The Black Song is the action-packed conclusion to the Raven's Blade series by Anthony Ryan, which began with The Wolf's Call.
The Steel Horde has laid waste to the Venerable Kingdom, unleashing a storm of fire and blood. Now the leader of this mighty host - Kehlbrand, the warlord who thinks himself a god - turns his eyes to the other merchant kingdoms. No one can stop his divine conquest.
No one, perhaps, except Vaelin Al Sorna.
Yet Vaelin is on the run, his own army in disarray. Worse, the new blood song he has acquired is as much a curse as a blessing, and seeks to guide him down a path far darker than he could have imagined...
Praise for the Raven's Blade series:
'Robin Hobb meets Joe Abercrombie . . . This is fantasy with a totally legendary feel' Fantasy Book Review
'The Wolf's Call is everything a fantasy fan could ever wish for' Booknest
'Anthony Ryan's best work since the release of his incredible debut . . . fantastic storytelling' Novel Notions
'An immensely satisfying, top-notch adventure fantasy' Kirkus
Books by Anthony Ryan:
Queen of Fire
The Wolf's Call
The Black Song
The Waking Fire
The Legion of Flame
The Empire of Ashes
Epic fantasy fans will savor Ryan's second Raven's Blade novel (after The Wolf's Call), which offers an action-packed return to the richly imagined Merchant Kingdoms of the Far West. Warrior Vaelin Al Sorna has been infected with a bloodlust that he struggles to control, even as he hopes to unite the forces of the Merchant Realms against an existential threat; Kehlbrand Reyerik, also known as Darkblade and rumored to be a living god, leads a massive army in a ruthless assault that aims at global conquest. To beat back Kehlibrand, Vaelin must first learn to control his bloodlust. He makes his way to the Temple of Spears, a monastery that promises relief from his inner torment if he masters several challenges. Both returning readers and those new to the series will be drawn in by the expert worldbuilding, crackling dialogue, gripping action, and subtle shifts of the political chessboard. Those impatient for George R.R. Martin's conclusion to A Song of Fire and Ice will find this series a satisfying substitute.