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SAGA - Ravens Shadow - Free download as PDF File .pdf) or read online for free. SAGA - Ravens Shadow. SAGA: Raven's Shadow. The Raven's Shadow is the second supplement for the SAGA rules system. Along with rules for War Banners that. may be selected from either the SAGA or The Crescent and the Cross rule books or from Fury, The Raven's Shadow, Varajazi & Basileus. Steppe Tribes are.

Blood Song Raven's Shadow 1. Anthony Ryan. Raven's Shadow. 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.

Anthony Ryan might just be making a case to join my quartet of all time fantasy favorites Finally! Anthony Ryan might just be making a case to join my quartet of all time fantasy favorites. High praise considering that list is Martin, Rothfuss, Lynch, and Sanderson. Audio Note: Steven Brand was an adequate narrator. Competent but nothing special. View all 22 comments. Jul 04, Mike the Paladin rated it it was amazing Shelves: Okay, "first off" I know some don't care for long reviews and sort of skip through just interested in the "bottom line" so to speak.

I have a few things to say, but for you who want things boiled down to the basics I have moved it directly on to my favorites shelf. The only negative I have here is that the next volume isn't due out till July God willing and I'm still alive, healthy and solvent I plan to Okay, "first off" I know some don't care for long reviews and sort of skip through just interested in the "bottom line" so to speak.

God willing and I'm still alive, healthy and solvent I plan to snap it up as soon as it's out. Also God willing my dwindling time lasts through the entirety of this series. This seems to me a great book. That paragraph should help at least two groups of people. First those who find that more often than not they agree with my taste in books, second those who find that, "more often than not" they "disagree" with my taste in books. Now, for everybody else who'd like me to say a little about the book, here we go.

But now and then there is a different take on any "type" of book. This one is definitely a "coming of age story". The book opens with a historian, scribe recording the story of The Hope Killer. The Hope was the heir to the Emperor's throne and the people loved him.

He was slain by the North-man they call Hope Slayer, among other names. As The Hope Slayer begins to relate his story to our historian, we get the events told in flashback. I'm sure some will compare this to Rothfuss' King Killer Chronicle because it's told in the, "present vs. If I compared them I'd say then that this is what that series should be. Vaelin Al Sorna's mother has been dead for a while and life with his father, the King's Battle Lord hasn't been easy.

Really it's just been, distant as he doesn't really know his father. Then one day his father has him pack a very little and takes him to a strange place, a barred guarded gate. Vaelin has been, "given to" the Sixth Order", soldiers who are defenders of, "The Faith". They will receive not so gentle training and become full Brothers of the Order or fail and be turned out with some coin or die in one of the tests. I won't even try for a synopsis as this is a long and nicely involved book and it's only flaw is that it ends.

It's a long book yes, but I remained involved throughout. I took my time and savored this book and it's story. I repeat, I don't think I can recommend this one too highly. By the way, yes the book revolves a great deal around the "fantasy religions" of this world. None really resemble in detail Christianity, Shintoism etc. There are some aspects of these and other actual religions but none I think should offend anyone.

I note this as I am a Christian and so are some of my friends here. I didn't find myself offended or subverted into some other form of belief and I don't think anyone else will be. So, back to the topic at hand I think this book will be one I'll try to reread before the next volume comes out.

Of course now I'm having trouble finding a book to read as I liked this one so much A High 5 Stars and my highest recommendation. View all 30 comments. First re-read finished. Rating stays the same. Want to join? We're starting on Monday, June 15th. Original Review, 31 August, I'm surprised this is a debut novel. Believe the hype! Oh yes, the book has its flaws but I can't quite put my finger on them and they are certainly not enough to even make me knock off a half star down to 4.

It's full 5! What makes the book unputdownable is the scale and the intensity of the story. More Vaelin Al Sorna, please! Up to book 2.

Full review to come eventually. View all 37 comments. What we know informs everything we do and every decision we make. The son of a Battle-Lord of wide renown, he has a difficult time understanding why his newly widowed father would give him to the fighting religious order, where you are supposed to forget all outside ties to family and friends and live only for your Order and the Faith.

