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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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5 out of 5 stars
By Howard on 09-21-14

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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4 out of 5 stars
By Jack on 07-11-14

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.

Well written, expanded story, more character development and interaction and a very enjoyable continuation of the overall story.
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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