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The Stormcaller is the debut of Tom Lloyd, and first in his Twilight Reign series It takes place in a world of Gods amongst men, fantastical creatures, epic battles, magic, prophecies, and temperamental deities The story begins with Isak, a white eye a powerful race created by the Gods to lead the people who is born stronger, faster, and charismatic than humans a natural leader of men Hated by his father, feared by his peers, and treated like a slave, Isak dreams of becoming a soldier in the army of the Lord of the Farlan His life changes when he is chosen by the Gods to become the heir to the throne, destined to defend and protect the people with his life The only problem is that white eyes are born with an unnatural temper and an inner rage that Isak is finding harder to control day by day.The modern fantasy genre is crowded with box breaking, convention subverting writers such as Joe Abercrombie and Scott Lynch New and gritty areas of fantasy are being explored, steering it away from the archetypes used by JRR Tolkein, and in its place leaving broken characters who are raw, bloodied, and complex Tom Lloyd s attempt to emulate their success fails miserably The Stormcaller tries too hard and too earnestly to be dark and twisted Instead, Lloyd has produced a work that is a strange amalgam of cookie cutter fantasy bitter old mentor check a beautiful maiden check swashbuckling companion check a prophecy check and interesting ideas poorly executed The savage nature of the white eyes is an intriguing concept that never reaches the heights of brutality it promises Isak is like a whiney teenager than a powerful being with an apocalyptic inner rage, and one can t help but wonder what an author inventive would have done with such an idea.The world that Lloyd has created is complex, but poorly delivered After reading 300 pages, I still had no idea who was who, nor a good understanding of how Isak s world works Characters are introduced then immediately disappear, great battles are built up to fizzle out, and romances are developed just for Lloyd to change his mind half way through Events aren t given time to breathe, whizzing by so fast that they are meaningless, and what should be dramatic moments are instead underwhelming It left me feeling lost and frustrated, and I threw the book across the room than once. 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 characters and plotlines that he introduced and weave them together somehow in the end. Isak, Wychowany W Biedzie I Poni Eniu Bia Ooki, Chce By O Nierzem, Ale Bogowie Maj Inne Plany Zostaje Nast Pc Lorda Bahla, Bia Ookiego W Adcy FarlanZ Racji Magnetycznego Uroku I Nadludzkiej Si Y Bia Oocy S Urodzonymi Przyw Dcami, Lecz Budz Tylez Podziwu Co Pogrady Gdy Nadchodzi Czas Tworzenia Imperi W, Marz Cy O Tronie Z Zazdro Ci Patr Jak Isak Pot Ny, Lecz Nie Pozbawiony Wad Wype Nia Stare Proroctwa Boska Furia I Walki Miertelnik W Lada Chwila Zalej Wiat Krwi 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 was his debut, but I couldn t get into this even with the audio version too Oh well 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. 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 can get past this small issue then the rest of the book is outstanding.I never wanted to put this down, it starts on a high, and just keeps on getting higher And the ending, wow Lloyd has set up an epic for his second book, which I am about to go out and buy Can t wait to see what happens next.Overall, an outstanding debut from a young, British author Lets hope the second book lives up to the same level of the first A rattling good fantasy tale If you re looking for fantasy, this is it Magic, gods, prophecy, intertwining plots, big battles Top stuff. 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 with little or no background or explanation, and this happened a lot It got to the point that I wouldn t even try and work out what something was if I couldn t remember it Though, to be fair, this maybe wouldn t have been such a problem if I hadn t been reading it in such a piecemeal fashion.I appreciate that Tom Lloyd is trying to create an intricate story, but I think it could have been done much better He s trying to show not tell, which is commendable, but when the telling plops you down in some unknown place with a whole bunch of unknown or once mentioned in passing people doing unknown things for unknown reasons it s just confusing Some authors can do this Brandon Sanderson comes to mind , but this time around it just didn t come off for me.The underlying story is interesting, and I love the idea of people born with super human abilities, and the fact that it isn t all fun and games There are negatives their temper, the distrust everyone else regards them with, and the fact that their very birth is fatal to their mother With less going on, maybe concentrating this story within the capital city the name of which I ve already forgotten I think this would have been a lot enjoyable, a lot less disjointed, and would have served as a better introduction to what is an interesting world There are man and fae creatures, some familiar and some unique to the world, all of the latter inventive There s a good mythology and a lot of thought and work has obviously gone into the background of the cultures, the Farlan especially, and the Gods and how they interact with the world.The ending was interesting, and definitely not what I was expecting Indeed it was almost good enough to convince me to read the next in the series Almost But as yet I m undecided. 