The Spotlight: Blood Song By Anthony Ryan


It is time to shine a light upon the self-published phenomenon that went mainstream.

Here’s a quick preview of Blood Song, a title recently added to my to read list, that maybe should be on yours too.


A recent addition to my to read list, Blood Song by Anthony Ryan first came to my attention earlier this year, in the summer, when it was published here in the UK (Thursday 4th July) by Orbit Books. It is the acclaimed first book of the Raven’s Shadow Trilogy, and I was surprised to discover that it was originally self-published by the author before eventually being acquired by Ace Books in North America, and more recently Orbit Books.

I have recently snapped up a copy of Anthony Ryan’s debut novel, and I hope to read and review it before the end of the month.



“Born For Battle Bred For War”



We have fought battles that left more than a hundred corpses on the ground and not a word of it has ever been set down. The Order fights, but often it fights in shadow, without glory or reward. We have no banners.

Vaelin Al Sorna’s life changes forever the day his father abandons him at the gates of the Sixth Order, a secretive military arm of the Faith. Together with his fellow initiates, Vaelin undertakes a brutal training regime – where the price of failure is often death. Under the tutelage of the Order’s masters, he learns how to forge a blade, survive the wilds and kill a man quickly and quietly.

Now his new skills will be put to the test. War is coming. Vaelin is the Sixth Order’s deadliest weapon and the Realm’s only hope. He must draw upon the very essence of his strength and cunning if he is to survive the coming conflict. Yet as the world teeters on the edge of chaos, Vaelin will learn that the truth can cut deeper than any sword.

If you can’t wait for my review, there are several other reader reviews around the blogosphere and on YouTube. Here are two video reviews of Blood Song from a couple of book bloggers:

Social Potato Reviews


Magic Of Books


And here are a number of written reviews for you to peruse:

Fantasy Book Critic
Best Fantasy Books Blog
Fantasy Faction
Dave Brendon’s Fantasy & SciFi Weblog
The Qwillery
King Of The Nerds!!!
Blotted Pages
Plotting Bunnies
Pauline’s Fantasy Reviews


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