Stranger of Tempest
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I am not ashamed to admit that I was drawn to reading this book by how stunning Jon McCoy's cover artwork is. The second thing that made me think this novel was well worth my time is that it has one of the best opening chapters that I have read in a long time which begins with...
"For a damsel in distress, she was rather more spattered with someone else's blood than Lynx ...more
A pity. What I would've done (although I'm hardly an author I do know a good tale) is to have more explaination over what the god fragments are, feature the mage guns more, give our main character a less cliched back ...more
i would write again pretty much the original review as i enjoyed this one quite a lot on the reread too
Original review 2016
Never had any luck with the author's books to date (dropped fairly fast from The Stormcaller and read Moon's Artifice but after a very promising beginning it fizzled so much that I did not have any desire to pick up its sequel/concluding volume), so when i saw this release I thought that I would skip it, but the available excerpt sounded ...more
The plot is a little generic but the writing style starts off well enough. Things just rapidly went down hill and disappeared along with my interest. It may have picked up and become better but it wasn't for me.
Heads will roll, because someone definitely lied about how awesome this book is..
First off, i loved Lynx it wasn't so much that he could kick ass but that the book presented him with vulnerabilities. Ever so often you're able to glimpse the measure of the man Lynx is, to have gone through so much but still come out of it with his sense of right and wrong still intact.
"I've seen right, i've seen wrong. I've seen life, i've seen death but i only hate one o'those. Death's just another day. I won't
I spotted Stranger of Tempest a while ago when the stunning cover was running amok on the internet and was immediately keen to pick up a copy as it looked and sounded great. Does the book live up to the promise? Yes, I’m happy to say it does. I found this a really intriguing story and a great set up for the rest of the series. It’s a great blend of fantasy and action set predominantly in dark tunnels and a ruined city that are riddled with scary creatures, unusual dwellers and some ...more
Definitely surprised me at how good it was and I cannot wait to continue on with the God Fragments series by starting Princess of Blood!
We follow the perspective of Lynx, a former soldier of the cruel and war-loving warrior republic So Han. After some time in a mining prison for contradicting his direct superior, he now works as a hired gun for merchants to cleanse himself ofthe thing ...more
With a premise which promised action and grit by the spadeful, and a dramatic cover boasting an awesome Diablo-Balrog mash-up, it didn’t take me long to crack open Stranger of Tempest once I got my hands on it. Having already impressed with the first in his Twilight Reign series, a book which spent a leisurely nine years on my bookshelf before its eventual dusting off, Tom Lloyd has surpassed himself with this action-packed and enthralling tale of merce ...more
50,000 mercenaries, whose names you are supposed to remember, get into a whole lot of fights.
In these fights, they use confusing magic guns.
The best fighter of all is the new recruit outcast who has his own agenda. He's a bit chubby but he's still the one who lands the Hot Badass Female.
There is fighting, crass language, blood, booze, and general foulness.
There's also something about a super-powerful-but-also-pathetic female who is naturally drawn to our chubby outcast her ...more
The first half is awesome. Its filled with memorable characters, witty lines, great interpersonal dynamics, and a good mix of intrigue, action and growth. The use of the two different time lines was really well done. I was convinced I had a new favourite author.
The second half was a savage disappointment. Maybe its a resu ...more
Over the number of years I have spent reading I have learnt the hard way tha ...more
I totally agree that the book feels like it`s broken in a half. The first one, it`s very well made, the story goes
back and forth over a small period of time, the characters have excellent voices, for the most important ones we have interesting background stories, the intrigue looks like it has a lot of potential and directions to go, and sometimes the novel made me think at the first novel by Jeff Saliards, Scou ...more
One of the first things I like is how well rounded the cast of characters appear to be. The band of merceneries is diverse and whilst you often get main characters like Lynx with traumatic back stories it is rare that a writer in a fantasy series actually reflects on how mental health would be impacted by a brutal upbrin ...more
It had a few quirks that kept it from 5 stars. For instance, I think the author needs some more wildlife experience so he'll quite comparing everything to the size of a pony.
I have already purchased the follow-up. Hopefully with less ponyisms.
I warmed to Lynx immediately. Out of shape and with a habit of waking up in jail cells, the only thing Lynx has going for him is a deeply in ...more
Stranger of Tempest is one of those books that gives you the kind of fantasy yarn that you recognise but rarely in the way you expect. There are magic and monsters and magical weapons, along with action and i ...more
Pivoting around the main character Lynx, a down on his luck bodyguard who finds himself needing to join Anatin’s band of mercenaries in order to get himself out of a sticky situation. He’s not a fan of mercenaries, has a low opinion of them but these at least seem to have a bit more honour than he’s used to.
As the novel progresses and they rescue a mage who has been kidnapped by a band of soldiers, normal practice in this world, the novel desc ...more
I’ve been a fan of Tom Lloyd’s writing for some time, his is an easy fantasy, that’s not to say simplistic, because the world building is deep, complex and utterly believable. Its more that the narrative and flow of the story is paced to perfection, carrying the reader, making the reading effortless, its pace increasing with the pace of fight and flight and then smoothing down to a calm laconic pace when the protagonists are at rest, tense and gripping in the dark places and light and funn ...more
I just did not like the way this was written, switching from the past to the present on alternate chapters.
I found this to be totally disruptive to the story.
The characters though were well thought out and had plenty of depth.
It has been a good fantasy story with interesting characters.
I would have given five stars but there was a long, long subterranean travel which I found tiresome despite the fact that there was a lot of action.
The opening is brilliant, throwing you into the action in a way most will never forget, an ...more
Lots of imaginative features and world building, but I felt the need for a stronger/more compelling central plot line kept it (for me) at three stars rather than four.
You can see more of mine and my co-readers thoughts here
I’d seen the cover reveal for this book posted on Twitter quite a while ago and it looked awesome, a human with sword raised standing alone against a massive demon that to me looks like a cross between Diablo from the Diablo computer games and Balrog from Lord of the Rings and thought…..now that looks like a book I’d like to read!
I found Lynx to be an engaging main character, he ha ...more
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 ...more