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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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    This is an amazing story. I simply could not stop. I will definitely be following the series. This is worth your time!

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    Melinda RICHFIELD, OH, United States 08-14-15
    Melinda RICHFIELD, OH, United States 08-14-15 Member Since 2009
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    Great beginning to an epic... Can't wait to see how the story will evolve. I'd put this right up there with Brandon Sanderson's Stormlight Archive series and The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. Narrator was perfect.

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    What made the experience of listening to Blood Song the most enjoyable?

    all of it. The story never waivers, never bores and the performance is masterful. I began this novel knowing from experience that Scott Brick is the best in this game - but have been swayed to adding one more to the list of top notch readers - Steven Brand. A+ job brother...


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

    I haven't that I know of, but will seek out his work.


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

    no - I couldn't, but listened at every possible moment


    Any additional comments?

    This is quite possibly one of the best novels and performances I have listened to. I rarely take the time to write a review of the many books I have listened to - but when one this well written and performed dances across my auditory nerves I have to share it and hope that someone reading this who is wondering if this book is good or not - will take my word for it. Get it and enjoy....

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    Leila Nolan Hermitage, TN 08-11-15
    Leila Nolan Hermitage, TN 08-11-15 Member Since 2011
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    It's been a long time since I've listened to a book that held my interest to the point that I wanted to take the long way home from work so I didn't have to turn it off so soon. This one definitely did.

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    Decided to try a new author and narrator. i am ver glad i did and can't wait to get the next 2 books in this series. An easy and engaging voice to listen to, a story to capture and hold the imagination. Will definitely be adding it to my real life book collection.

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    Landon 08-11-15
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    It was sometime hard to determine who was speaking do to lack of mult voice actors.

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    Sean 08-07-15
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    The story was phenomenal, but the narrator did not do enough to make each character voice distinct. Very hard to differentiate each character. I will still be listening the the other novels as I state agin...great story!!!

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    Julia B. 08-07-15
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    The narrator didn't often change his tone, so during conversations in the story it was difficult to tell who was talking.

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    zaizar arcata california 08-07-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Attack on Titan meets Game of Thrones"

    This story was unlike others I've read! All about brotherhood, war, the reality of battle and the journey 5 boys take to grow into the warriors their realm needs. There's romance, love and loss, right and wrong and the responsibility power brings. Think of Attack on Titan meets Game of Thrones with no giants and less sex and politics.

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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yep. I'm very new to audible but compared to other books I've read, I found this story very original. The one difficulty I had was tracking the names in an audio book versus having the pages in front of me, but I would imagine I'll get used to that soon.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Caenis -- I far preferred the characters whose stories were a bit of a mystery. I found myself really wanting to know more about Caenis. Not sure why, but I'm ok with not having that answer....yet.


    Any additional comments?

    This one will sound a little preachy – my apologies…

    A common mistake I've seen in reviews is those who are obsessed with GOT (mind you, HBO's version not the actual A Song of Ice and Fire books - don't get me started) get into this book and immediately start comparing the two. Although both have strengths and weaknesses, one is NOTHING like the other and I actually far prefer the Raven's Shadow series thus far. Try to read/listen to this with an objective and open mind. Don't try to force it into your expectations and assumptions before you even give it a chance.

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