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Tower Lord: Book 2 of Raven's Shadow (English Edition)
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Tower Lord: Book 2 of Raven's Shadow (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Anthony Ryan

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Praise for Blood Song
“Ryan is a new fantasy author destined to make his mark on the genre. His debut novel, Blood Song, certainly has it all: great coming-of-age tale, compelling character and a fast-paced plot. If his first book is any indication of things to come, then all fantasy readers should rejoice.”—Michael J. Sullivan, author of the Riyria Revelations series
“Fans of broadscale epic fantasy along the lines of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series and George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire novels should find this debut much to their liking.”—Library Journal
“Just impossible to put down…I had to read it ASAP and to reread it immediately on finishing, as I could not part from the wonderful universe the author created.”—Fantasy Book Critic
“Ryan hits all the high notes of epic fantasy—a gritty setting, ancient magics, ruthless intrigue, divided loyalties and bloody action...[A] promising debut.”—Publishers Weekly
“Deftly and originally executed…A page-turner.”—Booklist

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The enthralling new novel in the New York Times bestselling Raven's Shadow series, and sequel to the hugely popular and critically acclaimed epic fantasy debut Blood Song.


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.

Praise for the Raven's Shadow series:

'Engrossing' - Buzzfeed

'Powerful' - SFFWorld

'Compelling' - SFX

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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Ryan's Dance With Dragons, Or Vaelin Al Boring 10 juillet 2014
Par Big Illy Style - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I have a lot of the same criticisms, and share the same bafflement as just about every other reader. The practically unanimous consensus is that this book is NOWHERE near as good as the first. I thought Blood Song was a cut above story, and it really ended strong with great promise for more story to come. But to say Tower Lord is not as good as Blood Song is to miss the real story here.

Tower Lord is such a steep fall as to simply astonish you that it's from the same writer. This was not a story that had to be forced; Ryan ended BS with a lot of world to explore and seemed to have a clear handle on the pieces moving beyond the reader's vision. Yet, Tower Lord almost entirely avoids these pieces, and if anything, reveals less about the real threat to this world, the history, or the magical elements than what was explored in Blood Song. Things that don't get satisfactory treatment: the Seventh Order, the story of the One Who Waits, the Ally (same as One Who Waits?), the Ally's henchmen (3 of them?), the story of Vaelin's parents and what they were really up to with Vaelin being sent to the Sixth Order, what the Alpiran Empire did with Vaelin for five years, Vaelin's trial there (OK, pretty much anything with Vaelin), the deal with Frentis and his scars, etc. It's all very cursory, but that's what we all came here to read about. Not the endless marching through the forests.

If Ryan wanted to write the next Game of Thrones, he has succeeded only in writing a pale imitation to Dance With Dragons. This entire book is about characters traveling from one place to another, just like Tyrion, Brienne, Jaimie and seemingly everybody else in ADWD. The four characters in this book are eternally on the move with seemingly no change or consequence. This is extremely boring, and the endless battles and fights the characters get into do not liven things up--they all just blend together.

I was initially interested in the different character viewpoints, but that quickly soured. It's not just that the character arcs are predictable (utterly so!), but that every single character speaks with the SAME VOICE. Try reading Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time. Say what you will about it's enormous length and numerous characters--each POV features a unique perspective and voice easily identifiable to that character. This is true of Jordan's characters across the sexes. Mat's chapters have an enormously different feel from Perrin's chapters, and the same for Nynaeve versus Elayne, and on and on. The same is true of many great authors.

Not so here, and this is really shocking. Vaelin, Lyrna, Frentis, and Reva's chapters all feel as if they are from the same POV with only exceedingly minor differences. Do you ever get tired of the reluctant hero cliché that plagues 99% of modern story and film? Well, you'll get your fill here because every single character is that way. All four are amazing warriors, leaders, and brilliant tacticians of course (within the confines of the story--you won't actually feel that way), and all four feel endlessly guilty about causing death and violence, even when they are only involved in defending themselves and others. I am so sick of the cliché of good people blaming themselves for the actions of evil ones, like the hero who blames himself because his implacably evil foe harms an innocent to get at the hero. This sort of thing happens all the time in this book, and everyone of these damn characters always reacts with same variation of "That guy's terrible cruelty is my fault because I'm the one he wants." In real life, when somebody does something mean, no matter how petty, most people don't sit around brooding and saying, "Y'know, really I've got some blame here for that guy cutting me off in traffic. Why, if only I'd left the house half an hour earlier, I wouldn't have been here for this guy to swoop in front of me, so that's on me." What the hell? This sort of writing is not only terrible on its face, it's been done to death for decades now. See Harry Potter. Hell, see the Wheel of Time. In this book (and unlike Blood Song), the unwarranted navel-gazing is constant with every character. Couldn't there be a single one who generally reacts to battle with the attitude that they did what they had to do? There should be some tall in the saddle John Waynes to counter balance the hand-wringing, head-hanging Jake Gyllenhalls in this book.

