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 book being the first of the trilogy. Was easily the best. Though the others are in no way bad or falling short. Blood song simply stood above the rest as being the most well written and interesting of the three. Vailen al sorna is a fantastic protagonist with a good moral structure but not the "prince charming" here to save the day type of character. Will not spoil anything. If you have any doubts about this book and this series as a whole, stop now and heed my words. You will not regret this buy at all. And at 23 hours in length you will not feel as if a credit was wasted on a short story. Not to mention that you will be left wanting more. Foaming at the mouth for your next credit to start tower Lord. Hopefully this review helps a few with their purchase. I'm not a fanboy and I do recognize flaws when I see them. In this their were few. As far as narration, Steven brand is one of the best narrators I've encountered other than Derek Perkins and Sean Barrette. Enjoy!
Audio Addict Capt Kirk
In my top five best first books ever. Loved the complexity. Root for love but I caution patience. No easy victories here. Which I like. Definitely NOT another thinly disguised YA story.(Thank the faith). lover of stories kw
Steven Brand has a pleasant voice, however it's the same voice for every character and the narration. I found my mind disengaging from the story because of this and getting to the end was more tedious than enjoyable.
In the style of Bernard Cornwell, the beginnings of another great epic tale. Vaelin Al Sorna, left at the gates of the Sixth Order at the tender age of ten, is destined for a future he has yet to comprehend that will change forever the world he knows. A really great start to what I hope will be a most entertaining and engaging series. Great story line, strong characters. Steven Brand does an excellent job at narrating.
Loved the story so far. It was kind of confusing when it changes parts of the book and changes narrators but you catch on pretty quick. Give it a listen!
The best way to read.
Can't wait for the next one. There's action, philosophy, magic, love, war, etc. This book is deeply entertaining the entire listen. Highly recommended!
I got this book because it was on sale and was so pleasantly surprised by it. I love the battles of conscience the the characters have throughout the book. I do love details and this author is not afraid to dig into every aspect. The relationships are great in this book and almost all of the characters are fully formed. loved this book from about chapter two all of the way to the end.
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