Tom Lloyd: Stranger of Tempest (review)

Tom Lloyd

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UK (1979 – )

Tom Lloyd has 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. When not writing, he works as a contracts manager for a major London literary agency.

Stranger of Tempest: Book One of The God Fragments

Stranger of Tempest  (2016)
(The first book in the God Fragments series)
A novel 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 are 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.


I’ve been a fan of Tom Lloyd’s writing for some time, his is an easy fantasy, that’s not to say simplistic, because the world building is deep, complex and utterly believable. Its more that the narrative and flow of the story is paced to perfection, carrying the reader, making the reading effortless, its pace increasing with the pace of fight and flight and then smoothing down to a calm laconic pace when the protagonists are at rest, tense and gripping in the dark places and light and funny at the camps fireside.

Its this quality of writing that makes you not want to put the book down, but also makes the book dictate its own reading pace, at 480 pages its not a short read, but this lovely HB fits snug and light in the palm late at night and kept me entertained until the wee hours for several days.

For me there is a touch of the Gemmell in the characters, (so easily said when talking about really good fantasy), but all of our mercenary company have that complicated Gemmell character quality, a past that is in many cases shady, in some just outright nasty and yet they all have the inherent nature to die for a comrade, be that an act of good ( or not in the readers eyes), these men and women willingly walk into the firestorm for one of their number no matter  how new. The mercenary band element of the plot means that the diversity and complexity of characters is broad and makes for some really great reading. The wit and humor resounds across the group in sharp, bitter angry retorts but is a delight to read. The creatures of this world provide yet another layer of depth to the plot, and also a tantalizing view of future plot and past history of the world, of which more  i’m sure will unfold later in the series.

This; book one is just the start of the journey for our band of mercs….. this series looks set to be an amazing treat for all… i cant wait for the next one.



Twilight Reign
1. The Stormcaller (2006)
2. Twilight Herald (2007)
3. The Grave Thief (2008)
4. The Ragged Man (2009)
5. The Dusk Watchman (2012)
The God Tattoo (2013)
The Complete Twilight Reign Collection (omnibus) (2014)
The Twilight Reign (2014)

Empire of a Hundred Houses
1. Moon’s Artifice (2013)
2. Old Man’s Ghosts (2015)
God Fragments
1. Stranger of Tempest (2016)
2. Princess of Blood (2017)
Honour Under Moonlight (2016)
Fear The Reaper (2015)


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