Vaelin Al Sorna, Brother of the Sixth Order, is a great warrior, but he is beginning to wonder if the latest battle is driven by honour or something more sinister. As he struggles to determine the truth, Vaelin must decide whether to accept his fate or strike out on his own path.
Raven’s Shadow Book One – Blood Song might sound like a fairly run-of-the-mill fantasy epic, but it’s actually a little more unusual than the synopsis suggests. For one thing, Vaelin Al Sorna is the sort of character who quite often ends up as the villain in such books, yet here he’s the protagonist. Complex and fascinating, he ensure that the book remains fascinating throughout.
Eschewing many of the tired tropes of the fantasy genre, Anthony Ryan presents a progagonist who becomes familiar without ever becoming too predictable. The plot, meanwhile, is elegantly structured, with subtle threads winding their way through the narrative, often starting out as moments that seem incidental before building to become something else entirely. Overall, the start of a great fantasy series.
Star rating for Raven’s Shadow Book One – Blood Song: 4.5 stars.
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