Blood Song (Raven's Shadow Series #1)

Blood Song (Raven's Shadow Series #1)

by Anthony Ryan
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Blood Song 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 111 reviews.
Wolfsmith More than 1 year ago
If you like The Name of The Wind or Way of Kings, then this book is for you.
BWFoster78 More than 1 year ago
In Blood Song, Anthony Ryan writes of Vaelin’s growth from a child left by his father to be raised by an order of fighting monks into a man upon whom world events turn. Why to buy this book: After I got past the prologue, most of this book was incredibly good. As in the writing ranked up there with my favorite fantasy series of all time. The author does a fantastic job of throwing you inside the head of the character. I found it agonizing each time life intruded in such a way that it forced me to put the book down. Why not to buy the book: The prologue sets up the ending of the book from the POV of one of the protagonist’s enemies. From that character’s perspective, what the protagonist does at the end was a terrible tragedy of epic proportion. When we get to the event from the protagonist’s POV, the epic event was just a small part of the battle, making the entire thing seem anticlimactic. Overall, in fact, the ending of the book feels rushed and unsatisfying considering the awesomeness of the buildup. Additionally, some idiot made the decision that the prologue and each interlude between parts should be printed in all italics. To be fair, maybe the interludes added something to the story that I missed because, quite frankly, if you’re going to write page after page in italics, I assume you have no desire for me to actually read it. I ended up skipping all the interludes. That brings me back to the really crappy prologue: besides being seemingly endless and written is a visually offensive font, it’s boring and slow, and I didn’t find the POV character relatable in any way. Despite spending my hard-earned money on the novel, I almost gave up reading it when I looked ahead to find I was only halfway through the atrocious beginning. I think that, overall, I would have enjoyed the book much better had I simply skipped reading the prologue. Bottom Line: I went off on the book a bit in the previous section, and, judging from all the 5 star reviews the book has received, I think a lot of people will disagree with my nitpicking. To those people, please try to understand my disappointment. With the well-noted exception of the prologue, two thirds through this book, I thought, “I’ve found a new book to add to my favorites of all time!” Instead, I’m left with, “I strongly recommend it, but…” 4 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's been awhile since I found a fantasy series I liked, and this one had just the right amount of everything. However, halfway through the sequel, I am having a tough time... but the writing in this book flows well, the characters are interesting and the plot lines engrossing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. Only thing bad about it was finishing and having to wait for book two. The characters were well written and kept you on your toes.Story line in great. Only drawback I wish they would have given more time in describing the world the story was set. Still hated to put it down. Very good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of those books that I didn't want to end. I was very involved with the characters, and the plot kept surprising me. I think pretty much anyone would enjoy this for some hard core escapism.
Anonymous 14 days ago
This was a great read that reminded me of a faster paced Name of the Wind.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this author. This is my first book but I will now read all of his books. Interesting characters. Well written. Not boring even at 600+ pages. I want to see how the characters play out in other books. Fun read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good story, honestly can't put it down. Sometimes gets a little taxing to keep track of minor characters, but compared to Lord of the rings this is a cake walk. Love this series, love these characters, please make into a TV show
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great read.
KimHeniadis More than 1 year ago
Blood Song by Anthony Ryan is a great fantasy novel. I’m always a bit wary starting a new fantasy book by an author I’ve never read because so many fall so easily into genre tropes that it feels like you’re reading a book you’ve read a hundred times over already. Blood Song very nicely avoids falling into that trap with a very compelling main character. Vaelin Al Sorna is a young boy who is raised as a warrior of the Sixth Order of the Faith. The story begins with Vaelin as an adult. The basic plot setup is similar to Patrick Rothfuss’s, Name of the Wind, in which Vaelin is relating his tale to an historian. As I started reading the book I was a bit worried that Vaelin would come off as a Mary Sue, but it didn’t turn out that way. While Vaelin is capable, he’s not perfect, and I found him to be a very compelling character. Blood Song follows Vaelin’s time from childhood through his training in the Sixth Order and into his exploits in the world, including discovering the secrets of the Order of the Faith that he serves as well as getting embroiled in politics. It ends at the beginning, setting up the second book nicely, and left me wanting more. I’m looking forward to reading Tower Lord, the second book in the Raven’s Shadow trilogy, and I hope it is as good as Blood Song.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I've read in quite some time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This trilogy is a amazing read! If you like fantasy you won't be disappointed. Great characters all around well done.
WickedAK More than 1 year ago
AMAZING READ! If you are a fantasy lover, then you need to read this novel. The author does an amazing job linking you to the characters. I loved every moment of this story! Was very hard to put down.
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Well written, good read
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Tamora_PierceSYR More than 1 year ago
I liked the second book a bit more than this one, but I still tore through it. I love Ryan's realism wrapped around the fantasy elements, his treatment of religion in his world, and the way he writes characters, strong women as well as strong men. His hero is a an awkward teenager in a school that uses hard knocks as a teaching technique, but despite his naivete, he's still someone a reader can admire. It's easy to keep track of the characters and the hero's mixed relationship with his horse and dog bring a sense of fun to a dark and tense world. Ryan is right up there in my estimation with Robin Hobb, Barbara Hambly, Kate Elliot, Greg Keyes, and Daniel Abraham as a writer of broad scope fantasy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by DD What a great book! Its so annoying to read over the top reviews written by professiinal literary critics only to find that the story is plodding, the characters cardboard cutouts and the premise so out there that you will never develop the rapport necessary to immerse yourself in a fantasy world. Even worse are the accolades from authors you love touting a new book as another Lord of the Rings. You wonder if they are friends of the author, members of a writing group or are just pressured by the publisher! So often a waste of time and money. Well, not so with this series! So well written I couldn't put it down. I'm not going to nit pick anything. I thought it exciting, well written and with touches of humor to enliven the action. As good as David Gemmell? You betcha. Straight to my favorites to be read over and over. I hope this will become a continuing series. Well done Anthony Ryan. Keep em coming.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
best in a long time.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not stop reading. Have to hold back from diving into the second novel. The subplots and overarching story arcs tie well together. There is enough unresolved to keep the pace up and hunger for more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best series I have read in a while . It captures you from start to finish.
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