He had not yet grieved for the loss of his loving, war-hating mother, when he has to cut his ties with his father and all he has known up to now. The greatest of lies. He ask questions and Vaelin tells him the story the way he wants, but we get to know the true action as it really developed from Vaelin's memories There are discrepancies between both, since some of the things he doesn't want anyone else to know, thus he doesn't tell them to the historian.

To a degree, this takes away some of the worry for the main character, since we know he is telling the story, but that is all we know and we are also aware, that in the moment he is telling his tale, he is in active danger. Trust me, there is plenty to keep you on your toes. But he had a duty to perform, a duty he knew would cost him his life, and hers too if she stayed with him.

And so he tricked her and had her taken far away. Sometimes that man tries to cast his thoughts across the ocean, to see if the love they shared has turned to hate, but he finds only distant echoes of her fierce compassion, a life saved here, a kindness done there, like smoke trailing after a blazing torch.

And so he wonders, does she hate me? Our hero goes through all the growing pains a young person does, only we see it and we feel for him, because as jaded and imperfect as he turns out to be, there is a core of honor and good will which is strong inside of him, an idealism which is just looking for a reason to awake again and fight for a better world. And in the ugliness of the world he is subjected to, I am amazed he still finds a way to not lose himself among the scum of the Earth To look into the void is to see the vastness and smallness of everything at once, in an instant of terror and wonder.

From his brothers in the Order, to the healer sisters, from the lowest of the low, to the royal family, which is not necessarily a big jump if you ask me.

Frentis happens to be my favorite and I hope I see much more of him, together with Scratch and Spit: What can I say, I love animals: Overall, I think if you like a Fantasy-Adventure with some possible paranormal powers and royal and religious intrigue, this is a very good book for you!

I know I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series. View all 17 comments. I know many of you Little Barnacles are profoundly disappointed that I should sink so low as to give 3 scandalously generous stars to a book I dwidn't even finish.

I am afraid this is my own fault for accustoming you to much higher DNFing standards , and you are quite justified in feeling horribly betrayed by my most shameful behavior.

Now please allow me to repent and stuff. Be right back. My soul is now at peace , we can therefore proceed. It seems this poor fascinating little book suffered from a remarkably regrettable conjunction of circumstances: Blood Song had been hiding in the unfathomable depths of my to-read shelf for four years decades when I finally picked it up, you see. Trusting my unfailing, exceptionally superior judgement , I didn't find it necessary to refresh my eternally failing memory about the wonderfully enticing premise before starting the book.

And dived in pincersfirst. Admittedly , this wasn't my brightest move. I mean, all my moves are obviously bright as a rule , but some of them are, um, you know, not so bright and stuff. Because disgustingly young characters and stuff. Such is quite unfortunately the unfortunate case here. Then again, this shouldn't have come as a complete surprise to me. Why, you ask? I really should have seen this coming from miles and miles away.

Shame on me again and stuff. And let me tell you, you realize just how much work the narrator put into earning those deadly extra credits when you listen to this book here. I might have perhaps maybe have been partially at fault in the present semi-half- debacle a little , but this most lamentable accidental disruption in my wonderful listening experience was really quite fortuitous on my part.

Because exoskeleton-related mechanical problems and stuff. Anyway, I had to reluctantly abandon this poor little narrative all by its little self for ten ridiculous days. Acoustic death ensued promptly upon my return. Worry not, for the book didn't suffer in the process. Not as much as I did listening to it, anyway. But I digress. So , here I was, armed with a brand new exoskeleton, ready to hit the play button again.

And I did. And this happened: First of all , I couldn't shrimping remember what the stinking fish this book was about which should tell you how fantastically gripping the story is and how incredibly involved I was in it.

Second of all , I couldn't shrimping remember what the stinking fish this book was about. I rest in my case and stuff. Not it's not. This is a conspiracy. Yes it is. The author colluded with the narrator to ensure this book would become the perfect cure for insomnia. And guess what? They succeeded. And how. Oh yeah, these guys are GOOD. If I ever awaken from the sweet slumber I fell into while I was reading the book, that is. View all 38 comments. This is, without a doubt, my favourite book of the year so far.

