Rating: I'M OBSESSED
Series: A Raven's Shadow #1
Genres: Epic, Fantasy, Fiction
Published by: Penguin
Publication Date: 2012-11-20
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Book Blurb: From “a new master storyteller” comes the beginning of an epic fantasy saga of blood, honor, and destiny... “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.
Wow…wow. I absolutely loved this story. I couldn’t put it down. I cried and I laughed, which I haven’t done in a book in a long time. There’s something extremely compelling to me about Sorna. He’s got a quiet resolve and his character is not forced upon the reader. He comes alive effortlessly on his own and I find him captivating.
I’m sure if I reread and reread this book a hundred times I could walk away with some criticism. But I’m am content to deliberately not seek any. I put this book down feeling like I was gifted a great story and I have no need or reason to criticize it.
All I can humbly say is: Thank you, Anthony Ryan.