Ask me no questions I will tell you no lies❤️
Top ten. I really like Scott Lynch, George R R Martin, Sanderson, ect but I enjoyed Anthony Ryan on a whole new level.
The Order's different dimensions, fighting for the faith.
Vaelin the main character was the best. I won't get into why I don't write paragraphs on what the book is about, because I believe if you like a book it won't be the lengthy tell all that you enjoy.
Just thrilled to find such an awesome listen.
I have been through so many books with rave reviews and have been a bit disheartened in finding a book I could love. The reviewers of Blood Song are right Anthony Ryan is the best. I don't give five stars as I find most books fall short but Ryan earned it!
The best fantasy works because it is original, full of depth and gritty. Blood Song gets full marks in a genre where unoriginal, forgettable YA like penmanship is the norm. Steven Brand is terrific and this listener appreciates the obvious affinity that he has for Blood Song. Well Done!
Excellent first book, I'm counting the days until July 2014.
To the point. I enjoy Jim Butcher, Kevin Hearne, Joe Abercrombie, Neal Stephenson (70% of the time), and Mark Lawrence. This is just to give you an idea of what makes me tick. If you enjoy these authors too and are often disappointed in fantasy books then you need to give this a listen. It's a strong book from the first page to the last, it's long but it will leave you wanting more. I was ever impressed by the writing, the excellent plot and the twists that you don't often find in books of this nature.
Give Anthony Ryan a try and I promise you won't be disappointed.
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.
I really have to quit falling for these high-rated sword and sorcery series. No offense to the people that rated this book highly. To each their own.
There are some sword and sorcery series that knocked my socks off, like Joe Abercrombie's First Law series, Scott Lynch's Gentlemen Bastards series, and Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn series. (All of these are available here with Audible and I highly recommend them).
But I'm finding the ones I just cited are exceptional and relatively rare. They are at the vanguard. And then, there is a legion of other series following in a distant, distant second. All of them well-reviewed, but I'm finding it's because they just intrinsically resonate with a certain class of reader.
As I said, that's wonderful. Nothing to deride there. I have certain genres/motifs that hit me the same way. This just isn't one of them.
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.
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.
I enjoyed this book. I will most likely get the second book. I have two complaints. First the world wasn't as vividly described as what I am accustomed to. I could picture the evens but had difficulty picturing the surroundings with clarity compared with other books. Maybe it's because I started this one right after finishing Dawn of Wonder. Second complaint is with the narrator. He uses the same exact voice for all characters and I often lose track of who is speaking and on top of that there is little emotion portrayed through the voice. I often find my mind wandering from the story as I mentally complain about the bland way the narrator portrays the discussions. However don't let my complaints prevent you from listening to this book. I have no regrets and believe it is worth the time and credit.