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on 3 June 2015
I absolutely loved Blood Song and I will suggest anyone who picks up Tower Lord, reads the first book again as you will want to refresh your mind with the characters and locations.
Initially the book on release was very expensive for a long time so I waited, by the time I picked it up the paperback was out and there were far more reviews. Just after the hardback release people commented how different the second book was and they didn't like it or struggled with it.
With the above in mind and having now read Tower Lord, I can say the book is different but I don't mean that in a negative way. We followed Vaelin in Blood Song, through him we were introduced to new characters, lands and events. This worked very well, but we didn't see anything from the perspective of those characters, only Vaelin.
In Tower Lord this changes, major events put characters on their own paths and we get to see the world through them. We get to travel with these characters to lands we didn't see in Blood Song, we get to meet new armies and tribes, each with their own unique ways, tactics and beliefs.
As with Blood Song you need to pay attention to the little details because Ryan is very good at blending them in. The story does move fast, I gather there will only be three books in this series, but I do feel there could be room for a four which would free up the feeling of speed with each character. The story and it's quality doesn't necessarily suffer due to this as Ryan is good at giving the reader a lot without dragging things on.
I hope after the third book is released we see more fantasy series from Anthony Ryan, maybe even a series based in the Raven's Shadow world but the early years with King Janus, Vaelin's father, the various orders and the wars.