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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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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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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.

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Good book and excellent story but...

Hard to keep track of all the names and places. Looking forward to next one though.

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brilliant

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

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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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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.

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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!

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  • Sheila
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 21-09-14

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

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Consistently Good

Although the structure changed from book one in terms of Chapter layout and perspective I thought it was a great addition to the series, can’t wait to start the third book.

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a bit complicated

a bit complicated due to changing story focus from one character to another it takes you a couple of minutes to catch up

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  • 12-02-18

compelling story

The story and reader were great but the production had few problems with different levels of voice. Perhaps they were caused by trying to fix a mistake.

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  • Jacquie
  • 22-02-16

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