Review: The Twilight Herald by Tom Lloyd

The Twilight Herald by Tom LloydThe Twilight Herald
Tom Lloyd
Pyr, 2009

Tom Lloyd’s The Twilight Herald is the second book of the Twilight Reign series following Stormcaller.  Isak, now lord of the Farlan must come to grips with his new role as king and ruler of his people.  Meanwhile, in the city of Scree, a dark spell is being woven that threatens to consume it and its populace.  That same spell is drawing powerful people towards a huge convergence introducing a slew of new characters and new ideas to the world of Twilight Reign.

The expansion of the cast and the shift from the more character-driven tightly focused Stormcaller to the broader more epic approach seen in The Twilight Herald has mixed results.  On the one hand it lends itself towards one heck of a wild ride, with action, excitement, danger, violence and epic confrontations occurring left and right.  On the other hand the broader focus and new characters mean less of a focus on the well-developed and interesting personalities seen in the previous volume.

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Review: Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Outcast (Audiobook)

Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi Book 1: Outcast
Aaron Allston
read by Marc Thompson
Random House Audio, 2009

It’s been a while since I’ve read, let alone listened, to a Star Wars novel.  I think I stopped somewhere back around Vector Prime when I was generally frustrated with the direction of the current story.  Turns out I’ve missed quite a bit.  Most importantly is the recently finished Legacy of the Force series that deal primarily Jacen Solo’s reign as Darth Caedus and the war to unseat him from power.  As such Outcast might have been easily called Aftermath (both titles are, in my opinion, equally applicable).  All the events here deal with the repruscussion of Jacen’s actions as Darth Caedus and Luke Skywalker’s actions in defeating him (namely his decision to break the Jedi Order away from the Gallactic Alliance midwar and turn them into a more independent and neutral force).  Confused yet?  It isn’t too hard to follow and I found it fairly easy to slip into the post-war almost Nuremberg like atmosphere of the novel.  So easy in fact that I almost didn’t want to stop listening.

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