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Blood Song

Book 1 of Raven's Shadow

By Anthony Ryan

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The UK's bestselling epic fantasy debut of 2013 and the first book in the New York Times bestselling Raven's Shadow series

Blood Song is the epic first novel in the internationally bestselling Raven's Shadow series - an enthralling tale of desperate battles, deadly politics and epic adventure.

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 is the Sixth Order's newest recruit. Under their brutal training regime, he learns how to forge a blade, survive the wilds and kill a man quickly and quietly - all in the name of protecting the Realm and the Faith.

Now his skills will be put to the test. War is coming. Vaelin 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.

'Engrossing' - Buzzfeed

'Powerful' - SFFWorld

'Compelling' - SFX

Books by Anthony Ryan:

Raven's Shadow:
Blood Song
Tower Lord
Queen of Fire

The Draconis Memoria:
The Waking Fire
The Legion of Flame
The Empire of Ashes

Biographical Notes

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 www.anthonystuff.wordpress.com.

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  • ISBN: 9780356502489
  • Publication date: 20 Feb 2014
  • Page count: 768
  • Imprint: Orbit
'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
Blood Song is a fantastic debut . . . Anthony Ryan is a master story teller — Mark Lawrence
A mix of The Name of the Wind and The Left Hand of God . . . I cannot recommend this book enough — BESTFANTASYBOOKS.COM
This is epic fantasy at its best with action, rivalries, espionage, the promise of future revelations and ever-present twists — BOOKBAG
'Blood Song delighted me again and again' — FANTASY FACTION
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
An immensely satisfying and immersive experience — Dark Matter
One of the next master storytellers — Fantasy Book Review
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