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Archive [FBR Monthly Book Club!] > January 2018 - Blood Song by Anthony Ryan

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message 1: by Niki Hawkes, I made it past GOTM... barely (new)

Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller | 6939 comments Mod
The January 2018 FBR Book Club Winner is:

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

This read will start January 1, 2018 and will be available throughout the month. The discussion will take place in this thread.

Thanks, Angela, for your great nominations! :)


message 2: by Samir (new)

Samir (royceblackwater) | 842 comments Looking forward to this one :)


message 3: by Maciel (new)

Maciel | 39 comments Ohhhh!!!! I LOVED that book soooooo much!!!!!


message 4: by Scott , Karsa Orlong (new)

Scott  Hitchcock (lostinthewarrenofchaos) | 8082 comments Mod
I think every month except my own a book I've previously read has won the poll! Enjoy.


message 5: by C.P. (new)

C.P. Cabaniss (cpcabaniss) | 1578 comments Looking forward to this one!


message 6: by Margret, Caladan Brood Face (new)

Margret | 3170 comments Mod
Freaking loved this series. I may do a re read


message 7: by Veronica (new)

Veronica  (readingonthefly) | 3340 comments I own this one already so it'll be good to finally get it read.


message 8: by Choko (new)

Choko (chokog) | 5099 comments Me too! I have it and I have it on my TBR, so I am in for sure!


message 9: by Niki Hawkes, I made it past GOTM... barely (new)

Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller | 6939 comments Mod
This is one of my favs. I hope you all love it. :)


message 10: by Angela, I'm Silverfox lost (new)

Angela | 3517 comments Mod
I'm pretty freakin excited. This one's been on my TBR so long. Looking forward to reading this book with you all.


message 11: by Mayim (new)

Mayim de Vries | 2832 comments I just got the book, and guess what - I will be there! You will not escape from my musings and spoilers. ;p


Diana Stormblessed (dashichka) | 3907 comments Ok I'm in


message 13: by Jenna, I'd be free if not for Temper & Edgewalker (new)

Jenna Kathleen (jennakathleen) | 4417 comments Mod
This is such a fantastic book - hope you all enjoy it!


message 14: by Beste (new)

Beste | 1163 comments My cousin bought it for me havent had a chance to read it yet but if it is much liked I will read it while I wait for Lies of Locke Lamora:)


message 15: by Adam (new)

Adam  (adamkroeger) | 14 comments I'm going to try to jump into this!


message 16: by Petrik (new)

Petrik (petrikleo) | 1546 comments I just saw this thread. I just wanna sya, this is one of the best book I've ever read in my entire life. Hope you guys enjoy it! :)


message 17: by Angela, I'm Silverfox lost (new)

Angela | 3517 comments Mod
Petrik wrote: "I just saw this thread. I just wanna sya, this is one of the best book I've ever read in my entire life. Hope you guys enjoy it! :)"

This is so great to hear Petrik. I'm really hoping I will love the book.


Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin | 1337 comments I have had this book forever! I am going to try to read it with you guys.


message 19: by Shaitarn (new)

Shaitarn | 1863 comments It's on my shelf just waiting!


message 20: by Beste (new)

Beste | 1163 comments Im in Im in :D


message 21: by Seán (new)

Seán | 602 comments Honest question to anyone who's read the series - is the deterioration in quality really that bad? I'm interested in reading this as I really enjoyed The Waking Fire, but I've heard some really negative things about how the series ends.


message 22: by Petrik (new)

Petrik (petrikleo) | 1546 comments Seán wrote: "Honest question to anyone who's read the series - is the deterioration in quality really that bad? I'm interested in reading this as I really enjoyed The Waking Fire, but I've heard..."

I'm like you Sean. The first book worked greatly as a standalone. But I honestly never hear "The third book is the best out of the series". All i heard, from those who loved the first book: "the third book is a disappointment" or "as if written by someone else". Something like that. IMO, at least read and treat the first book as a standalone :) you can decide whether to continue or not after that


message 23: by Kieron (new)

Kieron I've had this book on my shelf for ages, but never got round to starting it, because of the negative comments about the rest of the series. January book club is going to be the perfect excuse to try it.


message 24: by Seán (new)

Seán | 602 comments Petrik wrote: "I'm like you Sean. The first book worked greatly as a standalone. But I honestly never hear "The third book is the best out of the series". All i heard, from those who loved the first book: "the third book is a disappointment" or "as if written by someone else". Something like that. IMO, at least read and treat the first book as a standalone :) you can decide whether to continue or not after that"

Yeah, I might just take the excuse to read with the group here and see how it goes! I don't want to be negative and put people off reading, but I don't want to waste me time with a series that has no payoff either.

