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The Wolf's Call

(Raven's Blade #1)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  4,094 ratings  ·  348 reviews
Anthony Ryan's debut novel Blood Song - book one of the Raven's Shadow series - took the fantasy world by storm. The sequels, Tower Lord and Queen of Fire were both New York Times bestsellers. Now, Anthony Ryan returns to the world of this acclaimed fantasy series with The Wolf's Call, which begins a thrilling new story of razor-sharp action and epic adventure.

Kindle Edition, 432 pages
Published July 23rd 2019 by Ace
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Doug I'd expect that the answer to this question is entirely subjective... I'm not sure if anyone that answered you would honestly be worth listening to ab…moreI'd expect that the answer to this question is entirely subjective... I'm not sure if anyone that answered you would honestly be worth listening to above your own personal reaction.

I expect the answer to whether or not to even attempt it would depend on whether you enjoyed, or even read, the Draconis Memoria trilogy and what you thought of that as the next development in Ryan's writing.

Personally, I loved Draconis. It's volumes were some of the best genre fare I encountered in the years it was published.

If that's a measure of how Ryan has grown as an author, IMO, I believe his future works, including this one, are worth the "gamble."(less)

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May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Blood Song fans
ARC provided by the publisher—Ace Books—in exchange for an honest review

The Wolf’s Call is Anthony Ryan’s best work since the release of his incredible debut.

First of all, because a lot of people have asked me on this matter, do not read this book if you haven’t read the first trilogy. Although technically you can understand the main story in this book, it will be impossible to understand the depth of the characters’ background and recollections of their past if you haven’t read the Raven’s Sh
Sean Barrs
Robin Hobb meets Joe Abercrombie in a story that delivers so many gut-wrenching blows. This is fantasy with a totally legendary feel; it’s epic in every regard and certainly something that needs to be added to your reading list.

The best part for me was the villain. The Darkbalde is a rather enigmatic figure and his story is slowly revealed through flashbacks that only build up the suspense. These sections were by far my favourite because they carried with it an echo of prophecy, an echo of deed
Dyrk Ashton
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Okay folks, listen up. For all the readers who had complaints about the last two books in The Raven's Shadow Trilogy—this book has none of those problems. Put that out of your mind and dive into this. I loved it. Vaelin is older, more grizzled, and he's lost his song. He can still wield a blade though, and boy does he. I love this Vaelin, and the group he travels with on a crazy rescue mission that leads to a pending war even more frightening than those from Raven's Shadow are fantastic. This is ...more
Sep 08, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I’m delighted to announce my next novel The Wolf’s Call, the first volume in a two-part series The Raven’s Blade which is a return to the world of Raven’s Shadow and will continue the story of Vaelin Al Sorna.

I LOVED Blood Song and Tower Lord but was super disappointed by the way Ryan wrapped up the Raven's Shadow trilogy in Queen of Fire! That Ryan plans to write a new duology in the same world with Vaelin as the lead character has reignited my hopes that Ryan will return to this world and get
Will.J.R. Gwynne
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
My expanded review is now on BookNest - BookNest

"Mercy requires strength, compassion demands courage and wisdom compels truth."

The Wolf's Call is the first book in the Raven's Blade series, a new book back with Vaelin Al Sorna, one of my favourite characters of all time.

I loved that Anthony Ryan has retuned to a 1 PoV that stuck with Vaelin, as you just can't get better than the warrior himself! His character is to consistent and developed, and believable. He is fantastic!

Ryan's prose is great a
Petros Triantafyllou
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Anthony Ryan took the fantasy community by surprise back in 2011 with the release of Blood Song - a book considered by many (including me) as one of the greatest fantasy stories of our times. Now, eight years & two complete trilogies later, he gets back to his roots by continuing the story of Vaelin Al Sorna, Brother of the Sixth Order, Battle Lord of the Unified Realm, and an all-round badass motherfucker.

With the war won and his blood song lost, Vaelin is leading a quiet life as Tower Lord of
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
His legend might echo throughout the land, but Vaelin al Sorna’s tale is not yet finished, the final tally of his great deeds still to be counted. Chasing down brigands as part of his duties as Tower Lord is simple enough, but that easy living is threatened by the arrival of an old foe. One who taunts Vaelin with stories of a man who thinks himself a God and who stands at the head of a Steel Horde bent on conquering the world— or destroying it. Such distant threats might have been dismissed if n ...more
Robin (Bridge Four)
Bloodsong was the first book I read by Anthony Ryan and I completely loved everything about it. It followed Vaelin Al Sorna through his childhood into early adulthood, sent to an order to train to protect the faith. The training was intense, brutal and bonded him to a few other people in ways only being put through the fire can. The Tower Lord introduced new characters and new PoVs, but remained incredibly strong and I was so excited for the conclusion of the series in The Fire Queen. Sadly, I d ...more
Benji Glaab
Sep 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Extremely well written. Full of conflict, and adventure a great revisiting of Vaelin Al Sorna's Saga.

