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Blood Song quotes Blood Song, litcharts Blood Song, symbolism Blood Song, summary shmoop Blood Song, Blood Song 90f736f7 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 Ten 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 OrderVaelin 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


10 thoughts on “Blood Song

  1. says:

    I won t lie, some small but undeniable part of me came to this book hoping to find fault It would take a better man than me to watch Anthony Ryan s barnstorming success without a twinge of envy.Sadly I have to report that this is a very good book and deserves the five stars I ve given it.Ryan writes well, he brings his world and characters to life with good description It s as a story teller he shines though, and a good story is always the keystone of a bestseller Schools in fantasy books are like crack cocaine to readers The Wizard of Earthsea, Magician, Harry Potter, The Magicians, Name of the Wind I think , it goes on, and if not a school per se then an extended training period apprenticed to some master The Lies of Locke Lamora, The Way of Shadows etc Blood Song has a battle school as its central focus and we watch our protagonist progress from small boy to large young man through arduous training and a series of very dangerous tests, acquiring a group of firm friends with various talents as he goes.This is all set in a skillfully executed flashback which our protagonist narrates to a historian on his way to a duel The tale he tells moves past the school to national and then international conspiracy, politicking, and war Finally it brings us full circle to the historian and the duel.It s all good stuff Don t come looking for great literature or deep themes, do come looking for a great story and a good time I don t want to damn the book with faint praise it deserves 5 and this is very high praise from me it has heart, reminding me in many ways of David Gemmell s work.The story is very morish, I read this rather fat book in just a couple of weeks, which for me is incredibly fast Let Vaelin s tale sink its teeth into you and you ll be cheering his victories, growling at his set backs, and having all the feels in between in appropriate measure.I begrudgingly affirm that Ryan deserves his success and commend Blood Song to your attention.EDIT we have the second book My wife stole it and says it s as good as the first Join my 3 emails a year newsletter prizes..


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    When I first finished Patrick Rothfuss Name Of The Wind two years ago I was a bit sad I knew that even though the book was wonderful and had a sequel on the horizon , that great books which capture me as that one did don t come along very often Before Rothfuss was Harry Potter, and that was a good number of years before Rothfuss It was five years before Potter that Pillars Of The Earth fell into my hands So I ve been working on an average of one Utterly Captivating Read every five years or so Watching the last page of Name Of The Wind blink offscreen, I knew it was going to be another five years before I found one of those Utterly Captivating Reads.Now, that s not to say there haven t been other great books Other five star books George RR Martin has written a few So has Lois McMaster Bujold Five star books, through and through books that I ve read than once out of a desire to travel into them again.But there are just some books that make five stars look like the sky on a cloudy night and beg for a constellation Those are the Utterly Great Reads, the ones whose stories feel real than the stories you know other people think are real.I wasn t expecting another Utterly Great Read for three years I wasn t due for one, you see.I certainly wasn t expecting it to be independently published, released in near secret and available on Kindle for less than the price of my usual Vente Breve Chai Latte at Starbucks Seriously This thing was three dollars I swear to you I want to send twenty bucks and a bottle of Macallan to the guy who wrote it It s that good This is a book that should be in leather bound hardback, smythe sewn, gold tooling, deckle edged paper It s a book that costs less than a large bag of cheetos, for crying out loud


