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.
Stranger of Tempest grips you from the beginning and doesn't let go until the end. This is Tom Lloyd at his best, and my money is on Stranger being a standout fantasy for 2016. And just look at that cover!
Stranger of Tempest is an outstanding and refreshingly original work of fantasy fiction; and even in a genre crowded with incredible talent and content, it will undoubtedly stand out and, I hope, propel Tom centre-stage where he clearly now belongs
A fascinating world with characters you can cheer for. The action is relentless, the quiet moments between thoughtful. I'm eagerly looking forward to more of Lynx and Toil
A fun and fast paced romp in which a mercenary company's latest job goes horrendously wrong and they have to evade pursuit. A great cast and some very good action set pieces.
Aliette de Bodard, author of The House of Shattered Wings
a great recommend for Sanderson fans! Fast-paced and fun
Neil Atkinson, Waterstones
Deliciously dark and dangerous - Stranger of Tempest grabs you by the throat on the first page and only squeezes tighter from there on in
For fantasy fans this is a must read book, while action packed and occasionally humorous it is also character driven filled with a great cast of unforgettable characters that you care about, creatures, magic and magical weapons, a detailed world and an engrossing story, it has everything a fantasy book needs done to the highest quality level
From the very first page, this first book in Tom Lloyd's new The God Fragments hurls you head-first into the action...the world that Lloyd wraps you in is just as gripping as his storytelling
I loved this book from start to finish: tightly written heroic fantasy with deftly drawn characters in an intriguing, action-filled world
this is a great start to what I expect will be an amazing new series, and will appeal to those who, like me, felt bereft when Chris Wooding completed his Tales of the Ketty Jay series as well as fans of Scott Lynch.
Jo's Book Blog
Tom Lloyd's Stranger of Tempest is a fantasy adventure in the modern style, comfortably mixing gritty realism with swords and sorcery. Imagine Steven Erikson's Malazan marines teaming up with Lara Croft for a mad dash across Joe Abercrombie's Red Country with an unplanned detour through the forgotten deeps of Moria and you'll be most of the way there.
Forbidden Planet International
With flawed characters, a fascinating world, and a veritable cornucopia of antagonists throughout, Stranger of Tempest is a powerful and impressive series opener. Tom Lloyd has crafted a captivating and well imagined world which promises great things to come in what is set to be a storming new series. Fantasy fans who have yet to discover Tom Lloyd: Now is the time!
[. . .] tightly written heroic fantasy with deftly drawn characters in an intriguing, action-filled world
Adrian Tchaikovsky, Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning author of Children of Ti
[. . .] an outstanding and refreshingly original work of fantasy fiction; and even in a genre crowded with incredible talent and content, it will undoubtedly stand out and, I hope, propel Tom centre-stage where he clearly now belongs
James Barclay, author of Heart of Granite
Grips you from the beginning and doesn't let go until the end. This is Tom Lloyd at his best
Edward Cox, author of The Song of the Sycamore