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
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!
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.
Yes, because it is the sequel to a very good book, and there is hope for future books in the series being as good as the first. The prose is also great.
The reader makes absolutely zero effort at doing voices to distinguish between characters, and between characters and the narration of the plot. While his voice is pleasant, this makes it once of the worst audiobooks I've listened to. It is especially difficult as there are sections where conversations are written jumping between different characters without stuff like "said character x", "exclaimed character y". Because of this, with this narrator, it is next to impossible to know which characters are speaking which lines
Blood Song was the breakout hit for Anthony Ryan. Unfortunately, it seems that this has gone to his head a little. In order to make sure he can pump out these novels for quite some time, the pace of the book has slowed down dramatically in comparison to the first book. Much worse though, is that we now suddenly have a million different viewpoints. This is a common trap that fantasy authors often fall into on the success of a first book, even when that success and book are based primarily around a single viewpoint.People liked the first book because Valen is an interesting character. It is a massive mistake to go from 80% Valen, 20% other in the first book to 25% Valen in this one. It's a bildungsroman, and should focus on Valen. people don't care much about the other, much less interesting characters.It's Wheel of Time/Sword of Truth all over again. The authors realise the series may be the only one people ever really read, so they need to make them much bigger and with more books than originally planned. Unfortunately this comes at the cost of quality, with so many viewpoints introduced that we barely see the characters (in this case, character) we came to see.
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.
It is a remarkable sequell to Blood Song
I look forward to the next sequell- Can I pre-order it now?
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.
The bond the brothers make with each other. their are so many high and lows in each character's life u cant help grow attachment to each one.
This book is one of a kind! other author's would be hard pressed to match up with this series!!
The feeling he puts behind his performance.
Every time you lose one of the brothers from the group.
must must must read!
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