The good people at Buzzy Mag have published another review I wrote for them. The review is for Anthony Ryan's new novel, Tower Lord. The first two paragraphs and a link are below. Check it out and feel free to share:
The reluctant hero archetype is used so often in popular culture nowadays it has almost become clich? There is no end in sight of this archetype but it doesn’t have to be bad. In the hands of a talented writer the reluctant hero becomes more relatable and the reader roots that much harder. However it would take quite a talent to fill not only one novel but a trilogy with reluctant heroes we care about.
After seeing the defeat of King Janus’s dream, the greatest fighter of all time, Vaelin Al Sorna, vows never to fight again. Vaelin’s wish to live a peaceful life is short lived as the king’s heir appoints him to the northern tower of the Unified Realm as their new Tower Lord. Before Vaelin can settle in as Tower Lord he learns that the Volarians have invaded the Unified Realm. But the Volarians hundreds of thousands of men aren’t the real threat. The people believe Vaelin could kill them all single-handedly. The real threat is known only as “The Ally,” and he is after more than just the destruction of the Unified Realm. Vaelin Al Sorna finds he must pick up the sword once again and sing the blood song. (more...)