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    A coming of age masterwork you don t want to miss it is with temerity that I declare Blood Song as one of the best debut novels I ve ever read.Why do I love this book The simple answer would be because this is a book that has everything I love in epic fantasy and that it hit all the right notes for me I could practically end my review with that answer but that wouldn t do justice to how great this book is Now, it s time for me to take on the role of the Chronicler and inform you why it s essential for you to read Vaelin Al Sorna s coming of age story.The Sword of the Realm, the Young Hawk, Darkblade, the Shadow of the Raven, and Hope Killer it s not an exaggeration to say that Vaelin has obtained many names throughout his life Told in the same storytelling style as The Name of the Wind, the plot of the book mostly revolves around how Vaelin received all these titles To do that, he s going to tell the coming of age story of his life to the Imperial Chronicler, a story which began when his father left him alone at the iron gate of the Sixth Order in order for him to learn and grow into a warrior The Sixth Order wields the sword of justice and smites the enemies of the Faith and the Realm It s simply incredible how Anthony Ryan weaved this slow paced coming of age story into an addictive page turner, at least that s how it was for me I was engrossed in this book from cover to cover right from the moment I read the prologue, it became immensely hard for me to focus on anything else but reading this book because of the strong gravitational pull the narrative held on me Blood Song contained every wonderful element and resonating theme necessary for a fantastic epic fantasy debut intriguing mystery, engaging plot line, brotherhood, politics, religions, faith, home, abandonment, dark magic, and war, all of which were written exceptionally well War is always an adventure to those who ve never seen it Blood Song is thoroughly a character driven coming of age story, and if you ve been following my reviews until now, it shouldn t come as a surprise that it s my favorite kind of storytelling narration always has been, always will be I was filled with emotions seeing how Vaelin developed throughout his journey It was very compelling to read about how he grew up and faced all the challenges in his battle school for the purpose of becoming a full fledged warrior of the Sixth Order However, my favorite part of the book is definitely the brotherhood and comradeship he found on his journey to adulthood Comradeship, he realized Also a warrior s lot You share your life with those who would die for you I absolutely love reading all about a character s growth how they learn from their mistakes, how they come to terms with the situation forced upon them, how they find and build their own brotherhood it s emotionally rewarding The characterizations were top notch and that made the well placed cinematic action scenes in each chapter pulse pounding because the characters were easy to empathize with.Although the world explored in this book isn t that huge compared to many other fantasy debuts out there, don t let this fool you into thinking that the world building is inferior The Unified Realm is rich with a history of bloodshed and war All the mystery, legends, and magic were all introduced gradually and seamlessly without being info dumpy, strengthening my point that this is an utterly compelling book to read.Ryan s wonderful prose is evocative, immersive, vivid, and easy to follow without being too simple, making it so easy for the writing to fully absorb me into the book It s truly a spectacular work for a debut and also, this book was originally self published were it still, this would easily be the best indie book of all time for me It won t be easy for any author or Anthony Ryan himself to top this masterwork debut for me, but I m hopeful and looking forward to the day that Ryan reattains or surpasses the greatness he achieved with his composition of Blood Song If I have to be nitpicky, there are some sentences that definitely required commas for the prose to flow even better But this didn t bother me at all, I seriously think Ryan did an amazing job with this book A life without experience provides no contemplation If you have heard about this trilogy, you ve probably heard about the mixed reception the sequels received, especially the last book Regardless, that shouldn t change your motivation to read this book Not only does Blood Song work perfectly as a standalone, you ll be missing out on one of the finest books in the coming of age fantasy genre should you choose not to read it The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch, The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie, Malice by John Gwynne, Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames, and now Blood Song by Anthony Ryan I m truly blessed to have read all of these superlative debuts that made it into my favorite debuts of all time list.Honestly speaking, the year 2017 has been a harsh year for me outside of my reading Ironically, I found hope in a warrior called Hope Killer The Sword of the Realm became real to me as it cleaved through my despair The Young Hawk taught me to soar above my problems, and as the Raven s Shadow swept across my heart, I realized that every second I spent in my escapism was worthwhile Picture Blood Song by NAVARNow, it s time for me to put down my pen or keyboard in this case and end my review here Thank you, Anthony Ryan, for one of the best literary journeys I ve ever had the chance to experience It was truly an honor to have listened to the breathtaking tune you composed, the Blood Song I completely recommend this book with all my heart to every fantasy reader it s without a doubt a greatness that every coming of age fantasy fan must read.You can order the book from Book Depository Free shipping You can find this and the rest of my reviews at Novel Notions


