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Stranger of Tempest by Tom Lloyd

Stranger of Tempest

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Highly Recommended.

This is an immensely satisfying gritty fantasy adventure that follows a group of mercenaries on a mission that gets them into much deeper waters and hotter fires than they were anticipating. Grimdark (fantasy where all is dark and every outcome is, well, grim…) has become something of a cliché in fantasy recently but Lloyd undercuts this expertly. Stranger revolves around a group of characters who are wonderfully real and hence often joke and laugh. Central to the story is the tired soldier Lynx (the story behind his name is winningly mundane) but Lynx shares the page with a pleasingly diverse and gender balanced group of tough yet flawed warriors. In Lloyd’s world it is simply taken as read that women are as capable and dangerous in the field as anyone else and often have the added advantage of extra commonsense. Stranger feels fresh and welcome as a result.

The book gains added colour from the mercenary band taking their names and structure from a deck of cards that in itself is drawn from an original and fascinating mythology – it’s a lovely touch. Add to that magic that works like technology and a plot that jumps deftly between the present and flashbacks and you have a hugely enjoyable, action-filled, novel that will please fans of fantasy from Joe Abercrombie to Jen Williams. ~ Simon Spanton

If you like Tom Lloyd you might also like to read books by Raymond E Feist, David Gemmell and James Barclay.


Stranger of Tempest by Tom Lloyd

Lynx is a mercenary with a sense of honour; a dying breed in the Riven 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.


For fantasy fans this is a must read book, while action packed and occasionally humorous it is also character driven filled with a great cast of unforgettable characters that you care about, creatures, magic and magical weapons, a detailed world and an engrossing story, it has everything a fantasy book needs done to the highest quality level * Tattooedbookgeek * With flawed characters, a fascinating world, and a veritable cornucopia of antagonists throughout, Stranger of Tempest is a powerful and impressive series opener. Tom Lloyd has crafted a captivating and well imagined world which promises great things to come in what is set to be a storming new series. Fantasy fans who have yet to discover Tom Lloyd: Now is the time! * Booksbyproxy * a great recommend for Sanderson fans! Fast-paced and fun * Neil Atkinson, Waterstones * A fascinating world with characters you can cheer for. The action is relentless, the quiet moments between thoughtful. I'm eagerly looking forward to more of Lynx and Toil * KV Johansen * Stranger of Tempest grips you from the beginning and doesn't let go until the end. This is Tom Lloyd at his best, and my money is on Stranger being a standout fantasy for 2016. And just look at that cover! * Ed Cox * Deliciously dark and dangerous - Stranger of Tempest grabs you by the throat on the first page and only squeezes tighter from there on in * Ben Galley * Stranger of Tempest is an outstanding and refreshingly original work of fantasy fiction; and even in a genre crowded with incredible talent and content, it will undoubtedly stand out and, I hope, propel Tom centre-stage where he clearly now belongs * James Barclay * I loved this book from start to finish: tightly written heroic fantasy with deftly drawn characters in an intriguing, action-filled world * Adrian Tchaikovsky * A fun and fast paced romp in which a mercenary company's latest job goes horrendously wrong and they have to evade pursuit. A great cast and some very good action set pieces. * Aliette de Bodard, author of The House of Shattered Wings * this is a great start to what I expect will be an amazing new series, and will appeal to those who, like me, felt bereft when Chris Wooding completed his Tales of the Ketty Jay series as well as fans of Scott Lynch. * Jo's Book Blog * Tom Lloyd's Stranger of Tempest is a fantasy adventure in the modern style, comfortably mixing gritty realism with swords and sorcery. Imagine Steven Erikson's Malazan marines teaming up with Lara Croft for a mad dash across Joe Abercrombie's Red Country with an unplanned detour through the forgotten deeps of Moria and you'll be most of the way there. * Forbidden Planet International * From the very first page, this first book in Tom Lloyd's new The God Fragments hurls you head-first into the action...the world that Lloyd wraps you in is just as gripping as his storytelling * SFX *

About the Author

Tom Lloyd was born in 1979 in Berkshire. After a degree in International Relations he w ent straight into publishing where he still works. He never received the memo about suitable jobs for writers and consequently has never been a kitchenhand, hospital porter, pigeon hunter, or secret agent. He lives in Oxford, isn't one of those authors who gives a damn about the history of the font used in his books and only believes in forms of exercise that allow him to hit something.

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16th June 2016


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Gollancz an imprint of Orion Publishing Co


512 pages


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