A Time of Blood

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What to expect

A Time of Blood, the second book in the Of Blood and Bone series, is the spectacular follow-up to A Time of Dread by John Gwynne.

Defy the darkness. Defend the light . . .

At the battle of Starstone Lake, Drem and his friends witnessed horrors they’ll never forget. They saw magic warping men into beasts and a demon rise from the dead, creating something new and terrifying. So they flee to warn the Order of the Bright Star. But the demons’ high priestess, Fritha, is determined to hunt them down.

Concealed in Forn Forest, Riv struggles to understand her half-breed lineage. It represents the warrior angels’ most dangerous secret, so when their high captain tracks her down, he aims to kill.

Meanwhile, demonic forces are gathering a mighty war-host, to crush their enemies and rule the world of man. And the angels are already fractured and facing betrayal. Like heroes of old, Riv, Drem and the Bright Star’s warriors must battle to save their land. But can the light triumph when the dark is rising?

Continue the heroic fantasy series with A Time of Courage.

‘A great read that accelerates the pace and goes one up on its excellent predecessor . . . Exciting, action-packed fantasy’
Mark Lawrence


‘This is extraordinarily good, an epic feat of the imagination. In this series Gwynne is setting a new benchmark in fantasy. I’d love to see it on screen’
Giles Kristian

‘Reminds me of why I became a fantasy enthusiast in the first place’ – Robin Hobb on A Time of Dread

Critics Review

  • A great read that accelerates the pace and goes one up on its excellent predecessor. The characters also grow with the story, finding peril at every turn and few clear choices. Exciting, action-packed fantasy

    Mark Lawrence
  • This book is so damned good . . . John Gwynne writes fantasy with the heart of a hero and the inventiveness of a master mage

    Sebastien de Castell
  • This is extraordinarily good, an epic feat of the imagination. In this series Gwynne is setting a new benchmark in fantasy. I’d love to see it on screen

    Giles Kristian
  • A riveting sequel, full of rousing, cinematic action that propels a wonderfully absorbing story

    James Islington
  • A Time of Blood is an irresistible jaw-dropping sequel that shows the importance of Gwynne’s role as an ever-burning bright star in modern fantasy

    NovelNotions
  • ‘Gwynne continues to be unafraid to dish out war, brutality and loss and the climax does not disappoint . . . I was left with an incredible finale that promises an explosive conclusion

    KarinaReads

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