This is High Fantasy that is contemporary while still hitting a sweet spot for me with the mix of magic and battle. The story was engaging, the plot was well paced, the protagonist was flawed but likeable, the prose was polished. I can't believe this a debut novel. I don't place too much faith in goodreads rating system, but when we are approaching ratings with an average of 4. His boyhood resolve coming back to him, the promise he had made to himself after saving them in the wild.

If you haven't read The Name of the Wind don't fret - even having read that book I couldn't tell you what it was about in less than three days anyway. Similarities 1.

SAGA: Raven's Shadow

Both stories written from a single POV. Both stories employ a framing device whereby a Chronicler writes down the life story as recounted to them by the hero. Both stories are about the coming of age and rise to badassdom of a legend. Differences 1. Kvothe's story in NotW is told in the first person while Vaelin's story our protagonist is told in the third person 2. In Blood Song the framing device is done setting up in the Prologue and we are straight into the main story in Chapter one.

In The Name of the Wind , the Chronicler takes a veeeery long time to even show up to begin Kvothe's story. In Blood Song , it seems clear that the framing device will end with this book as the events catch up to Vaelin's time with the Chronicler - while in The Name of the Wind the framing device continues into book two and seems will continue into book 3.

Kvothe arrives at the university to learn magic after a loooong looong time. This book, Vaelin becomes the best swordsman in the order.

Dentos was master of the bow, Barkus unarmed combat, Nortah the finest rider and Caenis knew the wild like a wolf, but the sword was his. The other difference is that The Name of the Wind is to my mind superior storytelling as compared to Blood Song which I feel is a better story.

The Name of the Wind has superior immersion, as compared to Blood Song which has an actual plot and a perfectly paced one for my liking. So which of the two books do I prefer?

For me The Name of the Wind still edges this one out because I could sit and listen to that all day long and when I'm finished I could start over right away - while with this book, though the story is better, and I'm going straight onto the second book in the series, now I've read and know the story, I don't feel a pressing need to read it again - that will undoubtedly change when the final book comes out.

For those who were unimpressed with The Name of the Wind , for those who despised the all too perfect Kvothe, Blood Song is most definitely the book for you.

This book is everything you wished NotW to be but wasn't. All the complaints you made about Kvothe are addressed in Vaelin. Kvothe is a Clayton's Vaelin - or rather, Vaelin is a better Kvothe. The audio narration by Steven Brand was very good, though his quiet spoken voice was difficult to hear if there was any background noise. I loved this story from start to finish and was loathe to hit the pause button on the Audible app when inconvenient interruptions arose - like sleep and going to the toilet.

This one gets an easy View all 49 comments. Jul 08, Liviu rated it it was amazing Shelves: I plan a full review for next week and I am rereading the book also as I want to stay in its universe more, while quite a few early details are better appreciated on a second or later reading.

May 02, Conor rated it really liked it Shelves: It was released independently a few years ago and since then has built up a huge amount of buzz, made all the more impressive by it's lack of support.

Because of this background I really wanted to like this book. Conveniently the complex characters and intriguing plot made liking it easy. Also the gratuitous violence. The main character of this book is Vaelin Al Sorna who at the beginning of the story we see as a captive on h 4. The main character of this book is Vaelin Al Sorna who at the beginning of the story we see as a captive on his way to a duel which will likely end in his death. His captors fear and revile him as 'Hope killer'.

Vaelin narrates his life story to his historian and jailor who gradually becomes more and more enthralled. His story starts when he is 10, abandoned at the door of the training ground of the 6th order, Secretive and deadly warrior priests. From here we chart his journey from abandoned boy to legendary hero. Vaelin dominates this book both in his POV chapters and in the few chapters from his biographer.

Because of this the book is largely dependant on how sympathetic and interesting he is. I found Vaelin to be a really cool and likable character. He is pretty much a straightforward fantasy protagonist albeit with a few shades of moral ambiguity thrown in. One of my favourite aspects about war films or anything that deals with people who regularly operate in violent, dangerous situations is the camaraderie that develops between these guys.

