Vaelin Al Sorna, warrior of the Sixth Order, called Darkblade, called Hope Killer. The greatest warrior of his day, and witness to the greatest defeat of his nation: King Janus' vision of a Greater Unified Realm drowned in the blood of brave men fighting for a cause Vaelin alone knows was forged from a lie. Sick at heart, he comes home, determined to kill no more. Named Tower Lord of the Northern Reaches by King Janus's grateful heir, he can perhaps find peace in a colder, more remote land far from the intrigues of a troubled Realm.
But those gifted with the blood-song are never destined to live a quiet life. Many died in King Janus' wars, but many survived, and Vaelin is a target, not just for those seeking revenge but for those who know what he can do. The Faith has been sundered, and many have no doubt who their leader should be. The new King is weak, but his sister is strong. The blood-song is powerful, rich in warning and guidance in times of trouble, but is only a fraction of the power available to others who understand more of its mysteries. Something moves against the Realm, something that commands mighty forces, and Vaelin will find to his great regret that when faced with annihilation, even the most reluctant hand must eventually draw a sword.
©2014 Anthony Ryan (P)2014 Penguin Audio
I wonder if I would like this book if I could read it. I actually like the narrator's voice. Dry, gritty and serious. But there is no change in tone. I found my attention veering off to find anything else. I probably spent several chapters totally zoned out. I have to say this book was a boring experience. I probably won't get the next one.
I wanted to like this - but I can't. I am an frequent audio book user and normally go thru a book in a couple days. I've been trying to get thru this for a week. The narrator is horrible. Every character voice is the same so conversations run together. He doesn't pause at all between character dialog so you end up trying to figure out who said what. I'm sure it's a good story but I can't get the story because the narrator is so dead and jumbled in the reading.
How can one of the best fantasy books ever written (sorry, my opinion of Blood Song) be followed by so disappointing a story? WTH happened here? Vaelin is almost nowhere to be found, Frentiss (a character i do adore) just travels around killing everything in sight with his 'evil witch' of a lover, and the princess Lyrna is not even recognizable as the complex, interesting and formidable character in Blood Song. I can't even begin to represent the ridiculousness of our new female, killer-goddess, with lesbian tendencies - where did she come from? It's not that this character is a mistake in herself, and I started off really liking her, but geez - how long can we be interested in a character that never loses, never misses and barely even bleeds as she repels hundreds of life-long warriors? what did she have, one week of training with Vaelin? just really heartbroken and i have to wonder if Mr. Ryan may have been sabotaged by his publisher or editor, or both... I'd like to formally request that Antony Ryan send out a press release titled 'Psych! - that Tower Lord was just a joke'. and provide us with a REAL second story in the saga of Vaelin Al Sorna - one that is worthy of his name and the promise of Blood Song.I can't imagine how he will reconcile the idiocy of this book with the brilliance of his first. I'll certainly not be pre-ordering the next in the series!
not at all. I just won't be so quick to re-order both the print and audio versions based upon a previous work. I would never have bought the print copy if i'd known how awful this would be.
I do really like Steven Brand as a narrator. To such an extent that, should they ever bring Tower Lord to the big screen, I would hope that the casting director finds the perfect actor for Vaelin possesses a vocal quality and similar accent to Mr. Brand.
Not sure i would CUT anyone, I would just like to see Ryan work from the POV of his original, brilliant work. I would like to see Reva and Lyrna 'reworked' so to speak, where they are more than just one-dimensional caricatures.
It was Ok, but not brilliant the way that Blood Song was.
Probably not, as this time around the story was weaker, the main character was mostly absent, and the some of language was excessively offensive in ways that really detracted from enjoyment of the story.
Vaelin continues to be my favorite character, so it was a shame that we did not get to see as much of him as before. I actually like Lyrna as well - I like her growth. I always thought she was better than Vaelin gave her credit for being.
It will definitely need a follow-up, as this one leaves you dangling over a cliff. I don't want to give up on the story, but if it continues the way the second book went, I'm not sure I will stick with it.
I have been anxiously awaiting this sequel since I finished Blood Song, which was ABSOLUTELY brilliant! This, however, fell flat in comparison. I really like the "Band of Brothers" that we got to know in the first book, and was particularly invested in Vaelin, so I was looking forward to seeing how his story would develop. Instead, I saw very little of Vaelin, Canis, & Nortah (though at least we got to see a good deal of Frentis) and spent (I thought) way too much time with Reva and Lyrna. (Though it was good to get a chance to see Lyrna grow.) Also, I was OK with a few swear words popping up here and there (these are soldiers in the heat of battle, after all), but this book seems to have pushed the boundaries for crudeness WAY over the line. It felt more like it was done just for the sake of being able to do it. Some of the words and phrases are so bad that I definitely don't want my teens to read it (these are older teens - almost adults.)
I hope that Mr. Ryan will write his next book in the brilliant style of writing that made Blood Song so great!
Although it's not as good as the previous book in the series, it's certainly enjoyable. The only bad sides are that the story always changes when it would become interesting, and the end that screams for the next book.
The first had a clear ending and an opportunity for continuation.
A good sequel. More like 4.5 stars because of the Leroy Jenkins moment but a worthy sequel. a little slow in the middle but does a good job advancing the story.
The narrator makes this hard to listen to and makes it a little confusing. Every character sounds exactly the same. He has a good voice, but little girl characters sound the same gruff old men. nearly ruins it. Story is good though.
The storyline, while interesting enough to fight back sleep, is a bit jumbled, timeline skewed and it frequently references places from the last, in my opinion, better book. \Caution: Long intro to remind you of the last book and it's facts, more a sales pitch if you have not bought it yet (Do so immediately.)
I have to commit to listening to the third and final book in the series.
Yeah, he is good, but in this book you can occasionally spot him speaking in boredom or half- hearted performance...
It's the equivalent to Chinese food in audiobooks, you take it in, but forget that you ever tried it.
IF there is another offspring to this story, perhaps a Point of View from one of the other boys in first book, then it should follow the style of that first book as well.
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