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
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!
It was time spent. First half of the book is ok, the second half is preachy and boring.
Most likely not.
None of them, to be honest. After the first book they were all bland and preachy.
Yes, but only to complete the story. Personally if it is anything like this angst teen, anti-religion tripe it will only appeal to kids with an ax to grind.
Just stop at the first book. This second installment is a constant downhill ride after he first 1/3 of the book. The writer tries to make the book adult by adding even more cussing, plot twist are either predictable or meaningless, and the plot takes a back seat to the Ryan preaching about two lesbians how horrible religion is for keeping them apart. What could actually have been a deep and intriguing series turns into a teenage fanfict. No major questions are answered, no major plot twists happen that are not there just for shock value, and nothing happens at the end to hint that things will be better in the next book. Also, there is no more talk about the magic system hinted at in the first book nor anything truly meaningful about the Seventh Order. It all stops so they can cuss more, be bland, and preachy.
Anthony Ryan writes a very compelling story. He is truly a gifted author. however, the excessive use of profanity in this book (some sickeningly vile) really debase the value of this book. Also, there are a few homosexual love scenes where that behavior is portrayed as "a gift" and "beautiful" and the people who are of a contrary opinion are portrayed as small minded and hateful zealots. If the above would not offend you, then you would probably enjoy this novel, otherwise you should probably spend your credit elsewhere.
The reader makes some minor errors throughout the preformance, swapping 'he' for 'she' and the like, unless those errors are in the actual text of the book.
Tell us about yourself! Hated reading books. It wasn't till I found audible that I found how great books can be.
The second book started out o.k. but seemed to mesh into a kind of soup in the middle. At times it was confusing. When you really get into a series you know the characters, their names and even emotions. I found this book hovered on the edge of all of this although some descriptions of individuals were easily transformed into the mind and stayed as you saw them all the way through both books. I feel it was written with the ending not known at all before the beginning was even started. Some characters were well fitted in while others should have been left out as the confusion with names and their closeness to other names made it hard to visualise who the author was talking about for awhile. The ending was the biggest shock as I thought it was only a two book series. Perhaps the next book will make you a part of it more than this one. It was still a good book to listen to but I think only on audio.
Absolutely! I loved listening to this book and the plot and story is so well written and narrated that I would recommend it to any friends who would enjoy the fantasy genre.
How it captured me and made me listen to it almost non-stop until the end.
He gives the characters a better voice and more life than reading it ever would and guides you much better into the story.
Many, though my favorites would be Frentis' reunion with the characters of the previous book. I'd elaborate, but I don't want to spoil anything.
Like a great movie this has been added to my permanent library. Will listen again in days to come. Cant wait for number three.
Mr. Brands narration is excellent. Very easy to listen to and adds to the story rather being a distraction.
Ryan is my current favorite author. It's so nice to have something a little more mature/unpredictable/intellectual than the typical "Oh, gee, I guess I'm magic and I can beat everyone by staring at them" book. For me, this is a nice balance between the one dimensional good/bad characters, a little less bloody than the Sam Peckinpah-style that seems to be so current and a little more cerebral than... well anything written with the under-25 set in mind. I still figure that 99% of the characters would have died in the first 8 pages of the book if this were real life and I'm glad we have concealed carry instead of swords... but for more than a little escapism, you can't do better than this series.
Warning: Lightly touching spoiler territory
I enjoyed both the writing and narration almost as much as the first novel. The enduring eventful journeys of Vaelin and those he meets continue to entertain. I particularly enjoyed the plot arc of Reva; although, was a bit disappointed when it strayed dangerously close to current day LGBT politics. I have no problem with characters having different sexual orientations; only when the story veers into 2014 advocacy territory on any subject. Hopefully, this won't continue to be a defining characteristic of Reva who is a much, much more interesting disruptive force to place too much focus on that.
Princess Lyrna continues to be as beguiling as she is interesting and Ryan's use of her for a book-ending cliff-hanger ensures my impatient waiting of his next installment in the saga.
Speaking of which, I was pleased to find that Frentis still lives and is destined to play a key role. Ryan's plot arc with him and his encounter, and forced affair, with the witcher-woman is very poignant.
Half a star off for threatening to diminish Reva's character role; otherwise another fine piece of work.
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