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The realm burns. Vaelin Al Sorna is tired of war. He's fought countless battles in service to the Realm and Faith. His reward was the loss of his love, the death of his friends, and a betrayal by his king. After five years in an Alpiran dungeon, he just wants to go home.
Reva intends to welcome Vaelin back with a knife between the ribs. He destroyed her family and ruined her life. Nothing will stop her from exacting bloody vengeance - not even the threat of invasion from the greatest enemy the Realm has ever faced.
Yet as the fires of war spread, foes become friends and truths turn to lies. To save the Realm, Reva must embrace a future she does not want - and Vaelin must revisit a past he'd rather leave buried.
©2014 Anthony Ryan (P)2014 Penguin Audio
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By Jacquie on 02-22-16

Engaging to the point of distraction

I have listened to hundreds of hours of audio books I would rate this series as one of the best. loved how it was written from each main character's perspective per chapter . what also made it special was the fantastic voice over artist. Jacquie

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By Janine on 07-08-14

Better than book 1!

For once, book 2 is better than book 1. This book picks up directly after the end of book 1 and has more POVs than the first. I found this a bit irritating - just as things are getting interesting with one character, we switch to another. There's just as much murder and mayhem (more, actually) and the story whirls in directions I could not have guessed at.

We also get more info about the evil that threatens from the Valerian empire, the implosion of one faith and the the growth of dogma of another. It's impossible not to draw some parallels with the religions that plague our world.

Some character development didn't make sense to me. We meet Reeva when she hunts Valen to kill him. She's a surly, fanatical pain in the arse while Valen trains her. Then, with very little transition, she becomes a brave, upstanding member of a family. Odd.

The book is good. The narrator, though, is poor. There is no character depiction of voice, tone, accent like an audiobook should have. He simply reads, all voices the same, gender, background, social heirachy. It's disappointing, to say the lease.

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By A P Smith on 08-01-16

Ok but not as good as the first in series

I enjoyed the first book. But this one just seems to be a never ending series of battles. Hard to keep track of some of the minor characters, someone would appear and the reader is obviously supposed to know who they are but several times I was left wondering who on earth are they again?

Not terrible, but not great.

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By TiffanyMarly on 05-14-15

brilliant sequel

loved it a truly marvelous follow on from the first book it had me on the edge and possibly even thrilled me more than the first. Steven brand's voice is intriguing and captivating, he lends another dimrnsion to tge plot

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By Daniel on 09-29-17

Average follow up

The first book was a solid military tale with an interesting twist. The follow up is widely criticised for being wide of the mark in the qualities that made Blood Song good, and I have to agree. Beyond that, the narration lacks entirely in characterisation, the voice artist giving no variety of tone or accent to the wide cast of characters - at times I had no idea who was speaking in any given conversation. Overall, a C at best.

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