Blood Song

Blood Song

A Raven's Shadow Novel

Book - 2013 | Ace Hardcover edition.
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Raised by the Brothers of the Sixth Order, Vaelin Al Sorna, a Warrior of the Faith, must battle the Empire and even his own father in the first book of a new, epic fantasy trilogy.
Publisher: New York : ACE Books, 2013.
Edition: Ace Hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9780425267691
Characteristics: 582 pages ; 24 cm.
Summary: Raised by the Brothers of the Sixth Order, Vaelin Al Sorna, a Warrior of the Faith, must battle the Empire and even his own father in the first book of a new, epic fantasy trilogy.


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Hillsboro_RobP Apr 22, 2019

A solid grim fantasy novel with few surprises, Blood Song is best at the beginning and end, with a bit of a drag after the school segment finishes. While the writing is perfectly fine (I only found one anachronistic phrase, compared to dozens in Geroge R.R. Martin's books) and the plot compelling and fun to follow, please don't jump in expecting something new. It rides the fantasy genre and hero tropes hard throughout, and absolutely does not pass the Bechdel test. Not even close.
Despite it's lack of creativity or pushing boundaries, it's an enjoyable fantasy for those who would just like to see a stoic butt-kicker trying to do right in a dark world with his band of
battle-school brothers. It does that one thing well.

Vilka Apr 06, 2018

After an intriguing prologue, the story takes about 130 pages to gain traction, but after that the plot carries on at a steady pace. My only major complaint is that the text is absolutely riddled with run-on sentences, which I found distracting (all that mental editing!), but the story itself I enjoyed. Game of Thrones fans might enjoy this multi-character (but single-narrator) swords-and-politics saga.

alburke47 Mar 27, 2018


I have had the pleasure of reading some awesome fantasy books in the last couple of months (Blackwing, Kings of the Wyld), and this little puppy might top them both.

The story tells of Vaelin al Sorna, dumped on the doorstep of a warrior order as a young boy, and watches him grow into a man, and a legend. Vaelin tells his own story for the most part, but there are interludes where a historian writes the MCs story. It might sound a bit odd, but it's very effective. Vaelin is effectively a pawn, a tool pushed towards a destiny he rails against.

The plot meanders constantly, with plenty of "a ha!" moments. The characters are well fleshed out, the setting is well-drawn, believable but with a hint of underlying mysticism. You will root for Vaelin throughout. Even when he makes bad choices, he knows he is doing the wrong thing and suffers for his actions.

The competition is high, but this is one of the best fantasy debuts ever written, self-published or otherwise. What the hell took me so long to getting round to reading it?

Oct 10, 2016

I found it a little slow in the beginning but it picked up and kept me interested throughout. Overall, not a bad read.

Feb 16, 2016

Blood Song is what fantasy should be in my opinion. Not overly grandiose but instead interesting because the characters and circumstances portrayed are interesting. A well written and intelligent book.

Aug 27, 2014

Not a bad read, though I find hard to care for its characters. The characters are mostly nondescript and even Vaelin( the main character) was in a way like a robot. The book was great at the beginning, but the quality seemed to take a sharp U turn 3/4 the way through. Game of Thrones people will probably like it, but Name of The Wind fellas? No, not really.

Jun 12, 2014

I really loved this story. Coming of age tales don't often appeal to me like this one did. They are usually just a means to an end, a little background before getting to the good stuff. But this one had me fascinated right from the start. I found myself invested in the characters and storyline with the world and magic system being a mystery that I hope to see more of in the next books.

Feb 15, 2014

excellent first novel
very compelling story


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Feb 27, 2015

This was a pretty good book. It had pretty good descriptions of the Middle Ages and how people lived at that time.


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