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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. reread 2017 when book 2 was publishedi would write again pretty much the original review as i enjoyed this one uite a lot on the reread tooOriginal review 2016Never 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 seuelconcluding volume so when i saw this release I thought that I would skip it but the available excerpt sounded really good so once again I got it thinking that i would regret it like with Moon s artificeHowever Stranger of tempest stayed very interesting till the end and I really want to see what happens next so the announced novella excerpted at the end of this one is an asap in the fall with presumably volume 2 next summerThe blurb gives a reasonable idea about the book s content but there are a few things that add a lot of depth and make this book stand out in the crowded mercenary fantasy subgenre in addition to the narrative energy that kept me turning the pages while I really enjoyed the split between the past action and the present one with a very good stopping point in the end the world building with many cities nations militant orders ruins dead gods extinct advanced races powerful predators etc is rich and gives a sense of openness which is usually not found in the fantasy worlds containing 2 3 5 warring kingdoms or cities the past story of Lynx who was a literate son of a prosperous shopkeeper in a nation that decided to conuer the world under a charismatic leader conscripted and trained its young men women being property there and proceeded to try do that with extreme brutality until it all fell apart as narrated in the book a commando officer Lynx starts being sickened by the atrocities committed by him and his comrades and things happen while later we see how he gets to be a mercenary far from home in a region untouched by his country s wars of conuest though even there the echoes of his nation s brutality and his distinctive racial traits marking him as from there make him an occasional target and object of hatred from people affected by those wars who happen to live here now trying to redeem himself and leave as good a life he can Lynx generally finds trouble for his efforts and only his martial skills even now a bit on the portly side his commando reflexes hold and generally civilizedlaw abiding lands he is living now in have been keeping him from a sudden demise the hints about the story line to come and the rest of the characters from Lynx s new comrades to the young girl he feels compelled to save from indentured servitude to a powerful militant order and hence incur its enmity both for himself and his new companions who obviously are not thrilled by that to the ambiguous assassinspy Toil who appears so interestingly on the first page excerpt and with whom Lynx gets uite taken with as time passes to their multiple enemies human predator and possibly supernatural all add to the reason why this book really worked so well at least for meoverall superior entry in the crowded mercenary fantasy sub genre highly recommended for the reasons above characters world building narrative power Lara Croft, Tomb Raider (Lara Croft: Tomb Raider is a mercenary with a sense of honour; a dying breed Ignition 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 Mitologii subiective in search of purpose He wants for. reread 2017 when book 2 was publishedi would write again pretty much the original review as Between Heaven and Mirth i enjoyed this one uite a lot on the reread tooOriginal review 2016Never 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 Biogenealogy it fizzled so much that I did not have any desire to pick up Sobre el anarquismo (Biblioteca de Divulgación Anarquista its seuelconcluding volume so when ABOUT ANARCHISM i saw this release I thought that I would skip Absolute Trust (Renegade, it thinking that La isla de la calavera i would regret Paleontology and Paleoenvironments it like with Moon s artificeHowever Stranger of tempest stayed very The Mammoth Book of Scottish Romance is an asap Prayer For Little Things in the fall with presumably volume 2 next summerThe blurb gives a reasonable A Treatise on Time and Space idea about the book s content but there are a few things that add a lot of depth and make this book stand out The White Lantern in the crowded mercenary fantasy subgenre Kingsbane (Empirium, in addition to the narrative energy that kept me turning the pages while I really enjoyed the split between the past action and the present one with a very good stopping point Learning To Dance in the end the world building with many cities nations militant orders ruins dead gods extinct advanced races powerful predators etc ¡Dilly-ding, dilly-dong!: Leicester City, el triunfo más improbable de la historia del fútbol inglés is usually not found La locura de saltar contigo in the fantasy worlds containing 2 3 5 warring kingdoms or cities the past story of Lynx who was a literate son of a prosperous shopkeeper The Five Chinese Brothers in a nation that decided to conuer the world under a charismatic leader conscripted and trained The Future Aint What It Used to Be its young men women being property there and proceeded to try do that with extreme brutality until Roomies it all fell apart as narrated Adventures of Superman Vol. 3 in the book a commando officer Lynx starts being sickened by the atrocities committed by him and his comrades and things happen while later we see how he gets to be a mercenary far from home Virgin Wanted in a region untouched by his country s wars of conuest though even there the echoes of his nation s brutality and his distinctive racial traits marking him as from there make him an occasional target and object of hatred from people affected by those wars who happen to live here now trying to redeem himself and leave as good a life he can Lynx generally finds trouble for his efforts and only his martial skills even now a bit on the portly side his commando reflexes hold and generally civilizedlaw abiding lands he Lie With Me in have been keeping him from a sudden demise the hints about the story line to come and the rest of the characters from Lynx s new comrades to the young girl he feels compelled to save from No Feelings Involved indentured servitude to a powerful militant order and hence El libro de sinAzucar.org incur One Wore Blue (Cameron Saga: Civil War Trilogy, its enmity both for himself and his new companions who obviously are not thrilled by that to the ambiguous assassinspy Toil who appears so Size Matters interestingly on the first page excerpt and with whom Lynx gets uite taken with as time passes to their multiple enemies human predator and possibly supernatural all add to the reason why this book really worked so well at least for meoverall superior entry ¡Oh, lorem ipsum! in the crowded mercenary fantasy sub genre highly recommended for the reasons above characters world building narrative power

