Blood Song

Blood Song

Paperback - 2014
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Vaelin Al Sorna was only a child of ten when his father left him at the iron gate of the Sixth Order--a caste devoted to battle. Vaelin will be trained and hardened to the austere, celibate and dangerous life of a warrior of the Faith. He has no family now save the Order. Vaelin's father was Battle Lord to King Janus, ruler of the Unified Realm--and Vaelin's rage at being deprived of his birthright knows no bounds. Even his cherished memories of his mother are soon challenged by what he learns within the Order. But one truth overpowers all the rest: Vaelin Al Sorna is destined for a future he has yet to comprehend. A future that will alter not only the Realm, but the world.
Published: New York, NY :, Ace Books,, 2014.
Edition: Ace mass-market edition.
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9780425268285
0425268284
Branch Call Number: F RYA
Characteristics: 630 pages :,maps ;,18 cm.

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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

Wow!

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?

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Jackwagon
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.

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ddebner
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.

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rengua
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.

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Eosos
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.

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erinmclaug
Feb 15, 2014

excellent first novel
very compelling story

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Feb 27, 2015

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red93
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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