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Tower Lord Audiobook

Tower Lord: Raven's Shadow, Book 2

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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Janine 08/07/2014
    Janine 08/07/2014
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    "Better than book 1!"

    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.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    A P Smith 01/08/2016
    A P Smith 01/08/2016
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    "Ok but not as good as the first in series "

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Alan 13/07/2015
    Alan 13/07/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "brilliant"

    gripping, a great continuation of this series. read with exceptional skill cannot recommend highly enough

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Annie A 14/05/2015
    Annie A 14/05/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Pure Brilliance!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Tower Lord to be better than the print version?

    I had read the print version which probably helped with the audio edition - as lots going on!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes - i could get lost in characters and story line


    Any additional comments?

    A must read!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Viv 24/03/2015
    Viv 24/03/2015 Member Since 2007
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    "A towering success"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shane 15/01/2015
    Shane 15/01/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing story and fantastic performance"

    Excellent story, my only
    Regret is that I can't wipe it from my memory to listen to again, eagerly awaiting the next audiobook!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer UK 07/09/2014
    Amazon Customer UK 07/09/2014 Member Since 2014

    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.

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    "Whata sequel - utterly brilliant!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tower Lord?

    I don't want to give away the plot, but the moment when Frentis meets Malcius again was the most memorable for me.


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

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I didn't want the book to end, but at the same time I wanted to know what was happening.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait for book 3!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sheila London, United Kingdom 21/09/2014
    Sheila London, United Kingdom 21/09/2014 Member Since 2009

    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.

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    "Disappointing"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I can't believe that anybody who read the first book would not be disappointed by the second.


    What was most disappointing about Anthony Ryan’s story?

    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


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Steven Brand?

    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.


    What character would you cut from Tower Lord?

    Most of them.


    Any additional comments?

    Not worth the money. I will be asking for my credit back

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    John-Paul Cumbernauld, United Kingdom 17/03/2017
    John-Paul Cumbernauld, United Kingdom 17/03/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "Fantastic!"

    Wow, absolutely epic story and at a blistering pace that leaves you wanting more. I am going straight on to book 3

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Viva 31/01/2017
    Viva 31/01/2017

    Maureen

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    "Gave Up"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This story had so much potential in book one, despite the narrator's total lack of characterisation, that I bought book two and three hoping that somehow I would grow accustomed to his style of reading. Sadly I have found that despite the pleasing voice of the narrator the lack of characterisation makes it almost impossible to follow who is saying what to whom. So I give up. I will return these books and buy ebooks and read them for myself. Such a shame.


    How could the performance have been better?

    It would be infinitely improved with a different narrator.


    Was Tower Lord worth the listening time?

    No. But could have been if I could have worked out which character was speaking.


    Any additional comments?

    Buy the ebook or paperback.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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