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The Grave Thief (Twilight Reign #3)

3.91  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,035 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
Scree has been wiped from the face of the Land in a brutal demonstration of intent. While those responsible scatter to work on the next step in their plan, the stakes are raised - all the way to the heavens - as the Gods themselves enter the fray. Returning home to a nation divided by fanaticism, Lord Isak is haunted both by the consequences of his actions in Scree and by ...more
Paperback, 544 pages
Published December 29th 2008 by Orion
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Nels Paulson
Apr 27, 2012 Nels Paulson rated it it was amazing
The good and the bad. I enjoyed this book for a variety of reasons. The grave Thief is like is predecessor (Twilight Herald) a story told from many different points of view. Also like the previous books in the series the name refers to one of its characters. As previous characters have fallen and new ones start adding both confusion and a certain point of view from several different aspects of this world, as well as from different sides of the conflict. By now there is a sense that Tom Llyod is ...more
Aug 13, 2010 Mike rated it really liked it
The Grave Thief is the third book in Tom Lloyd’s Twilight Reign series following both The Stormcaller and The Twilight Herald. Where as The Twilight Herald broadened the scope of the series beyond Isak’s travails The Grave Thief increases the complexity of the plot and the gravity of the threat in the series. Where The Stormcaller stayed more tightly focused on Isak and his coterie The Grave Thief continues to expand upon the cast and players in the Twilight Reign. This was both boon and bane to ...more
2.5 stars but I'll bump it up to 3 because I do love Isak.

This book has been the bane of my existence for the last month. Great idea, poor execution. There are many characters that really shine in this book, in this whole series: Isak Stormcaller, Kastan Styrax, Mihn ab Netren ab Felith, Zhia Vukotic, Doranei... Unfortunately, instead of focusing on them, Lloyd floods the book with scores of characters that are completely unimportant to the overall story. I want the main characters to witness im
Jul 22, 2012 Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had been waiting for a year to read this latest installment in Tom Lloyd'd series. I was not disappointed. I had reread the first two in the series before picking up this latest one.

I was surprised how much detail I had forgotten in just a year from the first two.

Tom Lloyd jumps right back into the after affects of the second novel and the upsurge of religious hatred and the attempts of leaders to direct that hatred.

I enjoy this authors writing style and the central characters. Usually when I
Oct 16, 2010 Peterwilliam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Links to my review, as posted, at:

1. Speculative Book Review - http://speculativebookreview.blogspot...
2. Ubiquitous Absence -
Mar 09, 2016 Susana789 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Príbeh pokračuje, rozohratá partia sa komplikuje (čo znamená spestrenie už tak dosť pestrého spektra postáv). Zaujímavý svet, ktorý točí klasickú fantasy schému, ale spôsob podania príbehu mi absolútne vyhovuje, vrátane odlišných POViek, keďže ide o temnejšiu fantasy, nenachádzajú sa tu otravné psychoretrospektívy a im podobné plniče stránok. Príbeh graduje a finále v poslednej kapitole je výborne vypointované (a zároveň predznačené). Mierne nechápem, že táto séria má v porovnaní s iným balastom ...more
Feb 20, 2011 James rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
3.5 stars. Book # 3/5. A fantasy series of mostly classic ideas spiced up and transformed just a tad.

For the first book of this series I noted that I wasn't quite sure what I liked about it, but that it was fresh. In the second, a large part of the book seemed to drag, and the ending seemed to be the entire focus of the book.

For the third installment, it seems quite clear that Mr. Lloyd prefers to leave a lot of the details up to the readers' imagination. What I mean by that is that a lot of the
Aug 03, 2012 Susanne rated it liked it
Shelves: sff
Difficult to review, this one. I so, so want to love these books. Isak is a freakin' GREAT character, and his trials and tribulations and growing power and personal growth are immensely satisfying to watch. Similarly, Kastan Styrax is a fantastic antagonist - highly intelligent, intriguing, slightly unfathomable. Fabulous. Plot summaries are not what I do - and I couldn't do one at knife point because this book is such a mess, plotwise - so I'll go with the usual nit-pickery:

