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Blood Song: Book 1 of Raven's Shadow

Anthony Ryan

13 Reviews

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Nathaniel Drinkwater, Fiction, Fantasy

From the publishers of David Gemmell comes a powerful epic fantasy debut in that same tradition from an exciting new British talent.

We have fought battles that left more than a hundred corpses on the ground and not a word of it has ever been set down. The Order fights, but often it fights in shadow, without glory or reward. We have no banners.

Vaelin Al Sorna is the Sixth Order's newest recruit. Under their brutal training regime, he learns how to forge a blade, survive the wilds and kill a man quickly and quietly - all in the name of protecting the Realm and the Faith.

Now his skills will be put to the test. War is coming. Vaelin must draw upon the very essence of his strength and cunning if he is to survive the coming conflict. Yet as the world teeters on the edge of chaos, Vaelin will learn that the truth can cut deeper than any sword.

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Praise for Blood Song: Book 1 of Raven's Shadow

  • Blood Song is a tremendous debut . . . fast-paced, action-packed and character-driven - FANTASY BOOK CRITIC

  • A top contender for most impressive debut of the year . . . Blood Song is a powerful epic that, while ending with a sense of closure, hints at more to come - SFFWORLD

  • An utterly engrossing high-fantasy epic from a major new talent that explores themes of war, faith, and loyalty amidst incredible action scenes and artfully developed characters - BUZZFEED

  • A mix of The Name of the Wind and The Left Hand of God . . . I cannot recommend this book enough - BESTFANTASYBOOKS.COM

  • Blood Song delighted me again and again - FANTASY FACTION

  • This is epic fantasy at its best with action, rivalries, espionage, the promise of future revelations and ever-present twists - BOOKBAG

  • An instant sensation . . . an excellent start to this series - READ DREAM RELAX

  • Smartly-written coming-of-age story . . . Compelling - SFX

  • Ryan hits all the high notes of epic fantasy - a gritty setting, ancient magics, ruthless intrigue, divided loyalties, and bloody action - PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

  • A new master storyteller has hit the scene - Michael J. Sullivan

  • If you like your fantasy Rothfuss or Sanderson-style this is a great book for you. It's a meaty epic fantasy with a really strong main character. I was sucked in and definitely want to read the next one! - Felicia Day

  • Blood Song is a tremendous debut . . . fast paced, action packed and character driven - FANTASY BOOK CRITIC

  • I still love - and want - that feeling of completely absorbing escapism that good fantasy can supply - and Blood Song brings it in force - PORNOKITSCH

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Anthony Ryan

Anthony Ryan lives in London and is a writer of fantasy, science fiction and non-fiction. He previously worked in a variety of roles for the UK government, but now writes full-time.