4.5 StarsAfter 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 againOriginal reviewTom Llyod s Twilight Reign series has been in my reading queue for many years, I just never made the time to start it Finally, I devoured book one, and loved every minute of it This mature dark fantasy does not read like a first It is gritty, dirty, and quite imaginative Sure this book is the typical coming of age story of our main protagonist Iask, but it is done in a dark world and centers on a pretty bad ass man Isak is a Whiteeye, a very large, angry, magically adept loner, who has a short fuse of a temper, and a passion for violence and killing.The magic in this story, although not really explained or defined, is a treat in that it is violent and scary Isak is a war Mage and even cooler yet, he is also a Mage Smith, but he does not realize it.Iask is a fully realized hero that Llyod does a great job at filling him out He gives us enough to like and to cheer for, all the while balancing it with his darker, uncontrollable, killer side I liked him from the start.I liked the supporting cast Lord Bahl was a larger than life force for Isak to deal with and to bond with This somewhat long novel reads fast even though it really is not all action and fighting.I really enjoyed this first book in the series and fans of Dark Fantasy and authors like Joe Abercrombie will sure find alot to like here 4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum 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 Further, 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 began it all, I very enthusiastically accepted.That collection of tales had given me a taste of the Twilight Reign universe, and piqued my interest with its promise of a dark and epic fantasy Here was the world I had been introduced to, one of white eyes, ancient deities and terrible magic Now I was finally able to see the wider context, getting the full depth of the story filled with gods and demons, clandestine politics and violent clashes between warring peoples I feel like what I d gotten from the anthology was just a nibble And here, this was the whole cake.Born into a life of poverty, our main protagonist Isak is a white eye, a genetic rarity known to make those with the condition bigger, stronger, and aggressive Feared and mistrusted by those around him, Isak had resigned to the fact that he would never be accepted, until fate intervenes and raises him to a position of power as the heir to the Lord of the Fahlan In some ways, I feel the book comprises of several distinct parts, and this section of the story would be the first of them, focusing on Isak s transition from a simple peasant to someone with status.Now, while it s true that a lot of fantasy stories begin this way, I thought Isak s background was a big part of what set his tale apart For one thing, I find the lore and history behind white eyes fascinating Purported to be stronger, faster and charming than normal men because they are god touched and divinely chosen to be leaders, white eyes are still no less shunned and despised by many Because of this, Isak has to prove himself twice over to satisfy his detractors.Regrettably, I also think this part of the book was the most difficult to get through As Isak learns the ropes, this section of the story is mostly filled with descriptions of the things he learns and the people he meets, and it s the most slow moving part of the story Add to that, the writing style took some time for me to get used to I thought the prose came across rather stark and ponderous, and while I wouldn t say I disliked the writing, it still felt like it was missing something lightness or emotion, perhaps, though to be fair, the story is meant to be quite dark and heavy To get through this first part of the book, I did feel I had to work at it.The action didn t come until later, but I have to say the plot picks up considerably once we follow Isak and his people into war against the elves This section of the story is driven by several pitched battles, and here the author also starts fleshing out his world in earnest, giving it history and depth As the layers were filled in one by one culture, religions, politics, etc I finally began to feel the full weight of the Twilight Reign universe.I ended up loving the second half of this novel It encompassed the final section of the story, in which Isak travels to Narkang with his retinue, and they meet the celebrated King Emin I won t deny this probably had to do with having read The God Tattoo first Emin was a character that featured prominently in a couple of the stories in the anthology, and so in a way, I felt like I already knew him and had a good grasp of the setting of Narkang And lastly, this part of the book also featured the climax of the final battle, which was a great way to bring everything to a close.All told, it took me a while to read The Stormcaller, partly because it s such a long book but also because I had to settle in to the writing style Still, I enjoyed this one I may have come to this series in a roundabout way, but further exploring a world that fascinated and intrigued me was so worth it.