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've made it about halfway through and I just can't finish it. The story drags, but it's the "reading" that makes it unbearable for me. I can't call it a "performance", since it just sounds like someone with a raspy voice "reading". There are no inflections, no accents, no "voices" for the different characters. If there is no "he said" or "she said", I cannot tell who is "talking" -- or even if someone IS talking. All in all, I'm very disappointed. I tried giving the "performance" NO stars, but it won't let me. I bought it after reading the positive reviews, so perhaps my expectations were too high. Oh well, I'll check out the new Star Force book.
This is one of the best books I have listened to ever. Blood song was great and this was even better. Listened to it twice now and I expect I will listen to it again. Steven Brand makes the story come alive and my imagination can fill in the visualization well.
Really like the Tower Lord, there was a bit more attention given to all the characters then I would have liked but the ending of the book tied it all together very nicely. Looking for the new book to be released and not very patiently!!
A fantastic second book in the series. Narration, story, characters were all excellent. Found this after running out of Sanderson works, if you liked Sanderson you'll probably like this.
This book was quite enjoyable. Kind of reminded me of the Stormlight archive for hero until you girls majority in the form of book this book our hero comes into his own
excellent story the first book sets the characters for the 2nd book And I enjoyed it all the way through.
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