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Stranger of Tempest

't turn his back on a kidnapped girl At least the job seems simple enough; the mercenaries less stupid and vicious than most he's met over the years So long as there are no surprises or hidden agendas along the way it should work out fi. 45 of 5 starsI 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 something even darker that stalks the nightAt the start of the story we witness a man called Lynx as he searches for his latest meal ticket He reluctantly finds work with a band of mercenaries known as The Cards who are about to head out on their latest mission Lynx is answerable to nobody he doesn t seek much in life above a full stomach and is content to take on any number of small jobs usually trying to avoid bands of mercenaries and other conflicts However when he s approached by a group of hardened mercs who are about to take on the rescue of a kidnapped young girl he can t refuse Of course the best laid plans rarely go accordingly and the same can be said of this rescue Within fairly short measure things have headed downhill and Lynx and the band of Cards are being chased by an army of religious fanatics The Knights Charnel accompanied by the Toruen dragoons and the only hope of outrunning their pursuers is to take the tunnels that lead to the Duegar City ruinsFor a first in series I was really impressed with the great balance between world building characterisation and plot that the author achieves there s still a lot to be explored but this is a tantalising first instalment This has the makings of a fascinating and gripping series and I really look forward to learning about the world that Lloyd has created The Riven Kingdom has mages whose magic differs and in turn seems to have an affinity with certain elementals I don t think I have a full grip on elementals little is known about them as people who encounter them usually don t live to tell the tale there are fire elementals for example and it will be interesting to see how this aspect is expanded upon The Kingdom has suffered a number of wars and clearly the possibility of conflict still looms on the horizonThe characters Well we obviously have the Mercenary Deck or The Cards as they re commonly known These are a rough bunch of characters whose origins and histories differ widely They fight hard and play hard and in that respect I suppose they don t bring anything new to the mercenary role however in spite of that I enjoyed reading about them and their loyalty to each other is clearly defined They re a diverse bunch of characters definitely not shy of drinking gambling and fighting their language is colourfully entertaining and they re certainly flawedThe key members of the Cards are given a bit of fleshing out and certainly enough to demonstrate their allegiancesfriendships and capabilities Lynx is the main character and his personality is developed very well with occasional moments where he reflects on his past These don t come across as info dumps at all I hasten to add Link is So Han a race of people who are warriors In the past they swept across the country fighting and terrorising their neighbours in a bid for supremacy Not exactly renowned for their friendly disposition and kindness they have conseuently become a race of people that are feared and despised in eual measure Lynx whilst being So Han defies expectations by having a keen sense of honour and a will to do the right thing traits that saw him imprisoned for his trouble These are the primary characteristics that define Lynx and also lead him into a whole bunch of trouble The other main characters are Toil and Sitain I don t really want to say too much about either as it would definitely lead to the Land of Spoilers What I can say is that both whilst on the face of it appearing to be damsels in distress are far from it Sitain is a mage very inexperienced and certainly not in control of her own abilities but with a strange affinity to night elementals Toil also seems to have something of a background and turns into something of a female Indiana Jones leading the crew fearlessly through the labyrinth of tunnels and evading all sorts of traps and critters along the way I suspect that both of these characters will play very prominent roles in the seriesAnd so to the setting Well we basically go underground In an attempt to escape pursuit The Cards Lynx and their two unlikely damsels in distress take the much feared tunnels that lead to the ruins of Duegar This is not a road to be taken lightly and within fairly short measure we find out the reasons why The darkness in these tunnels is just plain eerie Huge insects waspids and a race of people known as the Whisper Clans occupy this space and you can t help wondering why they would want to do so There is clearly a strange balance struck between them all and strangers wandering aimlessly into their midst clearly upset that precarious balance Not to mention the smell of walking food is clearly an incentive for all sorts of strange critters to come out of their hidey holes The ruined city is also a very strange place Vast ruins that even now amidst an encroaching jungle are spectacular in their scope Creeping vines and plants that are carnivorous all add to the menaceI can t deny that Stranger of Tempest shares a number of similarities to Tolkien s LoTR The creature on the cover undoubtedly puts me in mind of a Balrog and the character could almost be shouting you shall not pass the tunnels are as dark and dangerous as the Mines of Moria and are swarming with dark characters and this has a road adventure feel with a band of characters trying to stay one step ahead of the game However the similarities end there It actually feels like a shout out to Tolkien but with a story that stands on it s own two feet and a cast of gritty characters that have nothing in common with those from the FellowshipIn terms of criticisms very little really This is a fast paced and action packed story with plenty of surprises and conflicts that are well described and