Blood Song (#1 Raven's Shadow)

Author(s): Anthony Ryan


From "a new master storyteller" comes the beginning of an epic fantasy saga of blood, honor, and destiny...


"The Sixth Order wields the sword of justice and smites the enemies of the Faith and the Realm."


Vaelin Al Sorna was only a child of ten when his father left him at the iron gate of the Sixth Order. The Brothers of the Sixth Order are devoted to battle, and Vaelin will be trained and hardened to the austere, celibate, and dangerous life of a Warrior of the Faith. He has no family now save the Order.

Vaelin's father was Battle Lord to King Janus, ruler of the unified realm. Vaelin's rage at being deprived of his birthright and dropped at the doorstep of the Sixth Order like a foundling knows no bounds. He cherishes the memory of his mother, and what he will come to learn of her at the Order will confound him. His father, too, has motives that Vaelin will come to understand. But one truth overpowers all the rest: Vaelin Al Sorna is destined for a future he has yet to comprehend. A future that will alter not only the realm, but the world.


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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 FANTASY FACTION This is epic fantasy at its best with action, rivalries, espionage, the promise of future revelations and ever-present twists BOOKBAG An instant sensation ... an excellent start to this series READ DREAM RELAX 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 KINGOFTHENERDS.COM Blood Song is unique ... The next Epic Fantasy book everybody should read BLOTTED PAGES

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

General Fields

  • : 9780356502489
  • : Little, Brown Book Group Limited
  • : Orbit Books
  • : 0.504
  • : December 2013
  • : 198mm X 126mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : February 2014
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Anthony Ryan
  • : Paperback
  • : 315
  • : English
  • : 823.92
  • : 768
  • : Maps