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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' 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' 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.

©2014 Anthony Ryan (P)2014 Penguin Audio

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  • Global
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  • Mls
  • 17/02/2018

Captivant ! impossible d'arrêter l'écoute

Considérez-vous la version audio meilleure que la version papier ?

Je n'ai pas lu la version papier mais cette version audio est excellente. Le héro est très attachant, il prend des décision toujours en accord avec son éthique, même quand elle ne sont pas comprises de son entourage.

Quel était le moment le plus mémorable de Tower Lord ?

Le suspens dans les derniers chapitres va crescendo et la fin du livre se termine par un "cliffhanger" qui vous incite à écouter la suite. Le livre est très prenant.

Avez-vous pu écouter l'une des performances de Steven Brand auparavant ? Quelle comparaison pouvez-vous faire ?

Ceci est ma première écoute de Steven Brand. J'ai beaucoup aimé. Son écoute est très facile et son accent très facile à comprendre pour un auditeur de langue étrangère.

Auriez-vous pu écouter ce livre audio en une seule fois ?

Si j'avais eu le temps je l'aurais écouté en une seule fois. Mais il faut bien dormir et travailler :)

Avez-vous d'autres commentaires ?

J'ai hâte d'écouter la suite.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Howard
  • 21/09/2014

Another Masterpiece from Anthony Ryan. One

of th"e best pieces of fiction, never mind Fantasy, I have read. It may be difficult to believe but The Tower Lord" is an improvement over the superbly written first volume "Blood Song."

Told in the third person using multi- view points (differing from Blood Song which is primarily told from Vaelin's view point) the book expands the characters (some briefly met) in "Blood Song": Frentis, and Princess Lyrna. We are also introduced to Reva: a seeming secondary character who mushrooms into one of the central figures of this volume. The role of the Blood Song, one of the dark gifts, barely explored in the volume baring its name is expanded on. Dark Gifts such as the Blood Song require sacrifice, and Vaelin's pledge to forego killing and war is one such sacrifice.

Ryan continues to explore the role of religion in society- its role in conflict and providing a rallying symbol and a symbol of hope amongst people enduring hardship. Given the central role of religion in "real life" today it is refreshing to see it embedded so deeply in a fantasy novel and without condescension.

The book flows in a flawless fashion from one view (and story line) to another- from one crisis point to another. I was so enthralled I can say that I shed an additional three to four pounds whilst listening to the story- as I could not bear to end my workout on the treadmill mid story and found myself staying on the treadmill for an additional 5-10 minutes to hear what would happen next.

Thank you Anthony Ryan- this cannot possible be your first multivolume work. It is a true masterpiece that any fan of fantasy should listen to or read.

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  • Global
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  • Jack
  • 11/07/2014

The Great Swampy Middle!

Any additional comments?

So it you are reading this then I can assume you have read Blood Song and are looking to pick up or have picked up Tower Lord and just want to get an idea of the book before you settle down to read it. Well my title says it all this book has all the trappings of the great swampy middle ground of a series, allow me to elaborate.

This book is good, I enjoyed it quite a bit and was very happy to see how well the Author branched out from the first book. The first book was great, spectacular even but it was also simple in that it had very few PoV and very few locations. In Tower Lord we get to see more. More of the world, more people and more character development of several of the secondary characters from Blood Song. That last one was critical in that it allows the story to flush out through different PoV's with different motivations and experiences. As much as people want to see and read about Vaelin this book and the story as a whole would have just plain sucked if we did that again.

PROS:
Well written, expanded story, more character development and interaction and a very enjoyable continuation of the overall story.
CONS:
Its a middle book. A lot happens in it but at the end of the day it is stage setting for the rest of the series. Plus big Ol' dangled cliff hanger at the end, I'm not partial to cliff hangers personally so this is more of a personal preference than a true con.


Oh and for the people complaining about too many PoV and all the jumping around, there is 4...... seriously 4 PoV you follow through the story and the sections titled by which PoV you will be following. No problem knowing whose head I was in during the listen here.


If you read Blood Song you are going to read Tower Lord so go away and do so, right now! If you are reading this to see if you want to pick up the series then the answer is yes, go get it, now. Stop reading this and go, now. Stop. Reading. This. Review. NOW!

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  • Global
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  • Christopher
  • 06/07/2014

Different, but still awesome.

I have been waiting for this book for a while now, but I believe it was worth the wait. I have read some reviews that do not like the multiple point of views, but I could not see another way to tell his story. In this book you will receive some answers that you might of asked in the first book about things like the 7th order, and who some of the assassins were. As in all good writing though you will have a few more after you read the book.

Some of the best parts of this story are how the characters developed since the last book. In this book many of the characters go through some really bad things. Some become the better for it, others much worse. In the first book most things worked out in a way. In this one expect a little more grime and hardships throughout the story. Truly a great read.

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  • Global
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  • J. J. Kahn
  • 25/08/2014

Really enjoyed this second in the series...

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If they'd already read Blood Song, I would.

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

I love his raspy voice and English accent. He's more of a "storyteller"-style storyteller rather than an "actor"-style storyteller. I enjoy both styles. He's a perfect voice for Vaelin.

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

Unfortunately, yes!

Any additional comments?

I did not enjoy this quite as much as the first book in the series because this really was more of a "military" novel as some have called Blood Song, and that's not so much my cup of tea. However, there was enough character development and exciting plotlines that I nonetheless enjoyed it very much. Although I would not have minded more of Vaelin, I don't see how the story could have expanded without the further points of view, and they provided a lot of the character development this time around (which is one of the things I look for in a really good novel).

