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Tower Lord Audiobook

Tower Lord: Raven's Shadow, Book 2

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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

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    JPaladin 07-29-14
    JPaladin 07-29-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Good continuation of the story"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Alexander 07-23-14
    Alexander 07-23-14 Member Since 2014

    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.

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    "I Have No Regrets About This Book."
    Where does Tower Lord rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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)


    Which character – as performed by Steven Brand – was your favorite?

    Vailen, just the tone of the reader matches so well I can't put it into words.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed a couple times. The cockyness of the soilders about Vailen's abilities have made me laugh.


    Any additional comments?

    I really suggest it if you enjoyed the first book! It really is a good book.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    J. Sutterfield Houston, TX 08-28-14
    J. Sutterfield Houston, TX 08-28-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Wow, such a disappointment.. Shame on this effort"
    What disappointed you about Tower Lord?

    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!


    Has Tower Lord turned you off from other books in this genre?

    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.


    What does Steven Brand bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    What character would you cut from Tower Lord?

    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.


    14 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Robert 08-20-16
    Robert 08-20-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book !"

    This was well worth the money for a continuing saga. I look forward to the next book in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nagy Máté Kálmán 08-19-16 Member Since 2017
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    "A good continuation for a great book"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J. Elkins Alabama 08-07-16
    J. Elkins Alabama 08-07-16 Member Since 2013

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    "Not as good as the first but still good."

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Prototokos 08-06-16
    Prototokos 08-06-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Need different narrator"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 08-04-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book"

    This is another good book from Anthony Ryan. I can't wait for the next one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 07-28-16
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    "OK for listening while driving"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    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.)


    Would you ever listen to anything by Anthony Ryan again?

    I have to commit to listening to the third and final book in the series.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Steven Brand’s performances?

    Yeah, he is good, but in this book you can occasionally spot him speaking in boredom or half- hearted performance...


    Did Tower Lord inspire you to do anything?

    It's the equivalent to Chinese food in audiobooks, you take it in, but forget that you ever tried it.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    I 07-10-16
    I 07-10-16 Member Since 2016
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    "prefered over game of thrones"

    fucking cool shit. like a better game of thrones. and i love game of thrones

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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