The God Tattoo: Untold Tales from the Twilight Reign by Tom Lloyd

(8.8/10)

The history of the Land may remember the slaughter at Moorview or the horror of Scree's fall, but there were other casualties of the secret war against Azaer - more tales surrounding those bloody years that went unrecorded. In the shadow of memorials to the glorious dead, these ghosts lie quiet and forgotten by all but a few.

A companion collection to the Twilight Reign quintet, these eleven stories shine a rather different light on the Land. Look past the armies and politics of the Seven Tribes and you will find smaller moments that shaped the course of history in their own way. But even forgotten secrets can kill. Even shadows can have claws.

Prior to reading, I was unfamiliar with the Twilight Reign series, yet this in no way impeded my enjoyment of the stories contained in this collection.

These are expertly crafted and masterfully executed stories, each coming with a neat, unexpected twist or sting in the tail. Encompassing all ages of life, Lloyd’s characters are rich, diverse, and importantly, convincing. They all display familiar traits, wants and needs. These are fallible people who fear and mistrust, capable of jealousy, rage and violence as well as reasoning, diplomacy and tact.

The stories are cleverly interwoven, with recurring characters, unexpected developments, action, mystery and politics. The vivid city of Narkang takes centre stage, promising intrigue and a hidden history, as well as danger lurking in its shadowy streets.

I thoroughly enjoyed this collection, finishing it in two separate sittings. I am certain this will please existing fans, whilst adding new converts – this is fantasy storytelling at its finest.

The God Tattoo: Untold Tales from the Twilight Reign by Tom Lloyd
Published 2013 by Gollancz
ISBN: 978-0575131248

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The God Tattoo: Untold Tales from the Twilight Reign
The Twilight Reign
8.8

The history of the Land may remember the slaughter at Moorview or the horror of Scree's fall, but there were other casualties of the secret war against Azaer - more tal [...]


The Stormcaller
The Twilight Reign #1
7.0

Isak is a white-eye, feared and despised in equal measure. Trapped in a life of poverty, hated and abused by his father, Isak dreams of escape, but when his chance comes, i [...]


The Twilight Herald
The Twilight Reign #2
8.5

The eyes of the Land are on the minor city of Scree, which could soon be obliterated as the new Lord of the Farlan plots his revenge against Scree's rulers. Suffering u [...]

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Stranger of Tempest
8.0

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 p [...]


Princess of Blood
8.0

There's a new Card in the Mercenary Deck - one Lynx isn't sure if he's happy to see or not. The assassin Toil now wears the Princess of Blood on her jacket and [...]


Knight of Stars
6.0

Lynx and the rest of the Cards are heading south. There's money in their pockets, beer in their hands and a simple job ahead - sun, sea and not getting shot at much. Th [...]

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