Like I said, all the characters feel the same. Lyrna and Reva don't "feel" like female characters. If Ryan hadn't thrown in a weird May-December lesbian romance with Reva, I probably would have forgotten the character was a girl. The lesbian angle also feels forced and distracting, as if Ryan was trying to hit all the bases. And of course, the romance is handled in a clichéd manner. Reva is religious and her feelings are a source of shame and torment to her (this is more declared than really felt in the writing), and of course the religious figures in the book all use it to treat her as scum. The modern parallels are too clumsily inserted, and I daresay not accurate. But whatever your feelings on the culture war angle, it's not original, and therefore it's not very interesting. It was cliché 15 years ago when American Beauty rode the tormented self-hating gay storyline to the Academy Awards red carpet. Yet here we are, still being fed the same bland pudding for the umpteenth time. It lost its flavor a long time ago.

Now let's get to the heart of problem: Vaelin Al Sorna. Our hero, the reason everyone is picking up this book in the first place. It's an exaggeration to say he's barely in this book. Sure, there's a character named Vaelin who appears in a few (very few) chapters, but I'm starting to wonder if he wasn't possessed by the One Who Waits off-screen because he's NOTHING at all like the character from the first book. Here, he's a haunted, passive, burnt out shell. Think Steven Seagal in On Deadly Ground versus Seagal in Hard to Kill. At the end of Blood Song, he was a renewed man burning with purpose. That purpose was to find Sherin, rescue Frentis, and figure out how to stop the One Who Waits. Clear. Simple. In Tower Lord, Vaelin has almost no thought of Sherin, and immediately abandons his mission to rescue Frentis at the request of the King. This is completely out of character for a man who finished the first book battle tested and ready to reclaim his own destiny. He was unshackled and ready to rumble. Forging your own path was a big theme of Blood Song, and it was the great conflict in his character that serving the King led him to do things he was personally opposed to, and the reader was there to see if Vaelin could reconcile the various conflicts of king, religion, morality, and personal desire.

That's not here, folks. Instead, we keep waiting for the characters to get to Alltor, and then Vaelin does something extraordinarily stupid as a military commander (but it works out no problem at all because FANTASY HERO), and there's a weirdly abrupt ending. Oh, and the one scene that promised to be interesting and connected to Blood Song--Lyrna's meeting with the Mahlessa--was instead cryptic and confusing.

Let's sum it up: boring plot, bland same-same characters, clumsy modern culture war crap, complete indifference to the Blood Song deep storyline, older than the pyramids guilty battle weary hero conscience crap, and a neutered unrecognizable Vaelin Al Sorna.

What the hell happened?
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Sick with Grief 10 juillet 2014
Par Frank Castle - Publié sur
Let me start by saying that I absolutely loved Blood Song. It may very well be my favorite book of all time. It is, without a doubt, a masterpiece, one that I have read numerous times, never quite getting enough of it.

With that said, I was completely devastated with Tower Lord. In fact, I'm shocked the same author wrote both books. Even as a heterosexual male, I'm not ashamed to admit that I loved Vaelin in Blood Song. Immensely.
I hardly recognized him in Tower Lord. I felt nothing for him, nor for the other three point of view characters who make up the story, two of which I was looking forward to getting to know better from Blood Song: Frentis and Lyrna. Sadly, I was disappointed with them as well.

I found this book so utterly uninteresting that it was truly a chore to get through it. None of the characters or storylines could keep my attention, and I had trouble even remembering what was going on, and who all the insignificant secondary characters were each time I began a different pov chapter.

I'll refrain from going into specifics; some of the other reviews do a good job at that. I'll just end with this:

Blood Song was brilliant. An unforgettable work of art that truly spoke to my soul. To even say that Tower Lord pales in comparison is a monstrous understatement.
58 internautes sur 68 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
2.0 étoiles sur 5 Loved the first one, sequel falls a bit short... 5 juillet 2014
Par Tyler Margison - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I wanted to give this at least three stars, I really did. I absolutely loved the first one, reading it three or four times since I bought it. I will quickly go over what I liked about the first book, as that ties directly to the parts I didn't like about this sequel. If you haven't read the first book, there may be spoilers, but I'll keep it free of second-book spoilers.

