Review: 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.
Pivoting around the main character Lynx, a down on his luck bodyguard who finds himself needing to join Anatin’s band of mercenaries in order to get himself out of a sticky situation. He’s not a fan of mercenaries, has a low opinion of them but these at least seem to have a bit more honour than he’s used to.
As the novel progresses and they rescue a mage who has been kidnapped by a band of soldiers, normal practice in this world, the novel descends into a game of cat and mouse between them and soldiers trying to apprehend them for what they have done.
What we get is an adventure filled novel where questions of good vs bad and moral vs immoral come up. Are our mercenaries the good guys for rescuing someone and doing the moral thing or are the soldiers the good guys for holding up the laws? You decide…
I was also massively impressed with the mix of characters and the strong women included in the cast. Tom Lloyd has presented us with a mercenary company and soldiers that includes women who are equally strong as the men if not more so.
Lynx is a complicated character with many levels to his personality, he has trauma from his time as a prisoner and has times when this comes into play during the novel. Despite this he is clever, battle-hardened and tactical in how he approaches his job. He contributes greatly to the mercenaries and isn’t afraid to admit he’s flawed.
This is a fantastic epic fantasy, with almost constant battles, some interesting new ideas for monsters, and a great introduction to a new series.
A huge thanks to Tom Lloyd and Gollancz for the ARC via NetGalley so that I could read and honestly review this book.
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Title: Stranger of Tempest
Series: The God Fragments #1
Author: Tom Lloyd
Genre: Fantasy | Epic Fantasy
Publication Date: 16 June 2016
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Hardcover | Audio
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