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Book Title: The Twilight Herald|
The author of the book: Tom Lloyd
ISBN 13: 9780575077287
Date of issue: August 16th 2007
Format files: PDF
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Twilight Herald by Tom Lloyd is just OK. This book suffers by simply having too many points of view. It also centers on several characters that are forgettable and boring. The first book excelled on the shoulders of our awesome young protagonist Isak. He is hardly in this one....Ugggh.
This book reminded me of book 5 The Scarab Path, of the Shadows of the Apt series by Adrian Tchaikovsky. The plot lines are incredibly similar. All people converge on a mysterious and cool and cool city that is a character in of itself. But where The Scarab Path excelled and shined, elevating the series as whole, The Twilight Herald left me wondering if I should go on. The Scarab Path was an intimate story that centered on my favorite characters. The Twilight Herald leaves Isak in the shadows.
The Twilight Herald suffers from what many fantasies do these days and that is simply having too many characters and points of view. I feel that authors try to hard to make things more complex through multiple points of view, but in the end it all just washes together. I really was bored with much of this book and felt that it did not add to this story and it dertracted from book one. I actually disliked some of the characters. Without Isak, I did not care...
Although series offers a great deal of parts that make up great epic fantasies, it is lessened substantially by not connecting with me emotionally. I feel that the series does deserve my attention, and I will move on to the next book, but I really hope that the story returns to Isak and that I find interest in the other characters.
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Read information about the authorTom Lloyd was born in 1979 and showed almost no interest in writing until the age of eighteen. I blame the teachers myself.
Nevertheless he did eventually find himself with a long summer to spare before university, and decided to start a novel when it was suggested he get a job to pass the time. This tells you much of what there is to know about him. The rest can be derived from the fact that he first had the idea of writing a book to annoy a schoolfriend by getting published before him.
No, honestly; he's actually that shallow.
It was swiftly apparent that this was not the quick route to fame and fortune that he’d hoped for. The first sign of this was the realisation that being good at writing was required, but he managed to surprise everyone by not giving up on something he didn’t show immediate promise in.
Studying Politics and International Relations at Southampton University had very little appreciable effect on him, beyond giving him a couple of ideas for future novels, but that was largely due to spending most of those three years in London shacked up with the god-daughter of an Asian dictator. Upon leaving university he decided – along with what seemed like half of all other graduates, some of whom had had the temerity to study English – that doing “book stuff” sounded like a fun alternative to working out what sort of job he wanted to do. There was also the intriguing suggestion of literary talent being passed on by some osmosis-like process. As a result of a little work experience at Simon and Schuster - combined with some shameless flirting with the HR manager - he got a job as an editorial assistant on the Scribner list, which allowed him to mistype letters to a whole host of talented writers.
Certain luminary examples there made it clear that before he became a fantasy editor he was going to have to spend several years iron-cladding his liver. Towards this goal, he decamped to the A M Heath Literary Agency by way of Random House, which was silly because walking down Longacre would have been a lot quicker, to work in foreign rights while also freelancing for writersservices.com and constantly revising what was slowly becoming The Stormcaller.
A three year litany of madcap adventures in the crazy world of agenting ensued, but it would be far too time-consuming to detail any of that so suffice to say that his hangover cleared sufficiently one morning in 2004 for him to realise that he wasn’t quite so bad at writing now. Maybe there was something to this osmosis thing after all - although if that’s true Katie Fforde and Dave Hill might get a surprise at the effect they’d had.
Securing the services of John Richard Parker at MBA Literary Agents proved a surprisingly painless experience – despite being previously rejected by one of John’s colleagues, which just goes to show how persistent one has to be – and soon he was sat in the office of Jo Fletcher at Gollancz trying to persuade her how much of a geek he was. After four years as contracts manager at Blake Friedmann Literary Agency he decided he didn't like other authors that much so he swapped his dark corner of Camden for one at Atlantic Books where it quickly became apparent that he prefers winning arguments to scruples.
Writing part-time, also known as watching loads more TV, he also manages to play a little sport in between trips to the pub and battering his next book - into a semblance of shape.
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