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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 haveexplaination over what the god fragments are, feature the mage guns , give our main character a less cliched back 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 haveexplaination over what the god fragments are, feature the mage guns , give our main character a less cliched back story and some personality and have this team be onof a quest rather than just a bunch of mercs doing merc like things 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 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 about as bad as he looks.I ve never considered a career as a mercenary, but, should I ever go down that route, I d not trust the man woman 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 somesex too , Lynx signs up with the crew just until this mission is complete, anyway.As 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 equip his heroes with firearms as opposed to swords This creates an interesting and rare dynamic in a fantasy novel that we should probably seeof 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 cover.So, 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 ratherspattered with someone else s blood than Lynx had expected And naked Very naked Well she demanded.Lynx 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 isto this mission than first appeared dammit This woman is far less damsel in distress andsecret agent who has been working undercover To say muchthan 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 her.All the answers to the many questions 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 Then.The 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 quizzes 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 back The Now chapters, which initially are less frequent, feature the story of Toil, the damsel cough agent cough who ends up leading Lynx and the mercenaries in a Tolken esque adventure through some caves where we meet a whole host of interesting and dangerous creatures Along the way we learnabout 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 person.Tom 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 esque, 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 esque.Overall, 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 littledepth, this book has it too if you want to spend a littletime investing in the history, reflecting on the internal struggles of Lynx, then Lloyd providesthan enough material for you to do so For me, the characters, their interactions, the relentless battles and constant surprising exciting reveals meant this is one the best books I ve read this year I really hope this is the book that has thecasual SFF readers learning about Tom s work and picking up his back catalogue which is equally brilliant reread 2017 when book 2 was publishedi would write again pretty much the original review as i enjoyed this one quite 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 sequel concluding volume , so when i saw this release I thought that I would skip it, but the available excerpt sounded reread 2017 when book 2 was publishedi would write again pretty much the original review as i enjoyed this one quite 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 sequel concluding 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 conquer 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 conquest 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 civilized law 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 assassin spy Toil who appears so interestingly on the first page excerpt and with whom Lynx gets quite 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 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. 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 to rely on others or kill without cause Little could compel Lynx to join a mercenary company, but he won 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 fine 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 intactI 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 tHeads 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 intactI 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 be like him or any of the monsters in here Life s not worth that.When you begin this book, you ll likely think this book is about Lynx because duh the blurb, heck you might even think there ll be tons of magic shit happening, and like gods or something equally fantastical but you ll soon discover this book takes a long winded road to an abysmal plot and quite frankly i m being generous here You spend 10 chapters, I counted in some freaking tunnel like abandoned city, half of which is spent walking and shit, then then about 3 chapters or so spent trying to kill the monster on the cover of the book Which really has no bearing to the plot as a whole.Do you learn anything tangible about God Fragments Fuck noDo you learn anything about the God s themselves Well, unless you call reading POV s of fanatical religious baddies then i guess that counts.What s the deal with naming themselves after cards Shrug Who the fuck knows Maybe Tom does, but he certainly wasn t sharing.What s the deal with the cards even Is there a wider significance Yup, your guess is as good as mine.Is there a story here Probably But seeing as Book 1 basically just felt like a pointless plot, i m not really holding out hope.I m also curious as to why the author just didn t use this book to lay the foundation on straight Get all your explaining out there in book 1, i don t want to get to book 2 and still be wondering about simple things like the magic system or some trivial shit like that This isn t some epic fantasy You don t get the luxury of dragging stuff out like that in my opinion.I figure the author was trying to be mysterious cos in chapter 29 we re introduced to some Archelect character who hints at some sort of conspiracy going on in the book Again, i m sure it was supposed to pique our interest but i m just going to call fail on that angle This book basically read like one of those serials where every book was about something entirely different You don t get the feel that the plot here is about something bigger Sure it might have seemed that way at first but after you ve bumbled in a tunnel for like ten chapters you tend to lose focus.All in all not an inspiring start to the series. 4.5 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 some 4.5 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 Torquen dragoons and the only hope of outrunning their pursuers is to take the tunnels that lead to the Duegar City ruins.For 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 learningabout 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 horizon.The characters Well, we obviously have the Mercenary Deck or The Cards as they recommonly 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 flawed.The key members of the Cards are given a bit of fleshing out and certainly enough to demonstrate their allegiances friendships 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 consequently become a race of people that are feared and despised in equal 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 series.And 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 menace.I 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 Fellowship.In 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 bitadvanced than you would expect and would like to knowabout how all of this was developed I would like to knowof 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 recommend.I received a copy through Netgalley courtesy of the publisher for which my thanks The above is my own opinion 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 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 things he has seen and done in the past After one such job, he meets Kas, who introduces him to a mercenary Deck, the Cards, run by Anatin Every member of the company represents one playing card and after Lynx decides to join them on a job, he is assigned the Stranger of Tempest However, this presumably easy job leads him and the Deck into some serious trouble.The first half of this book was a bit confusing at times due to its heavy focus on introducing the mercenary Deck and its characters and structure It did not really help that we switch between present and past events and get a lot of the world explained But once you are accustomed to the world, the magic system and the characters, this book is pure fun There are mages in this world that are forced to produce ammunition for the mage guns that is fueled by the repective magical power e.g fire or ice We also get to meet Sitain, who is another sort of mage and is rescued by Lynx and the mercenaries The pacing picks up greatly in the second half and I was so excited when it became clear were the characters were headed to I will not spoil the fun, but it reminded me a bit of Moria and the horrible creatures the Fellowship encouters there Also, the book cover reveals a lot.So if you enjoy a story revolving around a bantering company of mercenaries that seem to attract trouble at every corner and have to fight their way out of it, you should definitely pick this book up I hope the second book can live up to the first and explains a bitof the world, its politics and intrigues and the magic system 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 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 companies Thinking about it, I ve always enjoyed reading mercenary stories as noted in an earlier review, I massively enjoyed The Deed of Paksenarrion, and the following Paladin s Legacy, though my love of mercenary companies can be traced I think back to Stan Nicholls Orcs, and Raymond E Feist s Serpentwar Saga The bonus of using a mercenary company as the central group of characters is that there islicense to be crude andovertly humorous In Stranger of Tempest, this is achieved incredibly well I m unsure as to whether or not it is my specific sense of humour or not, but I found the dialogue in particular to be very funny, bordering on hilarious, throughout the book.The world of The God Fragments series is wonderfully thought out as well, with an interesting history and some amazing twists, such as the way the company is based on a deck of cards I also love the premise of mage guns the way they are dropped into the story as if they are nothing out of the ordinary and only later examined in detail The one thing which would have improved it however, would have been a map.The plot did not give me any respite The story moved incredibly fast, and it was only once I had had a few moments to consider did I realise that not much actually happened Without giving too much away, the plot works up to a central event by the clever and effective use of flash backs and flash forwards, which occurs in the first half of the book, and is then followed by a thrill ride horror type story, punctuated by some fantastic actions sequences The space which might have been spent onmajor events is, in my opinion spentwisely on a greater volume of snappy dialogue and world building Overall, I didn t find myself able to take enough of a break to question it during reading, and even having observed it since, I still don t find myself at all disappointed with the book Stranger of Tempest , by Tom Lloyd is the first in The God Fragments Series 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. Stranger of Tempest


