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The Stormcaller

(Twilight Reign #1)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  3,320 ratings  ·  153 reviews
Isak is a white-eye, feared and despised in equal measure. Trapped in a life of poverty, hated and abused by his father, Isak dreams of escape, but when his chance comes, it isn't to a place in the army as he'd expected. Instead, the Gods have marked him out as heir-elect to the brooding Lord Bahl, the Lord of the Fahlan.
Lord Bahl is also a white-eye, a genetic rarity tha
Paperback, 438 pages
Published March 16th 2006 by Gollancz
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This first novel does show some promise, but overall there were too many missteps, large and small, for me to really enjoy it. The missteps fall into a couple categories: first, problems with authorial control over the narrative, and second, aspects of the book that I object to but other readers may not.

In the first category, I had four problems with the narrative. First, Lloyd was not consistent with point of view. The book was written with an omniscient narrator that jumped from character to c
Mar 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars

After my reread, I have kept my rating the same. There is a lot to like about this story. Isak is a complex and sometimes scary protagonist. The book is somewhat long but it is paced well and it never felt dragged out. I wanted a second read through as I want to move on with the series. I needed the second reread to remember and familiarize myself with the people, the places, and the plot.

The Stormcaller was worth my time again...

Original review..........................................
Mogsy (MMOGC)
Nov 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

I have to say I did things a little bit backwards when it came to this series. It all started with The God Tattoo, Tom Lloyd's anthology of stories from the Twilight Reign that I read last year. Needless to say, I enjoyed it very much. Furthermore, it made me want to explore everything else this world had to offer, so when Pyr gave me the opportunity to read and review The Stormcaller, the first book of the series that beg
A complex epic fantasy that's gritty and has a brooding quality. The narrative is quite dense, as we are thrown into the world quite abruptly without any explanation. While I enjoyed reading the story, I can't say that I loved it. May be it's because this is the first book, or may be I wasn't quite hooked into the grand tale that Lloyd is trying to tell. However, I firmly believe that the book has potential to carry on and establish itself a strong imaginative epic fantasy series besides the mas ...more
Not going to lie, I DNF-ed this at about 80% and I was pretty underwhelmed. I think that there was a distinct lack of connection to the main character and I found myself just not caring about what happened in the story because it was so underwhelming. I know this is a book I have wanted to get to for ages, so maybe I built it up a bit on my head, but personally it just didn't wow me and I can't say I would recommend it hugely.
I would probably still try the author's later work as I believe this
Mar 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009, fantasy, in-czech
I had to re-read this one for work-related purposes and I have to say that the second time around, I liked it much better. I mean, there are still too many characters/places and it's hard to keep track of who is who and related to whom and why but the story itself is rather intriguing and I really liked Isak, Vesna and Mingh and even Lord Bahl himself. It's a good book and I hope that the rest of the "The Twilight Reign" series will be just as good and that the author will actually use all the c ...more
Chris Dawson
Jul 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fantasy readers
Excellent debut novel by an upcoming fantasy writer in Tom Lloyd, his writing style during battle scenes was immense. Incorporating everything you could imagine into the battle.

This book has everything you expect from a fantasy book. Witches, daemons, magic, gods, politics, the list goes on. Its all in there, the only problem I found with the book was the sheer amount of characters that were introduced, perhaps too many, making it hard to keep with who was from where and doing what. But if you c
Jay Zes
Oct 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was written in 2006.
It has slipped past the media despite how amazing it truly is.
High fantasy is a very challenging genre but this one sails through. 1 lac 75th words, and I was still hooked.
There are flaws, certainly. But not enough for me to disregard the ambition and expanse of the story.
If you love fantasy, I would highly recommend this one.
One of my new favourites.
M.D. Lachlan
Nov 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A rattling good fantasy tale. If you're looking for fantasy, this is it. Magic, gods, prophecy, intertwining plots, big battles. Top stuff.
Feb 13, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
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Aug 30, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
After starting this book nearly two months ago, I finally forced myself to sit down and read it properly to finish it off, and I think the main problem I have with this book can be summed up quite easily: it's too big.

Now, I don't mean that it's too long. Or rather, I don't just mean it was too long. There was too many threads, too much going on, and you're thrown into a great big world without enough knowledge. There are things and people and places and stuff and terms which were introduced wit
General Dicer
Aug 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book isn't perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but it sets a fine starting point for one of the better fantasy series out there, and it is a solid novel in and of itself.
It has a great front villain in Kastan Styrax, a well-defined and 3D hero in Isak, and an angry king/mentor that manages to pull the role off without being a stereotype in Lord Bahl. The book is packed with action, magic and intrigue, and the battle scenes are smoothly written, dynamic and easy to follow.
My number on
Daniel (Attack of the Books!) Burton
Sep 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I was completely surprised by this book. Recommended by the guys over at, it sat on my bed stand for over a month before I finally got into it, and then I couldn't put it down.

Lloyd writes unlike so many other sci-fi or fantasy writers. Instead of massive info dumps filling us in on the background of the world they've created, Lloyd just hitches us to the characters like a reality cam and takes the reader along for the ride. We start to see the world, its
Jul 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: spec-fic
c2006. Fantastic, tremendous, thrilling. Count myself lucky to have found this book. Everything you could want from a speculative fiction novel, There are heroes and villians although it is difficult to tell who is who! Characters are well drawn and the world building is thorough. Loved it, loved it and there is a DRAGON! All manners of fantasy elements, gods, ghosts, elves, trolls, centaurs, witches etc are all seamlessly included in the story. This man is just a great great storyteller. I have ...more
Feb 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
Full review at my blog.

