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The Twilight Herald: The Twilight Reign: Book 2 [Kindle Edition]

Tom Lloyd
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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The sequel to the bestselling THE STORMCALLER



After the shattering events of THE STORMCALLER, the eyes of the Land are on the minor city of Scree, which could soon be obliterated as the new Lord of the Farlan plots his revenge against Scree's rulers. Suffering under an unnatural summer drought and surrounded by volatile mercenary armies that may be its only salvation, the city is a strange sanctuary for a fugitive abbot to flee to, but he is only the first of many to be drawn there.


Kings and princes, lords and monsters; all walk the sun-scorched streets while the evenings witness the performance of cruel and subversive plays that work their way into the hearts of the audience. Elite soldiers clash after dark and the city begins to tear itself apart as the sanity of its citizens crumbles, yet even chaos can be scripted. There is a malevolent will at work in Scree and one that has a lesson for the entire Land; nations can be manipulated, prophecies perverted, and Gods denied. Nothing lies beyond the reach of a shadow, and no matter how great a man's power, there some things he cannot be protected from.


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Gut spilling, sword-slashing fun. (Sandy Auden SFX)

"Packed with some of the most vividly described action you'll read all year. There's still plenty to make this mean and moody fantasy stand out from the crowd." (DEATHRAY)

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The sequel to the bestselling THE STORMCALLER

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1018 KB
  • Print Length: 552 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (30 Dec. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0037471T4
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #116,988 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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent well written master piece 17 Oct. 2007
Format:Paperback
Stormcaller was an amazing, well written, breath of fresh air for the fantasy scene, that it was the first book of a new author was remarkable to say the least. This is his second book in the series and The Twightlight Herald proves beyond doubt that Mr Lloyd is a very skilled story teller and an author to be watched with great enthusiasm. This is a very strong second book of which any author could be proud. It grips the reader by the throat and holds you mesmerised and spellbound throughout.

The review "gloom , doom and destruction," makes me wonder if we read the same book. Yes there is a vampire in the book, but not so much as a blood sucking monster type of the horror genres. Here vampirism is kind of incidental, it forms a power base of an individual. It is not a central point to the story although the individual is a central character.

This book is gritty. It has intrigue and conspiracy, but on a level that is easily followed and well balanced. It has well written characters with a good insight into their worries, concerns and flaws, the stuff that makes them human and easier to relate to. It is a bit claustrophobic in places, but then it is supposed to be, as this is a major under current to the whole storyline, pressuring the characters and the situation. That the author is able to transfer that so well to the reader shows his skill. Action is plentiful and well written, with various storylines gently twisting as they run towards convergence. Isak seems to take a back seat a little in this book which is a bit of a shame after being the central aspect of the first book. However the alternate central aspects more than take up the slack and you find yourself routing for various different people in various different ways.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Twilight to Dawn 16 Oct. 2008
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
As a reader of a lot of fantasy and as one that didn't fully appreciate the original book in the series I'm pleased to report that I was proved wrong with Tom's second novel. The book is well written with cracking description with characters that develop as the situation affects their situations, a sign that the author has not only put a lot of thought into it but also shown that the characters have more of a tie to real life people rather than just the cycled out fantasy cliché's. Rather than concentrating on sticking to the established formulaic approach in the world creation, Tom has a touch more of the real world about his work and whilst his style of story won't appeal to everyone, the fact that the book leaves you asking more questions and worrying about how the characters are going to survive in their dark world it means that the purchase of the next novel in the series is a must.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I beg to differ... 18 Sept. 2007
Format:Paperback
ATTENTION MR JONTYBALL. When reviewing a book perhaps I might suggest actually doing just that instead of citing a litany of other authors and deploring the times we live in. Yes Twighlight Herald is not all sweetness and light and indeed there is a pervadingg air of unease in sections of the book. That, I would argue, is entirely in keeping with a story which has been quite well crafted by Mr Lloyd. Having read his first, Stormcaller, on the recommendation of a friend I delved into Twighight Herald with some understanding of the background and indeed a few expectations. These have all unquestionably been met. For such a young author Mr Lloyd depicts an unreal world with admirable skill, and while some dialogue may seem somewhat trite it is a minor gripe about what is a really rather enjoyable read. I do not pretend to be a fan of all things fantasy, and find some of it down right peculiar, but this book is accessible and enjoyable for any reader that wants a good story and doesn't have to have a disney like ending to be satisfied. Good luck to Mr Lloyd and role on book three I say!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every bit as good as the first! 2 Mar. 2009
Format:Paperback
As with the first in the series Lloyd has created a fantasy feast of well written characters and a beautifully vivid world full of magic, war and turmoil. Isak as always is a great character, one of my personal favourites in the fantasy genre, he is young, powerful and often times brutal but we still see is vulnerable side when he is with his friends, this makes the main character much more in depth and satisfying to read.

