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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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    "the entire read was excellent."

    truly enjoyed all aspects of this read. the story was great, the read was excellent, the background gathering detail was enjoyable and exciting. the fights were superb. one of my favorites to date.

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    eddie b. 04-01-15
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    Loved this book. Felt like it flew by. Perfect narration as well. worth the credit.

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    Brandon Rodd 04-01-15 Member Since 2013
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    "excellent book excellent narrative"

    loved it, never a dull moment, riveting story, memorable characters, great read, or well listen.

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    emily 03-26-15
    emily 03-26-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Incredible book!"

    As an avid reader of fantasy novels, I have to say this is without a doubt one if my favourites. The plot, characters, writing everything about it is fantastic. I would absolutely recommend for anyone who likes fantasy novels to read this book!

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    S. Salyer Los Angeles, CA USA 03-25-15
    S. Salyer Los Angeles, CA USA 03-25-15

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    "okay but a bit slow"

    decent book but terrible narrator. he sounds like a man whispering with cancer. Otherwise interesting book.

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    I listened to this book a while back but had forgotten it until I found it in my library this past week.
    I must have been jet lagged the first time I listened because the story was wonderful as was the narration. I have just downloaded the second book and can't wait to start it. Great story I won't for get again!

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    Kory 03-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    One of the best books I've read in a while exciting. I was captivated throughout the entire book.r ead it

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    Nir A. 03-19-15 Member Since 2014
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    "An interesting story that takes time to unfold"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Blood Song to be better than the print version?

    I wouldn't know since I only listened to the audio version.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Blood Song?

    Vaelin's first encounter with Scratch, his dog. And the bond they grew to have. But to be honest, this book as several moments which were memorable, but it mostly consists of a gradual cumulation of events and character relationships rather than single moments.


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

    I haven't listened to any other work from him. I enjoyed his voice very much, I like gruff and raspy voices. Unfortunately he doesn't tend to do specific accents and his distinction in tones and voices is sometimes hard to tell apart between the different characters. But overall he is a good voice actor/narrator


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

    No. It was a very good book and a very interesting world, but it took time to "get to know it" and it didn't catch me from the beginning. So I didn't feel the "need" to keep going with out wanting to take breaks.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a very interesting and rich world. There are many well established and lored cultures in the world and many interesting characters including the main character as well (which starts off a bit meh but as he grows up and go through the experiences that he goes through, he becomes a much deeper character). If you like character driven stories like the name of the wind or Sanderson style books, you'de love this as well:)

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    Michael Fuller 03-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    great book, story gets better as the book goes on. word word word word word

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    amione 03-12-15
    amione 03-12-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Plesantly Surprised"
    Where does Blood Song rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have never been much for reading, sadly, but I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the Blood Song Book I . . . I am looking forward to Book II.


    Any additional comments?

    I look forward to the movie production in the near future . . .

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