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The Wolf's Call: 1 Paperback – 2 June 2020
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Praise for the Raven's Shadow novels Fans of broadscale epic fantasy along the lines of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series and George R. R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire novels should find this debut much to their liking.--Library Journal [Blood Song] certainly has it all: great coming-of-age tale, compelling character and a fast-paced plot. If [Ryan's] first book is any indication of things to come, then all fantasy readers should rejoice.--Michael J. Sullivan, author of the Riyria Revelations series Ryan hits all the high notes of epic fantasy--a gritty setting, ancient magics, ruthless intrigue, divided loyalties and bloody action.--Publishers Weekly A top contender for most impressive debut of the year...A thick, meaty novel of substance...A powerful epic.--SFFWorld.com Heroic epic fantasy.--Fantasy Book Critic A page-turner.--Booklist
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- Publisher : Ace Books (2 June 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 448 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0451492528
- ISBN-13 : 978-0451492524
- Dimensions : 15.24 x 2.41 x 22.91 cm
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It just didn't have the punch and flow of "Blood Song," which to my mind is one of the best books I have ever read.
It just dallied too long on background of the various characters, and not until the last line, literally, did the author do anything about restoring Valin's "gift."
Although I am being negative, this book is a good read, and I commend it to potential readers. I have high expectations for Book Two.
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Please note that it's really only necessary to have read Blood Song and Tower Lord to enjoy the new book. You do not need to read Queen of Fire.
The writing reminded me strongly of Blood Song and really develops Vaelin's story ten years after the conclusion of the Realm war with the Alpiran Empire. We see many of our favourite characters return and the introduction of some compelling and super-interesting new characters, as well as a journey into the mystical West where a new (but slightly familar) terrifying threat is emerging. We also see the long-awaited return of a fan favorite, SISTER SHERIN!
Buy this book and enjoy! This is the start of a very exciting new trilogy and I hope Anthony Ryan continues using the same techniques that made Blood Song loved by so many - which he has succeeded doing here.
The plot itself is pretty much the same as the earlier novels; an eclectic group of heroes using their powers to battle across a continent against overwhelming odds. Some die. Some live. Some are revealed as traitors. As always, it's the action that takes centre stage and that is, unfailingly, great.
Some series have each book ending as a 'chapter', with one part of the story reaching conclusion and setting the scene for the next portion of the story. Not here. This book ends very abruptly on what is deliberately intended to be cliff-hanger. As a kid (and I'm pretty old now), I remember the matinees in which that week's film ended with Batman going over a cliff to certain doom and you had to wait until next Saturday to find out if he really was dead (they always cheated). Well, that's what we have here.
So I'll be back to find out when Mr Ryan gets around to publishing the next in this series. Whether that's the 4th or the 2nd!