Blood Song (Raven's Shadow #1)
Full Review originally at Fantasy Book Critic [Plus Analysis by Liviu]
OVERVIEW/ANALYSIS: Blood Song is another of those books that I discovered a few months earlier, thanks to Amazon’s cool algorithm for suggesting titles I might like based on my previous “Buying and Search” history. Previously I had stumbled upon Zero Sight by B Justin Shier the same way and the way that book turned out to be, I have learnt to keep an eye out for such Amazon recommendations.
Blood Song begins with a first pers...more
Excellent characterization and storytelling. A fun, fast-paced narrative.
Ryan's structure in this book mirrors Patrick Rothfuss' Kingkiller Chronicles--a "hero" facing his death tells his true story to a court scribe--except Ryan adds the twist that the hero lies. And lets the reader in on the scam.
Dozens of typos. Doesn't anyone proofread their books anymore?
Finished it and did what I often do with really good stories: immediately started it...more
First, the tale is epic, across many lands with a large tapestry of characters. I was constantly kept guessing where the author would go next in the narrative, which starts from the protagonists early years in what is basically the fantasy equivalent of a mili...more
This is because first-in-a-series novels are like first dates. On the one hand, you can end up meeting the woman of your dreams, whom you will marry and who will bear you a surprising number of children, with whom you will liv...more
Blood Song is a great mix of politics, action, mystery, magic - all the elements of an epic fantasy novel. It tracks the life of a warrior from childhood through training into battle. Its ending is semi-conclusive, certainly paving the road for book 2, which I look forward to. Ryan's writing is really great, considering that the book is se...more
Now, I’m sure that the reason you are reading these reviews is because you’re thinking: “Okaay… a 630 page book for $2.99 with 205 five stars. This guy must have a big family.” Well, I can’t really say much in regards to that last portion, but.. No. These ratings are...more
“Blood Song” was self-published independently and was listed in the Amazon kindle section at a nice discount. Usually, I stay away from these as most are quite literally, trash. However, what intrigued me about this one was that there was over 150, 4 and 5 star review/ratings. 150 is a lot more than the usual 5 reviews a self-published author can drum up via friend...more
This book is remarkably similar to Sherwood Smith's Inda series - but I would actually say it compares less favorably. The greatest weakness of this book is the dialogue. Most of the story is told in an limited third person, ce...more
THE PLOT: Now this is the part that is going to sound like every other fantasy, but stop right t...more
The basic plot line isn't really all that new, which isn't surprising, especially considering how much material is out there. There are really two things that make this book stand out:
1) His characters look and act like real people. They have flaws, they make mistakes, they don't whi...more
Impressive, self-published debut. I am alway suspicious of self-published books due to previous bad experiences. But, there were some surprising exceptions and Blood Song is one of them.
There were, naturally, some typos and a couple of places where the story could have benefited from some tightening, and I'm sure professional Penguin editors (Penguin Books both the story and sequels) will address them.
Blood Song is a character driven story; the plot is fast-paced and its twists and tur...more
The characters' development is done amazingly well - in fact so well, that you grow to like and feel with not only the main character, but all the secondary ones too. Vaelin in particular was so much like a real person that I certainly felt like reading the story of someone of flesh and blood. Even the animals were unique and memorable characters on their own accord.
The story is captivating, greatly planned...more
It's really been such a long time since I wrote a review for a book. It's not that I haven't read good books but they were works of authors I like or weren't good enough to compel me to write a review.
Blood Song was suggested to my by Amazon's recommendation algorithm and I'm happy they suggested it. It was such an un-expected title. I was expecting some adventure and some magic but what I got was way too much, great and compelling story, fine characters and gripping narrative.
Alright, I've been meaning to write a review on this book since I finished it a few days ago, and I finally have a few minutes to rub together to do so.
This was quite possibly one of the best books I've read in a long while. The story itself isn't drastically different than many plots out there. Country at war, has elite fighting force, said force has some code where they're known to be brutal, etc. The piece that really grabs me however, is the absolute artistry that Anthony Ry
However, I found the fantasy world really complicated all the way down to days of the week having their own unique names. There was just too much to juggle for me as the reader. Dozens of characters, all the fantasy world components, geography, about 10 different...more
The book starts with a man being led onto a ship to be taken someplace where he is to battle a champion to the death, and from the tone of...more
People have compared it to Name of the Wind (which is amazing) but really the only similarity to me is that 1- the story is being recorded by someone and 2- it's a tale of their life.
It's really amazing in it's simplicity. He's not riding through Hell battling Hades on a Cerberus while a...more
I am giving it 4 stars for two reasons:
First, about at 80% Ryan bluntly reminds us that, being this fantasy we could not get a stand alone novel, and...more
What initially seemed like a couple of minor flaws in the story - times when I thought "would th...more