The Stormcaller

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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 fi

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  • 496 pages
  • The Stormcaller
  • Tom Lloyd
  • Polish
  • 10 April 2017

10 thoughts on “The Stormcaller

  1. says:

    This first novel does show some promise, but overall there were too many missteps, large and small, for me to really enjoy it The missteps fall into a couple categories first, problems with authorial control over the narrative, and second, aspects of the book that I object to but other readers may not.In the first category, I had four problems with the narrative First, Lloyd was not consistent with point of view The book was written with an omniscient narrator that jumped from character to character all over the map These jumps in perspective almost always were accompanied by a jump to a new scene and the reader was cued in to them by a line or chapter break However, at random points in the narrative Lloyd also jumped to a new character within the same scene which is a perfectly acceptable authorial tactic, but the reader HAS to be given a clue in the first sentence of the new perspective to avoid confusion Several times when this happened, I only caught on that he had switched perspectives after he had already switched back Making this even difficult was the fact that most of the characters performing actions away from the main narrative of Isak s maturation were never properly introduced or placed in their larger context Even using the index of characters at the back which was organized alphabetically, rather than usefully by tribe or race I still have no clue who some of the bad characters are I don t know what tribe they belong to I don t even know if they are human, elf, god, or some other race I don t know if anyone else even knows of them.Second, the characters were very inconsistent Isak starts the novel as the requisite young boy from a humble background that is chosen by the gods and destined for great things, and he is still pretty much that same person at the end of the book juvenile, petulant, short tempered But there are about 150 pages in the middle where is a different person altogether practical minded, unemotional, wise, and somehow good at politics even though he states at various other points that he refuses on principle to wheeling and dealing and obeying the forms of etiquette The whole idea of the white eyes was very inconsistent throughout as well they are introduced as beings created by the gods to be leaders of men, and therefore given superhuman strength, speed, size, and charm We see the strength, speed, and size at length , but the charm is shown exactly once at the very beginning Now in my opinion, even in a warrior driven culture like this one appears to be, it is the charm that would be most important in forming a leader, and the short temper that apparently also goes along with being a white eye would be a significant stumbling block and therefore not one the gods would have included.Third, the pacing was extremely uneven There were quite a few battle scenes, and those moved along so quickly that I had trouble keeping track of what was going on there were dialogue driven scenes that actually were quite interesting though I wished there was some humor in the book I get tired of grim men doing grim things and then there were stretches 50 pages long or where no one was doing anything at all and I was so bored that I put the book down in the middle of a paragraph to do chores.Fourth, the descriptive passages made little sense There were pages and pages of descriptions of clothing and livery and anyone who thinks that clothing is a purely female fascination is hereby disproved decidedly the fact that Isak shaved his head was practically hammered into my brain but I never got any sense at all for the landscape or the people I wanted a map to fill me in on the geography and normally I m not a reader that pays attention to maps in books , but I doubt the publisher would have been able to find someone to draw one, because there were no clues in the text At the end of the novel I still have no idea if the terrain was mountainous or flat, forests or plains, or even if there was any weather which is very peculiar, since the god most of the characters worship is the god of storms.All those were problems that I think any reader would find with Lloyd s narrative I found four other aspects of the narrative objectionable, but other readers may not be bothered by them.First, Lloyd belongs to a new generation of male fantasy authors that wants to appear enlightened, but deep down is just as white male oriented as fantasy authors of 60 years ago He mentions that there are tribes that are brown skinned but they are far away, not powers in the land, and have no actual relevance to the story He has a female supporting character that is a trusted adviser to the hero and respected by all the other characters, and he states as if defending himself that intelligent women are sought out as wives by powerful men because they can run the estates and help their men succeed in politics but there are no women in the book In five pages of cast list there are seven women not counting the goddesses, who are still outnumbered by the gods and who none of the characters actually worship There is a mention of female white eyes, but apparently there aren t any in any of the armies There is a mention of town whores, but even they aren t ever shown Handily, white eyes kill their mothers in childbirth, so Isak doesn t even have a mother to remember A female author could never simply erase men from her worlds, but plenty of male fantasy authors still give no thought to where women would be.Second, it is very much a black and white struggle There are obviously evil characters they re the ones raising the dead and sacrificing soldiers to daemons Everyone else is good, and what s , everyone else agrees with each other on the proper course of action There is no politics, despite what Isak whines about there is absolutely no evidence that there is such a thing as dissent Anyone that doesn t agree with what Isak and Lord Bahl believe is a traitor or a necromancer Everyone who does agree with Isak and Lord Bahl also agrees on exactly what must be done no one ever thinks that maybe they are mistaken in their actions, or even misinformed in any respect And apparently Lesarl knows everyone and everything in the world, and is completely informed as to their motivations and even what THEY know about everyone else It s very handy to have such an effective spy network, but I ve never believed one could actually exist.Third, the mythical aspects of the world seemed rather jumbled There were apparently elves, trolls, dragons, unicorns, harlequins, and gods, but I never got a sense for what role any of those races of beings played in the world Were they common or uncommon Intelligent or not Human or not, in the case of harlequins Actually, were the white eyes human or not They apparently cannot breed with regular humans, which would tend to make me think they are no longer human, but it is not something addressed in the text.Finally, the book had absolutely no sense of humor It is full of grim purpose, and looming presences as Time Out mentions, but I cannot call a world realistic if no one ever cracks a smile Even LotR, which every fantasy author since seems to want to emulate, takes a break from its battle between good and evil to smoke a pipe, tell stories, and joke How am I supposed to enjoy the characters when they so clearly don t enjoy themselves Given all this, I doubt I will be picking up any of the sequels to this novel, but ten years from now if Lloyd is still around and getting rave reviews I may try him again to see if he s gotten any better.

  2. says:

    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

  3. says:

    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.

  4. says:

    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

  5. says:

    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.

  6. says:

    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

  7. says:

    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.

  8. says:

    A rattling good fantasy tale If you re looking for fantasy, this is it Magic, gods, prophecy, intertwining plots, big battles Top stuff.

  9. says:

    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.

  10. says:

    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.

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