easy to imagine I was puzzled by the weapons which seem a little bit advanced than you would expect and would like to know about how all of this was developed I would like to know of the history here both in terms of the So Han and the Charnel Knights but that being said there is plenty of time for those issues to be examined further and frankly I think for the first instalment Lloyd has struck the perfect balance and given us a compelling read unburdened by info dumps that leave a desire to read on and find out I would definitely recommendI received a copy through Netgalley courtesy of the publisher for which my thanks The above is my own opinion Kraftwerk it should work out fi. 45 of 5 starsI spotted Stranger of Tempest a while ago when the stunning cover was running amok on the Conversations with Nostradamus internet and was The Test immediately keen to pick up a copy as Reality is Plastic it looked and sounded great Does the book live up to the promise Yes I m happy to say Hard Edge (Stone Creek University Book 1) intriguing story and a great set up for the rest of the series It s a great blend of fantasy and action set predominantly Very Wicked Beginnings (Briarcrest Academy, in dark tunnels and a ruined city that are riddled with scary creatures unusual dwellers and something even darker that stalks the nightAt the start of the story we witness a man called Lynx as he searches for his latest meal ticket He reluctantly finds work with a band of mercenaries known as The Cards who are about to head out on their latest mission Lynx The Dwarfs of Arthurian Romance and Celtic tradition is answerable to nobody he doesn t seek much Stolen (Altered Destinies, is content to take on any number of small jobs usually trying to avoid bands of mercenaries and other conflicts However when he s approached by a group of hardened mercs who are about to take on the rescue of a kidnapped young girl he can t refuse Of course the best laid plans rarely go accordingly and the same can be said of this rescue Within fairly short measure things have headed downhill and Lynx and the band of Cards are being chased by an army of religious fanatics The Knights Charnel accompanied by the Toruen dragoons and the only hope of outrunning their pursuers Oro veneciano (Misterios venecianos nº 2) in series I was really The Garden impressed with the great balance between world building characterisation and plot that the author achieves there s still a lot to be explored but this El Club Limonada is a tantalising first 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trouble The other main characters are Toil and Sitain I don t really want to say too much about either as Ogled o sljepoći it would definitely lead to the Land of Spoilers What I can say The Surrendered is that both whilst on the face of Falling (Fading, it appearing to be damsels Perdido (Los lobos de Mercy Falls, in distress are far from Rise of Heroes (Maskes, it Sitain The Three Fat Women of Antibes and Gigolo and Gigolette is a mage very Un amor fora ciutat inexperienced and certainly not The Forest of Souls in control of her own abilities but with a strange affinity to night elementals Toil also seems to have something of a background and turns Cuckold Erotica into something of a female Indiana Jones leading the crew fearlessly through the labyrinth of tunnels and evading all sorts of traps and critters along the way I suspect that both of these characters will play very prominent roles Osnovy Uchebnogo Akademicheskogo Risunka in the seriesAnd so to the setting Well we basically go underground In an attempt to escape pursuit The Cards Lynx and their two unlikely damsels All Dogs Bite (Club Chrome, is not a road to be taken lightly and within fairly short measure we find out the reasons why The darkness A Search for the King in these tunnels Varney, the Vampyre is just plain eerie Huge The Midwife (The Pocket Watch Chronicles, insects waspids and a race of people known as the Whisper Clans occupy this space and you can t help wondering why they would want to do so There Speciarium (Cooking) is clearly a strange balance struck between them all and strangers wandering aimlessly Sergeant Chip and Other Novellas incentive for all sorts of strange critters to come out of their hidey holes The ruined city Journey Into Darkness is also a very strange place Vast ruins that even now amidst an encroaching jungle are spectacular Bible Enlightened in mind of a Balrog and the character could almost be shouting you shall not pass the tunnels are as dark and dangerous as the Mines of Moria and are swarming with dark characters and this has a road adventure feel with a band of characters trying to stay one step ahead of the game However the similarities end there It actually feels like a shout out to Tolkien but with a story that stands on For Members Only it s own two feet and a cast of gritty characters that have nothing About a Girl in common with those from the FellowshipIn terms of criticisms very little really This Über ein Mädchen is a fast paced and action packed story with plenty of surprises and conflicts that are well described and easy to Hero imagine I was puzzled by the weapons which seem a little bit advanced than you would expect and would like to know about how all of this was developed I would like to know of the history here both TELEVISION, REALIZACIÓN Y LENGUAJE AUDIOVISUAL, 3ª EDICIÓN in terms of the So Han and the Charnel Knights but that being said there Blind Aphrodite is plenty of time for those A Fate Worse Than Death and More Fright with a Bite issues to be examined further and frankly I think for the first Ascent of Woman instalment Lloyd has struck the perfect balance and given us a compelling read unburdened by ANATOMÍA DEL ENTRENAMIENTO DE LA FUERZA CON EL PROPIO PESO CORPORAL (En Forma (tutor)) info dumps that leave a desire to read on and find out I would definitely recommendI received a copy through Netgalley courtesy of the publisher for which my thanks The above Primal Island: A Bimbo Harem Adventure is my own opinion