As a result Vaelin's interactions with his 'brothers' were easily some of my favourite parts of this book. I also liked how we saw Vaelin's skills gradually improve over long years of intense training rather than miraculously appear over a short period of time as sometimes happens in fantasy. Instead of a quickly glossed over Rocky-style training montage Ryan masterfully brings to life the exhausting, painful process that turns a young boy into a deadly warrior.

On the downside I never really felt that Vaelin's voice as a character developed from when he was 10 to in his mid 20's. Even as a kid Vaelin sounded like an adult.

I also thought it was kind of weird that throughout the series Vaelin hardly acknowledges the fact that as a warrior-priest he is apparently banned from having sex. I mean loads of the plot occurs while he is a teenager and a young man and yet he only ever mentions sex in passing, usually while with a beautiful woman. You'd think that as a testosterone fuelled killing machine banned from sex his interactions with women would be limited to blurting out 'boobies!

The cast of character's is dominated by Vaelin's brothers. Unlike Vaelin many of them especially Nortah underwent a good bit of character development. I especially liked the way they begin to manifest combat skills that compliment Vaelin's. Instead of always being best at everything Vaelin is shown to excel as a swordsman and leader while his friends are better in other ways.

The way their backstories are slowly revealed is pretty cool as well. Sister Sherin played an important role as Vaelin's love interest and the contrast between healing and killing it produced was interesting.

Another standout was King Janus. Despite being a ruthless, manipulative, war-mongering wanker he is also shown to be a great king. This ambiguity made him a really interesting antagonist. I really hope he isn't revealed to be some pawn of the forces of evil as this would turn him into a completely stereotypical evil king rather than an illustration of the necessary evils required to rule a kingdom in a realistic setting. In the sequel it's implied he was an unwitting pawn of the forces of evil all along and a lot of the moral ambiguity that made him great in this book was undermined, which was really disappointing.

I'm still holding out hope he'll be redeemed somewhat in book 3 though hide spoiler ]. The plot was for the most part interesting and well written.

Vaelin's brutal training was engaging and showed us how he developed into a deadly warrior and instigated much of his character growth and personal contemplation, however I thought the extra-curricular adventures he got into at every opportunity seemed kind of forced. Also for a novel that emphasises war and violence I thought the sword-fights and battles were diasappointing.

Every fight Vaelin gets in he wins quickly and easily. I also liked how the book dealt with both the physical and psychological horrors of war in an intelligent and uncompromising way without being preachy. Perhaps my favourite plot point in this whole book was the invasion of the Alpiran empire.

This was a really cool subversion of a typical fantasy storyline with the 'good guy' nation launching an unprovoked war of conquest against a peaceful neighbour. Janus' motivations, which he revealed to Vaelin to try and persuade him to take part in the war, added a further layer of political and moral complexity that made the situation even more compelling. Essentially it turns out that the dark lord of all evil has been controlling one of Vaelin's closest friends pretty much all along.

In addition to being a pretty big plot hole this reveal destroyed the 'band of brothers' relationship between Vaelin and his friends that I loved so much in this book. I really wanted to give this book 5 stars but that reveal left a sour taste, especially about one of my favourite aspects of this book, so I ultimately only gave it 4.

Edit after reading book 2: Nothing new was really added about this in book 2, which was disappointing. I'm definitely looking forward to reading more of his work. View all 21 comments. Nov 04, Celeste rated it really liked it Shelves: Full review now posted!

This is why Hogwarts will always feel like home, and why Battle School and all it inflicted on Ender Wiggin will always resonate for me, no matter how many times I visit. Vaelin Al Sorna is delivered to the Sixth Order when he is still just a boy of ten.

The masters are harsh and the lessons are harsher, but Vaelin flourishes here. He builds a family from the boys in his training group; a band of brothers, if you will. And those brothers and the deep bond they have with one another is the heart of this story. And the person who keeps that heart beating is Vaelin, their leader and brother and the best of their friends.

And Vaelin is aided in his leadership by the blood song, the otherworldly intuition that seems to course through his veins and direct his path, though sometimes Vaelin refuses to heed its cry. As in The Kingkiller Chronicles, we have an incredibly interesting and infamous individual as a protagonist, and we have a framework surrounding the story, this frame being that said protagonist is dictating the true story of their life to a chronicler. Both Vaelin and Kvothe are fascinating characters, who endure much and accomplish much at a young age.

