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 SFFWORLD 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 BESTFANTASYBOOKS.COM Blood Song delighted me again and again with its minty-fantasy freshness FANTASY FACTION This is epic fantasy at its best with action, rivalries, espionage, the promise of future revelations and ever-present twists BOOKBAG 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 KING OF THE NERDS Blood Song is a remarkable and wonderful book, and frankly, the best fantasy I have read all year The Quillery Impressive world-building, fast-paced action and well-crafted characters BOOKTOPIA BLOG Gripping, thrilling, intriguing and exciting GULF NEWS Blood Song is unique ... The next Epic Fantasy book everybody should read Blotted Pages A new master storyteller has hit the scene Michael J. Sullivan If you like your fantasy Rothfuss or Sanderson-style this is a great book for you. It's a meaty epic fantasy with a really strong main character. I was sucked in and definitely want to read the next one! Felicia Day
An epic fantasy exploring themes of conflict, loyalty and religious faith. Vaelin Al Sorna, Brother of the Sixth Order, has been trained from childhood to fight and kill in service to the Faith. He has earned many names and almost as many scars, acquiring an ugly dog and a bad-tempered horse in the process. Ensnared in an unjust war by a king possessed of either madness or genius, Vaelin seeks to answer the question that will decide the fate of the Realm: …who is the one who waits?
Blood Song is the first volume of Raven's Shadow - a new epic fantasy of war, intrigue and tested faith.
"Anthony Ryan is a new fantasy author destined to make his mark on the genre. His debut novel, Blood Song, certainly has it all: great coming of age tale, compelling character, and a fast-paced plot. If his first book is any indication of things to come, then all fantasy readers should rejoice as a new master storyteller has hit the scene." -- Michael J. Sullivan, author of The Riyria Revelations
"Anthony Ryan’s Blood Song is a tremendous debut; it has a fast paced, action packed and character driven story. Qualities to admire in any genre story and most of all in an epic fantasy." -- Fantasy Book Critic blog