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Tower Lord: Book 2 of Raven's Shadow (A Raven's Shadow Novel) by [Ryan, Anthony]
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4.5 out of 5 stars 359 customer reviews
Book 2 of 3 in A Raven's Shadow Novel (3 Book Series)
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Easily is the best heroic epic fantasy of 2014 . . . Anthony Ryan is David Gemmell's natural successor and epic fantasy's best British talent (Fantasy Book Critic)

Anthony Ryan is a master storyteller (Mark Lawrence, author of Prince of Thorns)

One of the best new series out there, challenging all the existing big-names to sit up and take notice, or be left behind (Fantasy Book Review)

An awesome ride . . . Anthony Ryan really puts the 'epic' in 'epic fantasy' (The Social Potato)

Such a great read . . . An edge-of-your-seat ride (Bibliosanctum)

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The second novel in the Raven's Shadow series - a powerful epic fantasy from an exciting new British talent.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2908 KB
  • Print Length: 625 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (3 July 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FLY3VHY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 359 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,763 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The first book in the series was fantastic, and I was expecting something equally good from this book. But, this one was disappointment. It was not terrible, it was quite good in parts, but not in the same league as book 1. Hoping for much more from book 3.
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4.5

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.
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I had very high expectations for this after reading blood song, I did enjoy it but there were too many parts to it I just felt weren't even needed, I felt it went too far into lyrna also I mean reeeeeaallyy? That shark? You'll know what I mean when you read it, I won't give any spoilers . This is still a good read I just hope the next book runs more along the lines of the first, focusing more on vaelin, and the deeper story line of the song.
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Echoing a few previous reviewers complaints really. The decision to split into multiple POVs is not a unique one, but you sure as hell have to care about all of the characters involved for it to work. Instead I spent most of my time waiting for Vaelin to come back and regretting we spent so little time with him.

The quality of prose is no worse, but this stil qualifies as a disappoinment on a number of levels. The previous book I couldn't read fast enough, this one's been much more of a slog.

Adding extra layers and adding pointless filler are two different things. Go read the later George RR Martin if you need proof of that.
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I normally don't write poor reviews because I know how much hard work goes into writing a novel; however, this is for Anthony Ryan's benefit.

Please, don't let your editors ruin your next book! I read the first book and declared it one of my recent favourites, bookmarking the date for the release of Tower Lord. What followed was a book with little direction, a pointless inclusions and a main character that was given absolutely no page time.

I believe you can bounce back and write another great novel, as long as you are left to your own devices! We don't want multiple perspectives just because the editors want to appeal to the larger audience. We are the audience that matters: the audience that lives and breathes fantasy, the audience that I suspect you yourself are part of, the audience that will read your books for as long as we live - as long as they are not diluted by commercialisation. Appeal to us. Let the rabble return to twilight movies.
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I've read all kinds of fantasy over the years, starting as a child with The Chronicles of Narnia. Having read Blood Song ,the first in this series, I was desperate to read Tower Lord and it didn't disappoint. As another reviewer has said, yes, it's different from the first book but that's not a bad thing. I keeps you interested in a variety of characters, each chapter holding it's own thrills and many characters, like Lyrna, are wonderfully fleshed out as a consequence.To write a second book solely from the perspective of one person would have lacked the pace and engaging quality necessary for the continuance of the story.
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Blood song was the best new book i had read in a long time, the author an obvious talent. I even took the (for me) unheard of step of pre-ordering this one. Unfortunately this book is not in the same league, you get the feeling that the editors have applied the "how to make money out of fantasy" handbook as this almost feels as if it's been written by someone else. The new use of a multi perspective story line involves some fairly 2 dimensional characters, and so many that i kept flicking back through the book to check who i was reading about. The clarity and strength, depth of character and emotion present in book 1 has been lost and the whole book ends up feeling like a filler.. The blatant "buy book 3 to find out what happens next" ending is irritating as i didn't expect it from this author. To be honest another author I may have given 3 stars but the first book was so much better than this you just know this could have been as well. I'll probably get the next one but i won't be in a rush to and will read the reviews first.
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