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    The supremely epic tale of the biggest Gary Stu in the entire world, filled with grammatical and punctuation errors.Fantasy and high fantasy is notorious for Gary Stus, we know that Prime example Harry Potter Another example, the main character in one of my favorite HF of all time, Jorg Ancrath, by the awesome Marc Lawrence As these examples have shown, Gary Stus are not awful They can be amazing, the book can be immensely enjoyable.This book is not one of them.There is a way to write a Gary Stu so that a book is believable, readable You give him a darkness You make him flawed You give him characteristics that are not normally enjoyed or admired You fucking MAKE it so that we love him, despite everything he does That s how you write good character.It is not in writing a character who is so bloody fucking perfect that he can defeat a group of men and giant dogs and shit at the age of, like12 It is not in making him so bloody fucking awesome that he speaks with the wisdom of a 50 year old at the grand old, ripe age of 13 It is not in giving him so much fucking nobility that it would put the current Pope, Mother Theresa, Gandhi, and Tom Hiddleston to shame.This book is like Harry Potter in that we watch the main character grow, day by day by day by slow, slow, excruciating day from the time he is a young but startlingly brilliant, introspective, and mature child They are also roughly the same age.9,845,412 or so pages later when we re halfway through the book , the character is 15 and so noble it makes me throw up a little in my mouth.He has no faults.He succeeds in every fucking thing.He impresses all his masters.He excels at almost all feats And in those in which he does not have a natural technical skill, he is merely great He pushes through all difficulties He succeeds brilliantly at all his tests, all his challenges He is the son of a brilliant, beloved battle lord Before he is even 13, the main character s reputation for battle hardiness and skill is known and whispered about throughout the land.Females fall for him, right and left, before his balls have even dropped and his voice has cracked.Gary Stu ism aside, I m not sure if I have an older version of the book or what, but it is so filled with errors that the grammar Nazi inside me was yelling NEIN, NEIN Commas They re amazing They re awesome Use them This book has the worst usage of commas I ve ever encountered in any book And I ve read a shit ton of books in my life Yes brother No brother Wait sister That s just the examples I can think of off the top of my head Atrocious Absolutely fucking atrocious You don t have to use commas Use a period I love periods Ok, not THOSE periods, but you know what I mean Whatever, just give me room to breathe within a sentence Give me room to pause It totally takes away the drama in a statement when the character speaks a paragraph without pause.


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    Commas matter They are important if someone, say, an author, wishes to convey a particular meaning or concept or image through the words they use in the books they want to sell They are important for timing, and sentence structure, and plain ol literacy Plus, they make me feel good, like I m reading something worth my time, rather than some 6th grade creative writing exercise There s a big difference between Let s eat, Grandpa and Let s eat Grandpa Also this His father didn t reply Walking over to the bell, he took his dagger from his belt and struck it with the pommel He struck his belt with the pommel Or his dagger Oh, the bell I m confused We storm castle walls braving arrows and fire Those walls are so brave I have been known to forgive editing errors in favor of a good story And by all accounts, this is supposed to be a great story But it s ruined for me now There s no way that I can continue to read this and NOT look for errors, and the errors I find, the annoyed I m going to be, so the end result would be the same a 1 star review, regardless of how great the story may be otherwise The only difference is that I d have invested a great deal of my time, and would have been all the pissed off because of it It s not often that I abandon a book this early But in barely 4% of the text, I noted at least 50 errors Most, but not all, were missing or incorrectly used commas or semicolons, with a smattering of poor formatting and sentence structure issues thrown in for good measure That s just way, way too many for me to ignore And, to be perfectly honest, it taints the rest of the book For example Honoured Sir Aruan greeted me with a short bow Honoured Sir, I replied formally.This little exchange is problematic for me, and given the iffy history of correct comma usage in this story, I have no way of knowing whether Honoured Sir is intended as an honorific or status title, or if they are each stating the they are honored to meet the other, as in Honoured, Sir And the context doesn t help to figure it out Both can be seen as equally formal greetings This is a comma conundrum, caused by poor punctuation and or editing, and it makes me over analyze every line, which is quite irritating But if you want to know the straw that broke the camel s back, the one line that was just than I could stand, and which shut this shit down, it s this one Sollis s cane snapped the air above his head Whips snap or crack in the air Canes whistle THROUGH the air sigh I m sure I m probably going to get a ton of shit for this review, but I don t particularly care I have standards, and this book didn t come anywhere close to meeting them, so I m not going to waste my time on it any Proper editing isn t optional.


