The Stormcaller by Tom LloydThe Stormcaller by Tom Lloyd

The Stormcaller

byTom Lloyd

Paperback | July 12, 2007

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In a land ruled by prophecy and the whims of Gods, a young man finds himself at the heart of a war he barely understands, wielding powers he may never be able to control

Isak is a white-eye, feared and despised in equal measure. Trapped in a life of poverty, hated and abused by his father, Isak dreams of escape, but when his chance comes, it isn't to a place in the army as he'd expected. Instead, the Gods have marked him out as heir-elect to the brooding Lord Bahl, the Lord of the Fahlan.

Lord Bahl is also a white-eye, a genetic rarity that produces men stronger, more savage and more charismatic than their normal counterparts. Their magnetic charm and brute strength both inspires and oppresses others.

Now is the time for revenge, and the forging of empires. With mounting envy and malice, the men who would themselves be kings watch Isak, chosen by Gods as flawed as the humans who serve them, as he is shaped and moulded to fulfil the prophecies that are encircling him like scavenger birds. The various factions jostle for the upper hand, and that means violence, but the Gods have been silent too long and that violence is about to spill over and paint the world the colour of spilled blood and guts and pain and anguish ...
Tom Lloyd was born in 1979 and spent most of his childhood believing his mother was a witch - a white witch. He followed his degree in Politics and International Relations with a series of jobs in publishing, and currently works as contracts manager for a major literary agency in London. He lives in South London.
Title:The StormcallerFormat:PaperbackDimensions:512 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 inPublished:July 12, 2007Publisher:ORION PUBLISHING GROUPLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0575079266

ISBN - 13:9780575079267

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from uneven debut This book is the first in a series set in a world where rare individuals born with white eyes are abnormally strong and fast, forming a ruling caste. The book follows a young white eye called Isak as he leaves a fairly miserable life (partly due to his father's bitterness, since mothers giving birth to white eyes inevitably die) to become the heir to a powerful ruler. The book definitely has some strong points. The white eyes are conceptually interesting, and several of the white eye characters are well developed. The world shows some originality, although I don't think the author does a great job of getting the "feel" of the world across. The storyline is also fairly strong with a few twists. On the down side, some of the "normal" characters come across as a bit two-dimensional. The writing is ok, but never really drew me into the story. It also feels almost like parts were edited out without adjusting the rest of the text to account for it, resulting in a bit of a "choppy" feel in places. Overall the book was ok - good enough for me to finish it, but with the number of strong fantasies available these days I'm not sure it was good enough for me to pick up the sequels.
Date published: 2011-10-25