In this story Isak has to comes to terms with the voice of an ancient Elven King inside of his head and the treason of one of his most powerful Lords. As if this is not enough he is forced to send out his army to a small town called Scree were an enormous amount of magic is being used. In this small town all the powers of the lands are represented there, both good and evil, there in this small town we'll see assassinations, demons raised from the pits of hell and awe inspiring battles. Will the be to much for the young Lord Of The Farlan to control? Or will he rise above the expectations of the world?

If you love fast paced with huge battles, politics and everything in between then Lloyd's work a go. You won't be disappointed!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Twilight Decends 22 Nov. 2011
By L. Voo
Format:Kindle Edition
Having been underwhelmed by the first book in this series (The Stormcaller) mostly due to sluggish pace and the writing style being a little basic compared to other new Fantasy titles I've read recently I was a bit worried that I had bought books 1-3 on Kindle all in one go in a wasteful hurry; a friend had assured me that they were a fantastic read, that they were worth the money and that I should persevere.

The pace in the second book is kicked up several gears from Isak's plodding political life in the Farlan, which was sorely needed to retain my interest. Once Scree is set up as a lodestone for every power in the Land, things take a turn for the worse for the characters, but is a delight for the reader. Sadly, the pace doesn't last forever and I felt the wind-down of this book a little disjointed but the threads of stories left unfinished and deeds undone are just about enough to get me to read the next in the series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Book 2 of the series
Follow-up to Stormcaller, brings more characters into the story, can be a bit heavy at times but not enough to put you of a good read.
Published 19 days ago by great and mind bending item
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love this series of books, well worth reading
Published 6 months ago by M. Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to put it down once you start
Thoroughly enjoyed this book 2. Good plot if still a complex web to get your head around. Recommended reading when you have time to indulge and keep going. Read more
Published 10 months ago by K. Abingdon
3.0 out of 5 stars mmmmmmmmmmmmmm
After reading the first book and enjoying it. I thought i would give book 2 a go. Still well written but moves a bit slowly, have not finished it yet but get the impression it is a... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Ward Barnes
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
My son has a bit of a thing about a perfect conditioned book ,well buy your book from amazon itself and that's what you will get a cheap but perfect condition book !!!
Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY GOOD READ
Very good second book from this writer .A Good read from start to finish will get the rest of the series A.S.A.P.
Published on 18 Nov. 2011 by DANIEL
4.0 out of 5 stars cracking
i can only say that this was a cracking read! cant wait to start the next one!
Published on 4 Jan. 2010 by HennyJC
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
Building on stormcaller this one feels slightly slower setting it up well for the 5 books it will become. As good as anything ive read in years.
Published on 7 Aug. 2009 by David Rees
5.0 out of 5 stars EVEN BETTER THAN THE FIRST.....
Continuing Isak and many other characters stories from 'Stormcaller', Tom Lloyd introduces the second installment in the 'Twilight Reign' series. Read more
Published on 7 Aug. 2009 by Kristin Roper
3.0 out of 5 stars Overdone
It was hard work reading this book and I very nearly lost interest completely. Too many characters and an overly convoluted plot make this a different experience to Book 1, which... Read more
Published on 11 Dec. 2008 by Huge
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