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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 to rely on others or kill without cause Little could compel Lynx to join a mercenary company but he won. 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 unuestionably 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 about as bad as he looksI ve never considered a career as a mercenary but should I ever go down that route I d not trust the manwoman who hires me with the promise that this will be an easy job I mean if a job was easy you d not need me right Well when our protagonist Lynx a soldier with a regrettable past runs into a band of mercenaries who promise him said easy job Lynx knows it is too good to be true and is ready to tell them where to go However there s this girl a wild feisty beautiful girl named Kas who sweetens the deal and has him drop his guard for just a few moments too long After a night of sex and the realisation that having just been let out of prison he could do with some money company and adventure maybe some sex too Lynx signs up with the crew just until this mission is complete anywayAs for why Lynx is in demand In addition to years working as a solider a plus for any mercenary band looking to hire he owns a mage gun A mage gun is weapon that you load with magic bullets that are made from what is said to be the fragments of broken Gods The type of gun you own will determine the kind of bullets you can load it with but the majority will fire elements that will freeze puncture or explode things The magical technology that powers the gun as opposed to mechanical means that Lloyd is able to insert guns into an epic fantasy setting and euip his heroes with firearms as opposed to swords This creates an interesting and rare dynamic in a fantasy novel that we should probably see of It also means that our heroes have a chance against even the largest monsters and demons such as the Golantha you see on the front coverSo Mage Gun armed mercenary crew by his side Lynx sets of on a mission to rescue a damsel who has apparently been kidnapped However upon arrival For a damsel in distress she was rather spattered with someone else s blood than Lynx had expected And naked Very naked Well she demandedLynx could only gape a while longer Finally his words spilled out in an abashed mumble Um come to rescue you Miss You ll have to wait she snapped at the knot of mercenaries crowding the doorway I m busy And so it turns out that perhaps there is to this mission than first appeared dammit This woman is far less damsel in distress and secret agent who has been working undercover To say much than that would spoil a couple of the reveals but I can say that her tongue is as sharp as any of the mercenaries and her abilities and willingness to kill is probably in excess Did I mention she was beautiful Anyway lied to or not the mercenaries need to get this woman named Toil to the person who hired them to save herAll the answers to the many uestions that the book begins to raise are told in a Then and Now set of narratives If you ve read Scott Lynch s The Lies of Locke Lamora then it is essentially the opposite to that which was Now and ThenThe Then chapters tell the tale of Lynx coming out of prison and reintegrating back into society This is a man who has spent a long time behind bars and went away feeling very disillusioned with the world Very early on in this Then narrative Lynx and the mercenaries run into a group of knights who are transporting a young girl The girl cries out to Lynx and the mercenaries for help With no money in it and a potentially sticky situation with a powerful order should they get involved the mercenaries are keen to move along However Lynx has this pesky sense of honour that means he can t simply walk away When Lynx uizzes the knights about where they are taking her and why they threaten him Before Lynx knows it he has taken the girl