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Blood Song Audiobook

Blood Song: Raven's Shadow, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

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

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    greensentinel7 Arizona 02-03-17
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    "Surprised by this story/author."

    I picked this title up on a whim. I have been mostly disappointed in what the fantasy genre has had to offer (as a whole) over the last ten years, but this book caught me off guard.

    It was just the right amount of dark, gritty, and compelling.

    The narrator captured the characters incredibly well, and made this an easy listen.

    I am looking forward to picking up the next book in the series.

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    sarah 02-02-17
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    "Great book!! Slow beginning"

    It took Almost 4 chapters before I could get into this book but boy was I excited and glad I kept listening. Couldn't stop listening. It is
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    Zachary 01-31-17
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    "Love this book "

    You should hear this story! I've listened to it twice and loved it even more the second time.

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    Tracy 01-31-17
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    "one of the best series ever"

    it has it all. One of my all time favorites. The rest of the series is equally good, but this one is the best.

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    KabukiTanuki 01-29-17
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    "Good story, mediocre reading"

    I enjoyed the realm and characters, but the reader makes little distinction in inflection or tone between them. Somewhat bland, the reading left me feeling unattached and distant to a relatively rich and developed story and world.

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    "Great plot with plenty of depth"

    The body of the book, plot characters cadence and dialogue was great. This book need some editorial assistance at the end though. Like many books I have read lately the first 95% is fantastic, then the last chapter is like....where did that come from? If a book is good enough to stand on its own do not muddy it with note or sneak peaks into another. The authors work will draw the reader to the next.

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    Michael L. Wright 01-23-17 Member Since 2013
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    "The (optional) heading is required. Go figure :("

    Nice story telling. Narrator well spoken. Ready to listen to the next phase of the story

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    RPSpiker 01-16-17
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    "Finished on mobile device 2017-01-15"

    Finished on mobile device 2017-01-15 since audible does not provide a method to track finished book I use the comments. Sorry for any confusion to other listeners.

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    Wes D 01-12-17
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    "A great, gripping story"

    This book grabbed me and didn't let go. It is surprising to get a story this good from an author's debut novel.

    A note about the narration -- although I found Steven Brand's voice pleasing to listen to, he doesn't do the greatest job of differentiating between speakers. Because of that, I had to rewind quite a bit and pay more attention in order to comprehend. I usually listen while working, so that proved to be more of a distraction than I am accustomed to.

    Obviously, that isn't optimal, but if you can overcome that hurdle, the story is worth the effort.

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    Brandon 01-07-17
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    Hard to follow at times, otherwise it was an excellent read. I am looking forward to the next in the series.

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