About the Author: Tom Lloyd

Tom Lloyd was born in 1979 and showed almost no interest in writing until the age of eighteen I blame the teachers myself.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 first had the idea of writing a book to annoy a schoolfriend by getting published before him.No, honestly he s actually that shallow.It was swiftly apparent that this was not the quick route to fame and fortune that he d hoped for The first sign of this was the realisation that being good at writing was required, but he managed to surprise everyone by not giving up on something he didn t show immediate promise in.Studying Politics and International Relations at Southampton University had very little appreciable effect on him, beyond giving him a couple of ideas for future novels, but that was largely due to spending most of those three years in London shacked up with the god daughter of an Asian dictator Upon leaving university he decided along with what seemed like half of all other graduates, some of whom had had the temerity to study English that doing book stuff sounded like a fun alternative to working out what sort of job he wanted to do There was also the intriguing suggestion of literary talent being passed on by some osmosis like process As a result of a little work experience at Simon and Schuster combined with some shameless flirting with the HR manager he got a job as an editorial assistant on the Scribner list, which allowed him to mistype letters to a whole host of talented writers.Certain luminary examples there made it clear that before he became a fantasy editor he was going to have to spend several years iron cladding his liver Towards this goal, he decamped to the A M Heath Literary Agency by way of Random House, which was silly because walking down Longacre would have been a lot quicker, to work in foreign rights while also freelancing for writersservices.com and constantly revising what was slowly becoming The Stormcaller.A three year litany of madcap adventures in the crazy world of agenting ensued, but it would be far too time consuming to detail any of that so suffice to say that his hangover cleared sufficiently one morning in 2004 for him to realise that he wasn t quite so bad at writing now Maybe there was something to this osmosis thing after all although if that s true Katie Fforde and Dave Hill might get a surprise at the effect they d had.Securing the services of John Richard Parker at MBA Literary Agents proved a surprisingly painless experience despite being previously rejected by one of John s colleagues, which just goes to show how persistent one has to be and soon he was sat in the office of Jo Fletcher at Gollancz trying to persuade her how much of a geek he was After four years as contracts manager at Blake Friedmann Literary Agency he decided he didn t like other authors that much so he swapped his dark corner of Camden for one at Atlantic Books where it quickly became apparent that he prefers winning arguments to scruples.Writing part time, also known as watching loadsTV, he also manages to play a little sport in between trips to the pub and battering his next book into a semblance of shape.http tomlloyd.livejournal.com


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