There seems to be plenty of folk interested in reading it here so it'll at least be great company! :)


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Jakyro | 64 comments Seán wrote: "Honest question to anyone who's read the series - is the deterioration in quality really that bad? I'm interested in reading this as I really enjoyed The Waking Fire, but I've heard..."

I've heard of people also liking the sequels, but it partially depends on he reader as well, if he can make a switch from the first book. It seems the first book is more of a self contained story, focusing on one pov. In order to move the story forward and investigate the world further it was necessary for Ryan to use another approach in books 2-3. So he added more pov's. It worked for some readers but not for all

Maybe I'll be joining the buddy read also. I'll probably be reading chronicle of the unhewn throne already, but if I find the time i'll start this one as well as I already have the first book on my kindle


message 26: by Zaara (new)

Zaara | 4105 comments I'm in.
This whole month thing + extra tourno points does help beckon me sucka in + I voted for this one so...


message 27: by Jenna, I'd be free if not for Temper & Edgewalker (new)

Jenna Kathleen (jennakathleen) | 4417 comments Mod
Seán wrote: "Honest question to anyone who's read the series - is the deterioration in quality really that bad? I'm interested in reading this as I really enjoyed The Waking Fire, but I've heard..."

I read the whole series and by far, Blood Song was my favourite (good enough to make it onto my favourites shelf!) Depending on who you ask, Tower Lord was bad, of slightly lower quality than Blood Song, or of equal quality. I thought it was still good, but not as good as Blood Song. (Margret is one of those weird people who think Tower Lord is better). The third book was bad. Honestly, I ended up skimming a lot of it and wishing I had just left the ending up to my imagination.


message 28: by Timelord Iain (new)

Timelord Iain | 14736 comments I don't think I've ever seen such a consensus for a series deterioration... 4.46, 4.18, 3.64 avg ratings... usually, enough people love a book that the rating is lucky to fluctuate 0.1-0.2 stars between books... even Anita Blake only fluctuates between 3.7-4.15 across 25 books, and that series became very polarizing when it shifted in focus from plot to "porn" around book 9 (mostly chose that wording for alliteration)


message 29: by Petrik (last edited Nov 09, 2017 01:35AM) (new)

Petrik (petrikleo) | 1546 comments I agree with Jenna for the first book, it's in my favorites as well and I serioysly think fantasy fans ought to give it a try. However, continuing to the third book, thinking that it would be better than the first book, after hearing all the negative things would be unwise.

The reviews and rating on GR and Amazon speak for itself already, most of them actually came from people who loved the first book too. Hence, despie my undying love towards the first book, i dont think i'll risk myself and continue with the trilogy. I will read his Draconis Memoria though, so excited for it! :)


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Ahdam (snowlocke) | 2409 comments I really wanna join but I'm having scheduling conflicts however I've read halfway through the book up to the(view spoiler) FOR THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE READ IT sorry guys

And I really enjoyed it since stumbled upon it on my phone when I first started reading and it really gripped me but I stopped at the point in my spoiler because back then I was picky with the characters and stories of the books and I didn't like that so I just stopped but now that I have been enlightened with other books I will definitely continue this eventually and I hope you guys enjoy it cause like I said from what I've read its pretty good so far

The reviews are very worrying but if I do join this which is unlikely then I will have to lower my expectations for the future books if that's the case


message 31: by Gio (new)

Gio C | 3 comments I absolutely loved this book. I will agree that the next two books in the series do not hold a candle to the first. The second book was imop the worst of the three. The last book ties everything together and there are some action sequences that are fun but again nothing compares to Blood Song.


message 32: by Beste (new)

Beste | 1163 comments Woww. Now Im confused. I really don't do DNFs. So the next person who is finished the series and ready to comment on it, pls tell us if it is worth starting.


message 33: by Slick (new)

Slick | 93 comments Blood Song is AMAZING.
Hope you guys enjoy it!


message 34: by Angela, I'm Silverfox lost (new)

Angela | 3517 comments Mod
Slick have you read the whole series? If so did you enjoy them all?


message 35: by Jenna, I'd be free if not for Temper & Edgewalker (new)

Jenna Kathleen (jennakathleen) | 4417 comments Mod
Beste wrote: "Woww. Now Im confused. I really don't do DNFs. So the next person who is finished the series and ready to comment on it, pls tell us if it is worth starting."

