Vaelin Al Sorna has destiny written in his stars. From the ripe young age of ten his path is laid before him when his father, Battlelord of the Unified Realm, drops him at the doors of the Sixth Order. The Order teaches him battle skills and places boys in his life he comes to know as brothers. But there is something different about Vaelin. He has a keen understanding of Battle, so much so that he becomes even more infuriated that his legacy as Battlelord won’t be realized. However, Vaelin will blaze his own path and become a name for himself beyond what anyone could have anticipated.
How do you write a review for a book that instantly became your favorite? I am completely in love with this book. I began reading fantasy not too long ago and I have come across some gems but this one takes the cake. Without being superfluous or pedantic Ryan is able to weave a truly great tale of adventure, war, and destiny. I have blazed through this and the second novel and can’t wait to pick up the third.
“When he visited the stables he found Spit also had a welcome waiting. It lasted a full two minutes and Master Rensial stated confidently it was the longest fart he had ever heard a horse produce.” – Anthony Ryan, Blood Song
“I’ll fight but I won’t murder. His boyhood resolve coming back to him, the promise he had made to himself after saving them in the wild. I’ll kill men who face me in battle but I won’t take the sword to innocents. It felt hollow now, so naive.” – Anthony Ryan, Blood Song
“A fool is any man who doesn’t think he is a fool.” – Anthony Ryan, Blood Song
The Blade Itself – Joe Abercrombie
Mistborn – Brandon Sanderson
The Name of the Wind – Patrick Rothfuss
Wizard’s First Rule – Terry Goodkind