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An excellent well written master piece,
This review is from: The Twilight Herald (Gollancz S.F.): Book Two of the Twilight Reign (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.
[SPOILER WARNING: You become aware at the end of this book that the bad guys won this round, and the heroes barely survived. But this isn't "gloom, doom and destruction" instead this feels like it is setting the scene for the next book and looks to be building up into one help of a clash of the titans.]