Review: Blood Song By Anthony Ryan


BORN FOR BATTLE, BRED FOR WAR

THE SELF-PUBLISHED PHENOMENON THAT WENT MAINSTREAM IS A WELCOME ADDITION TO THE RANKS OF ESSENTIAL EPIC FANTASY TALES

 
Book CoverBlood Song
(Raven’s Shadow Trilogy, Book 1)

Anthony Ryan

Genre: High Fantasy
Publisher: Orbit
Format: Paperback, 768 Pages
Date: 20th February 2014 (First Published 2010)

ISBN-10: 0356502481
ISBN-13: 978-0356502489

 
Purchase From: Amazon | Book Depository
 

In recent years there have been a number of notable examples of self-published books which have garnered considerable critical praise and admirable sales, turning their authors into “overnight” sensations. This success, for some, has led to traditional publishing deals, helping their books to reach a larger prospective audience of readers. Hugh Howey and Amanda Hocking are probably the best known beneficiaries of the now more viable self-publishing market. But you can also include the name of British fantasy author, Anthony Ryan, to the growing list.

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News: Cover Reveal For Tower Lord By Anthony Ryan

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Let the hype begin, it’s cover reveal time courtesy of Orbit Books.

The follow up to last summer’s smash hit novel, Blood Song, by Anthony Ryan has some artwork to show off.

 

The marketing campaign for Tower Lord by Anthony Ryan got under way yesterday, when publisher Orbit revealed the book’s cover art via their blog.

Scheduled for release in the summer of 2014, Tower Lord is book two of the Raven’s Shadow Trilogy, following up the highly acclaimed first book, Blood Song. The cover which you can see below, is the work of designers Nick Castle and Nik Keevil.

Cover Reveal

If you have not yet finished reading Blood Song, you may want to avoid reading the blurb for Tower Lord below, as it contains spoilers.

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The Spotlight: Blood Song By Anthony Ryan

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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.

 

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“Born For Battle Bred For War”

 

Blurb

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.

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