The realm burns. Vaelin Al Sorna is tired of war. He's fought countless battles in service to the Realm and Faith. His reward was the loss of his love, the death of his friends, and a betrayal by his king. After five years in an Alpiran dungeon, he just wants to go home.
Reva intends to welcome Vaelin back with a knife between the ribs. He destroyed her family and ruined her life. Nothing will stop her from exacting bloody vengeance - not even the threat of invasion from the greatest enemy the Realm has ever faced.
Yet as the fires of war spread, foes become friends and truths turn to lies. To save the Realm, Reva must embrace a future she does not want - and Vaelin must revisit a past he'd rather leave buried.
©2014 Anthony Ryan (P)2014 Penguin Audio
For once, book 2 is better than book 1. This book picks up directly after the end of book 1 and has more POVs than the first. I found this a bit irritating - just as things are getting interesting with one character, we switch to another. There's just as much murder and mayhem (more, actually) and the story whirls in directions I could not have guessed at.
We also get more info about the evil that threatens from the Valerian empire, the implosion of one faith and the the growth of dogma of another. It's impossible not to draw some parallels with the religions that plague our world.
Some character development didn't make sense to me. We meet Reeva when she hunts Valen to kill him. She's a surly, fanatical pain in the arse while Valen trains her. Then, with very little transition, she becomes a brave, upstanding member of a family. Odd.
The book is good. The narrator, though, is poor. There is no character depiction of voice, tone, accent like an audiobook should have. He simply reads, all voices the same, gender, background, social heirachy. It's disappointing, to say the lease.
I enjoyed the first book. But this one just seems to be a never ending series of battles. Hard to keep track of some of the minor characters, someone would appear and the reader is obviously supposed to know who they are but several times I was left wondering who on earth are they again?
Not terrible, but not great.
I had read the print version which probably helped with the audio edition - as lots going on!
Yes - i could get lost in characters and story line
A must read!!
A really gripping, and unpredictable story fantasy which I thoroughly enjoyed and recommend to lovers of this genre. Characters are complex and interesting and the story lines are similar. Excellent narration.
I love history books as well as good historical fiction (it has to be accurate), and fantasy. I don't like crime novels or biographies.
I would definitely recommend this book and Blood Song, as they are such fantastic listens. These books have great plots, a vast cast of fabulous characters, and enough twists and turns to keep you on the edge of your seat. This book (Tower Lord) is quite different from Blood Song in that the plot is not linear, but told by multiple characters. Initially, all the jumping around was a little confusing, but now that I have finished it, I realise that this is the only way this book could work. And the plot is as fast-paced and action-packed, if not more so, than the first book.
I don't want to give away the plot, but the moment when Frentis meets Malcius again was the most memorable for me.
Steven Brand's reading isn't perfect as it is often difficult to work out exactly who is speaking, but overall his reading is very good.
I didn't want the book to end, but at the same time I wanted to know what was happening.
I can't wait for book 3!
A Fantasy & Science Fiction reader from around 5 years of age. If I wasn't reading it - it was being read to me by my father. Still love it.
I can't believe that anybody who read the first book would not be disappointed by the second.
The lack of drive and story. So many POVs that it just trundled it's way towards the end. Nothing surprising or original just plodded on
Somebody who could differentiate between the characters. He doesn't have a bad voice but it was the same one all the way through the book. Nothing to indicate which character was speaking or their emotions.
Most of them.
Not worth the money. I will be asking for my credit back
This book has a bad habit of switching character chapters right when you are at a cliff hanger which I found very annoying. But a few minutes into the following chapter I would forget my annoyance as it goes from strength to strength without a weak chapter in it. I love this series so far.
The narration does nothing to enhance the story but does nothing to irritate as some do the best way to describe it would be invisible or seamless. Letting you enjoy the book without mind for any dodgy voice acting.
Wow, absolutely epic story and at a blistering pace that leaves you wanting more. I am going straight on to book 3
"Engaging to the point of distraction"
I have listened to hundreds of hours of audio books I would rate this series as one of the best. loved how it was written from each main character's perspective per chapter . what also made it special was the fantastic voice over artist. Jacquie
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