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Stranger of Tempest

(The God Fragments #1)

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Lynx is a mercenary with a sense of honour; a dying breed in the Shattered Kingdom. Failed by the nation he served and weary of the skirmishes that plague the continent's principalities, he walks the land in search of purpose. He wants for little so bodyguard work keeps his belly full and his mage-gun loaded. It might never bring a man fame or wealth, but he's not forced t ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 19th 2016 by Gollancz
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Tom Lloyd Thank you, glad you enjoyed it! I'm soon to discuss with Gollancz the finer details of that, but my plan (assuming it's selling well and I've got…moreThank you, glad you enjoyed it! I'm soon to discuss with Gollancz the finer details of that, but my plan (assuming it's selling well and I've got complete freedom on that front) is for six books, and novellas in between each book, the novels all effectively missions within the coming war.(less)
Tom Lloyd It's not going to be released in TPB no. It's our in hardback and ebook in the UK, but only ebook in the US for the time being.

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James Tivendale
Apr 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, freecopy
I received a free copy of Stranger of Tempest in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Tom Lloyd and Gollancz.

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
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Paul O'Neill
Sep 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
There's definitely a great story in here, somewhere. Mage guns, monsters, gods and god fragments. It could've been great but it just fell down on delivery. Characters are very boring and cliched, the narrative structure could've been simpler but above all, it all felt a bit aimless.

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
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Liviu
reread 2017 when book 2 was published

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
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Richard
Oct 23, 2017 marked it as dnf
Shelves: fantasy, arc
The dreaded DNF pile. I read 25% of this book and wasn't getting into it at all. I went away for the weekend and upon coming back home the thought of picking this up and reading another 75% made me dread to think how long it would be before I finished it.

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.
Marc Aplin
Sep 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
If you could judge a book by its cover then Tom Lloyd’s Stranger of Tempest would be one of the finest books of the year, unquestionably. However, we all know that doing this – judging a book by its cover – is a sin. So, instead, you need to read the thousands upon thousands of words inside in order to make your mind up and just hope… really hope… that the humongous demon standing before the dude with the gun on the front cover (left) does make an appearance (spoiler: he does… and YES, he is abo ...more
ijeoma Agbaje
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was ok


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

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Lynn Williams
May 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 of 5 stars
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
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Nadine
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Netgalley and Orion Publishing for providing me with an ebook copy in exchange for an honest review!

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
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Jack Beaman
Jul 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Picked this up on a whim in a Waterstone’s, having seen considerable praise for it on the internet. New and shiny as it was, it obviously shot to the top of my TBR pile, and I started it in the next few days. In short: I read it in about 3 sittings and absolutely loved it. The very first page pulled me in and made me laugh both, to an extent unmatched by any book I’ve read up until now. Hot off having finished Glen Cook’s The Chronicles of the Black Company, I’m enjoying reading about mercenary ...more
proxyfish
Jan 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, review-copy
Reviewed on my blog - Books by Proxy

5 Stars

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
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Krystal
DNF at page 205 (64%)

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
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Peat
Mar 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Stranger of Tempest is almost two books in one; the first half about how a mercenary company gets themselves into a ton of trouble, the second about how they get themselves out.

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
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James (ObservantRaven)
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
What can one say about their first impression of a book cover with so much eye candy like Stranger of Tempest. Well upon seeing the cover for Stranger of Tempest two thoughts come to mind. One, “I really want to read this book”. Secondly “Wow that is one seriously badass cover and that beast reminds me of the balrog from Lord of the Rings”. I think the cover artwork done by Jon McCoy is fantastic and just pure eye candy.

Over the number of years I have spent reading I have learnt the hard way tha
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Dezideriu Szabo
Jun 27, 2016 rated it liked it
A very interesting world building but the story was yet another "running trough Moria to the Bridge of Khazad-Dum".
Bogdan
Jan 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, adventure
This was a fast read. I was undecided for some time for the rating, but now I`m sure.

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
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Becky
Dec 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
It took me a little while to get into this, but as soon as I gave myself a decent amount of time to sit down and read rather than grab minutes here and there suddenly it flew by!

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
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Jon Adams
Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an enjoyable, entertaining read.

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.
JohnHooper
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Paul
Jun 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
I’ve always imagined being a mercenary in some far off, fantastical land would be the hardest of lives to live. Based on what I’ve learned in Stranger of Tempest, the latest offering from Tom Lloyd, it would appear I was entirely right. When you join Anatin’s Mercenary Deck, chances are you’re going to find yourself living fast and very probably dying young.

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
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Edward Cox
Mar 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Lynx is an honest man, haunted by the atrocities of his homeland, his past is nicely dark and mysterious. He is misunderstood, viewed with suspicion, and often treated as an enemy even by his mercenary comrades. Lynx is fundamentally good, he just finds getting into trouble very, very easy.

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
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Claire
This review originally appeared on BrizzleLass Books.

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
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James Barclay
Jun 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Tom Lloyd has always been a very good writer but ‘Stranger of Tempest’ demonstrates that his skills have reached whole new level. It is beautifully designed and superbly executed. It felt to me like this novel had been churning around in Tom’s mind for years and years, awaiting its chance to appear on the page but only when he felt he had the expertise to deliver it exactly the way he wanted it. From the opening scene to the final words, Stranger of Tempest was gripping, funny, carried great emo ...more
Robin Carter
Jul 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Review

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
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Neil
Apr 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, netgalley
I received a free copy via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.
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.
edifanob
Sep 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books, 2016-reads
I read the book within two days.
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.
Aliette
Jun 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
A fun and fast paced romp in which a mercenary company's latest job goes horrendously wrong and they have to evade pursuit. A great cast and some very good action set pieces.
James Sundquist
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Best book I've read from this author so far, and one I really enjoyed, despite a bit of a lull in the third quarter. Lloyd has always been sharp and creative with worldbuilding, and this world is his most intriguing yet, with magic providing the power for guns of various elemental flavours. There's a rag-tag band of mercenaries (always popular) pitted against various foes, and the characters are well drawn.

The opening is brilliant, throwing you into the action in a way most will never forget, an
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T.O. Munro
May 10, 2018 rated it liked it
I read this as part of a Buddy read on the Fantasy Hive.

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

https://fantasy-hive.co.uk/2018/05/th...
Vaelin
Oct 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

A interesting start, a lagging middle and a solid ending including a nice dangling carrot for the next book.

Will read book 2 at some point in the future.
The Tattooed Book Geek (Drew).
I was lucky enough to receive a free copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley, this has in no way affected my review.

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
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