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
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.
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.
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.
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.
The narrator just read the book. Very little voice change for each character. I had to really pay attention because I couldn't tell by the narrator what character was talking. The story was good.
Overall, this book was a delightful treat. It basically plays out as an adult-themed Harry Potter "coming of age at an academy" type of story. This book is an excellent story to get you through some long summer drives or something to listen to while you're doing some yard work in the heat.
With that said, be prepared to overlook at least one major cliche or trope every chapter. This book doesn't cover anything super new in the fantasy genre. Great story by a great writer, but that's as far as it goes.
The performance was ok. Steven Brand has a nice voice, but I had difficultly knowing who was talking and if sentences were narration or exposition.
I'm off to start book two.
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