Definitely worth starting. Blood Song is AMAZING, just don't expect too much from the last book.


message 36: by Petrik (last edited Nov 13, 2017 06:11PM) (new)

Petrik (petrikleo) | 1546 comments Jenna wrote: "Beste wrote: "Woww. Now Im confused. I really don't do DNFs. So the next person who is finished the series and ready to comment on it, pls tell us if it is worth starting."

Definitely worth starti..."


Blood Song is seriously a must read!


message 37: by Beste (new)

Beste | 1163 comments Petrik wrote: "Jenna wrote: "Beste wrote: "Woww. Now Im confused. I really don't do DNFs. So the next person who is finished the series and ready to comment on it, pls tell us if it is worth starting."

Definitel..."


Ordering it today, thanks guys.


message 38: by Brian (new)

Brian | 839 comments I’m 75% through Blood Song right now and it is Awesome!! I am a little concerned about he next two books in the series. I might just end after book 1 so I’m not disappointed. Enjoy this one tho. It’s great.


message 39: by Beste (new)

Beste | 1163 comments Beste wrote: "Petrik wrote: "Jenna wrote: "Beste wrote: "Woww. Now Im confused. I really don't do DNFs. So the next person who is finished the series and ready to comment on it, pls tell us if it is worth starti..."

Keep forgetting I already have this book :)


message 40: by Jenna, I'd be free if not for Temper & Edgewalker (new)

Jenna Kathleen (jennakathleen) | 4417 comments Mod
Beste wrote: "Keep forgetting I already have this book :)."

Then you definitely have to read it! :)


message 41: by Anni (new)

Anni | 5020 comments I'm also in :)


message 42: by Charlie (new)

Charlie (charlieridley) | 4422 comments I'm joining in for this one! I DNF'd it last year (or maybe the year before?!) not because I didn't enjoy it but because I was reading it on kindle and I wanted to read a physical copy since it was so big. Now I have a copy I'm definitely looking forward to jumping back in.


message 43: by Margret, Caladan Brood Face (new)

Margret | 3170 comments Mod
Jenna wrote: "Seán wrote: "Honest question to anyone who's read the series - is the deterioration in quality really that bad? I'm interested in reading this as I really enjoyed The Waking Fire, b..."

LOL just read that comment.

Yes, Tower Lord is better. Umm hello, excellent villain? One of THE BEST villains? yes please!


message 44: by Jenna, I'd be free if not for Temper & Edgewalker (new)

Jenna Kathleen (jennakathleen) | 4417 comments Mod
Margret wrote: "Jenna wrote: "Seán wrote: "Honest question to anyone who's read the series - is the deterioration in quality really that bad? I'm interested in reading this as I really enjoyed [book:The Waking Fir..."

Hahaha - I still really liked Tower Lord, but I'm a sucker for fantasy schools of all types.


MorteTorment(Unofficial World's Fastest Reader) | 385 comments Aw man, no text preview. That's uusually what I used to decide whethere I read something or not


message 46: by Margret, Caladan Brood Face (new)

Margret | 3170 comments Mod
Just DO IT.


message 48: by Shaitarn (new)

Shaitarn | 1863 comments Question for those who have read the series: is it worth getting the third book? I have the first two sitting on my shelf but I've heard so much negative press about the third one I'm hesitating.


MorteTorment(Unofficial World's Fastest Reader) | 385 comments I nothiced that the second book is called Tower Lord. I thought that Robin Hobb wrote that.


message 50: by Angela, I'm Silverfox lost (new)

Angela | 3517 comments Mod
Shaitarn let's ask Margret and Bill as I see the ratings for people who have read the last book that I know fluctuates from a 1 star to a 4 star read.

@ Margret @Bill - you guys didn't mind the last book did you? I saw you rated it a 4?


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