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Blood Song: Raven's Shadow, Book 1 | [Anthony Ryan]

Blood Song: Raven's Shadow, Book 1

The Sixth Order wields the sword of justice and smites the enemies of the Faith and the Realm. Vaelin Al Sorna was only a child of 10 when his father left him at the iron gate of the Sixth Order. The Brothers of the Sixth Order are devoted to battle, and Vaelin will be trained and hardened to the austere, celibate, and dangerous life of a Warrior of the Faith. He has no family now save the Order.
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From "a new master storyteller" comes the beginning of an epic fantasy saga of blood, honor, and destiny....

The Sixth Order wields the sword of justice and smites the enemies of the Faith and the Realm. Vaelin Al Sorna was only a child of 10 when his father left him at the iron gate of the Sixth Order. The Brothers of the Sixth Order are devoted to battle, and Vaelin will be trained and hardened to the austere, celibate, and dangerous life of a Warrior of the Faith. He has no family now save the Order.

Vaelin’s father was Battle Lord to King Janus, ruler of the unified realm. Vaelin’s rage at being deprived of his birthright and dropped at the doorstep of the Sixth Order like a foundling knows no bounds. He cherishes the memory of his mother, and what he will come to learn of her at the Order will confound him. His father, too, has motives that Vaelin will come to understand. But one truth overpowers all the rest: Vaelin Al Sorna is destined for a future he has yet to comprehend. A future that will alter not only the realm, but the world.

©2013 Anthony Ryan (P)2013 Penguin Audio

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    Greg 07-26-14
    Greg 07-26-14 Member Since 2008
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    "A Real Sleeper Really"

    I tried for almost twenty hours to get interested in this book. It is almost interesting at times, but it is just a very long introduction to a story that may or may not happen later. I won't know because I am not going to finish this one or buy the next of the series. It will put you to sleep,

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    Scott United States 07-19-14
    Scott United States 07-19-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Story Excellent, performance eh"

    Blood Song is a true epic. You hate and love Vaelin, which makes him such a great character. But Vaelin isn't the only character you feel this way about. More than half the characters go from being beloved to hated and vice versa throughout the book. Terrible people can be seen as great men/women, Great men/women are easily turned into horrible people. Ryan truly pulls you in and never let go.

    My one complaint is with Mr. Brand; whose reading isn't bad, its just similar-monotone-boring. All the characters sound similar and there is more than one time when he uses a normal speaking tone, then follows with "He said in a whisper" or "as he shouted from the roof". Really takes the edge away from some of the lines.

    All in all, definitely a great choice!

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    Alexander Rochester hills, MI, United States 07-15-14
    Alexander Rochester hills, MI, United States 07-15-14 Member Since 2014

    I'm a male 21 year old who is searching for amazing books that match my library. I don't like too much "magic" or non-fiction books.

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    "A Book Series worth the time!"

    I have quickly fallen in love with this book! The narrator does an amazing job with the characters and tones of the voices. This amazing book series will captivate you, and bring you in. Everything is explained, there are no questions about, how did this happen, or that doesn't make sense. It is a very well put together story.

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    Michael GOOSE CREEK, SC, United States 07-09-14
    Michael GOOSE CREEK, SC, United States 07-09-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Wish I would have returned it after my initial imp"

    Wish I would have returned it after my initial impression. I came back to this book three times trying to get into it, but I never could. I ended up just never finishing it and removing it from my phone. It was a mix between me not enjoying the narrator and not being captivated by the story.

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    Sandy B 07-05-14
    Sandy B 07-05-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Disappointing"

    I tried this book because of the revues comparing it with Patrick Rothfuss & Martin.
    Don't be fooled. This is book should not even be mentioned in the sane lists. it was the biggest wast ever. Din not even finish it was so boring.

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    James 07-01-14
    James 07-01-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved it from the start!"
    What about Steven Brand’s performance did you like?

    Wonderful, Really enjoyed the way the story was written and it made it easy for Steven Brand to give a spot on performance. .


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    Dana 06-27-14
    Dana 06-27-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Bad narration"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would totally recommend this book to a friend, but in hard copy. I really love this story but, the narration leaves something to be desired. Perhaps because I just listened to a book narrated by Kate Reading, and she is amazing. Perhaps it's because I just don't like his voice, or perhaps it's because had I not already read the book, I wouldn't be able to tell the difference between one character speaking and another, it all sounds the same. I personally like a clear distinction in the voices of the other characters.


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    DUSTIN 06-13-14
    DUSTIN 06-13-14 Member Since 2009
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    "I was Hooked From the Beginning"
    What did you love best about Blood Song?

    Blood Song drew me in. I was intrigued by the preview which gives about 3 minutes of the introduction. I was captivated by Anthony Ryan's writing. He creates instant questions about the characters and the world he is creating around them, and you just have to have them answered.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Valen is Awesome, but I would choose Frentis. He has an edge to him and is fiercely loyal to his brothers and the faith.


    Have you listened to any of Steven Brand’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't ever listened, but I think he did a good job. Some of the voices were so similar to others though, that I got turned around a bit at times.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely. I even got annoyed when people wanted to talk with me, because all I wanted to do was listen to my book.


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    mcdesign 06-13-14
    mcdesign 06-13-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Fantastic Story!!"
    If you could sum up Blood Song in three words, what would they be?

    I found this story to be particularly compelling. I'm on a kick in this genre right now and had just finished The Way of Kings and Mistborn series. Blood Song is definitely my new favorite. Rich characters, tangible imagery and master storytelling abound.


    What about Steven Brand’s performance did you like?

    I can't imagine a better voice for this epic story. I was concerned by some of the other reviews I'd seen on here about the narrator. This was the first audiobook I've ever listed to by Mr. Brand and have fallen completely under the spell of this master story teller. If you need someone to "act" out all the characters, his style isn't for you. If you appreciate a dynamic and compelling intellect, drawing you into a story and holding you there spellbound..well Steven Brand is the guy.


    Any additional comments?

    Cannot wait for the next book in this tale. Truly a fabulous read!

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    Andrew Wesport, CT, United States 06-12-14
    Andrew Wesport, CT, United States 06-12-14 Member Since 2011

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    Very enjoyable and realistic and good narration. If you like military fantasy novels this one is for you.

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