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
First, I'd like to give tribute to the narrator, Steven Brand. He makes listening to any novel easy. Though I've noticed he's got almost no inflectional difference between the male or female characters, or even the different male / female characters, his annunciation and crisp clear storyteller voice has always made my listening experience wonderful. I love listening to his voice.
Now, as for the Raven's Shadow Trilogy. I love the Science Fiction Genre, Epic:Fantasy being my all-time favorite, though I'll read absolutely anything. I don't enjoy television (at all!) and being a busy stay at home (work from home) mother of three small children I no longer have time to pick up a novel. I've found audio book's to be my small comfort while working during the day. I'm rarely found not listening to a book. I'm slowly running out of books to listen to ... though my husband may choose to divorce me if I invest anymore of our earnings back into Audible ;) -- This being said, I often skipped over this title thinking though it was popularly rated, the plot synopsis sounded to me as though it'd be more redundant than not. Finally, I decided I'd give it a try. After the first book, I was totally hooked. The second book ... I stayed up all night just to start the third!
I was so wrong! I've not been so happy to admit that fact in quite a while.
The subtle character development throughout this trilogy is absolutely amazing. This book in particular lays the foundation of morals and troubles to come for most of the main character's featured throughout the trilogy. I struggle to put into words without ruining the overall plot ... the brilliance of how the three books are woven together, but Anthony Ryan seems to have an innate gift for messing with your mind, emotions, prejudices, and drawing you so far into his character's world that you rage against their decisions and get dragged along feeling their frustrations / sadness / and perhaps glory or their end. (I'm not telling!)
It seemed as though the dual at the demand of Lady Emma was misplaced. As the final chapter seems to take place the same day the boats with the army return to the realm.
Absolutely loved the story and the narrator. I've heard narrators with more diverse character voicing, but Steven Brand has a fantastic voice and is really great at capturing the rhythm of the story. I'm really looking forward to the next book!
I really liked the story, but the narrator had very little voice range, all he characters sounded the same. Was hard to tell who was speaking most of the time.
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.
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