Obsessive book hoarder, and intense audible lover.
Yes!! Because it is a well wrought story and relatable characters. I felt despair along with the main character as loved characters died, etc.
Hmm, since they all were so good in the story, I refuse to answer this one :)
He brought life to the characters and narrated with emotion that kept me enthralled.
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.
"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.
The story was really good. I enjoyed how the whole story took place across most of his teen years and some adult. At first, I was worried that it was skimming too close to The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (for the sake of originality), but was quite pleased that it took on another light early on.
As for the narrator... there were times that I found it difficult to discern which character was currently speaking. He has little-to-no difference with the pronunciation from character to character. A woman would be speaking with a man and I'd have no idea who was currently talking. No voice lightening, no changes. Though, he has an excellent reading voice, for sure. I never found his narrative boring or dull, so there is that.
All in all, good book! Check it out.
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.
A trilogy. Say it in three. Done.
Told in 3rd person through the POV of only one character (except for the opening chapter of each part). Yay!!! No scene skipping. No head-hopping. The reader journeys through a harsh yet hopeful life as experienced by a heartbroken, abandoned youth, Vaelin Al Sorna. Even though he is dubbed "Hope Killer" he grows to be a kind and good (enough) man, striving to understand his peculiar gift and the strange goings-on in his world.
A wee bit long and occasionally slow, but well-written and quite engrossing for the most part, with heartwarming friendship, poignant growing-up/ becoming a warrior scenes, a touch of romance, bloody battles, grim-dark reality, gods, kings, religions, demons, politics, and some surprising plot twists.
Characterization is decent. It was good to see the abandoned youths grow into fine young men (but most of the focus was on Vaelin). One wonders how anything good could come from the academy since most of the training masters were crazed and/or cruel.
Animals added a nice touch. I loved the Volarian Slave Hound, Scratch, and the nasty warhorse, Spit.
Nebulous magic system. Maybe that will be established in book 2.
I found some high-res maps on the Web. (The maps in the kindle book are fuzzy).
Appendix is helpful, but I wanted a description of the Orders in the appendix. What is the purpose of each Order? Who is the Aspect in charge of each one? Where is each one headquartered?
Narrator has a pleasing texture and cadence, but his voice is fuzzy (not crisp). He mumbles somewhat, making it hard to distinguish some words, and he doesn't differentiate enough between character voices, making it hard to tell when one person stops talking and another starts. I stopped listening and mostly read the book, instead.
I probably won't read the sequels, based on reviews for books 2 and 3 (and a shockingly high price jump).
No, I would not recommend it to anyone because of the language and one or two sex scenes (not graphic, just unnecessary). Also, I had a little trouble keeping up with all the characters, all of the cities, and with the timeline jumping around a lot.
It was very well read with very likeable characters.
I enjoyed when he met the man and the girl during his "test".
If I were to listen to it again, I would take notes so I wouldn't get lost in the story and have to back up so much.
An exciting new series that I promise you won't regret starting if you're a fantasy fan! The first two books are engrossing and will leave you impatient for the next. It's a promising time for those who enjoy the fantasy genre with new authors like Mr. Ryan breaking into the scene.