I was blown away by his character development. What reminded me so much of A Song of Ice and Fire in this novel was the magic system. The magic was mysterious and feared by many, and was never explained in the novel. This made the magic feel ancient and wild, and like it was a foundational element of the created world but alien to the people of that world.

I absolutely love unexplained and wild magic, so this was incredibly appealing to me. The users of the Dark - or the Gifted, depending on your point of view - were born with their power, and learned to either nurture, abuse, or ignore that gift depending entirely on themselves and their personalities and situations.

I believe that if magic really did exist on Earth, it would resemble this more closely that any learned magic system.

But the last third of the book really dragged for me, focusing too much for my taste on war campaigns and sieges than the character development I had loved so much in the first half of the book. Original review can be found at Booknest. View all 12 comments. Jun 15, Kaora rated it really liked it.

I had heard a lot of good things about this series but I felt that I went into it thinking it was going to be a three star at best I believe because it has been compared to Name of the Wind, a book that I enjoyed that was subsequently ruined by its sequel The Wise Man's Fear. Blood Song is told in a similar manner. The story is told from the perspective of the main character Vaelin Al Sorna after the events have occurred. He is telling his story to a scribe who has heard the stories of the Hopeki I had heard a lot of good things about this series but I felt that I went into it thinking it was going to be a three star at best I believe because it has been compared to Name of the Wind, a book that I enjoyed that was subsequently ruined by its sequel The Wise Man's Fear.

He is telling his story to a scribe who has heard the stories of the Hopekiller as he is known, but they are exaggerated. The events start with Vaelin's placement in the Sixth Order by his father, where he learns to become a warrior for the Faith.

Name of the Wind is also told from the point of view of the main character to other characters, and begins with his schooling life. But I feel like that is where the similarities end thankfully. Rather than being great at everything like Kvothe Vaelin admits his weaknesses, and his faults. He feels a lot of guilt about his actions in the heat of battle. This often comes off as whiny, but in this case I felt it was fairly well done. He was likable enough as a character, although there wasn't a whole lot unique about him.

However, the world building and the story itself more than made up for the character flaws. The author is new to the fantasy genre, and I'm excited to see where he can go.

Blood Song

View all 3 comments. Nov 27, Emma rated it liked it. Almost everyone has high praise for this book, it's often cited as a favourite. It is also often compared to In the Name of the Wind, which I didn't like. I didn't particularly take to Blood Song although it seemed well written.

I actually found it a bit slow and boring. View all 9 comments. Apr 18, Will M. The whole book is pages long but honestly it felt like I read for an hour and realized after that I just read merely 50 pages. It's honestly the format and style of the novel. The words are smaller than usual and the spacing makes it look like a can of sardines. Also there aren't much breaks between sentences so it's basically a whole page with one freakin' long paragraph.

I hate frea The whole book is pages long but honestly it felt like I hate freakin' long paragraphs because I tend to lose interest and get distracted. No matter how interesting your story is, as long as you have paragraphs as long as the great wall of China, I'm going to get distracted. While the format of the novel was a slight issue to me, it didn't completely hinder my enjoyment of the novel, and let's not get started on the grammar issue since everyone seems to have tackled on that issue already.

What it did help accomplish though was that I read this for almost a month. Just one book, for almost a month.

Even despite my busy schedule I could read a book in a week or two, and the size of this isn't really a valid excuse. Blame the format, not the plot. I like it when I read about the journey of a young kid turning into an adult, especially in a Fantasy setting. While the length of the novel is daunting, I can assure you that it really helps with the character development.

It's the strongest asset of this novel. The plot can have second place this time. The transition of Vaelin from a weak lad to a powerful soldier is truly astonishing. It was proficiently done and the other characters didn't get neglected. I really hated what the author did. It diminished all the character development done for him. I'm that interested and invested in the series. The plot is quite similar to some Fantasy novels I've read, or at least the backbone of the plot is.

