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Stormcaller: Book One of the Twlight Reign (Twilight Reign) Paperback – 1 Oct 2008

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Tom Lloyd was born in 1979 in Berkshire. After a degree in International Relations he went straight into publishing where he still works. He never received the memo about suitable jobs for writers and consequently has never been a kitchen-hand, hospital porter, pigeon hunter, or secret agent. He lives in Oxford, isn't one of those authors who gives a damn about the history of the font used in his books and only believes in forms of exercise that allow him to hit something. Visit him online at http://www.tomlloyd.co.uk.

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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful
It grew on me, eventually. 27 Nov 2008
By Greg - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The Land is a world where Gods rule supreme. The time of the prophecies has come and old rebellions against the gods have resurfaced, including conflicts with nature itself. The tribes of man, and other species, must scramble and conspire to be on the winning side. Into this dark time, a white-eye (a god-created superhuman) named Isak has ascended and he may be mankind's last hope or final doom.

For a relatively small page-count, there are way too many characters to keep up with. I realize that many were only introduced to play a bigger role in the following books but I'm afraid I'll probably forget them by then. At times, the endless parade reminded me of being on a conference call with people I've never meant in person -- some of the names never even register while some others, if I ever do meet them, turn out to be nothing like the image I had in my head. Also, this is definitely a story that you have to devote some real time and effort to (the kind of time most of us with careers, spouses, and kids really don't have to spare). It took me twice as long to read as most good books of the same size, and I still felt like I was missing something. I'm well read, especially in fantasy, so if I don't get it, I tend to think more fault lies with the author's writing than my reading.

All that being said, after a few chapters, The Stormcaller did start to grow on me. There is something about this world simply called The Land that struck a primal cord. It's intriguing to be caught up in this war of gods and man, with an apocalypse looming near, and the key-players are the most alienated of their kind. When Mr. Lloyd's writing is at its best, there's a real edgy dark charge to it that makes me look forward to what his work will become with more experience.

Note on the physical book: The cover illustration of the British version better captures the story than the US cover does. While the US cover is skillfully done, at first glance it looks more like a YA book. And the small print on the inside must have also been intended for younger eyes than mine.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A great start to what promises to be a brilliant new series 11 May 2009
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a great book and Lloyd though young he his has managed to write a great book with one of the most fascinating protagonists I've read in a long time. This book has just about everything a Fantasy lover could ever want, an amazing cast of interesting characters, some really great magic that promises to develop well in Lloyd's later books and is truly action packed with some great battle scenes as well as some assassination and politics thrown into the mix as well. Seriously, what more could you ask for?

The great main protagonist is a boy named Isak, Isak is no ordinary boy though, he is a White Eye, one of gods chosen to rule the world of men. Isak doesn't start of as a ruler though he is a wagon brat who rides from place to place selling his wares. That is until he steps foot in the city of Tirah were the Duke, Lord Bahl who is also a White Eye recognizes that Isak is to be he successor and rule over the Farlin people. This is were Isak's story begins and were he will face constant danger from friends and foe alike, Isak must be careful also for he is not the only one in danger the friends and people who are around will face danger too, but not just from their enemies but from Isak himself, for the temper of the White Eyes is deadly to behold.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Suprisingly good book, keeps it interesting! 17 April 2009
By E. Fritz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A really fantastic book. My Husband bought all 3 and begged me to read them. All I saw were doorstops! Finally I sat down and started in. Wow, this is an exciting series. Isak is a nobody, with not a lot to look forward to, when life changes in a BIG way! The evolution of the charactors is believeable, the gods and goddesses were well portrayed. The fight scenes and battle are amazing, you really get an idea of how Isak feels. All 3 of the books are good. I am a fan of Ambecrombie and Weeks, if you like those or the Mistborne series, then you are going to enjoy this book. I highly recommend all 3 of the Twilight Reign books. These are worth reading and worth owning. I will be re-reading this one soon.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Full of great action and adventure and magic! 5 Nov 2013
By Kurt A. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Isak is a white-eye, one of the gods touched individuals who are marked out by the white eyes, large stature and uncontrollable rage. But the white-eyes are hated and feared by the normal humans, and Isak is hated even by his own father. The gods have a plan for Isak, and they are moving him into position to be of great use to them, but Isak has no desire to be anyone's pawn even the gods! He has been given much, and Isak will need all of it if he is to fulfill his potential and transcend his destiny. Indeed, he will need all of it if he is merely to survive!

This is a very good book. I liked the interesting world that author Tom Lloyd has created, with elves that are nothing like those presented in the Lord of the Rings. Also, I must say that I really liked the white-eyes - they are a very interesting race. I found the action to be quite interesting, and I think that the author did a great job of developing the characters, including the character of Tila who I enjoyed more than I would have thought possible.

This is an exciting and suspenseful fantasy book, full of great action and adventure and magic. I highly recommend it!

[By the way, if you liked the white-eyes in this book, then check out Lawrence Watt-Evans' excellent Lord of Dus series, you'll like the Overmen as well.]
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I just couldn't get into it. 26 Mar 2013
By Donna C - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
How did we end up here?

I needed some good fantasy and Pyr offered to try and fill that void of mine. This was one of the books I chose from their catalogue because it certainly sounded interesting. Sure it looks a little heavy-handed just based on the blurb there but it's high fantasy. I have to kind of expect that, right? At the end of the day it sounded like something I might enjoy so I opted to give it a try. The worst that could happen was that I wouldn't like it, right? Well . . .


I gave it about fifty pages before I called it a day. And let me tell you they were a LONG fifty pages. Tiny font and small margins can make for a rather laborious read if it's not something you're immediately absorbed into. And I wasn't.

I gave it what I thought was enough time but I think the author was trying for something along the lines of omniscient third point of view but it only came across as head-hopping to me and I became discombobulated as the character point of view changed from paragraph to paragraph. Or, if I was even more unlucky, within the same paragraph. It was jarring and shoved me right out of the story when it happened. Which was a lot. As a result I had a hard time anchoring on to any one character for any length of time to develop any kind of liking for them. Yeah, Isak's situation sucked but it's nothing I haven't read before. And I'm not too sure what was going on with that Bahl dude except he's some kind of ruler and Isak is his heir by some weird genetic lottery or something. Neat. But I didn't actually care about anything because the point of view kept shifting so by the time I might have thought about caring we were already back in someone else's head doing something completely different. It was grating.

The world itself was interesting enough but one of my pet peeves in fantasy is the author making references to world-specific things without context, thus making me have no effing clue what they're even talking about. So the author's going on and on about this beast and that thing and this other dealy that's HUGE so you better know it and he might as well be trailing off into Russian for all I'm getting. I'm all for trusting your readers and not having to light your characters cigarettes and whathaveyou but for the love of god, if it's effectively a different language you need to help me out here. Just keep throwing random clusters of letters at me and my eyes will start to cross.

The plot itself seemed to be moving rather well so in that regard I can't complain. From what I've read this doesn't appear to be a slow-moving book but between the writing style and the world-building it just isn't a good fit for me. I'd like to think the story gets better to the point of overriding the flaws I see but right now I just don't have the patience to do it. Maybe in the future when I have more leisure time I'll try THE STORMCALLER out again because, really, it does sound really interesting. It just wasn't something I was clicking with at this point in time.
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