Tom Lloyd’s Stormcaller, the first book in the Twilight Reign series first saw publication in the U.K. in March….of 2006. If my previous rants haven’t hammered home the disparity between the U.K. and American fantasy market maybe that will. I don’t know. Regardless The Stormcaller is a fascinating entry into the fantasy genre that sparkles with originality while at the same time paying homage to the works that have come before. The story centers around Isak, a white-eye, a
Stretch's Books
Another audio book down, and another enjoyable experience. Maybe some wonder why all the books I read or listen to get 3 stars at least. Well, that is because I don't attempt to negatively impact anyone's work. Authors work hard on their work, and if I don't care for it, I keep it to myself. Now on to the review......

"The Stormcaller" is the first in a five book series from author Tom Lloyd called "The Twilight Reign", and does a good job at being just that. "The Stormcaller" does an excellent j
Mar 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Stormcaller is a solid, old fashioned epic fantasy, in the vein of Goodkind's Wizard's First Rule. It's jam-packed with lore-based juiciness and while this isn't always delivered flawlessly it is always satisfying. An entertaining read throughout.
Brett Spicer
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I disliked this book at first. I found isak a very unlikable character but as with any good book the development of his character is excellent and I found the further I read the harder it was to put the book down.
Oct 22, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-fiction
The Stormcaller by Tom Lloyd. Hmm, what can I say about The Stormcaller without overtly offending the author and his fans.
You know, I too could have been a fan of this book. A big fan. My three star rating doesn't reflect that I realise, but it was not the story itself that brought that on, it was the writing.
I enjoyed, for the most part, the story of Isak. I enjoyed the world building, the characters, the creative fantasy that Lloyd has shared with us. And for that reason, I will recommend ot
Victoria Osborne
Apr 26, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: epic-fantasy
It took me longer than usual to read this book, but I felt that the author deserved a review. Sometimes they just need more.

The bad.
single quotation marks to mark off dialogue. It makes it really difficult to read. He uses a lot of British spelling so I think he must be from England or Australia. But, as far as I know, it is still grammatically correct to use double quote ".

He has many passages of dense prose that you must struggle through. I found those lumps, with paragraphs two pages long, j
Jennifer Wheeler
Mar 09, 2016 rated it did not like it
Hated it. Too many names, titles, plot lines, etc, tossed at the reader with not enough attention given to each. The author writes as if the reader should automatically understand his veiled references to events which have happened in the past - almost written as if this wasn't the first book in the series, so the reader should be familiar. Too many inconsistencies within the rambling storyline, and many switches in character perspectives within the same chapter without warning, so the reader is ...more
Nov 09, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
There's been a lot of praise for this first book in a series and I can readily see where it's coming from. My only problem with the book is that the author really needs to learn to cut down on characters. I've always believed in the idea that if a character doesn't serve a specific important purpose then don't use it. I imagine that some of The Stormcaller's characters will play bigger roles in later books, but having all their names at once is just tiring and makes them all hard to keep track o ...more
Stacey O'Neale
This review was written by Michael Cummings, senior reviewer with the Fantasy Book Addict.

What could have been a four star book compromises its way up to three stars. First, the good. Tom Lloyd presents us with a world filled with gods and men, and all the fantastical tropes that walk in between. Lloyd tugs at all of the familiar strings – prophetically proclaimed saviors, curses, even vampires, and of course, the question of whether our protagonist will turn out to be the hero or the doom foret
Dec 06, 2015 rated it did not like it
This book is sadly a jumbled mess of incompleteness.. The author jumps from character to character like he was throwing darts randomly at a white board with said characters names on it. In some cases leaving you wondering what the hell just happened when he does so.

Case in point.. Isak is brought to see a guy who is going to test him. Room blows up and he has a nimbus of light above his head. poof off to a completely totally different group of characters and the book never explains why the room
Oct 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2012
This series has been on my to-read lists for years, but for one reason or another....
Had a difficult time with the first half until I realized this is the first of five and that this is the "ground work" for the following books. Lots of people, but by the end, you're have the story lines down. In review of the rest, it seems the praise for each keeps rising! I like Lloyd's writing and his ability to let you into the character's head as well as what they're actually doing. Guess I'll give The Twi
Apr 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Stormcaller, in my opinion, was standard fantasy novel fare aside from one key difference: very vivid descriptions. The sights, sounds, sensations, and other sensory items of the fantastical land were very well-described. The only problems I had were the space-wasting format and the overuse of profanity. If you're a fantasy fan looking for something other than Harry Potter or Tolkien, you might want to check The Stormcaller out.
Oct 22, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Pretty much any fantasy fan
Recommended to Eric by: Brian
Shelves: fantasy, borrowed
This was a very good fantasy epic. It is the first part of a series which will comprise and undisclosed number of books. Despite this fact, it had its own beginning and ending.

The social, political, and magical structure of the world is very interesting and unusual. The characters are likable, flawed, and thoroughly realized.
Jon Ringstad
Oct 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Stormcaller is on the surface a classic tale of underdog/outsider boy finds a greater destiny, but it quickly sucks you in and shows you that it's got do much more. As the story progresses the world and the characters deepen and the scope widens. This book and series will replace many classics as one of the gates every young readers must pass to become a true reader of fantasy.
Apr 15, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, read-2012
Clearly the first of a series, and yet it still engaged me enough that I come away wanting to find the rest of the books. The worldbuilding was done very well, as was the character development. It's refreshing to be able to like characters.
Apr 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
From the first paragraph, I was completely swept away by the vivid pictures that were being painted through the beautifully written prose. This story was captivating from the first and compelling to the last, I'm going to start the next one immediately.
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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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