It's not a big deal because all the side plots are terrific and the ending has a bit of a surprise. I should call this a page turner, but the long-ass paragraphs is making me think otherwise. Overall though, the plot is really good and more people should read this novel. I will not compare this to The Name of the Wind because I didn't enjoy that book.

I know some of the aspects are similar, but in my opinion this is way superior. I tried to read this novel twice before and failed both times, stopping at around page 50 because I got bored with it and the size intimidated me.

This time though I told myself that if I don't read it now, I'll probably end up putting it off forever. Thankfully I'm back on my Fantasy craze and read it. This is clearly not a perfect novel, but that doesn't mean that it isn't great. I've read better Fantasy novels and unfortunately the more you read of a certain genre, the more critical you become when rating and evaluating the novel.

Sadly right now the best I can do without being biased is giving it a 4. While the characters here will clearly leave a mark, that certain aspect isn't enough to make me give it the 5-star rating. I encountered too many flaws and some cannot be overlooked. I will be honest and say that I might not be rereading this in the future, because I don't want to spend another 2 weeks or more reading this again.

I heard that the next two books are garbage compared to this, but hopefully I'd have a different opinion. This is one of those books that defies the majority of my goodreads friends at least. I've read mixed reviews of this and it's a good thing that I'm part of the few who really enjoyed this.

Highly recommended for Fantasy aficionados and those who enjoy a good coming of age story. View all 8 comments. This book really messed with my emotions. I will admit I tossed and turned all night after finishing this book, I have never felt so anxious after finishing a book. It all felt so real. And that ending, goodness gracious, am literally holding myself back so as to not start the second book immediately. Am so glad the author didn't make him the best at everything, he had his faults and trials.

This book focuses in religion the most, people can be seen literally killing other people that do not believe in their faith or beliefs. The empires were so unique, especially with the way locations were changed, I could still tell them apart. Magic system To be honest, I did not expect a magic system but it does seem to exist though few people are aware about it and they all have different opinions about it.

Some think of it as a taboo while others think it's a blessing. This was quite an interesting mix.

Blood Song (Raven's Shadow, #1) by Anthony Ryan

Am quite surprised by the way the blood-song was potrayed. It was genius, I wasn't expecting that at all. It's unlike anything I've seen before and I hope I get to know more about it in the next book. Writing The writing was great, I loved it.

Easy to read and understand, sometimes amusing. The battle scenes were written so vividly, it kept me on the edge of my seat. The dialogues were also well written.

I loved him as a lead character, I got to witness his weaknesses, strengths, good and bad decisions. I was literally screaming no, such a painful moment but the thing with Vaelin is when he makes a bad decision, he usually has a good reason. His character really developed as well and he ended up being one of my favourites. Frentis When he was first introduced, I honestly thought he wouldn't last but to my surprise, he did. I love Frentis, his use of slangs and his loyalty. Dentos The most entertaining of the bunch, I really love when he talks about his many uncles, I felt bad for him at some point.

Barkus The revelation about him was jaw dropping, I was so shocked. That's all I have to say about him. Abandonment of hope is a denial of the Faith. Jul 15, Lee rated it it was amazing Shelves: Ye Gods that was a ride and a half. I must say, given that I usually have at least 3 books on the go at any one time, it is very rare for me to completely ignore all else and just plough through one. I like being able to have a change whilst reading, but I have to say, once I was into Blood Song, that was it.

I listened to this on audio in the car, on the tread mill, sitting on a plane for 2 hours, stuck in a Sydney traffic jam for 3 hours first traffic jam that i didn't get frustrated with , o Ye Gods that was a ride and a half. I listened to this on audio in the car, on the tread mill, sitting on a plane for 2 hours, stuck in a Sydney traffic jam for 3 hours first traffic jam that i didn't get frustrated with , ordering coffee, drinking said coffee and I even admit to slipping the headphones in whilst visiting the toilet.

Probably just crossed that 'too much information line'. So what makes Blood Song unputdownable? No, none of them, it is the sheer intensity of the story. There is no respite, it just keeps going at you the whole time. There is no rest, no ad break for a toilet stop as I have already pointed out.

