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Raven's Shadow Book One: Blood Song (Raven's Shadow)

Raven's Shadow Book One: Blood Song (Raven's Shadow) [Kindle Edition]

Anthony Ryan
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (342 customer reviews)

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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)

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From the publishers of David Gemmell, a powerful epic fantasy debut in the same tradition from an exciting new British talent

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1054 KB
  • Print Length: 592 pages
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0070NSPCU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (342 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #132,512 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Anthony Ryan lives in London and is a writer of fantasy, science fiction and non-fiction. He previously worked in a variety of roles for the UK government, but now writes full time. Anthony maintains an active blog at

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70 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very, VERY impressive. 12 April 2013
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You can get the gist of the story from other reviews here, I won't bore anyone with another summary.

What I will say is that I am a picky so-and-so and, as an example, I recently read Mark Charon Newton's first book (Nights of Viljamur)- didn't like it (dull characters and too many quotes lifted directly from 'The God Delusion', etc) despite other rave reviews, and have given up on various other traditionally published books over recent years despite the time, effort and money spent on publishing them. There was a time I would finish a book even if I found it dull or hated it, I can't do that these days. I just don't have the patience for bad writing or stories that I don't like or don't grip me.

This is self published and is the best fantasy read I have had this year - though Mark Lawrence's Prince & King of Thorns is a close second.

It's not all constant action, it's a slow burn novel (like Robin Hobb and others) but you're always kept interested and the depth of character achieved and the nature and strength of the bond between the 'brothers' is great stuff. There's plenty of intrigue and the authorial 'reveals' along the way as the story unfolds have been paced very well indeed.

Ok, there are a few typos (names spelt wrong and a coma or two missing ...IMHO) but those issues are irrelevent and I forgive the author 100%. This is an amazing effort and a fantastic story.

Thank you, Anthony you have given self publishing a good name!


EDIT - I have the self published version. I see that Mr Ryan has quite rightly been picked up by a traditional publisher now. Quite right too. Well deserved. Comparison to David Gemmell though is something I don't understand. Ryan has his own voice. DG was indeed an Legend and while Ryan might quite enjoy the comparison, I think he stands up perfectly well on the strength of his own efforts.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best fantasy I've read in years! 1 July 2013
By Leah
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I have loved the fantasy genre since my early teens. I'm finding it harder and harder to find authors whose books draw me in. Maybe I have become more fussy as I have gotten older! This was a book that kept me engrossed as if I was in my teens again. Much to the disgust of my partner I have had my nose stuck in this for the past 3 days and am very sad to have finished it. I love how the author allows you to grow up with the main character and experience the events which make him who he is. A very enjoyable read and I can't wait for the next instalment!
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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Trust the good reviews! 2 April 2013
By callum
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So, minding my own business, I was looking through the recommended section on my kindle and saw this for a few quid. As always I looked at the reviews, and immediately became suspicious. One bad review out of near a hundred good ones- but I took a gamble, and boy was I rewarded.

This is quite possibly one of the best opening novels I have ever read. My normal genre is fantasy, and as such I think I have quite high standards when it comes to these books- I haven't been this impressed with a first book since the farseer trilogy (Robin Hobb).

In terms of the book itself, there was something for me on every page. Not once did I become bored or frustrated with events, characters, story, or, well... anything! The pacing is extremely well done, as are the characters. Whilst it lacks the depth of detail in environments that I am used to with authors such as Hobb, the rest of the factors more than make up for this- character arcs are extremely well done, and I found myself thoroughly engrossed in the fate of almost everyone the book introduces to you.

Literally the only thing I found mildy off putting was initially the names were quite foreign- but this is something that I eventually liked anyway as it does perform the role of setting it slightly apart from standard lord-of-the-rings esque names for everything.

Believe the reviews, I have never been so grateful for taking a risk on a book- which is also minimised by the unbelievably cheap price I got it for. Brilliant read, and I cannot wait for the next book of what I hope is a long saga.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly staggaring 24 July 2012
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This book was actually recommended by Linus Torvalds on a post he made. Having just finished reading through another book series, I was looking for something new to tide me over until the sequal; I picked this up and just didn't stop reading it.

The pace is clear and fast, the characters have depth and difference. I truly admire the author for his ability to bring a relevant take on such a fictional genre. Everything topic covered in the book has happened in our history, we have had blind followers and soldiers of Faith, we've had genocide, we've had Witch trials.. but to see all topics covered in a single world and time, with a single focus point (Vaelin); you get to observe the effects, shames and irrational behaviour that must have been experienced by people at those times in our own history.

I can't wait for the second book.

Well done to the Anthony Ryan, well done
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Deep penatrating story that captivated me over xmas. Just could not put the book down, so much so that my family thought i was very antisocial over my constant reading of the book, deep into the night only my eyes hurting made me put the book down for sleep! Even then i would wake up in the nights to read some more! I've already added book two to my wishlist. Ican't see it being as good as this but if its half as good, it will be worth reading. The best book i've read in a very long time....
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Best debut in a long time.
Actually, that's unfair. One of the best novels I've read in a while. Great story and characterisation. The only downside is the wait for the next one.
Published 7 hours ago by Andy T
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff
Excellent book, I really enjoyed and have just preordered the next. A lot of people are comparing this to David Gemmell and his work. It stands up to the comparison. Read more
Published 2 days ago by JOHNC
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic storytelling that rivals the best.
This book contains all the elements that make an epic. Having read many fantasy novels I found the themes explored in the pages engaging and the characters thoughtfully created. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Mr Wooly
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent story
The writing style is a little stuttered at times however a good and bold story bodes well for future books
Published 3 days ago by Abdul Widaa
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant book
Couldn't put it down. Very well written. Brilliant characters. Great plot. Can not wait for the second book. Hopefully the wait won't be too long
Published 4 days ago by AussieBird
5.0 out of 5 stars couldn't put it down
well written book with a gripping story line that keeps you interested to the end which carries on in it's sequel. Hope the author carries on with the same high standards
Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best I have read in a while
A truly great read. Incredibly well written with pace and depth.Great story with unexpected twists. Can't wait for the next instalment. MORE MORE MORE
Published 6 days ago by david race
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant - believe the hype
Over the last few years I have waded my through lots of mediocre fantasy books looking for a world in which I could immerse myself. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Mark
5.0 out of 5 stars Huge story and a great read
Buy it now, read it over the weekend! You might even need longer than that as its a huge story but well worth it.
Published 6 days ago by C. Smellie
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly unmissable
This is one of the best fantasy books I've ever read. Its often said that a book grips you from start to finish, but this one really does. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Lisa McDonald
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