Blood Song, Raven’s Shadow #1 by Anthony Ryan
Anthony Ryan’s Blood Song is hardly a new idea in the world of fantasy. We follow a young battle lord’s son as he trains to be a warrior along with a group of boys from various different backgrounds at different parts of the social spectrum. I can name a handful of similarly themed novels just from my own personal collection. Blood Song offers something different though – I don’t know if it’s the way it’s set out, meeting Vaelin Al Sorna as a grown man and then hearing him tell his own story (though we get this in the third person), but it just works well.
The book is written as a history of the main character, so although there are various instances where we jump forward in time to achieve it, we only see the important (or interesting) scenes. Covering a number of years in one book still allows us to get to know our characters and become invested in the novel itself and from the start Blood Song is written with a fluid pace that makes the pages turn so easily. This was a welcome read after a sequence of disappointments and I can’t wait for the next instalment.
Dominish rating: 83%