Vaelin Al Sorna, warrior of the Sixth Order, called Darkblade, called Hope Killer. The greatest warrior of his day, and witness to the greatest defeat of his nation: King Janus' vision of a Greater Unified Realm drowned in the blood of brave men fighting for a cause Vaelin alone knows was forged from a lie. Sick at heart, he comes home, determined to kill no more. Named Tower Lord of the Northern Reaches by King Janus's grateful heir, he can perhaps find peace in a colder, more remote land far from the intrigues of a troubled Realm.
But those gifted with the blood-song are never destined to live a quiet life. Many died in King Janus' wars, but many survived, and Vaelin is a target, not just for those seeking revenge but for those who know what he can do. The Faith has been sundered, and many have no doubt who their leader should be. The new King is weak, but his sister is strong. The blood-song is powerful, rich in warning and guidance in times of trouble, but is only a fraction of the power available to others who understand more of its mysteries. Something moves against the Realm, something that commands mighty forces, and Vaelin will find to his great regret that when faced with annihilation, even the most reluctant hand must eventually draw a sword.
©2014 Anthony Ryan (P)2014 Penguin Audio
It was time spent. First half of the book is ok, the second half is preachy and boring.
Most likely not.
None of them, to be honest. After the first book they were all bland and preachy.
Yes, but only to complete the story. Personally if it is anything like this angst teen, anti-religion tripe it will only appeal to kids with an ax to grind.
Just stop at the first book. This second installment is a constant downhill ride after he first 1/3 of the book. The writer tries to make the book adult by adding even more cussing, plot twist are either predictable or meaningless, and the plot takes a back seat to the Ryan preaching about two lesbians how horrible religion is for keeping them apart. What could actually have been a deep and intriguing series turns into a teenage fanfict. No major questions are answered, no major plot twists happen that are not there just for shock value, and nothing happens at the end to hint that things will be better in the next book. Also, there is no more talk about the magic system hinted at in the first book nor anything truly meaningful about the Seventh Order. It all stops so they can cuss more, be bland, and preachy.
Best medieval series ever written. Every bit as good or better than game of thrones. One of the few I read over and over when I can't find something else good to read. And there is no better narrator than Stephen Brand.
Anthony Ryan does it again, in a book which kept me "turning" the pages. A thrilling ride that won't disappoint fans of the series, and this book explores our favorite characters from their points of view while meeting new friends and a couple old ones along the way.
story is not as good as the first book Blood song. narration is just as bad as the first book where too fast and pronunciation is harder to understand out of any book I have listened so far
After having gone through the first one, I really looked forward to this installment. The difference with the "Point of View" story telling was a lovely twist.
I can't wait to listen to the next installment.
I've only listened to 50% of the book and at this point I've lost interest. It's not well spent time as it's not catching my interest, but overall it's not really a waste of time either. So somewhere in between yes / no.
The split POV. This literally ruined the entire book for me. A couple characters is alright, but four is a little over the top, especially since he decided to switch them every chapter. You don't get enough time to focus on one character and really attach yourself to them. I honestly believe he should have either made the second book be about another character and followed their POV, continued like the first book, or if he truly felt the need to split the book he should have split it to two POV at the most.
Not too shabby
Shame this series dropped the ball here and from what I've gathered he does the same in book 3. I really liked the first book and how it was done. Seems I'll need to find another author/series to follow though.
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