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Offline Titus

Twilight Reign
« on: May 13, 2015, 10:43:08 AM »
Was just hoping to hear folks views on this series.  I'm halfway into the first book and am struggling a little bit, there seems to be a load of pointless characters thrown at the reader which starts to grate / gets a bit confusing.  The transition of the MC in barely over 200 pages from a wagon-riding youth to an all powerful war lord also seems a bit far-fetched.

Guess I just want to know if the series improves significantly?

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Re: Twilight Reign
« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2015, 11:02:54 AM »
Hi Titus, I find that series amazing, and it definitely improves a lot.
As it progresses, the books are more different and different to what you expect 'as normal'.

Yes, there are many characters, and at times it feels confusing, but hold on and I promise (hope?) you will enjoy.

I thought the last 2 books were quite good, very different from the direction that was expected/indicated on book 1 - 'epic' in the usual sense of the word.
I read 1-4 one after the other, and then had to wait a few months for 5, it was quite hard.
My favourite though is book 2: the containment of Scree, all the expectation.

It's a series I do plan to re-read sooner or later, actually.
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Re: Twilight Reign
« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2015, 01:25:55 PM »
This is the Tom Lloyd series, starting with Stormcaller?

I gave up after book 1. It just wasn't working for me. I actually already had a copy of book 2, and took the almost unprecedented step of giving it away unread.

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Re: Twilight Reign
« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2015, 01:58:43 PM »
Thanks both - contrasting views!

I actually own all the paperbacks - picked them all up from a charity shop for £2.50.  Will no doubt finish the first book and start the second (seeing as it's meant to improve somewhat!?).

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Re: Twilight Reign
« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2015, 03:38:43 PM »
Oddly enough, it did sort of remind me of Malazan - or at least, the things I didn't like were kind of the same things - which I also abandoned after one book, and which also apparently turns good at book 2. :)

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Re: Twilight Reign
« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2015, 05:48:55 PM »
Oddly enough, it did sort of remind me of Malazan - or at least, the things I didn't like were kind of the same things - which I also abandoned after one book, and which also apparently turns good at book 2. :)

I will have to check it out then  :)
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Re: Twilight Reign
« Reply #6 on: May 14, 2015, 08:43:26 AM »
I may not remember everything properly, but:

book 1 - starts with normal 'chosen boy, gets into special place, middle of things he doesn't understand
book 2 - basically one city closed setting, everyone converges there, quite claustrophobic, we see hints of the bigger (huger) picture out there
book 3 - everything explodes, even more events and characters, amazing ending and feels like nothing can come out of here
book 4 - hints of Milton and Dante, paradise and hell, big
book 5 - true epic ending, twisting everything in its head

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