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Publisher Description

In Blood Song, Anthony Ryan introduced readers to “a fascinating world of conflicting religions and the wars fought in the name of those faiths” (Library Journal). Now Ryan’s epic tale continues as Vaelin Al Sorna discovers that there is no escape from the call of destiny…
“The blood-song rose with an unexpected tune, a warm hum mingling recognition with an impression of safety. He had a sense it was welcoming him home.”
Vaelin Al Sorna, warrior of the Sixth Order, called Darkblade, called Hope Killer. The greatest warrior of his day, and witness to the greatest defeat of his nation: King Janus’s vision of a Greater Unified Realm drowned in the blood of brave men fighting for a cause Vaelin alone knows was forged from a lie. Sick at heart, he comes home, determined to kill no more. Named Tower Lord of the Northern Reaches by King Janus’s grateful heir, he can perhaps find peace in a colder, more remote land far from the intrigues of a troubled Realm.
But those gifted with the blood-song are never destined to live a quiet life. Many died in King Janus’s wars, but many survived, and Vaelin is a target, not just for those seeking revenge but for those who know what he can do. The Faith has been sundered, and many have no doubt who their leader should be. The new King is weak, but his sister is strong. The blood-song is powerful, rich in warning and guidance in times of trouble, but is only a fraction of the power available to others who understand more of its mysteries. Something moves against the Realm, something that commands mighty forces, and Vaelin will find to his great regret that when faced with annihilation, even the most reluctant hand must eventually draw a sword.

Sci-Fi & Fantasy
July 1
Penguin Publishing Group

Customer Reviews

Reader013321 ,

Great Read

This second installment has more of the same great characters, plot development and pace. Can't wait for the third book...

Fuganewin Force ,

Awesome sauce!

The first book was great, but this... this is amazing.

drummer4gsus ,

Too Slow and doesn’t make you care

The book is honestly pretty boring. There aren’t any overly likeable characters and the plot moves kinda slow. All scenes are written like filler scenes for the most part as if they are just waiting to get to a more important scene but they never seem to. Idk could just be personal preference but I’ve read a good amount of medieval books and this isn’t one of my favorites by a long shot.

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