When some readers talk about the excessive bad language, I'm not sure what they are referring to. There are occasional swear words and cursing used by the soldiers, but nothing I can even particularly remember thinking back on it. Any TV show would have worse language.

I am looking forward to the next in the series!

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  • Global
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  • Berserk
  • 04/08/2014

Solid number 2

The first book was great this one was indeed a bit of a departure, but not in a bad way. You get to see the world from a few different view points and it actually give the tale depth and scope.

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  • Trip Williams
  • 23/08/2014

Gonna be a LONG One!

As other Reviewers have said, there are no real answers to the major questions you'll have from Book 1, in Book 2... but you DO begin to realize that this is going to be a LONG series, and the first few books are basically "Setting Up" the rest of the Series...

Before you Groan and think "48 HOURS of 'Set Up'?!?", It doesn't feel like typical "Set Up".. the Action is there through the entire Series, and you learn the Characters as you go along.. it's the PLOT that's being "Set Up", not just the Characters...

Up Front.. This seems like it's going to be a VERY long Series... Along the lines of "G.O.T.", Just don't expect all of the questions to be answered right off the bat, Although you'll probably start to get an idea of where things are headed, and "What's What" as you get further into the first two books... unless Anthony Ryan pulls "a Mind-Twist" and yanks what you THINK is going to happen out from under your feet ;)

A Very Enjoyable Series so far, especially if you like longer books and series! I just hate waiting on the next Book each time I finish the current one... but who doesn't?

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  • Global
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  • Desmond
  • 05/07/2014

Great follow up, but not enough answers

Bloodsong, the first in this series was easily one of my favorite fantasy stories of this year. Needless to say I have been anticipating this book for a while now. I was not disappointed. Many of the POV characters developed in sufficiently and intriguingly surprising arches.

I wont give away any spoilers here so I will simply say, buy the book, knowing not all answers will be had to the questions raised in the first book, and you will not be disappointed.

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  • Jane
  • 15/08/2016

Narrator horrid. Listening hard.

I wanted to like this - but I can't. I am an frequent audio book user and normally go thru a book in a couple days. I've been trying to get thru this for a week. The narrator is horrible. Every character voice is the same so conversations run together. He doesn't pause at all between character dialog so you end up trying to figure out who said what. I'm sure it's a good story but I can't get the story because the narrator is so dead and jumbled in the reading.

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  • Global
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  • JPaladin
  • 29/07/2014

Good continuation of the story

While not as mind-blowingly good as the first book, with a bit more rambling, less focused story-telling this book was nonetheless an enjoyable read well worth the credit.

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  • Global
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  • Alexander
  • 23/07/2014

I Have No Regrets About This Book.

Where does Tower Lord rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Very well, I have found myself enjoying the book to great length. It's only second to A Song of Ice and Fire series. (Game Of Thrones)

Which character – as performed by Steven Brand – was your favorite?

Vailen, just the tone of the reader matches so well I can't put it into words.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed a couple times. The cockyness of the soilders about Vailen's abilities have made me laugh.

Any additional comments?

I really suggest it if you enjoyed the first book! It really is a good book.

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Eve
  • 02/12/2014

The suspense continues, looking forward to book 3

Hardly into book one, I was so frustrated by the narrator that I submitted a review for that book based solely on the narrator. Having now finished book two, I can say that I really enjoyed the story and I am looking forward to book three. The author did a good job following the different story lines of a number of main characters, and kept the suspense at a high level.

I don't understand or agree with the many positive reviews of the narrator on Audible.com. Although I do like Steven Brand's voice, in book two he continued to slur his speech at times, and he did not vary the speech of different characters. At times I wasn't sure who was talking, or if the character was saying something out loud or only thinking. Steven Brand also makes pauses in the wrong places of sentences, disrupting the flow of speech. This I got used to, but his rendition added nothing to the story, and was often distracting.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Martino
  • 27/02/2016

Spannende actionreiche Geschichte

Ein gutes Buch mit reichlich Kampf, Blut und Heldentum. Macht Lust auf den nächsten Titel.

  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Anna
  • 14/04/2015

waiting for the next...

the ending is again perfect to sell the next part and i'm hoping it to came soon.
the story is some times hopping too much but the whole contense is amazing.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Tim
  • 02/03/2015

simply great

Steven Brand is in my opinion the perfect choice as a narrator for this kind of tale. the story is totally captivating and, tough normally i'm not a fan of devided story parts, mr. ryan managed to make me overthink this attitude, since it wasn't boring a single minute.
I can absolutely recommend to buy this book, tough I think one should read the "blood song" before :)

  • Global
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  • sosiom
  • 08/02/2015

Mitreissend, aber sehr unwahrscheinlich

Wie beim ersten Teil fand ich die Geschichte sehr spannend und die Charactere sind mir ans Herz gewachsen. Die Geschichte springt immer wieder zwischen einzelnen Hauptcharackteren hin und her, was ich sonst hasse. Hier sind aber alle Teilgeschichten so spannend, dass man sich über jeden Sprung freut. Jedoch nimmt der Realismus von Kapitel zu Kapitel ab. Die "guten" haben superkräfte, sind unbesiegbare Schwertkämpfer die auch in 1:50 unterzahl ohne kratzer davon kommen. Wohingegen die "bösen" ähnlich der Spartaner aufgezogen wurden quasi perfekte Soldaten sind, trotzdem aber von ein paar wütenden Bauern in Unterzahl besiegt werden.
Nichts desto Trotz ein spannender zweiter Teil und ich freue mich auf Band 3.