Tower Lord (Raven's Shadow Series #2)

Tower Lord (Raven's Shadow Series #2)

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by Anthony Ryan
     
 

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New York Times bestselling author Anthony Ryan returns to the “wonderful universe” (Fantasy Book Critic) of Blood Song, as Vaelin Al Sorna continues on his inevitable road to destiny…

King Janus’s vision of a Unified Realm has failed, drowned in the blood of brave men fighting for a cause that was forged from a

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New York Times bestselling author Anthony Ryan returns to the “wonderful universe” (Fantasy Book Critic) of Blood Song, as Vaelin Al Sorna continues on his inevitable road to destiny…

King Janus’s vision of a Unified Realm has failed, drowned in the blood of brave men fighting for a cause that was forged from a lie. Sick at heart, Vaelin Al Sorna, warrior of the Sixth Order, returns home, determined to kill no more, seeking peace far from the intrigues of a troubled Realm.

But those gifted with the blood-song are not destined to live quiet lives. Vaelin finds himself a target, both for those seeking revenge and those who know about his gift. And as a great threat once again moves against the Realm, Vaelin realizes that when faced with annihilation, even the most reluctant hand must eventually draw a sword.

Editorial Reviews

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“Ryan shines brighter in his sophomore effort by giving us many brilliant characters…Easily the best heroic epic fantasy of 2014…Anthony Ryan is David Gemmell’s natural successor and epic fantasy’s best British talent.”—Fantasy Book Critic

“[Tower Lord] begins to realize the imagination and coherency of Tolkien, while remaining true to the heart and soul of the author. The Raven’s Shadow series is one of the best new series out there, challenging all the existing big-names to sit up and take notice, or be left behind.”—Fantasy Book Review

“[Ryan has] proven himself as an author who can write a very diverse and convincing cast of characters…A wonderful follow-up.”—The Bibliosanctum

“[L]eaves you both satisfied and on the edge of your seat for what happens next. Loved it.”—Tenacious Reader

“The series shaping up to become something established for the fantasy genre that will be recommended for years to come. Anthony Ryan has shown he’s able to repeat with Tower Lord what he started with Blood Song.”—Indie-Fantasy

Publishers Weekly
04/27/2015
Ryan draws readers deeper into a dangerous landscape of warring religions, political ambitions, and diverse cultures in the second Raven's Shadow grimdark fantasy (following Blood Song). Vaelin Al Sorna, aka Darkblade, led forces in a bloody war that failed to fulfill King Janus's dream of uniting Asreal and the rival Volarian Empire. Now Vaelin wants nothing further to do with anyone involved. Unfortunately, his plan to peacefully retire as Tower Lord of the remote Northern Reaches is thwarted by schemers on all sides who want to use him and his blood-song power for their own purposes. Dividing the story among several characters, Ryan deftly reveals a chaotic land splintered by ambition and uncertainty. With a twisting, multi-layered plot knitted from complex intrigues and constantly shifting alliances, Ryan builds masterfully from Blood Song, tying up enough loose ends to satisfy while leaving plenty to create suspense for the next installment. (July) The Gentleman Jewel Thief Jessica Peterson Berkley Sensation, $7.99 mass market (336p) ISBN 978-0-425-27207-7 Peterson's debut is an entertaining Regency romp where witty banter and passionate tempers collide. Violet Rutledge lives a stable life, caring for her ailing father and handling the family's finances, but she yearns for adventure. At a lavish affair in the home of Mr. Hope, her family's banker, Violet shows off his most recent acquisition, the French Blue (also known as the Hope Diamond). Lord William Townshend, Earl of Harclay, decides that both woman and jewel should be his. After Violet is ambushed and the jewel is stolen, she vows to get it back, and soon deduces that Harclay is behind the whole matter. An entertaining game of cat and mouse ensues. Violet is a breath of fresh air—spirited, sassy, and not too ladylike. Harclay is also a surprise; underneath the rogue exterior lies the heart of a true romantic. The two make a very strong pair in this charming caper. Agent: Alexandra Machinist, ICM Partners. (July)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425265635
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/02/2015
Series:
Raven's Shadow Series, #2
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
624
Sales rank:
47,481
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
“Ryan shines brighter in his sophomore effort by giving us many brilliant characters…Easily the best heroic epic fantasy of 2014…Anthony Ryan is David Gemmell’s natural successor and epic fantasy’s best British talent.”—Fantasy Book Critic

