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Blood Song (A Raven's Shadow)


I found Blood Song by Anthony Ryan to be a very ambitious novel. Ryan
packs a lot in, and probably more than necessary. The ending was rushed,
and a bit nonsensical at times. The book also raises shades of Name of
the Wind, in that the story is told to a scribe by the main character. I
found that to be uninspired. It's been done; making the scribe grumpy doesn't make it new and different. That said, I liked the book. The characters
were well fleshed out. Dialog was good. Pace and plot were fast. The
world was rich and detailed. It's a story of faith, family ties, politics, battles, sacrifices we make for those we love and for duty,and mysteries. There was just a lot there. I'm fairly sure I missed a lot the first time around,
and I'm going to have to reread the book to get it all. There's a time and a place for books that one has to reread many times to get all the layers to the story. While Blood Song is good, it's no Wheel Of Time.

This entry was published Sun Aug 25 09:54:55 CDT 2013 by storm2013 and last updated 2013-08-25 09:54:55.0.

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