This was one hell of a great read. The Tower Lord is back as a new threat rises. Old friends and new players join in travelling to lands distant and exotic, becoming embroilled in the new conflict. People gifted with magical powers are used cleverly by both sides to try and turn the tides of conflict. The odds are heavily against our heroes as the enemy seems to have all the answers and disaster looms. Then, what an ending! This was a fantastic return to the world of the Raven’s Shadow. Read it - you will not be disappointed.
I would give it four and a half stars. 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.
I just love it when your reluctant hero enters the fray once again. Enjoyed all previous books by Anthony Ryan and this one is just as good. Well written and bloodthirsty enough with the battle scenes to keep you awake. But, you really should read his previous books so that you know the thread of the storyline.