Tower Lord

Tower Lord

Book - 2014
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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's 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's 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Ace Books, 2014
New York : Ace Books, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780425265628
0425265625
Branch Call Number: SF RYAN
Characteristics: 608 pages : maps ; 24 cm

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Eosos
Apr 01, 2015

A great sequel that expands from the single voice to include other views and settings.
I very much liked the expansion of the crazy religious order. I also loved the addition of a couple more smart and independent female characters.
I look forward to the next book.

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Glokta
Mar 10, 2015

It's an enjoyable read if you are not too demanding. There is more action and world building. The story expands to a truly epic scale. Annoyingly though, little details from the first book are referenced in Tower Lord, some of which didn’t seem important at the time so you might have to go back and clarify some things. If you liked Blood Song this one is worthwhile but know that it is a lot different. Instead of mainly following one character the story pulls back to follow perspectives of a few different characters. Now the story is more about what is happening to The Unified Realm then it is a story about Vaelin. It's similar to how the Game of Thrones books are written. But the writer just doesn’t manage all the added elements of new perspectives and more plot points in a totally satisfying way. Lower your expectations going into Tower Lord (but don't abandon them!). Certain parts feel rushed, the pacing is uneven at times, and there are a couple things that seem really abrupt and arbitrary like they serve the convenience of the writer over what it feels like the shape of the story actually needs. The character development is sacrificed a bit for more action. Sadly this book falls a little more into standard epic fantasy cliches. Yet in spite of that it is still mostly a fun read. Some of the continued world building is awesome as is seeing more about The One Who Waits. I like how everything to do with The One Who Waits continues to be very subtle and you just see hints here and there. It’s never explained, just shown, and you have to put together what you see on your own. It’s more satisfying that way and that element continues to be good. Overall Tower Lord is enjoyable, if a little frustrating sometimes, and still good enough to stoke interest in the next book. I just hope the next book is better.

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EricLarsen
Feb 02, 2015

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