The way the first book had various introductory sections framed as dialogue between the main character, Vaelin al Sorna, and a scribe/historian, Verniers, was fantastic. A majority of the book, though, was Vaelin's first-hand account of his life; growing up in the Sixth Order, getting sent off to fight battle after battle, war upon war. Even more exciting was to see him come into his gift, the Blood Song. It was one of the hooks I really enjoyed about the book. Nothing overwhelmingly powerful, with dire consequences for overuse/misuse, and a great mystery that is teased at being better revealed in subsequent books.

In this one, Verniers is a slave (not really a spoiler, since you find this out in the first page), and so his dialogue between sections tends to be between him and his slave masters. My problem here was that in the first book there was an exciting dichotomy between Vaelin and Verniers, and the dialogue between them was greatly relevant to the story and gave a fun relief between sections. Now the section introductions with Verniers are less thrilling, not nearly as entertaining, and more of a distraction than a welcome relief between acts.

The author also switched to a story-telling method I tend not to like: jumping between several characters. Normally I think that this could be done well with up to three, maybe four, characters *at most*. I didn't like Game of Thrones because it had too many characters, many of whom I didn't care much for, that it jumped between. Wheel of Time managed to do a bit better, but there were still times when I skipped entire characters because their arcs were far less interesting than others, and knowing their stories didn't make a significant impact on the more interesting arcs anyway. Same with Tower Lord: you could skip a majority of some of the characters arcs and not be too baffled at the end. Maybe some cliff notes to dispel a few of the major questions, but mostly I found that the additional characters simply adding un-enjoyable fluff to the story.

Finally, the beginning and ending were extremely jarring. The beginning a significant amount of time has passed since the first book, throwing characters all over the place and you have no idea what's going on, and there's no slowing down to properly explain. I think there is some explanation of the important bits somewhere, but it's definitely not nearly close enough to the beginning of the book. This would have been a great use of Verniers in the beginning, to set the tone and the stage for the rest of the book... but all it sets is a general tone, and nothing of the stage. The ending seemed to rush a bit, and let me lacking overall. I loved the ending of the previous book, so having this one end so sourly was like adding salt to an open wound.

I don't regret buying and reading the book. If you like the first one and want to read the whole series, definitely get this book and read it once. Maybe twice, with the second time just before you read the next book.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Unhappily, just OK 9 juillet 2014
Par Wild Bruin - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
WARNING: If you purchased this book expecting Part II of Blood Song, you're in for some disappointment.

Honestly, it was just OK.

Being just OK, while not terrible, is nevertheless a considerable disappointment - especially considering that it was the progeny of Blood Song.

Unhappily, there were too many times I forced myself to keep reading - kept waiting for the author of Blood Song to reestablish himself, but to no avail.

This book was essentially the story of Reva, Lyrna, and Frentis with a few mentions of some other guy - that other guy being Vaelin. Moreover, while appearing only briefly, Vaelin, for his part, simply moved from one place to another without doing much at all until the very end.

Indeed, Vaelin was inexplicably reduced to a glorified supporting character while the book primarily focused on the two female leads.


Worse still, Vaelin's minimalist role left him broken - which was both tremendously annoying and exceedingly unsatisfying. Adding to the disappointment was how he lost his song.

Also, worth mentioning was the astonishing complete reversal of a prior character seemingly without enough support to make the transformation truly believable.


Since I'd rather not spoil the entire book for those still intent on reading it, I'll leave this review with these brief words: a well-written disappointment.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Filler Lord 4 juillet 2014
Par IMEvander - Publié sur
This was on my most wanted list for 2014. Blood Song, the first in the series, is in my opinion one of the best fantasy books written in the last 10 years. It was an incredible immersing experience with great story and characters.

With this book on the other hand it's like the publisher told him: "Now listen here Mr. Ryan, you've made quite the impression with Blood Song. You have lots of fans raving about it ... let's milk it ... we'll introduce a couple of pointless characters stating that we're enriching and enlarging the book's perspective and universe, we'll limit what actually happens ... and voila TOWER LORD".

This should have been named Filler Lord in my opinion. As for the actual Tower Lord, the Raven's Shadow, you know, the character that the book was supposed to be about? Let's put it this way: for 30% percent of the book he travels to Northern Reaches, for 65% percent of the book he travels back from the Northern Reaches to save a city that is besieged for all the duration of the book and in the last 5% he swings his sword for like 2 pages and ...DONE. I give you Tower Lord.

Major disappointment. I liked the self-published Mr. Ryan better.
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