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
For much of this book, I thought it was amazing and was on my way to giving it 5-stars. But eventually I started noticing things that detracted from the story.
I want to say that the story is excellent. How Vallen grew up and the events that shaped his life were rich and vivid, and I was captivated. Overall, there is nothing REALLY wrong with the story. Instead, it's the little things that jarred me out of my enjoyment.
The reader has a tendency to take a breath in the middle of a sentence. It makes it seem that the sentence is over, so when he picks back up, the flow is lost.
Vallen's enemies call him "Hope Killer," and the events of the war all say that his enemies hate him because of what he did. However, his actions don't really seem all that major. Sure, "The Hope" was an important person in his land, but we never really find out why. (Who he was is telegraphed early and eventually stated, but why he matters - other than his title - is not stated. Or maybe it is very late. However, I'm about 80% through and still have no idea.)
There's A LOT of characters. Maybe an actual book that would allow me to flip back would make it easier to keep track of everyone. As it is, I spent a lot of time trying to figure out who everyone is. In the same way, a lot of lands are mentioned, but no context for what these lands are is given It's hard to even put together a mental map of the world. These are the biggest complaints I have. I feel like I am missing important aspects of the book, simply because I cannot keep track of everyone and of locations.
I do like this book. The story is well done. If the author had focused himself, rather than trying to include EVERYTHING, this could have been an amazing book.
“You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.” –Dr. Seuss
By any standard, Blood Song is a great book. When you consider this is a debut novel, and was originally self-published... Wow!
Great pacing, great action, great characters and great prose!
Ryan spins a tale of a young boy abandoned by his father on the doorsteps of the 6th Order. An order of warrior monks, with skill second to none. This is the story of Vaelin Al Sorna, a boy forged by pain and fire, into a man destined to change the world.
Definitely check out Blood Song! Fair warning, the second and third books were not written as well as the first. I'm definitely looking forward to Ryan's next series!
Narration by Steven Brand was done well.
This is book is perhaps one of my favorite fantasy books I've read in recent memory, and in my opinion, is one of the best introductions to a character, world, and series. However, the narrator has only one voice, which for the main character is great, but he does very little to adjust or change his voice for other character's lines, and it makes it very difficult to tell who is speaking when there is a conversation between characters. I recommend buying the hard copy instead.
I feel that if I I were to read the book myself, I would be very compelled to finish the series, but I found myself very un able to follow the narrators voice. at many parts he was quite monotone, I listen to the books while I drive for work, but this one had me zoning out and missing several story points as the monotone voice continued. the story was excellent and one day I'll have to read the rest of the series, but since it is the same voice actor it would be a waste of time for me to try. it makes an excellent book if you can get past the voice that lulls you to sleep.
The simplicity of the book.
While i have not, his voice was comfortable enough.
Though I have read or rather listened to many fantasy's, none has captured my ears and my imagination like this. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in writing there own fantasy novel, the way it restructured my writing style was phenomenal. My short stories and the beginning of my own book that I started at age 12 (though good for my age), was nothing after I listened to this. And I've listened to it about a hundred times.
Of course it would be totally unjust for me to write a review on this without mentioning the amazing narration performed by Steven Brand. He has an almost dark ability to bring the characters to life
Enjoyed this greatly. Finely crafted story. Excellent narration. I would highly recommend this to anyone seeking an adventure fantasy.
I really hate to leave a bad review. Personally I don't understand all of the good reviews on this series. I think that book 1 is good, its why i went ahead and bought the rest of the series. That said the rest of the series sucked. There are so many places where I had to push pause, shake my head, and say ya right. I am not even that picky of a reader.
It seams like after the first book everything is written for the ending. All the plots flow towards that final goal. I wont say anymore, read it if you want, but I wont be recommending it.
this band of brothers story is one of the greatest epic fantasies I have ever read, and I have read many. deep, powerful writing and not as grotesquely violent as I was expecting from the cover and title. narration is good but the narrator doesn't act out the voices much so you need to pay attention to know who is speaking. this book is gripping, engaging, and stands head and shoulders above most of its contemporaries. Brilliant!
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