The Good
- Isak has r
Pavlo Tverdokhlib
Sep 07, 2014 Pavlo Tverdokhlib rated it liked it
Shelves: epic-fantasy
As mentioned in my review of Book 2, I really disliked the prologue for this book. In fact, I'll be honest--I picked up this book on a sale, in equal part on a whim (I needed to grab a book for a "buy 3, get 1 free" deal to kick in, and part macabre curiosity "I wonder just how bad can this get?". I bought it and it sat on my shelf for a while (over a year, I think). then I decided to give it a shot and re-read the first 2 books prior to reading this. This led to me developing a much more benign ...more
Jason Zes
Oct 25, 2014 Jason Zes rated it really liked it
It's really up to the editors to control the size of these books.
This one could have been a lot shorter.
What started out as an amazing series is slowly starting to annoy me.
It still has scope and is well told, but it could have been even greater minus the over-indulgence with the length.
Stretch's Books
Just finished the 3rd book in Tom Lloyds epic fantasy series "The Twilight Reign", and I'm flooded with mixed emotions about this whole series, so far. Each book seems to get a little more convoluted, and require more effort on the part of the reader to keep up with all that is going on. Believe me, there is A LOT going on.

That being said, if the reader can persevere to roughly halfway through the book the reward is worth it. "Grave Thief" is flooded with political power struggles, magic, all
Apr 28, 2014 Tim rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Excellent third installment in the series. Cliffhanger ending seemed much too abrupt for me. Several parts of the story seems to be extraneous plot lines that crop up and get resolved immediately, making me wonder why they were included. Instead, a more developed final two or three chapters could have been put together. But, in total, a very good read that makes me interested in reading the next part of the series.
Jan 17, 2016 Jeanie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Way too complicated with too many new characters
Jan 04, 2014 Steve rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The best & darkest book of the series so far, and the first to give equal weight to all sides of the main story. One slight issue is the speed with which new characters are introduced & become major players in the storyline.
Jul 23, 2011 Ruth rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spec-fic
c2008. Oh dear. The plot still seems to have been lost. I really tried to lose myself in the story but sadly still resulted in the feeling that the second and third books did not hold up to the first book at all. Perhaps, it was just a case of trying to string out the story? Anyway, I don't really care about Isak so the next book will remain unread. Not recommended.
Adrian Leaf
Mar 25, 2014 Adrian Leaf rated it really liked it
Much, much better. This epic series is finally beginning to connect with me. The plotting is more coherent by far, the characterisation is improved, and the general quality of the writing has taken vast steps forward.
It has always been quite an original series but I now can't wait to see where this story goes.
Jan 01, 2015 Laethir rated it really liked it
For large part of the book I couldn't stop reading when I finally came to read in it again. The only thing I'd have liked to be more detailed were Isak's relationships. I feel like he should've interacted more with his peers. Other than that a great continuation of the series.
Dec 04, 2014 Laura rated it did not like it
Now that the ending has been spoiled for my by the goodreads book for summary. I have lost all interest in this book

As with the other books, this series has many characters with no backstory rather then a few we care about. I don't recommend this series at all
JL Lucaban
Aug 29, 2015 JL Lucaban rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-love
It took me months to finish this one. I got sidetracked by other books, and lost a bit of interest for this. But now, my renewed interest grows more each time I turn a page of uts next book. This series might become one of the ones I love the most
Oct 09, 2009 Hari added it
Not spectacular. But what a brilliant finish. Maybe it was the medium or perhaps, it is all the stuff going on with me personally, but, I found it very difficult to stay invested in this book. But, the finish made it all worthwhile
Mar 11, 2010 Siobhan marked it as could-not-finish
Shelves: fantasy
I don't know what it was about this book but I just couldn't get into it. I read about 130pages and was able to make myself keep reading. Maybe will try again later.
Sep 30, 2012 Aimee rated it it was amazing
Totally, completely, mind-blowingly, Awesome! Another completely brilliant instalment to this compelling series, I'm just sorry I didn't finish it sooner.
I had to put it down for awhile. It got too grim but grim without any progress.
Jan 09, 2012 Hannah rated it it was amazing
Another fantastic instalment to the series! Was loathed to have to put it down!
Mar 21, 2011 Tom rated it liked it
interesting sub plots throughout
Dec 15, 2011 Noelle rated it it was amazing
Major like !!
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Tom Lloyd was born in 1979 and showed almost no interest in writing until the age of eighteen. I blame the teachers myself.

Nevertheless he did eventually find himself with a long summer to spare before university, and decided to start a novel when it was suggested he get a job to pass the time. This tells you much of what there is to know about him. The rest can be derived from the fact that he fi
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Other Books in the Series

Twilight Reign (5 books)
  • The Stormcaller (Twilight Reign, #1)
  • The Twilight Herald (Twilight Reign, #2)
  • The Ragged Man (Twilight Reign, #4)
  • The Dusk Watchman (Twilight Reign, #5)

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