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5.0 out of 5 stars Trust the good reviews!, 2 April 2013
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This review is from: Raven's Shadow Book One: Blood Song (Raven's Shadow 1) (Kindle Edition)
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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Showing 1-4 of 4 posts in this discussion
Initial post: 25 Jul 2013, 15:03:12 BST
C. Jack says:
"saw this for a few quid"

Interesting, its currently £7...

Posted on 23 May 2014, 14:07:08 BST
Filmfan says:
Good review. Looking for something to match Robin Hobb & this may do the job.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Oct 2014, 09:53:26 BST
Are you saying a 'few quid' has to be below a certain exact figure? Seems quite subjective to me and therefore strange to comment on. Hence my comment on your comment - I was actually hoping to read something pertinent to the review and therefore of benefit to customers like myself, who are looking to buy a book rather than quibble over wording.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Oct 2014, 11:12:22 BST
Last edited by the author on 19 Oct 2014, 11:13:26 BST
C. Jack says:
To my mind "a few" does have a fairly well understood meaning and 7 is certainly not a few by anyone's definition.

Just to be clear though my point was not to quibble the wording, I have no doubt it was a few quid when the review was written, its more that the price as gone up by so much that surprised me (that's why I said "currently").
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