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The Stormcaller: Book One Of The Twilight Reign [Kindle Edition]

Tom Lloyd
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...fantasy with the same magnificence of conception, the same sense of looming presences whose purposes are not ours to apprehend. -- Time Out - Ros Kaveney

...good ideas and a suitably flawed hero. The world is beautifully realised, the battles suitably grim... -- The Guardian - John Courtney Grimwood

It gallops along with scarcely a dull moment. -- The Times

The Stormcaller shows how high the bar has been raised with its sheer vision and inventiveness -- SFX - Sandy Auden

The world that Lloyd has created seems much more real than that of most fantasy books. -- Emerald City - Cheryl Morgan

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In a land ruled by prophecy and the whims of Gods, a young man finds himself at the heart of a war he barely understands, wielding powers he may never be able to control

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 732 KB
  • Print Length: 516 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0575079266
  • Publisher: Gollancz (1 Dec 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0037471V2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #30,536 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great start to the series 25 Mar 2008
By V. Nicholl VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Like some other reviewers I found parts of this book not entirely convincing, but I was reading faster and faster, and looking up when the next book in the series is published before I had finished. Complex, enjoyable, and clearly setting the scene for a great series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Not an instant love but please keep reading, soon develops into one of the best and creative series of books I've read in the last few years, a series to rival Joe Abercrombie at his best.

Huge characters, epic battles, Gods, demons and vampires, what more could you possibly want ?!
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36 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Original approach and an explosive book 11 Jun 2006
Format:Paperback
This book does not follow any preconceived formulaes for fantasy fiction novels. Its new, its vibrant and it grips you from the very start. The world is so detailed it feels real, the fact that certain aspects, creatures none central to the plot are just accepted, written as though everyone should know about them, just makes it all the more believable. It makes the reader think in a good way. Politics and intrigues abound but don't overpower the story, aren't overly complicated so that they add lovingly to the plot rather than detract from it or take center stage. By the very nature of the key players violence is always just under the surface barely held in check. The characters have believeable flaws and fears that add depth and credibility. Equal time is given to character development, detailed and enthralling action scenes, politics, mysticism and magic. The Final result is awe inspiring, and beyond doubt the best book I have read since I first picked up david gemmels book Legend when that was first published over 10 years ago. I can not wait for its sequel.

The story centers arround Isak. Isak is a "White Eye" these are stronger faster and alot more violent versions of Humans that are especially born to be the God's representatives on earth, and defenders of the land. A wagon rat with a bleak childhood suddenly raised as Krann the chosen of the god Nartis and heir elect to Lord Bahl Lord of all the Farlan. Everyone wants to use and manipulate him. Its the age of Fulfillment and prophersy, but everyone has there own version, and everyone one of power, all the Gods try to influence it, and Isak for there own purposes. But all they end up making is something none of them intended, Isak has more power than intended but is not ruled by prophersy, or god inspired abmition, or anyone elses whim. The story is far far better than that. It is not your typical phrophercy sword and sorcery bout, it is much much better and a MUST read
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
By I Read, Therefore I Blog VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Brought up on a wagon train, Isak is used to being hated and feared. His father blames him for the death of his mother in childbirth, and others see him only as a strong and unpredictable white-eye. His only friend is Carel, a former soldier turned trader who's training Isak to join the Ghosts, an elite band of soldier who serves Lord Farlan. When Isak arrived in Tirah however, he finds that he's been chosen by Nartis, the God of Storms to be the heir (Krann) to Lord Bahl. Pitched into a world of privilege and prophecy, Isak finds himself thrust into a world where men and elves and Gods are in conflict with each other and he is regarded as the only saviour.

Ambitious world-building and story-telling on a huge scale means there is much that is impressive within this novel. Pitched from poverty to wealth and power, Lloyd uses Isak's journey to draw out the complex nature of The Land and its history. He is supported by a wide-ranging cast, of whom the most interesting are Lord Bahl who tutors Isak in magic and his duties, Carel the crusty ex-soldier and the only person Isak trusts and Tila, the high-born lady who serves Isak and tutors him in protocol and politics.

The problem is that there are too many characters at times and while there is a cast list at the back, I frequently found myself having to refer to it in order to keep the character relationships straight. There is also a lot of plot, at times too much, making it difficult to keep track of what is happening to whom and it doesn't help that Lloyd frequently head-hops between POVs within scenes, which is a distraction.

The battle scenes are brutal and well depicted and there's no doubting Lloyd's imagination.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly surprised 19 Feb 2014
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Wasn't really too sure when I bought this book having never heard of the author before.

The more I read the more I enjoyed this book, I really came to sympathise with the main characters and by the time I had finished the book I just had to buy the next one in the series.

Good read for anyone who likes fantasy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars takes time to get into 19 Feb 2014
By Iszy
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enjoyed however it could be a little confusing, Once you were into the story it got better I shall read the next one
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Took a chance 11 Feb 2014
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I had read all Peter V Bretts books and hoped this would be in the same genre. I was not dissapointed, my only gripe was the editing. Somebody needed to read it before publishing. Don't let his put you off from a good story. I have got the second one in the series to read next.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As great as Elric: 19 Dec 2013
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Isak just grabbed my imagination from start to finish, not faint praise from this seasoned fantasy reader, five stars awarded. I cannot wait to read of his further fate as leader of the whiteyes.
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As a gal who has read PLENTY of fantasy and usually reads books through to the bitter end, I have to say this was one of the most dull books I have ever picked up. Read more
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