I found the story to be very good, but having just listened through the The Name of the Wind and The Wise Mans Fear, where the narrator gives a stella..Show More »r performance, the narration in Blood Song was not to my taste. I don't know how many times I had no clue who were talking, past or present etc. If you are able to sit down and concentrate you will most likely be able to eliminate these problems, but for me... I listen while I do other stuff and I lost the thread way too often. I have not had this problem before and I have listened to my share of books. The voice is just fine, although the diction is a bit "slurred", the problem is there is no distinction between the persons speaking, I also had a difficult time noticing when there was a change of scene, some names got mixed up and at times I felt it was read at maximum speed to get theough it. A good narration can lift a book, this is not the case for this one sadly. I strongly recommend the book to fans of the genre however, but I believe I will be going for the good old paperback for book 2.
This is yet another independent e-book that through sheer momentum got noticed and picked up by a publisher. I had seen huge ravings about this book a..Show More »nd had to check it out. So does this one live up to the hype?
This is possibly the strongest fantasy debut I've ever read. It's better than Elantris, it's better than Name of the Wind, and it's a lot better than Promise of Blood. He gets right what those books didn't, and I can't really find a single complaint about it. I have no idea where this author came out of, but this guy has the total package when it comes to writing.
The first of the book starts with modern-day Vaelin, condemned prisoner and living legend. Setting out on a voyage where he must fight to the death in gladiatorial combat, he begins relating the story of his life to a skeptical scribe. The book continues on this pattern of long-flashbacks, interspersed with short interludes back in the modern day. It really reminded me of The Name of the Wind, only this book was a lot better. There was never really a dull or boring moment in the book; in fact, this is one of those rare books that I actually didn't want to end. Usually I'm hurrying it up near the end, already thinking about what I want to start next. But this one had me hooked all the way through.
This author writes like someone who's done it for years and years. I simply can't believe how well-written it is for a new author. The characters come alive. They feel so much more real and sophisticated than those books mentioned above. The plot carries you along, and you can feel the complexities and undercurrents even as they are revealed a bit at a time, with many more mysteries yet unsolved. The elegance of the writing is at times astounding; there are moments that blew me away or made me laugh in delight simply because of HOW they were written. The prose and dialogue are top-notch. This is a genius of storytelling.
And the action? Absolutely second-to-none. It's intense, it's bloody, and it feels like you're actually THERE. Usually authors slack off in this category, but so much of this book revolves around a life of violence and combat. The fights never feel cheap or stereotyped. The main character is awesome and he lays down the law with his blade. There's no random goof-ups that authors use to try and be different or "realistic". This guy is bred to fight, and everything he does is purposeful and effectual. And the magic system, revealing itself slowly one bit at a time through the lore of the world, adds that extra element that brings it all together.
I didn't think it would happen, but this book really blew me away. I can't wait to see what comes next.
I have listened to hundreds of hours of audio books I would rate this series as one of the best. loved how it was written from each main character's p..Show More »erspective per chapter . what also made it special was the fantastic voice over artist. Jacquie
I was so excited for this book to come out, as I absolutely loved Bloodsong, and Tower Lord was pretty good as well. However, this was a downer compar..Show More »ed to the other two books. Steven Brand does an excellent job narrating the book, but he can't control the weak story. Frankly, each book in the series got progressively weaker, in my opinion. Queen Of Fire starts out rather slowly, builds serious steam towards the middle and end, but the climax was very boring. It left me thinking "that's it?" There were also several loose ends from the previous two books that did not get wrapped up (they are barely even mentioned, in fact), and I was left with many questions unanswered that I expected to be addressed in this book.
This is not to say it was wholly unenjoyable or boring, quite the opposite. The series as a whole is great. QOF in entertaining and Anthony Ryan is a great character-driven writer. There were some real "wow!" moments in the book as well as some heart aching moments.
Overall, it's worth a listen if you've read the other two books in the series and want to reach the conclusion of the world that has been created through the Raven's Shadow Saga. Otherwise, you may want to stop with Bloodsong and call it good.