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What did you love best about The Stormcaller?
While it does follow the standard fantasy formula Stormcaller puts some unique spins on the genre. First while the main the character is definitely the hero of the story for most of the story he is surrounded by people who loathe and mistrust him just for what he is not who he is. This lays the groundwork for a really rich character who is very multi-dimensional, at one moment the baddest solidier on the field and the next a young man doubting his own place in the world. That said I think I like the internal conflict the main character deals with throughout the story and seeing him develop through the book I am anxious for the next novel in the series.
What other book might you compare The Stormcaller to and why?
I would say it mixes elements from Chronicles of Amber and Warhammer 40k. On the one hand the character really grows throughout the novel and on the other he given similar abilities and weaknesses enjoyed by the space marines (specifically the Sons of Fenris).
What about David Rintoul’s performance did you like?
I really loved his ability to develop the scene he gave each character its own voice and really acted as though he were experiencing what the characters did. One of my favorite scenes was when he described a battle in which the main character lost himself to battlerage and you could here the concern in the supporting characters voices as well as the stress and rage in the main character's.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
There were points I was pumping my hand up and down cheering for the main character as well as one scene where I nearly lost it (very emotional).
Any additional comments?
Wish Audible would let us know when the next one is coming out, would love to be able to subscribe to an alert for it.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
This book rocks. Tom Lloyd give enough back round so that you feel like you know the main character, but not so much info that it becomes dry and boring . there's love interest and war and unlikely friendships very good book.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I read, and of course listen to, a lot of Fantasy and am not easily impressed but my imagination was captured by not only the writing but the characters that are introduced in this novel. So often good ideas are let down by the poor depiction of the indiviiduals and there interaction in the storyline but not here. The book is also enhanced by the narration of David Rintoul who imbues each person with there own feelings and personality. I am really looking forward to Book 2 of the series. A cracking read.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
This was a reread, I read this book two years ago loved it, got the other books in the series as well and never got round to read them.
I very much enjoyed how David Rintoul brought the characters to live and I got very quickly engaged in the story.
I still think that this is a fabulous fantasy story which is very difficult to put down, once you got caught up in the storyline. Lloyd is an eloquent story teller who managed to create a dark, vivid and enthralling world with fascinating characters and creatures - known and unknown :) - in it, which made the story a very engaging read.
When I read it the first time the story exceeded my expectations by far and I was not dissapointed, this still holds now. I very much enjoyed the idea of the "white eyes" which are stronger, bigger, more violent and definately meaner than "ordinary humans". These "white eyes" were created by the gods to rule the lands and the people. The characters in the story are depicted in great detail and well developed which resulted in a bunch of characters with strong personalities. The main character the "white eye" Isak is a fascinating personality with a lot of flaws and fears and that's excactly what I like so much about the story. He is made into a hero against his will - and at a very young age - who actually fears all kind of things, suffers from uncertanties and on top of that has a violent temper which he finds difficult to control at times.
Compared to a lot of the "shining - we know it all" heros, Isak is just refreshing and entertaining. His complex nature made him a very intriguing and charismatic character.
The action in the book was well paced, politics were complex at times but by no means overpowering the story. The magic was interesting, nothing to fancy and it was easy to follow the story line.
Tom Lloyed managed to create a vivid world, with great characters, a rich history, with a sense for descriptive details and originality. Again, I very much enjoyed this book and can recommend this to anyone who loves fantasy.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful