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Tower Lord (Raven's Shadow #2)

4.22  ·  Rating Details  ·  21,802 Ratings  ·  1,122 Reviews
“The blood-song rose with an unexpected tune, a warm hum mingling recognition with an impression of safety. He had a sense it was welcoming him home.”

Vaelin Al Sorna, warrior of the Sixth Order, called Darkblade, called Hope Killer. The greatest warrior of his day, and witness to the greatest defeat of his nation: King Janus’s vision of a Greater Unified Realm drowned in
Hardcover, US edition, 602 pages
Published July 1st 2014 by Ace Hardcover (first published 2014)
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Christopher I think the first book was one of the best books I have ever read in my life (I have read almost all the fantasy genre). However, the second book was…moreI think the first book was one of the best books I have ever read in my life (I have read almost all the fantasy genre). However, the second book was utterly disappointing to me. Would have loved it to continue as a solo POW from Vaelins perspective. Didn't really care/get emotionally attached by the other pows. (less)
Carl Yes - I loved the story of the warrior, from boy to man. The book was so good that I looked forward to reading it while at work. I couldn't get…moreYes - I loved the story of the warrior, from boy to man. The book was so good that I looked forward to reading it while at work. I couldn't get through the first half of the second book. Too many new characters that are just given what Vaelin earned (I like how Rheva becomes Vaelin's equal at the sword after 2 weeks of training - what a crock of BS). To be honest, it seems like the book was written by editors that were bounded by political correctness. This is the first time I've read a sequel that was unrecognizable from the original.(less)

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Faye, la Patata

Let me tell you a story.

Around December 2012, a good friend of mine, Kureha, approached me to say that there was this book on Amazon that was getting huge attention. She told me I should check it out especially since I was starting to read more epic fantasy. Yup, you guessed it: that book was Blood Song by Anthony Ryan. I got myself a copy and read it in two sittings, and was in a huge hangover for days after that. It was one of the best epic fantasies I've ever read, and very few have come cl
Jul 07, 2014 Plushie rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
Rating: 2.5/5

I was lucky to to have just finished Blood Song recently, and to my utter delight, its sequel, Tower Lord, was due for release not long after. I was excited! There would be no year long wait to see what happens to Vaelin as he journeys back home after 5 long years of absence. The book description only served to heighten my appetite as it sounded like Vaelin would have to face more hardships, tough decisions and grave responsibilities ahead.

It's unfortunate that after all the excitem
Robin (Bridge Four)
Reread before the final book release

Possible Minor Spoilers for BloodSong

While Bloodsong is completely Vaelin’s journey The Tower Lord opens up more of this world by showing the story from multiple PoVs. This was good and bad for me as I am so attached to Vaelin that having to share this book with other characters meant I missed him for a lot of it. The other PoVs are good and some I liked more than others but with most books that have shifting PoV chapters it takes a while for all the stories t

10 July, 2015

Re-read time!

First attempt for review, 25 September, 2014

Easy 5 stars! I finished the book several days ago but I'm still thinking about the ending and the wait for book #3 is gonna be a torture. I think I enjoyed this second installment in the series even more! Full review later.
Jul 01, 2014 Mihir rated it it was amazing

Full review over at Fantasy Book Critic

ANALYSIS: Tower Lord is a book that I’ve been waiting for since 2012. Anthony Ryan really announced himself in spectacular fashion with his self-publication success, which then translated into a traditional publishing contract. Two years later, a lot of fans are waiting to see if he can repeat and build upon his success with Tower Lord. In my review for Blood Song, at the end I had written "give this book a read if you want to read a story that’s closest t
David Sven
Jul 20, 2015 David Sven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, audiobooks
The Tower Lord continues where Blood Song finished off. Anthony Ryan switches from the single third person POV of Vaelin Al Sorna, to add another three POVs to the story ie Princess Lyrna, Frentis, and Reva join Vaelin's POV with their own Game of Thrones style character chapters. He also abandons the framing device he employed in the last book though he still has "Vernier's account" interludes.

Like Blood Song I really enjoyed this book. I didn't know how I would take to the format with the addi
Aug 15, 2014 H P rated it it was ok
I was really excited for this book and have been waiting with anticipation for this to come out. Tower Lord however is but a shadow of Blood Song. While Blood Song had a tight plot and pacing with an interesting narrative, the Tower Lord is filled with pacing issues and rather uninteresting POVs. Much of the book was about traveling around, and the action when it happened was rather boring. In the first one we had a band of brothers with each being good in a specific skill. The sequel however ha ...more
Aug 14, 2014 Conor rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars

Tower Lord is the highly anticipated follow-up to Anthony Ryan’s brilliant debut: Blood Song. Ryan was undoubtedly under a lot of pressure to produce a worthy sequel to his massively successful self-published debut and in my opinion he’s delivered in a big way. Ryan manages to retain what made Blood Song great (brilliant characters, gripping plot, an intriguing sense of mystery) while also expanding this series with some interesting new ideas (different plot structure with more POV’s,
Liz* Fashionably Late
Buddy Read with lazy Tanya <3

I apologize for the long review, it's actually meant for me instead of you, to be honest. I won't remember a thing if I don't write it down and I'm planning on reading book #3 as soon as it comes out.

Long story short? This book is amazing and more complex I had imagined. It deserves every star.


Long review for future Liz*

"Only three, snared by the depth of their own malice. But from where does malice spring? If not from fear... and pain.
Mogsy (MMOGC)
Jul 18, 2014 Mogsy (MMOGC) rated it really liked it
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

There are a number of sequels coming out this year with big shoes to fill, and not the least of them is Tower Lord which is the follow up to the sensation that was Anthony Ryan’s Blood Song. While this second installment might not pack the kind of punch its predecessor did, I nonetheless enjoyed the book immensely. It’s a very different novel than the first book, with a shift in style, focus, and character perspectives, an
Jul 23, 2015 Gavin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
This was even better than Blood Song. Telling the story from the perspective of four POV characters was a masterstroke. It gave the book a more epic feel and added depth to characters like Lyrna and Fretis. It also introduced a great new character in Reva.

The story was a bit dark since if focused around repelling an invasion by the Valorian Empire, but there was enough humor, mystery, and romance to keep things from getting too bleak.

I really loved this and the series has become a new favorite
Jul 29, 2014 Monica rated it it was amazing
Though this book was structured very different than Blood Song, with several POV characters, I enjoyed it just as much. I liked that the reader got a larger sense of the world and the events that were taking place in this book, and the stakes for the characters were also considerably raised. I will definitely be reading the rest of the books in the series as soon as they become available. I would recommend this novel to anyone that likes epic fantasy.
Jul 05, 2014 Evander rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was on my most wanted list for 2014. Blood Song, the first in the series, is in my opinion one of the best fantasy books written in the last 10 years. It was an incredible immersing experience with great story and characters.

With this book on the other hand it’s like the publisher told him: “Now listen here Mr. Ryan, you’ve made quite the impression with Blood Song. You have lots of fans raving about it … let’s milk it … we'll introduce a couple of pointless characters stating that we’re en
Jun 29, 2014 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Review Posted from Tenacious Reader:

I know everyone is wondering: Is this as awesome as Blood Song? I had a hard time comparing because the formats are so different. But...
Here it is, I’ll say it early for anyone with a short attention span: this is great book in its own right. For me, it may not have had quite the same addictive quality, the kind that keeps me reading way too late at night, and compels me to pick right back up too early in the morning, t
Aug 24, 2014 Lee rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I have to say that book two in this series did not live up to my expectation. I would rate this about the same as I rated The Emperor's Blades, About 3.8 but expectation plays a lot in determining to use the 3 or 4 star rating. This is like a Wall St mystery. Company A makes 4 billion profit after expecting to make $6 billion and its share price plummets by 10%. Company B makes a $100 million loss instead of $200 million loss and its share prices increase by 10%.

Well, my expectation for this bo
Executive Summary: Another great entry in what's quickly become one of my favorite series. The change in format may frustrating fans of the first book however.

Audio book: Stephen Brand is once again a great narrator that could stand to have his volume boosted. He does an excellent job with voices and inflections, but can be frustratingly quiet in places.

Full Review
How do you follow up a debut novel that seems to be almost universally loved by those who have read it? By writing a book that may
Jul 12, 2014 Christopher rated it it was ok
A spoiler free review.

By analyzing my own behavior after finishing this title can I best describe my "hurt" feelings. For two days now, Tower Lord has constantly been nagging around in the back of my mind, in a negative way. I just keep pondering, why? Why did Mr. Ryan change the writing style and overall direction of the story for his second installment in the series? If not for the strong, STRONG, ecstatic feelings i felt when reading Blood Song - One of the best titles the fiction genre in wh
Athena Shardbearer
Oct 10, 2014 Athena Shardbearer rated it really liked it
Buddy Read Robin, Armina, Gavin, Desinka

GAH DAMN IT!!! It wasn't as great as the first, I think the number of POV was a little too much. It worked great, but I wanted more Vaelin but enjoyed Frentis POV much more. BUT, with an ending like that I need the next book!

"Hurt," he said and enfolded her in his arms, crushing her against the hard muscle of his chest.

And she burned.

