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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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    Olivia 07-19-16
    Olivia 07-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "fantastic!"

    the be narrator is spellbinding and the visualizations of language are magical. the plot is enthralling and we'll worth the read!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Skipper 01-24-16
    Skipper 01-24-16

    I prefer 3rd person point-of-view, and books with fewer than 500 pages.

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    "Solid story, fuzzy narration"

    Told in 3rd person through the POV of only one character (except for the opening chapter of each part). Yay!!! No scene skipping. No head-hopping. The reader journeys through a harsh yet hopeful life as experienced by a heartbroken, abandoned youth, Vaelin Al Sorna. Even though he is dubbed "Hope Killer" he grows to be a kind and good (enough) man, striving to understand his peculiar gift and the strange goings-on in his world.

    A wee bit long and occasionally slow, but well-written and quite engrossing for the most part, with heartwarming friendship, poignant growing-up/ becoming a warrior scenes, a touch of romance, bloody battles, grim-dark reality, gods, kings, religions, demons, politics, and some surprising plot twists.

    Characterization is decent. It was good to see the abandoned youths grow into fine young men (but most of the focus was on Vaelin). One wonders how anything good could come from the academy since most of the training masters were crazed and/or cruel.

    Animals added a nice touch. I loved the Volarian Slave Hound, Scratch, and the nasty warhorse, Spit.

    Nebulous magic system. Maybe that will be established in book 2.

    I found some high-res maps on the Web. (The maps in the kindle book are fuzzy).

    Appendix is helpful, but I wanted a description of the Orders in the appendix. What is the purpose of each Order? Who is the Aspect in charge of each one? Where is each one headquartered?

    Narrator has a pleasing texture and cadence, but his voice is fuzzy (not crisp). He mumbles somewhat, making it hard to distinguish some words, and he doesn't differentiate enough between character voices, making it hard to tell when one person stops talking and another starts. I stopped listening and mostly read the book, instead.

    I probably won't read the sequels, based on reviews for books 2 and 3 (and a shockingly high price jump).

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Steve 07-28-14
    Steve 07-28-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Great story. Okay narration. Bad language."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    There are two things that would have influenced me to rate this audio book higher. 1. The book has some bad language. I feel swear words were used unnecessarily. 2. The narration was hard to follow during conversations between characters. After listening to several hours of the book I was still unable to pick who was speaking during conversations between two people because the narrator didn't change his voice in any way. Every character sounded the same.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I think the narrator should have used more inflection to his voice when speaking as different characters.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Blood Song?

    I would not have cut any scenes from Blood Song, just the bad language.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, I like the story. I loved the idea of the Orders and the world this author was able to create and portray. The bad language and poor narration are what weaken this audio book. I'm sad to read in the reviews of the sequel that the language gets worse... Sadly, I won't be listening to it because of that.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Benjamin Silver Spring, MD, United States 03-01-14
    Benjamin Silver Spring, MD, United States 03-01-14 Member Since 2010

    Likes to listen while doing chores; likes to write reviews while he should be doing chores.

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    "Intriguing Series Beginning; Uninspired Narration"

    This book is a variation on the “kid goes to warrior school” epic fantasy genre. It’s a pretty good one. There are some fresh ideas in storytelling that keep it new and interesting. The main story arc is told as if to a historian, however, you come to learn that the reader is getting a “true,” insiders account, but the historian character to which the story is being recounted, is being told something else. In other words, you get the secrets, but for some reason, the main character is telling his conversation partner something less meaningful. Also, the depth of the features of this world, magic, religion, people, sects, are only being hinted at. The author has so much setting left to fill with story, it keeps you wanting more.

    The story begins a little slow and there are some significant breaks in action. However, it does heat up and progressively becomes more intriguing. Twists and plots aren’t immediately apparent until you realize you’re up to your neck in them.

    Characters are well developed and Ryan fears not killing them off which raises the stakes of the various challenges. The dialogue is neither particularly good nor bad. It is just kind of there.

    This book really suffers because of its narrator. He doesn’t apply himself to characterizations so you often lose who is talking in a particular conversation. He blows the accenting of certain sentences which changes the meaning in odd ways. Overall it feels like what you are hearing is the reader’s first attempt.

    Despite harvesting the old warrior school trope, this book goes in interesting directions. The story leaves off at a good point too. There is an ocean of possibilities at the end, leaving you very interested in what comes next. All in all a good read. I would recommend this to fantasy fans.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Connor 11-24-13
    Connor 11-24-13 Member Since 2011

    Enjoy the adventure

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    "Clash of Swords"

    An excellent medieval fantasy book and entertaining from the beginning to end. I enjoyed the theme of personal sacrifice as the cost of loyalty. Best shown when the main character is mislead by the government to do their bidding vs. pursuing his own plans. Reminded me of the Mark Twain quote - “Loyalty to the country always. Loyalty to the government when it deserves it.”

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Springfield, MA, United States 11-15-13
    Michael Springfield, MA, United States 11-15-13 Member Since 2013
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    "What I have been missing..."

    Excellent first book, I'm counting the days until July 2014.

    To the point. I enjoy Jim Butcher, Kevin Hearne, Joe Abercrombie, Neal Stephenson (70% of the time), and Mark Lawrence. This is just to give you an idea of what makes me tick. If you enjoy these authors too and are often disappointed in fantasy books then you need to give this a listen. It's a strong book from the first page to the last, it's long but it will leave you wanting more. I was ever impressed by the writing, the excellent plot and the twists that you don't often find in books of this nature.

    Give Anthony Ryan a try and I promise you won't be disappointed.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    tim lowell, IN, United States 08-09-13
    tim lowell, IN, United States 08-09-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Loved this Listen !!"
    If you could sum up Blood Song in three words, what would they be?

    Very Good Listen!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    It kept my attention the entire time. I kept thinking it was going to end, and got more and more excited when it kept going. Very Happy with this Listen.


    Have you listened to any of Steven Brand’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but will be looking into them.


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    Kdb888 08-17-17
    Kdb888 08-17-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great story and narrator!"

    Captivating story, and narration is excellent! Can't wait for the next book. Hopefully it will have same narrator.

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    Makay 08-10-17
    Makay 08-10-17 Member Since 2015
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    "one of the best books here."

    I love this author and narrator so much I need to find more of their books

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    Amazon Customer 08-03-17 Member Since 2008

    R Byrnes

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    "Excellent story"

    This was a great first book in the series. The author does a fantastic job building the story aided by a talented narrator. I highly recommend this story.

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