Blood Song : Raven's Shadow

  • by Anthony Ryan
  • Narrated by Steven Brand
  • Series: Raven's Shadow
  • 23 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

We have fought battles that left more than a hundred corpses on the ground and not a word of it has ever been set down. The Order fights, but often it fights in shadow, without glory or reward. We have no banners.
Vaelin Al Sorna is the Sixth Order's newest recruit. Under their brutal training regime, he learns how to forge a blade, survive the wilds, and kill a man quickly and quietly - all in the name of protecting the Realm and the Faith. Now his skills will be put to the test.
War is coming. Vaelin must draw upon the very essence of his strength and cunning if he is to survive the coming conflict. Yet as the world teeters on the edge of chaos, Vaelin will learn that the truth can cut deeper than any sword.


What the Critics Say

"A new master storyteller has hit the scene" (Michael J. Sullivan)
"Blood Song is a tremendous debut... fast-paced, action-packed and character-driven" (Fantasy Book Critic)
"A top contender for most impressive debut of the year... Blood Song is a powerful epic that, while ending with a sense of closure, hints at more to come" (SFF World)
"An utterly engrossing high-fantasy epic from a major new talent that explores themes of war, faith, and loyalty amidst incredible action scenes and artfully developed characters" (Buzzfeed)
"A mix of The Name of the Wind and The Left Hand of God... I cannot recommend this book enough." (
"Blood Song delighted me again and again" (Fantasy Faction)
"This is epic fantasy at its best with action, rivalries, espionage, the promise of future revelations and ever-present twists" (Bookbag)
"An instant sensation . . . an excellent start to this series" (Read Dream Relax)
"Smartly-written coming-of-age story... Compelling" (SFX)
"I still love - and want - that feeling of completely absorbing escapism that good fantasy can supply - and Blood Song brings it in force" (Pornokitsch)
"Ryan hits all the high notes of epic fantasy-a gritty setting, ancient magics, ruthless intrigue, divided loyalties, and bloody action" (Publishers Weekly)
"Well wrought characters, a fascinating world, and crackling prose... Not to be missed" (
"Blood Song is unique... The next Epic Fantasy book everybody should read" (Blotted Pages)
"An immensely satisfying and immersive experience" (Dark Matter)
"One of the next master storytellers" (Fantasty Book Review)


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Customer Reviews

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Good book, did not enjoy the narration

I found the story to be very good, but having just listened through the The Name of the Wind and The Wise Mans Fear, where the narrator gives a stellar performance, the narration in Blood Song was not to my taste. I don't know how many times I had no clue who were talking, past or present etc. If you are able to sit down and concentrate you will most likely be able to eliminate these problems, but for me... I listen while I do other stuff and I lost the thread way too often. I have not had this problem before and I have listened to my share of books. The voice is just fine, although the diction is a bit "slurred", the problem is there is no distinction between the persons speaking, I also had a difficult time noticing when there was a change of scene, some names got mixed up and at times I felt it was read at maximum speed to get theough it.
A good narration can lift a book, this is not the case for this one sadly.
I strongly recommend the book to fans of the genre however, but I believe I will be going for the good old paperback for book 2.
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- Morten

Right up with the iliad

Love this book. Maybe a classic in time and love how the story was told. Please dont kill off anymore brothers like Valen I cant take it
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-12-2014
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK