bloodsong

I reviewed two of Anthony Ryan’s novels last year and named Blood Song as one of my favorite books for 2017 without doing a review.  This was my second or third read through, so I guess it is time!

“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 Order.

Vaelin’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.

My local library listed this book for suggested fantasy reads, and I went into it blindly.  The tale starts with a historian escorting the adult Vaelin off to a duel.  He’s been a prisoner for a few years and is now expected to go die on an island.  It doesn’t take much work to convince the historian he’d like to hear Vaelin’s story, and we’re off to the Sixth Order with a ten-year-old.

I could not put this book down.  I blew through it and the next two books in the series just as fast as I got my hands on them.  When I took up the adventure of writing this year, I thought, “I should read that again and figure out what I liked so much about it.”  I didn’t learn a thing from reading it again because I was so excited again.

The characters are all excellent and I loved learning about their realm, other parts of the world, the religions, and the secrets.  There is a lot going on, and we discover it all through the eyes of Vaelin.  If you’re looking for a fun epic fantasy read, go grab this book.  As of this posting, the Kindle version is only $2.99 on Amazon.

Questions for You!
Have you read this book?  What did you think?
Have you read the Raven’s Shadow series?
What book(s) should I read next?

More Information
Anthony Ryan’s site
Tower Lord on Amazon ($5.99!)
Queen of Fire on Amazon

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