Corban scoring an almost perfect 8-of-9 on our “Coming of Age Protagonist Checklist.” As I have said many times before, THIS IS NOT A BAD THING. Think of how many amazing characters hit on most of the list below: Pug/Milamber, FitzChivalry Farseer, Rand ‘al Thor….the list goes on and on.
Additionally, while we do consider Corban to be the primary protagonist, there are many other POV characters (including antagonists) who receive equal page-time, and with masterful effect: revealing subtle details and motivations that were not known or clear from the initial POV.
As a final point, while Malice begins with something of a Riftwar Saga feel, the tone of the series grows progressively more dark as the story unfolds. By the time we reach Book #3 (Ruin) booksellers often begin to co-classify the series as “Dark Fantasy” or even “Horror.”
Check this series out today — you’ll be glad you did.
From the Publisher:
The world is broken…
Corban wants nothing more than to be a warrior under King Brenin’s rule – to protect and serve. But that day will come all too soon. And the price he pays will be in blood.
Evnis has sacrificed – too much it seems. But what he wants – the power to rule — will soon be in his grasp. And nothing will stop him once he has started on his path.
Veradis is the newest member of the warband for the High Prince, Nathair. He is one of the most skilled swordsman to come out of his homeland, yet he is always under the shadow of his older brother.
Nathair has ideas – and a lot of plans. Many of them don’t involve his father, the High King Aquilus. Nor does he agree with his father’s idea to summon his fellow kings to council.
The Banished Lands has a violent past where armies of men and giants clashed in battle, but now giants are seen, the stones weep blood and giant wyrms are stirring. Those who can still read the signs see a threat far greater than the ancient wars. For if the Black Sun gains ascendancy, mankind’s hopes and dreams will fall to dust…
…and it can never be made whole again.