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Tower Lord

Raven's Shadow, Book 2
Narrated by: Steven Brand
Series: Raven's Shadow, Book 2
Length: 24 hrs and 39 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (253 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The realm burns. Vaelin Al Sorna is tired of war. He's fought countless battles in service to the Realm and Faith. His reward was the loss of his love, the death of his friends, and a betrayal by his king. After five years in an Alpiran dungeon, he just wants to go home.

Reva intends to welcome Vaelin back with a knife between the ribs. He destroyed her family and ruined her life. Nothing will stop her from exacting bloody vengeance - not even the threat of invasion from the greatest enemy the Realm has ever faced.

Yet as the fires of war spread, foes become friends and truths turn to lies. To save the Realm, Reva must embrace a future she does not want - and Vaelin must revisit a past he'd rather leave buried.

©2014 Anthony Ryan (P)2014 Penguin Audio

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Average follow up

The first book was a solid military tale with an interesting twist. The follow up is widely criticised for being wide of the mark in the qualities that made Blood Song good, and I have to agree. Beyond that, the narration lacks entirely in characterisation, the voice artist giving no variety of tone or accent to the wide cast of characters - at times I had no idea who was speaking in any given conversation. Overall, a C at best.

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brilliant sequel

loved it a truly marvelous follow on from the first book it had me on the edge and possibly even thrilled me more than the first. Steven brand's voice is intriguing and captivating, he lends another dimrnsion to tge plot

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great story and narration

I really enjoyed this story and the narrator is very good. I got sucked into the story and just wanted to know more.

my only grip is that some of the name can get a bit confusing cause they sound similarish if you aren't paying attention

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Great story and great reading

Brutal but rewarding continuation of the Raven's shadow series. Well read by the voice actor. Thoroughly enjoyable finale.

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Even more engrossing

This is a really exciting 'next book'. The story is getting deeper and richer and more intricate. The characters are just engrossing. My only gripe and it's not a big one, is that Vaelen is a little too perfect. I am really enjoying the story though, and the narrator is good. I'd really like to be able to read along with this story though because it's so intricate but the kindle version isn't available to my country, worst luck. This is the kind of book I'd like to pour over, read glossaries about and prologues and epilogues! Great stuff! Reva is just an awesome character.

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Thoroughly enjoyable

I can't wait for book 3 in the series. Books 1 & 2 have been enthralling. Engaging storyline and superbly narrated.

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Exceptional!

To say "I enjoyed" this epic story is an understatement. I was absolutely enthralled. The characters are well fleshed out, the saga is well written and the narration is superb. Looking forward to the next one. Highly recommended!!

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great story...

The narrator lacks real emotion and some key scenes are lost in it. Otherwise the story is in top form.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-02-2018

compelling story

The story and reader were great but the production had few problems with different levels of voice. Perhaps they were caused by trying to fix a mistake.

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  • Jacquie
  • 22-02-2016

Engaging to the point of distraction

I have listened to hundreds of hours of audio books I would rate this series as one of the best. loved how it was written from each main character's perspective per chapter . what also made it special was the fantastic voice over artist. Jacquie

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  • Janine
  • 08-07-2014

Better than book 1!

For once, book 2 is better than book 1. This book picks up directly after the end of book 1 and has more POVs than the first. I found this a bit irritating - just as things are getting interesting with one character, we switch to another. There's just as much murder and mayhem (more, actually) and the story whirls in directions I could not have guessed at.

We also get more info about the evil that threatens from the Valerian empire, the implosion of one faith and the the growth of dogma of another. It's impossible not to draw some parallels with the religions that plague our world.

Some character development didn't make sense to me. We meet Reeva when she hunts Valen to kill him. She's a surly, fanatical pain in the arse while Valen trains her. Then, with very little transition, she becomes a brave, upstanding member of a family. Odd.

The book is good. The narrator, though, is poor. There is no character depiction of voice, tone, accent like an audiobook should have. He simply reads, all voices the same, gender, background, social heirachy. It's disappointing, to say the lease.

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  • A P Smith
  • 01-08-2016

Ok but not as good as the first in series

I enjoyed the first book. But this one just seems to be a never ending series of battles. Hard to keep track of some of the minor characters, someone would appear and the reader is obviously supposed to know who they are but several times I was left wondering who on earth are they again?

Not terrible, but not great.

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  • daniel hattan
  • 05-04-2018

Consistently Good

Although the structure changed from book one in terms of Chapter layout and perspective I thought it was a great addition to the series, can’t wait to start the third book.

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  • MichaelN
  • 01-07-2016

Good book and excellent story but...

Hard to keep track of all the names and places. Looking forward to next one though.

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  • Annie A
  • 14-05-2015

Pure Brilliance!

Would you consider the audio edition of Tower Lord to be better than the print version?

I had read the print version which probably helped with the audio edition - as lots going on!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes - i could get lost in characters and story line

Any additional comments?

A must read!!

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  • Viv
  • 24-03-2015

A towering success

A really gripping, and unpredictable story fantasy which I thoroughly enjoyed and recommend to lovers of this genre. Characters are complex and interesting and the story lines are similar. Excellent narration.

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  • Shane
  • 15-01-2015

Amazing story and fantastic performance

Excellent story, my only
Regret is that I can't wipe it from my memory to listen to again, eagerly awaiting the next audiobook!

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  • Sheila
  • 21-09-2014

Disappointing

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

I can't believe that anybody who read the first book would not be disappointed by the second.

What was most disappointing about Anthony Ryan’s story?

The lack of drive and story. So many POVs that it just trundled it's way towards the end. Nothing surprising or original just plodded on

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Steven Brand?

Somebody who could differentiate between the characters. He doesn't have a bad voice but it was the same one all the way through the book. Nothing to indicate which character was speaking or their emotions.

What character would you cut from Tower Lord?

Most of them.

Any additional comments?

Not worth the money. I will be asking for my credit back

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-05-2019

Very, very long

Far too many characters, not sure what was happening and why and in the end I didn't really care.

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  • Angel
  • 11-05-2019

Big dissapointment

After listioning to the first book in the series twice and absolutely loving it I had high hopes for part 2 Tower Lord, but I was let down, it made no sense to me unlike the first book Blood debt, Valin was hardly in it and I was so confused at the story that leapt from scene to scene with little sense I know Anthony Ryan is a great writer and there are proberly others that liked this book but I found it slow and boring I could not connect with the characters like I had the first one, sadly I gave up after half way just so bored, wish I had liked it but not for me