raven's shadow: blood song

by Anthony Ryan

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Book 82 of 445 in the Best Fantasy Books
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Kaladin | 2013-07-21 12:00:36
This author came our from nowhere, hence why noone knows about him yet. But belive me, in a few years he will be considered one of the best authors out there! Finally I read a book that I really enjoy, getting a place on the golden pedestal together with Patric Rothfuss and Brandon Sanderson. Really? Yes! This book just awesome. Deep, intelligent, fast pacing story, page turner and sometimes as a reader you forget that your only reading a book - not being in the the head of the antagonist, experiencing the whole story first hand.
Anonymous | 2013-12-21 05:13:13
I did not have high expactasions for this book.....it looked like your standard violent-war fantasy, "wonder-boy" growing up. It was not. Whats it was, was an intelligent, well writen start of an triology, that did accually tell you a story with an almost-end, and not a cliffhanger, you do get to know what happens, but there are still some sorylines left unexplored. If you like Robin Hobb or Patric Rothfuss, you will probably like this. I for one am looking forward to part two.
Anonymous | 2014-01-03 02:07:33
Some perspective: to my mind, it's insane that this book is as hyped as it's been. The number of five star ratings on Amazon far exceed what's reasonable (and border on suspicious). I don't mean to say it's a bad book. It's essentially a well-executed story and page-turner. But comparisons to Rothfuss or Sanderson or others strike me as quite overstated. In the first place, the author needs to learn the basic rules of commas, or he needs a good editor, or both. The book's littered - still, even after being non-self-published - with grammatical mistakes, extraneous words (e.g., "of" before and after a word when the author plainly meant to strike out one or the other). This is not a triviality. It genuinely interferes with the enjoyment of reading the book. Not infrequently, one needs to back up and reread a sentence, or a paragraph, to figure out who it is who's talking, or to clarify the meaning of a sentence. I hope that future works by Ryan will be given to a professional editor (and perhaps the author will consider picking up a copy of Strunk
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