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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    Aaron 01-07-15
    Aaron 01-07-15 Member Since 2015

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    "I Love this story. Epic definitely."

    A different take on an early epic. Like in our world, religion and greed bring death and destruction. Can a man rose above what he thought to be true to overcome evil?

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    Paula Coyle 01-06-15
    Paula Coyle 01-06-15 Member Since 2013
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    "My new favorite series!!!"

    I am s fan of the Game of Thrones and many other series. This does not have the overwhelming size of GoT but has s great story and sucks you right in.

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    Matt A. 01-05-15
    Matt A. 01-05-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Great story, unique world and characters."

    Great listen, would recommend it to fans of sword fighting fantasy books, with magic and a conscientious hero. Definitely entertaining.

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    S. R. Rowell 01-01-15
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    "Slow start to the story, narration without emotion"
    If you could sum up Blood Song in three words, what would they be?

    Slow, monotone, dull


    Would you recommend Blood Song to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. It was very slow to get going. The first couple of hours were painful, the next 8 were not great. It had a good ending, but the narration still wasn't great.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He just didn't show enough emotion. He did have a soothing voice. He might have worked for a different type of book, but there was just no excitement.


    Any additional comments?

    I will probably read the second book on my kimdle, since the ending was good, bit I won't listen to it.

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    Bradley 12-30-14
    Bradley 12-30-14
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    "Amazing book"

    Well written and well preformed. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a good epic fantasy. I will be buying the others in this series.

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    Elizabeth Robison 12-22-14
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    "Great start for a series!"

    I really enjoyed this book! I'm excited for the next book! The story kept me interested!

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    mgalexander 12-18-14
    mgalexander 12-18-14 Member Since 2014
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    "nice surprise!"

    I wasn't sure at first, but it grew on me & now I can't wait to start the second.

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    C. Turner Marietta, Georgia United States 12-17-14
    C. Turner Marietta, Georgia United States 12-17-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Good Story/Narrator needs improvement"
    Would you try another book from Anthony Ryan and/or Steven Brand?

    Yes, I will enjoy this story in it's entirety.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The flow of this story is nice. I enjoyed the main character and his conflicting ideas. The setting is well done and the formula is well done.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Steven Brand has a very unique voice, it brings character to the book. However, his voice is so distinct that it can be difficult to ascertain which character is which (especially in the beginning). His inflection or characters need work. I had trouble in the beginning with understanding which characters were speaking. He does have accents that you experience later in the book that are well done, however with so many characters it can be hard to find accents and inflections for this book- so for him I would ask for more inflection and accents to discern characters to the audience. Hope to see improvement!


    Did Blood Song inspire you to do anything?

    Try new books.


    Any additional comments?

    A bit more character development could be made but it was still an entertaining book. Thanks.

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    Natalie Fayman Boynton Beach, FL United States 12-13-14
    Natalie Fayman Boynton Beach, FL United States 12-13-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Captivating!"

    We've all read stories before that follow the early lives of heroes-to-be through their arduous training as youths, through the tragedies and hardships that forge them into the amazing characters that they will someday become. Although there is nothing new or unique about the formula this story follows, the author has crafted it into an entirely new experience. The harmony of an exceptionally well-written story, believable characters with depth and personality, and a narrator who is a pleasure to listen to, created an experience that was so engaging and compelling that I listened to the book again as soon as I finished it! There is so much complexity and subtlety woven into this story that I enjoyed it even more the second time. I am impatiently awaiting my next monthly credit so I can start the sequel! A solid 5-star rating to my new favorite author!

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    Tracie 12-10-14
    Tracie 12-10-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Awesome!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Blood Song to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print version, I can't imagine it would be better than the audio.


    What other book might you compare Blood Song to and why?

    Game of Throne, has the intrigue and diverse characters as Game of Thrones


    What about Steven Brand’s performance did you like?

    Everything.


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

    Yes.


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