In my top ten books. . and one of the biggest surprises. I have over 100 audible books. I got this one for a cross country road trip and was totally sucked into it, , almost ran out of gas cause i was so engrossed. Looking forward to more from this author.
I highly recommend this book.
Steven Brand's voice is wonderful, his narration was the perfect tone for the book. I read this first as a self published novel on Kindle, and even still I can't imagine the protagonists voice to sound any other way.
I still am floored that it took so long for a publisher to pick him up. If he can continue this story with the pacing, twists and enthralling characters he will quickly join Brandon Sanderson, Robert Jordan, Patrick Rothfuss and George Martin as the great living writers of Fantasy.
Several that would be spoilers if shared.
No, but even though his only other work on Audible is WAU outside of my normal reading I am considering picking it up just for his narration.
A dangerous man without malice?
BloodSong is surely going to be the beginning of a long and glorious relationship with these characters. The world that Anthony Ryan has created should exist. It is cohesive, realistic and functional. The magic reminds of something that Robin Hobb might have produced, the characters of something Orson Scott Card might have created and a world epic and grand enough to rival any George Martin has envisioned.
When I paid 99 cents for this on Kindle I had low expectations, but after one read and two listens I can say that it stands nearly as high on my can't wait list as the next Way of Kings book or the final book of Patrick Rothfuss' Kingkiller chronicles. If any of these names are on your hit list then you will not be disappointed.
Having invoked those names I should mention that the next novel is 100% complete and is only being heald back for a year by his new publisher to give time for this book to sell and the third is well underway according to the author so great writing, without the typical 2-3 year wait between books for this style of fantasy.
I am a writer from Toronto. I am 34 and hooked on audio books.
If you love epic fantasy buy this book! Great story and awesome narration. Anthony Ryan and Steven Brand are up and coming stars. With all the crap out there that gets 5 stars, I rarely write reviews. However, this book is so good I just had to.
Third after King killer and Stormlight
The telling and the format
The final song
Not really, but i did feel his pain.
I'm not really good with words but this book is something all audible members should have.
"When I finish a good book, I feel like I've lost a friend." -- My Mom
We are being totally, knowingly, happily taken for a ride. Anthony Ryan has The Talent. He creates questions, histories, personalities and knows how much to reveal and what to leave unanswered. His characters are likeable, easy to relate to and I worry about them when I’m not listening. The world he has created is similar enough to know but different enough to be interesting. Steven Brand is the perfect voice for this story and these characters.
We are addicted. We are being played like a fiddle. We are enjoying every minute of it.
Book was very interesting and held my attention throughout the 21 hrs of the story.
Always wanting to know what happens next.
It was hard to be dragged away from listening to do other tasks...
Yes, it's a great story, robust characters, interesting mysteries, good world building.
In some ways, the narrator has a good voice for this kind of epic: A bit gravelly, as if the story is being told by an old soldier.
But there's no attempt to give voices to the different characters, and at some points the narration gets monotonic. Depending on the text, the narrator will recite sentences in the same cadence and inflection. There are moments when you find yourself anticipating the rhythm of each sentence as the narrator repeats the same cadence.
It was distracting at times, but ultimately didn't interfere with the enjoyment of the story itself.
I do not understand how this book has so many 5 star ratings. I found it incredibly boring. I had to force myself to keep listening and finally gave up about half way through.
The characters are one-dimensional and I had absolutely no emotional investment in them. I could not have cared less if they lived or died. I couldn't even tell most of the characters apart.
Ryan relies too much on telling the readers rather than showing us. For example, Vaelen is supposed to be a leader and yet nothing he does distinguishes him as particularly suited to lead. One day his trainers suddenly tell him that he's a leader and the reader is just supposed to accept that. There was no mention before that of his fellow trainees looking to him to lead them, no mention of him inspiring anyone or helping anyone succeed. He didn't even speak of an inner motivation to see the other trainees do well.
Vaelen also suffered from a disappointing lack of curiosity. He meets interesting characters and then seems to forget all about them. He doesn't ask questions of them, he doesn't investigate. Perhaps Ryan was trying to hook the reader by dangling tidbits and leaving them mysterious but it just frustrated me.
There was no humor in this book. None. There should be light-hearted moments and fun, even in a book that is mostly dark and serious.
The dialogue was stilted and unrealistic. Every character spoke the same way, same accent, same syntax, etc.
Finally, there was a disappointing lack of female characters. The ones who were included were not developed enough.
Grandslam out of park
There are really no other high fantasy that I have read that can compare. I had read the first Game of Thrones, and liked it until the best character died. I have read the first 6 books in the Wheel of Time series, by book seven way too many characters which had an impact in the books were developed. With the Wheel of time I would spend a whole book and read only two chapters on characters that I liked. I know I initially attempted to compare Blood song to Tolkien, but Brand doesn't, or I should say at this time, he hasn't brought in eleves or dwarves, this series of books would be more along Game of Thrones, political intrigue, with good battle scenes, and a protagonist who recognizes he isn't perfect. I cannot wait until Tower Lord comes out in July!
A fantasy version of star wars, heroes, villains, the dark used for the good, and dark used for evil. Power corrupts, and total power corrupts totally.
This is the only book I have purchased in over 7 years of audio books, that I also bought the kindle version. I am a speed reader, so I could read faster than the narrator. But I also listened to the whole audio book. This Anthony Rand, is another Chistopher Paolini, a great writer coming out of no where. If he isn't careful, this series could end up on TV, as a HBO series. Rand, has the potential, if he can move beyond this series to be another Orson Scott Card.
Alot of character development in the beginning, but it was needed and well worth it. A great new series for audible listeners.