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
While not as mind-blowingly good as the first book, with a bit more rambling, less focused story-telling this book was nonetheless an enjoyable read well worth the credit.
I'm a male 22 year old who is searching for amazing books that match my library. I don't like too much "magic" or non-fiction books.
Very well, I have found myself enjoying the book to great length. It's only second to A Song of Ice and Fire series. (Game Of Thrones)
Vailen, just the tone of the reader matches so well I can't put it into words.
I laughed a couple times. The cockyness of the soilders about Vailen's abilities have made me laugh.
I really suggest it if you enjoyed the first book! It really is a good book.
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.
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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