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    I m going to put this on hold at 25% Maybe I ll come back to it at a time when I can understand the 4.51 average rating You know a tiny 1% of those who read this book rated it 2 stars or less Only 7% rated it 3 stars or less As you re probably realizing, that means 93% either really liked it or thought it was amazing I can only conclude that my brain has been hijacked by something that doesn t appreciate amazing things.But let me at least try to explain myself I m not a big fan of romance WAIT WHAT That s not relevant No, please, I have a point, I swear I mentioned this in one of my youtube videos, but I don t like most romance books because they re so predictable I mean, you know what s going to happen, don t you You re in the romance section That s a spoiler in itself Psst, they re going to get together Well, Blood Song is about a guy called Vaelin Al Sorna And Al Sorna can t do anything wrong He excels at everything he does and comes out on top in every situation He s smart, strong, resilient, brave, self sacrificing, a hit with the ladies and he never fails This guy sweats faultlessness from the age of 12.So, like, I feel I already know what s going to happen with this guy He s too perfect, too dull, to really make me concerned about what will happen to him It s true, it s early days Maybe I m wrong Maybe Al Sorna will face some realistic challenges and actually experience gasp failure.But, for now, I m a little tired of reading about the sunshine beaming out of Al Sorna s amazing ass.


  7. says:

    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


  8. says:

    Fantastic Although, I worry about the rest of the trilogy as they don t have as good of reviews I will check them later Mel


  9. says:

    Anthony Ryan is a new fantasy author destined to make his mark on the genre His debut novel, Blood Song, certainly has it all great coming of age tale, compelling character, and a fast paced plot If his first book is any indication of things to come, then all fantasy readers should rejoice as a new master storyteller has hit the scene.Update I just received an ARC of Anthony s third book in this series So I just finished a re read of this.


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    2 7 18 ON SALE for 2.99 by Rabid ReadsSooooo if you haven t already noticed, I ve been on something of a fantasy kick of late It s been years since I ve gotten back to my roots, so now I m playing catch up Anthony Ryan has been on my TBR for even longer than I d realized I have a problem It s called one clicking You may have a similar problem snickers Apparently I one clicked BLOOD SONG before it got snapped up by Ace, b c, yes, this is one of those remarkable independently published books that gathered so much public interest by virtue of its own merit that it got purchased by one of the Big Five high fives Ryan Anyway, the point is that despite a handful of grammatical errors in my own unedited version of the book, it was fantastic The story begins as a historian of an empire is taking custody of an enemy nation s war champion A war champion who had been imprisoned for years A war champion who was being paroled to fight to the death for the release of a woman from the enemy nation A woman who the war champion had widowed himself by killing the heir of the emperor a man who was the historian s best friend Awkward But as much as Historian despises this man, this Hope Killer, he cannot help but be intrigued by him He watches as the governor of the very city War Champion seized during the war comes the dock, bringing War Champion his sword that had been given into Governor s care He watches as Governor tries to encourage War Champion about his upcoming doomed to fail duel maybe he ll win, maybe this is the first step in his journey home Who is this War Champion that he should win the respect and friendship of a man whose city he took by force Vaelin Al Sorna, that s who.And Historian, being a chronicler of history, finds that he cannot resist the urge to record a firsthand account of the war and the events leading up to the invasion from one who would know the enemy s King Janus of the Unified Realm mind, when War Champion offers to tell his story during their voyage to the PIRATE NATION where the duel is to take place.From there we go backward We learn of Vaelin s childhood, how his father left him at the gates of the Sixth Order, the only Order of warriors, and thus the only trained fighters who are not subject to the King s commands You fight, Vaelin told the Aspect, the violence and the blood making his heart hammer in his chest Yes The Aspect halted and looked down at him We fight We kill We storm castle walls braving arrows and fire We stand against the charge of horse and lance We cut our way through the hedge of pike and spear to claim the standard of our enemy The Sixth Order fights, but what does it fight for For the realm For the realm, and for the Faith The Sixth Order is a highly trained, highly efficient, and highly deadly group of paladins warrior priests.We learn of the bonds of brotherhood forged during their rigorous, often deadly training Of the eleven boys who share quarters, only five live to become Brothers, Vaelin their acknowledged leader.We learn of the Dark, a nebulous force that manifests itself in unnatural abilities and talents, and we learn of the king of a nation hellbent on legislating morality with an iron fist.BLOOD SONG is a tale filled with suffering and injustice, but it s also a tale of friendship and loyalty and perseverance, and woven throughout are hints of a Darkness gathering, while flaws in the Realm s belief system are slowly but steadily revealed In short, it s compelling Sometimes bleak, sometimes hopeful, always determined, BLOOD SONG grabbed me by the horns and didn t let go until this chapter of the story was complete, and even then it was only for as long as it took me to one click the next book Highly recommended.My other reviews for this series Tower Lord Raven s Shadow, 2 by Anthony Ryan


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