There are two things that would have influenced me to rate this audio book higher. 1. The book has some bad language. I feel swear words were used unnecessarily. 2. The narration was hard to follow during conversations between characters. After listening to several hours of the book I was still unable to pick who was speaking during conversations between two people because the narrator didn't change his voice in any way. Every character sounded the same.
I think the narrator should have used more inflection to his voice when speaking as different characters.
I would not have cut any scenes from Blood Song, just the bad language.
Overall, I like the story. I loved the idea of the Orders and the world this author was able to create and portray. The bad language and poor narration are what weaken this audio book. I'm sad to read in the reviews of the sequel that the language gets worse... Sadly, I won't be listening to it because of that.
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.
Love epic fantasy, war stories, monsters, and zombies.
I agree with what everyone is saying: this is a complex (but not overly so) novel that scratches all of my Epic Fantasy itches, and then some. Upon completing it, I immediately restarted it to see if the seeds of the ending were present. Of course they were. Nothing in this book is extraneous. It is multi-layered and accessible. I loved our hero almost from the word 'go.'
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 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.
... it's a shame the rest of the series isn't better... or even as good as this one.
I am currently in the third book of the series. I felt the need to go back, and do more than select stars to communicate what you should think of this book, as this book stands or falls with the series since it pulls you into the next book in the series: it must be viewed within the series whole...
For a great example of a book that doesn't pull you into the series but stands on its own, see Eye of the World by Robert Jordan (on Audible... check it out).
I quickly realized this was an origin story. Origin stories are rarely amazing, as they share the background to a bigger story that is usually skipped. If, however, the characters are interesting before they become more interesting it can be excused... or if you see what they become you want to find out how they got there (see Name of the Wind). So I gave it a try. There was lots of exposition due to how the author formed this story, but it worked and worked well.
That said... I didn't get some of the motivations for the characters in this book and found that when they were revealed in later books I was not impressed. Things explained that were so odd and interesting had lacking explanations. So... I would say this book is very much like J.J. Abrams and his series... It gives you all the questions that keep you going, but you don't like the answers it does share later.
I think this writer spent a lot of time on this book. I do. I was believing he could be my next Brandon Sanderson... but he isn't.
I honestly cannot recall most of the plot of this book now and it's been less than a month since I listened to it. There were a few high moments I won't explain since I don't want to spoil it for you. If you can stop with this book, I would recommend it.
Look at my other reviews in this series to see why this series disappoints.