The Wolf's Call, crafted for fans of Vaelin Al Sorna is a shot a redemption for Anthony Ryan after the absolute train wreck that Queen of Fire was IMO. The finale to the Raven Shadow trilogy was disappointing, however this is a more than worthy entry into Vaelins ongoing Saga.

There is no doubt Ryan is a fantastic writer. The world continues to be more gritty and realistic rather than him flashing
Aug 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: to-read-in-2019
Mike (the Paladin)
Dec 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, epic-fantasy
The first book about Vaelin Al Sorna ( Blood Song ) was/is one of the best fantasy novels I've read. The second in that series continues the story and while not as good as the first holds up well. Then there was the third in that trilogy and I found it...well to say the least a disappointment. I don't know what happened but it came across To me of course) as confused and disjointed. It was like (I thought) as if Mr. Ryan lost his story line somewhere.

Well, I had to tell you that to tell you this
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it

Full review over at Fantasy Book Critic

OVERVIEW/ANALYSIS: “The wolf….. It called…..”

Vaelin mentions it called to him and he had to respond. I think it called out to Anthony Ryan as well, hence e heard the fan clamour for this sequel series. As for me, I’m always excited for Anthony Ryan’s work. His debut Blood Song is one of my all-time favourite titles. The Raven’s Shadow trilogy was an exciting one, however the increase of POV focus from a singular one in the first book to the many in the re
Manuel Antão
Aug 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

No Pathos: "The Wolf's Call" by Anthony Ryan

It's interesting how Ulysses arguably took the novel to its formal and experimental end in 1921, and now nearly 100 years later we've mostly returned to the Victorian era of narrative linearity. (Nothing wrong with that.) The '20s was one helluva radical decade from the future jazz, talkies in cinema, stream of consciousness, Freud, Einstein, serialism in music, Eliot and Pound! -- Unreal. No
Executive Summary: I enjoyed this more than Queen of Fire but not nearly as much as Blood Song or Tower Lord.

Audiobook: I was happy to see Steven Brand return to narrate this book. I really liked his narration of the original trilogy and was disappointed when he we replaced for books 2/3 of Ryan's The Draconis Memoria series. He did a great job as usual, so I'm glad they didn't go with someone else.

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Blood Song is one of my all-time favorite fantasy books, and Tower Lord wasn't far
Michael Sliter
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ah, Vaelin al Sorna, where have you been? I’ve missed you.

The Wolf’s Call continues his unfinished story after the anticlimactic events of A Queen’s Fire. Vaelin retired to the balmy north to enforce the queen’s law with a fairly heavy hand. Because, you know, he’d grown embittered and such.

Luckily, adventure finds this man like ticks find my dog, and he’s called to the Far East to save someone whom he once loved. And then war happens and folks get blowed up and stuff.

As opposed to Tower Lord (
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So I've been in a bit of a slump (and distracted on the Xbox too I must admit) but saw this at work and knew I'd love it.
And I did.

Fantastic world building as always and it was so easy to immerse myself back into this world.
It's so vivid even when it's bleak and inhospitable.

The characters are fantastic. Some new who are so interesting (even the bad girls and guys) but it's the returning ones who I love reaquanting with. Just brilliant

The plot is great and really fits well. I love how there are
Flying Monkey
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audible, 2019
4 Stars!

Great to see Anthony Ryan back to form in the The Wolf's Call. Plenty of action, fast paced, good character development and worldbuilding. Looking forward to Raven's Blade, #2.
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
3.5 stars

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Vaelin gave a very small laugh as a long remembered phrase came to mind. “There’s always another war.”

The Wolf's Call starts off the new series Raven's Blade but is also a continuation of the series Raven's Shadow. I would highly suggest reading that series first, as I did not, and was very lost for the first half of this story. For others that did
Aug 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even though I wasn't the biggest fan of Queen of Fire and how the last series ended, I've still found myself missing Vaelin and the Unified Realm. And when I found out that we were getting two new books I got super excited. So it was a lovely reunion. The cliffhanger kinda sucked though, since I haven't gotten book two yet. But when I do I'll drop everything immediately and continue reading about Vaelin Al Sorna's adventures in fantasy China.