It is like the last two minutes of a close footy match, or a 2 runs down with bases loaded, bottom of the ninth 2 and 3 call. There never seems a good time to stop the story and come back to it. I find that unusual in almost all of the books I read. What makes this story unusual is that the characters are ok, there is some development, but there is no Logan Ninefingers or Iskareal Pust or even a brother Jorge character depth.

The plot is straight forward, no hidden twists or surprises. The world is fantasy generic and the magic is I have no idea what the magic is, I think the author forgot to explain that bit, maybe in the next book. It is the sheer pace of the story that makes me give this 5 stars.

I cannot wait to read the next book, but had to put something in between as I have a long haul flight coming up and I fancy my chances of 8 hours of straight audio for book 2. Immigration will be looking at a deer in headlights look. I am definitely recommending this one. In writing that list of books above, it makes me realise just how many great great authors we are blessed with at the moment eh? It is a great time to be a fan of fantasy especially those of us who enjoy are slightly darker edge to fantasy View all 82 comments.

Executive Summary: I really loved this book, and I highly recommend it. Audio book: I'm a little torn on the narration. Steven Brand is a pretty good narrator. He does accents and inflections to really add something to the story. It seemed like he was whispering half the time. I'm not sure if it's him or simply the quality of the production, but it seems like it's just the way he reads. I listen to audiobooks on my phone. Sometimes with headphones, sometimes with the s Executive Summary: Sometimes with headphones, sometimes with the speaker, sometimes plugged into my car.

I find audiobooks to be too quiet in general, but this was a real struggle in places. To me he's more of the type of person I'd love to listen to tell me a story around a campfire than over an audiobook. Yet he's still better than a lot of readers out there and I'll likely continue going the audiobook route with this series despite the volume issue. Full Review Writing reviews for books I love goes one of two ways: They either come gushing out of me because I'm so excited to share my love with everyone, or I struggle to put my thoughts into words, afraid of not doing the book justice.

I worry this will be more of the latter than the former. I generally don't give out 5 star ratings. I like to save them for books I really love so it's a sign that "hey Rob must have really liked this one".

It just sort of by feel. The easiest way for me to quantify it though is that it's a book that I hate to stop and can't wait to pick up again. This book was easily that. It was also an easy add to my favorites shelf.

This book didn't grab me immediately, but pretty close. Once it did it never let go. It's hard to say why I loved it so much. It's a typical chosen one story. It's also got a bit of the school trope to it, though that's only part of the book. At first it reminds me a lot of The Name of the Wind. Our main protagonist is an infamous man whose collected numerous names over the years, and is recounting his life story to a chronicler as a flashback, with occasional interludes back to present day.

Sound Familiar? However this basic structure is really where the similarity ends for me. Vaelin is a paladin or maybe warrior monk? He's far from perfect, and was instantly more likable to me. I think what really hooked me in the story is the mystery and lore.

There is a lot to discover in both the history of the Order that Vaelin is now a member, but also surrounding magic, regarded with superstition, anger and fear and referred to by most as "The Dark". The magic is sort of not that prevalent for most of the book, nor all that well explained, but I enjoyed how Mr.

Ryan incorporated it into the story. The other thing I really enjoyed is all the politics and religion. Religion and politics are tightly coupled and "The Faith" of the Order is embedded in the rule of the Unified Realm. Like the real world arguments over religion and politics lead to conflict and war. King Janus is determined to leave a legacy for his son, and will use Vaelin how he sees fit to accomplish it.

The cast of characters felt well developed and balanced. We also have a few strong female characters, although they don't really take center stage in this book. Overall I think this book just put a lot of my favorites parts of fantasy tropes together in a way that just hits my buttons in the right way and made it a great read for me.

The writing seems really polished for a first novel. I'm sure there are things that can be picked apart about the story or the writing, but I just don't want to hear them. I will end my ramblings hoping that I have I have convinced you to check out this series. I had people telling me over a year ago to pick this book up, and I wish I had listened. It took getting a review copy of Tower Lord to finally pick it up and I've eagerly jumped right into that book. You made it through my ramblings?

Why are you still reading this review? You should be reading the book instead. Go now. View all 23 comments. Traveling over a desert. Spoiler ahead. High fantasy or hero fantasy book about a young boy sent to train at an academy.

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