Some fantasy have a lot of magic, with spells, words and stuff but this one was like a hint of that. More like mysterious
Tim The Enchanter
Posted to The Literary

Much Better Than the First - 4.5 Stars

With all of the fanfare surrounding the first novel, I found the first instalment to be disappointing. The first focused solely on Vaelin and attempting to chronicle the creation of a living legend. It is not a new concept and has been done far better by the likes of Patrick Rothfuss in The Kingkiller Chronicles and Jack Whyte in his Camulod Chronicles. Now that Vaelin's legend has been created (although poorly) the secon
Sep 23, 2014 Algernon rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014

Two years ago, I called Blood Song the best fantasy debut I’ve read in a long, long time. I probably should have curbed my enthusiasm a little, because I find myself today struggling to explain why I was disappointed in the second volume, even as I admit it is probably just as well written, as epic in scope and as fast paced as the first book. The answer lays most probably in unreasonably high expectations. I wanted to recapture the ‘wow’, the thrills of exploring a fresh secondary world, the
Mike (the Paladin)
I waited for this book with what is usually called "bated breath". The first book in the series snatched my interest and held it from almost the first line. This book, while I give it 5 stars is not quite up to the first book. I'm still involved in the series and I'm looking forward to the next book.

But not with the intensity I looked forward to this one. So let me say first that I do recommend it and it is an excellent read. Note I do go the full five stars, after thinking it over.

First the boo
Oct 09, 2014 Mark rated it it was amazing
Well its finished, now have wait till next year to continue the story which I may say is a treat.

can see why some readers found it slow going, its book 2, people its got to pull the begining and the end together yerr know.

some very good strong female characters who mature as the book goes along.

the last 3rd of the book the multi view points really come along and merge for 3 of the characters in a brilliantly written climax a brave ending in brave way caused a howl of frustration causing a colour
Eon ♒Windrunner♒ & part-time Warder ☯
Was not sure if this was a 4 or a 5, but as I loved it despite.... it gets a 5.

First half of the book felt a bit slow, lots of catching up and setting up, even though it is a necessity. Only other complaint regards the lack of more Vaelin. I did not know that this would be a multiple POV book as opposed to the focus on Vaelin's POV in the 1st book, so that might be the reason this bothered me, as I was not prepared. Enjoyed the other characters and didn't really have any I disliked, but lets fac
An excellent follow up to a fantastic book. The shift in story telling to a four person POV was necessary and worked really well as the story grew too large to be told from only one characters POV.

This is a fantastic series, one I'd suggest you don't miss. I am really excited for the last book in the trilogy which will be out in July :)
Scott (GrilledCheeseSamurai)
Aug 31, 2014 Scott (GrilledCheeseSamurai) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, fantasy


That. Was. AWESOME!!

Seriously? Did all that just happen? I mean ...

Whoooooa. Fuck me.

Okay, so here's the thing, Blood Song was a pretty freaking great book, right? It just swept ya off your feet and made you turn those pages until there were no more pages left to turn. Amiright?

Well I'll be damned if Tower Lord doesn't manage to do that too...but yet in a wholly different way. While Tower Lord is a direct sequel to Blood Song, its a completely different kind of book - a whole different bea
Apr 14, 2015 Solemn rated it it was amazing
I started this book with low expectations. "Who gives a fuck about this cumbraelin Reva? Why is Lyrna still breathing? Oh, okay. Vaelins just gonna be another kings bitch..." But the more I read the more I saw that what I was percieving as a stream of shit was in reality several streams of shit all converging on a row of equally spaced seeds all drowning in shit. Everywhere shit.
Then a curious thing happened. At around the midway point in the book all of the seeds burst through the soil now heal
Oct 14, 2015 JAIME rated it liked it

Well, I was reading this. Right up until I left it in my Chicago hotel room, and frankly, I'm too poor to replace it right now. Disappointment bozanza.

UPDATE 18/8/2015 Okay, here we go again.

Finished: 14/10. Well, that was disappointing, Book I is on my favourite shelf, but right now, I don't know if I will continue. Too many things - characters, POV, events. TOO MUCH. I probably won't review this, but I can stretch my rating maaaaaaybe to 3.5.

Sep 21, 2015 Freakout rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-books, fantasy
love it even more than first book, and first was really awesome
multiple POV really gave much more complexity and depth to the story
Anthony Ryan is master storyteller
TS Chan
Jul 25, 2015 TS Chan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5-stars (rounded up)

The first thing that struck me was the different format from the first book. Vaelin had to share the limelight with 3 other POVs, one of which is a completely new character, and I enjoyed each one of them. As a general rule, I do like having different POVs (albeit not too many) such that the readers get to see the main protagonists as viewed by the others. The other plus point is that the individual POVs take place in different locations, hence lending much to the world-bui
Milda Page Runner
3.5 stars
Still an interesting story and an engrosing read but doesn't have the wow factor of The Blood Song. 5 Povs, more action, less subtlety. Writing feels a bit rushed sometimes, less lyrical, less attention to detail, not as convincing as in the first book. Some Povs were done better than others. My favourite was Vernier's account - his voice most distinct and his 'I am no hero' personality most realistic. Lyrna's perspective had the most interesting and dramatic storyline and characterisat
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Anthony Ryan was born in Scotland in 1970 but spent much of his adult life living and working in London. After a long career in the British Civil Service he took up writing full time after the success of his first novel Blood Song, Book One of the Raven’s Shadow trilogy. He has a degree in history, and his interests include art, science and the unending quest for the perfect pint of real ale.

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