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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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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


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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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)
From the Publisher
Praise for Tower Lord"Easily...the best heroic fantasy of 2014.”—Fantasy Book Critic

Praise for Blood Song
“Ryan is a new fantasy author destined to make his mark on the genre. His debut novel, Blood Song, certainly has it all: great coming-of-age tale, compelling character and a fast-paced plot. If his first book is any indication of things to come, then all fantasy readers should rejoice.”—Michael J. Sullivan, author of the Riyria Revelations series
“Fans of broadscale epic fantasy along the lines of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series and George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire novels should find this debut much to their liking.”—Library Journal
“Just impossible to put down…I had to read it ASAP and to reread it immediately on finishing, as I could not part from the wonderful universe the author created.”—Fantasy Book Critic
“Ryan hits all the high notes of epic fantasy—a gritty setting, ancient magics, ruthless intrigue, divided loyalties and bloody action...[A] promising debut.”—Publishers Weekly
“Deftly and originally executed…A page-turner.”—Booklist

Product Details

Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
Raven's Shadow Series , #2
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Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 8.90(h) x 2.00(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

Meet the Author

Anthony Ryan is the bestselling author of Blood Song. He lives in London, where he is at work on his next book.

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Tower Lord 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 48 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
KimHeniadis 9 months ago
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. After reading Blood Song, I immediately wanted to read the next book in Anthony Ryan's A Raven's Shadow series to continue enjoying the rich world and enjoyable characters Ryan has crafted. I didn't know what the second book was or if it was even published yet so I went right to Amazon to see what I could find, and my heart sank a bit when I saw the reviews. Many of the reviews were critical of Ryan and Tower Lord for "lack of character growth" and for pacing issues. I have to disagree. I was worried going in that I'd ruined myself for the book by reading these reviews, but I quickly forgot entirely about them. The best thing I can ever say about a book is that it makes me forget the world around me and Tower Lord did that. I couldn't wait to pick it up and keep reading and when I was reading I didn't want to put it down. What's interesting about Tower Lord is that we switch modes a bit. Blood Song was principally about Vaelin. In fact Vaelin was the narrator, speaking to the historian, the same device used by Patrick Rothfuss in the Kingkiller Chronicles. In Tower Lord we switch to a Robert Jordan style setup with the point of view alternating between Reva, Lyrna, Frentis and Vaelin. The biggest weakness of Tower Lord is Reva. She's a compelling character, almost a female counterpoint to Vaelin. The difference is that in Vaelin we have a character who literally trained his whole life to hone the set of skills that he has, which helped keep him from coming off as a Mary Sue. Reva on the other hand received at best a couple months of training from Vaelin in the sword and bow, and by the end of the book is using them as if she had trained the years Vaelin had. That would be plausible if the book covered the entirety of Reva's life as Blood Song did with Vaelin, but that's not the case. The events of Tower Lord take place over the span of months rather than decades. Despite this, I thoroughly enjoyed Tower Lord and look forward to reading Queen Of Fire!
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Best of the series so far. Kept me reading straight through....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story!
Anonymous More than 1 year 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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