The first in the “powerful” (SFFWorld.com) New York Times bestselling fantasy series.
Vaelin Al Sorna was only a child of ten when his father left him at the iron gate of the Sixth Order to 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.
Ryan hits all the high notes of epic fantasy a gritty setting, ancient magics, ruthless intrigue, divided loyalties, and bloody action in this originally self-published launch title for the Raven's Shadow trilogy. When 10-year-old Vaelin Al Sorna is delivered by his father, Battle Lord to King Janus, to the House of the Sixth Order, Vaelin is told that he has "no family now save the Order." Although the Sixth Order is charged with smiting its enemies, particularly servants of the Dark, Vaelin sympathizes with the heretic rebel Deniers. Through years of brutal training, Vaelin endures and rises as a leader among his fellow students. Along the way, he also learns that giving him to the Order was his late mother's idea, and that she hoped to protect him but from what, he has no idea. Hints of a long-lost Seventh Order and questions about King Janus and the Dark cause Vaelin to question his loyalties. Ryan balances brisk action with tangled intrigue in this promising debut.
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Book two is when?
This is honestly one of the best fantasy novels I have read in years. I want book two already.
Story is very well written. Picked the book up and couldn’t stop until I was done. Character development is slow and very thought out, you really get a sense of the characters. The world building is also very good, though it’ll have to take a lot of remembering to understand everything fully. One of my top 3 books for sure.
Top 5 fantasy books of all time for me love it maybe top 10 overall