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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 is license to be crude and overtly 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 bookThe 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 mapThe 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 ridehorror type story punctuated by some fantastic actions seuences The space which might have been spent on major events is in my opinion spent wisely on a greater volume of snappy dialogue and world building Overall I didn t find myself able to take enough of a break to uestion 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 Semper Idem on a kidnapped girl At least the job seems simple enough; the mercenaries less stupid and vicious than most he's met Holiday Roommates over the years So long as there are no surprises Second Chances or hidden agendas along the way it should work Introduction biologique à la psychologie out fi. 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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 a

  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 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 have explaination over what the god fragments are feature the mage guns g

  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 tooOrig

  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

  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 the front cover left does ma

  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 t

  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

  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 unmatched by any book I’ve read up until now Hot off having finished Glen

  9. says:

    Thank you to Netgalley and Orion Publishing for providing me with an ebook copy in exchange for an honest reviewDefinitely surprised me at how good it was and I cannot wait to continue on with the God Fragments series by starting Princess of BloodWe follow the perspective of Lynx a former soldier of the cruel and war lovi

  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 seem

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