Book Genre: Epic Fantasy
Book Series: Raven’s Shadow #1
Released: 1/22/2012 by Anthony Ryan
Pages: 591 Price: $18.00 Paperback
Source: I borrowed this audiobook from my library.
“The Sixth Order wields the sword of justice and smites the enemies of the Faith and the Realm.”
Vaelin Al Sorna was only a child of ten when his father left him at the iron gate of the Sixth Order. The Brothers of the Sixth Order are devoted to battle, and 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. Vaelin’s rage at being deprived of his birthright and dropped at the doorstep of the Sixth Order like a foundling knows no bounds. He cherishes the memory of his mother, and what he will come to learn of her at the Order will confound him. His father, too, has motives that Vaelin will come to understand. 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.
Needed an audio book the other day and decided to give this one a try. It had been sitting on my wishlist for a while and none of the other titles available looked interesting. Not remembering much about it I started it almost two weeks ago while doing chores. It was quite good and managed to scratch a reading itch I’ve been having to try something different. As I drew closer to its due date I found myself heading up to bed each nice to listen as I played puzzle games on my phone. Unfortunately, the first book is the only audio version available through my library. If I want to continue the story I will either have to suck it up and read them or inter-library loan them…
If I had to compare this book to other’s I’ve read I would have to say this was most similar to Game of Thrones. Both are an epic fantasy set in similar medieval worlds. Both feature plenty of magic and politics dusted heavily with plenty of religious dogma. Of course, this one has way fewer dragons, none actually. But if your favorite parts of AGOT revolve around drama at the wall then this just might be the book for you, set in a much warmer climate, however.
Other stories I thought of while reading this was Harry Potter, only more violent, and Throne of Glass. The story was well written and kept me focused on listening instead of what ever task I was attempting to do at the same time. I quickly added the next two books to my to-read list but near the end, the story started to drag on and I thought I might part ways with it after the first book. Then there was that last chapter…. Isn’t that the way it always goes.
The last chapter took us several years into the future and showed us a shiny important puzzle piece and now I think I need to see what happens next. Oh, sure there are some problems with the story. The main character fell victim to being a bit too perfect at everything he attempted to be realistic. I wanted more to develop of the hardly dealt with slow burn love story and then there is the whole business with the father that didn’t get any resolution for being the main motivator of the main character. I guess I will just have to make time for that next book to find out if any of these points are resolved there.
My Rating: 4 Stars