The Wulver’s Library‘s Review of Ruin by John Gwynne
I’m still going strong through The Faithful and the Fallen series by John Gwynne. The third book, Ruin, really lives up to its name. By the end I was in shock at what had happened that I immediately moved onto book 4 – Wrath. This is definitely something I don’t want to spoil but to say I read the last 10-ish chapters faster than anything before is understatement.
Ruin really gets you in the gut throughout. The characterisation in this has really shown Gwynne’s growth as a writer through the series. Our heroes and villains have been depicted with such great depth and layers that the quality and personality really shine. These characters have become so complex but the story is never anything less than smooth and hard-hitting.
Ruin really livens up the pace a lot more than Malice and Valour. As furious as the story is, the treachery and bravery really does show that Gwynne can also twist his work and leaves you really hoping that your favourite character makes it through this story. The battle scenes had my heart pounding and amongst the suspense, Gwynne allowed time for his world to develop whilst telling a truly compelling story.
Truth and courage is the battle cry for this series and I’m hoping that this final book is as gripping as the rest.