4.5/5 stars
Jul 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, arc, netgalley
In brief - There is always one isn't there and maybe it's me this time. Not bad but I have read better definitely.

In full
This book is set after the author's Raven's Shadow series and I have not read that series. The book starts with an intro about the dynamics - family and other - of the Stahlhast. Kehlbrand becomes Mestra-Skeltir when his older brother is sacrificed by the priests. Luralyn, his sister, narrates this. She supports him and is also capable of assisting him through visions she has
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fans of epic fantasy will devour Anthony Ryan’s THE WOLF’S CALL as this rapid-fire tale unfolds, revealing layer upon layer of action and adventure, deceit, magic and characters that feel larger-than-life. The world building is phenomenal, the attention to detail pulls readers in and hold them captive!

One man will become a legend to his people, defeating evil with his sword. When a new threat emerges, he must once again take up arms to save his realm and the woman he left behind.

What this book l
Jul 21, 2019 rated it liked it
3,5/5. Where to start... I was disappointed by it can't deny the fact. It was good, but I was expecting something way better. The first half consist mostly of going here and there and having to battle various group of enemies, very thin plot and repetitive action. The second half is better with a clearer objectives and stakes. The ending is great and I will continue for sure, hoping it will be better. For the characters part now! The new characters are mostly all failed, very hard to get attach ...more
Jon Adams
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5. I took off half a star because holy cliff hanger, Batman!
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You can find my review on my blog by clicking here.

There are heroes that stick with you forever and who have gone through hell and back to achieve the impossible for the survival of humanity with their life on the line. To be able to follow them around for more life-threatening and epic adventures is just a fan’s wish that only an author could fulfill. It has been a couple of years now that I have been meaning to try something from the epic fantasy writer Anthony Ryan who has only garnered posit
K.V. Johansen
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A thoroughly satisfying return to the world of Vaelin al Sorna. This is some time after the end of Queen of Fire, but the world hasn't stood still. In the far west, new powers are rising, threatening even the distant continent where Vaelin guards a remote frontier for his queen. Old characters are back, still struggling with the legacy of past torments; young people are growing up and into new roles. One fascinating new central character is Luralyn. A young woman of the Stahlhast, a people of th ...more
julia ☆ [owls reads]
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy

4 stars!


“...we should listen for the wolf’s call.”

The Wolf’s Call starts out tentative, as if the writing is slowly familiarizing itself with this world again. The beginning is extremely slow paced and has very little plot progression, but the second half of the novel shows exactly why Vaelin and this world are so intriguing and beloved. Some old faces are back again to face new obstacles and the ending promises an exciting sequel.

Anthony Ryan is back with another compelling Fan
Ned Lud
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
2.5*. I really wanted to like this book. I enjoyed the villain more than the protagonist. Probably not what the author desired. So, um......Blood Song was awesome!
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I absolutely loved the Raven's Shadow series, so had high expectations for this book. This first installment of the followup series, was an excellent addition to Raven's Shadow. We start with seeing the impact of the war years on several of our characters, which was a nice touch, then go straight in to answering a long awaited question as to the fate of Sherin and the Stonemason Ahm Lim. The story is an epic adventure for Vaelin doing what he excels at......warfare, backed up by a few characters ...more
Mark Romero
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Vaelin's back. His POV only. And he's in a party of bad asses. Some old faces and some new. AND there's going to be another book.

Beth Cato
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2019, netgalley
I received an advance copy of this book via NetGalley.

The Wolf's Call is an engrossing epic fantasy that takes the usual tropes and mixes them up in an intriguing world. The setting in some ways feels like a mirror of Earth; there's a place and people clearly inspired by China. Against this backdrop, a man dubbed Darksword strives to make himself a god, leaving death and destruction in his wake. Meanwhile, Vaelin is an experienced swordsman in a far distant land. He has no desire to seek out mor
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Anthony Ryan was born in Scotland in 1970 but spent much of his adult life living and working in London. After a long career in the British Civil Service he took up writing full time after the success of his first novel Blood Song, Book One of the Raven’s Shadow trilogy. He has a degree in history, and his interests include art, science and the unending quest for the perfect pint of real ale.

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