from them and convinced the mercenaries to allow her to travel with them to safety Who is this girl though Why were the knights carrying her away Will the mercenaries protect Lynx and the girl should the knights show up looking to take her backThe Now chapters which initially are less freuent feature the story of Toil the damsel cough agent cough who ends up leading Lynx and the mercenaries in a Tolken esue adventure through some caves where we meet a whole host of interesting and dangerous creatures Along the way we learn about the young girl who the mercenaries reluctantly rescued and witness the dysfunctional mercenaries try to work together in order to survive the dangers that await Although he doesn t initially trust the people he ends up with Lynx s relationship with the flirtatious Kas and the risking of his life to protect the young girl are the beginnings of re building his life and re crafting himself as a personTom Lloyd has always been a fantastic writer However I feel that Tom s books have always been a little off trend This is actually a strength for bloggers such as myself and avid readers who are always on the look out for something new and a little bit different However for bookshops and casual readers who tend to look for a book that is very much like x you could argue that this has held him back from reaching the same sales figures as other authors in the genre which is a shame With Stranger Of Tempest though Tom has written a book that is dead on trend and should do very very well You ve got the Mercenary banter that is Abercrombie esue you ve got the Mage Guns that would fit well in a Sanderson novel you ve got huge demons that Peter V Brett would be proud of and you ve got an adventure through a strange would that as I ve said feels very Tolkien esueOverall this is a book I have no trouble in recommending For those who like their books fast fun and full of action Stranger Of Tempest has everything you want For those who like a little depth this book has it too if you want to spend a little time investing in the history reflecting on the internal struggles of Lynx then Lloyd provides than enough material for you to do so For me the characters their interactions the relentless battles and constant surprisingexciting reveals meant this is one the best books I ve read this year I really hope this is the book that has the casual SFF readers learning about Tom s work and picking up his back catalogue which is eually brilliant


10 thoughts on “Stranger of Tempest

  1. says:

    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 o

  2. says:

    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 d

  3. says:

    reread 2017 when book 2 was publishedi would write again pretty much the original review as i enjoyed this one uite a lot on the reread tooOriginal review 2016Never 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 beginnin

  4. says:

    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

  5. says:

    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 unuestionably 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 t

  6. says:

    Heads will roll because someone definitely lied about how awesome this book isFirst 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 measur

  7. says:

    45 of 5 starsI 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

  8. says:

    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 unmatc

  9. says:

    Thank you to Netgalley and Orion Publishing for providing me with an ebook copy in exchange for an honest reviewDefinitely

  10. says:

    Couldn't really get going with this one The magic system is cool the characters are a little cliched and one dimensional but still likeable The world seemed very cool with a military type feel My issue was the structure It just seemed a little too complicated for the story it was telling

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