“[Tower Lord] begins to realize the imagination and coherency of Tolkien, while remaining true to the heart and soul of the author. The Raven’s Shadow series is one of the best new series out there, challenging all the existing big-names to sit up and take notice, or be left behind.”—Fantasy Book Review

“[Ryan has] proven himself as an author who can write a very diverse and convincing cast of characters…A wonderful follow-up.”—The Bibliosanctum

“[L]eaves you both satisfied and on the edge of your seat for what happens next. Loved it.”—Tenacious Reader

“The series shaping up to become something established for the fantasy genre that will be recommended for years to come. Anthony Ryan has shown he’s able to repeat with Tower Lord what he started with Blood Song.”—Indie-Fantasy

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Meet the Author

Anthony Ryan is the author of the Raven’s Shadow novels, including Blood Song, Tower Lord, and Queen of Fire. He lives in London, where he is at work on his next book.

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Tower Lord 4.8 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 45 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very good book. Love this series. It is one of the better series I have read in a very long while. Very Bernard Cromwell like. Cant wait for the next one. I lost alot of sleep because I could not put it down.
CMKmom More than 1 year ago
This is a nice long story about the "days of old". Lots of swords, bow and arrows, war, royalty, fighting (a little too much of that) and love. I enjoyed this book a lot. You get to "live in the story" for a time and just enjoy the ride. Won't go into all the details, but I did enjoy this book and will look at further books from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't write many reviews. I felt it necessary to set some thoughts down for one of my new favorite writers. Anthony Ryan is everything you could ask for in a writer. His world is large and colorful, full of unique cultures with deep history. His characters are engaging and have real personality much as one could want in real people. Even when they become larger than life through their adventures, Ryan manages to keep them human. Above all, Ryan keeps you hungering for the next page and you are upset when you reach the end because you want more. I have read hundreds of books by many authors. Ryan is among the best. If you want an adventure worthy of Rothfuss, Martin, Jordan, and Sanderson, get this book and the one before it. It's called "Blood Song."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read his first book (Blood Song) and loved it. This second book didn't let me down. Once he set the ball rolling, it wouldn't stop until you reached the end. A few twists in the story definitely kept me wanting more. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a fast paced fantasy fiction novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely awesome. Even better then blood song!
mzmaggeez More than 1 year ago
Wow!! Pleeeze give us more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great reading
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book
Anonymous 5 months ago
Best of the series so far. Kept me reading straight through....
Anonymous 5 months ago
Great story!
Anonymous 7 months ago
SO MANY TYPOS! I can't believe that there are so many typo's in this e-book. It's almost as bad as some epub scanned books. For a price that is MORE than the paperback this is a an insult. My original Nook can't even open the pages with the maps, which makes it really hard to know where characters are. I have the first book (blood song) in paperback so I can look at the map but this is just lame. Bad job guys, bad job. The content of the book though is fine. I'm not digging the politics very much (never do) and the new 'Song of Ice and Fire' format where every chapter focuses on the perspective of one character works well, but Vaelin's story is very much put aside for much of the book, so it's not really about HIM in this story. All in all, a good read... with a clearly amateurish job of making it into an e-book.
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Tamora_PierceSYR More than 1 year ago
I picked this book on a whim, having only read the first couple of pages, and I was hooked from the beginning, even though it's the second book of the series, not the first. The cast of characters is strong and multi-faceted, the strain between those who serve religion and those who serve the state tense and mixed into every level of society. The worldbuilding is complex. This is epic fantasy of the finest order, with no glossing over dirty reality. Best of all, from my standpoint, is that the female characters are as strong and varied as the male ones. Relationships are as much about friendship and mutual respect as they are about romance or sex. I would recommend this author to any of my fans (I have also read the first book and liked it) and to any readers of Daniel Abraham, Gregory Keyes, Barbara Hambly, and Robin Hobb. And now I need to get back to reading the third book of this trilogy.
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epow50 More than 1 year ago
Love the series, can't wait for the next book. Very well written.