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Tower Lord - Anthony Ryan

Tower Lord

By Anthony Ryan

  • Release Date: 2014-07-01
  • Genre: Epic
Score: 4.5
From 609 Ratings


In Blood Song, Anthony Ryan introduced readers to “a fascinating world of conflicting religions and the wars fought in the name of those faiths” (Library Journal). Now Ryan’s epic tale continues as Vaelin Al Sorna discovers that there is no escape from the call of destiny…
“The blood-song rose with an unexpected tune, a warm hum mingling recognition with an impression of safety. He had a sense it was welcoming him home.”
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’s 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’s 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.


  • Fantastic

    By Lamarok
    Another well written book in a continually fantastic series.
  • Another bloody epic saga

    By Other sci-fi guy
    I couldn't wait to finish this book and am relieved to have done so. It's hard to find a truly great adventure novel and this is not it. Though the character and plot development were well realized, the book is fragmented into so many sub plots with so many minor characters it was difficult to keep track of exactly what was happening in any particular chapter. Also the lack of establishing vignettes and a proper graphic or map gives the reader little to relate to when it comes to remembering multiple story lines and myriad characters with unfamiliar but somewhat similar names. The writing is good but the whole adds up to an expertly prepared meal with too many courses and far too many ingredients. The main flaw, however was that fully a quarter of the book was unrelieved descriptions of killings and slaughter. I suppose that lovers of this genre expect and enjoy this kind of thing but in real life, even if the reader is a combat veteran I should think the sheer volume of carnage would be more than a little disturbing. Needless to say, I will not be reading more by this author.
  • Well written, exciting new author

    By ChrisMutchler
    I stumbled upon Blood Song and could not put it down once I started reading. The story and characters brought to life a familiar storyline -- holy warrior who questions his faith. As soon as I finished book one, I immediately purchased and downloaded Tower Lord anticipating the storyline to continue. I was disappointed by the change of writing style in the second book. Although still well written, I found myself left wanting it to be more focused and less fragmented across the character story lines. The conclusion was also not as well done as the first book -- which actually tied everything together -- book two did not accomplish that at all. I still recommend you get to know the author and read the series. I will definitely read Blood Song again and look forward to book three when it is released.
  • A++

    By Tyrim
    Just down right amazing. The book from start to finish , is great. And no where in the book is there a character or side story I felt I wanted to skip or over look. It is hands down a great book with a storyline that keeps you wanting more. Can't wait until the 3rd book is released.
  • Wonderful! ... Get the book (info on the missing star inside)

    By Boaz Segev
    I loved the book, the story telling and the characters... This is a book I heartily recommend. The "Raven's Shadow" books are fascinating and well told. As expected, and beautifully done, the main story-arch of the book is only partially complete, which now makes me wait restlessly for the next installment. Having said that, allow me to explain why I gave the book a four star rating and the reason for the missing star... (And the missing star?) I believe that making the chapters a bit shorter would have created a better reading experience - as so many of us watch tv where the different story-arches, for the different characters, are told while constantly switching between the different story arches. Also, I felt that Vealin's character and personal evolution was rather under-developed. I found that some of his inner conflicts were only hinted upon after their resolution and that I, as a reader, was not intimate with his inner world and challenges. For me, this was a rather great disappointment, as Vealin was the main character in the first book and he is (together with few others) the main character in this installment as well. Having said that, get the book - it's great :)
  • Where have you been Anthony Ryan when I languished to find a superb read?

    By jdgcvn72
    A most excellent example of fiction I've read in some time. Stunning in scope, rich in detail, exquisite in suspense! I anticipate great things to come!!
  • Great Read

    By Reader013321
    This second installment has more of the same great characters, plot development and pace. Can't wait for the third book...