Raven’s Shadow Book I: Blood Song
An epic fantasy exploring themes of conflict, loyalty and religious faith. Vaelin Al Sorna, Brother of the Sixth Order, has been trained from childhood to fight and kill in service to the Faith. He has earned many names and almost as many scars, acquiring an ugly dog and a bad-tempered horse in the process. Ensnared in an unjust war by a king possessed of either madness or genius, Vaelin seeks to answer the question that will decide the fate of the Realm: …who is the one who waits?
Raven’s Shadow is the first volume in a new epic fantasy of war, intrigue and tested faith.
Praise for Blood Song
Blood Song is a tremendous debut . . . fast-paced, action-packed and character-driven (FANTASY BOOK CRITIC)
A top contender for most impressive debut of the year . . . Blood Song is a powerful epic that, while ending with a sense of closure, hints at more to come (SFFWORLD)
An utterly engrossing high-fantasy epic from a major new talent that explores themes of war, faith, and loyalty amidst incredible action scenes and artfully developed characters (BUZZFEED)
A mix of The Name of the Wind and The Left Hand of God . . . I cannot recommend this book enough (BESTFANTASYBOOKS.COM)
I still love – and want – that feeling of completely absorbing escapism that good fantasy can supply – and Blood Song brings it in force (PORNOKITSCH)
Ryan hits all the high notes of epic fantasy-a gritty setting, ancient magics, ruthless intrigue, divided loyalties, and bloody action (PUBLISHERS WEEKLY)
Impressive world-building, fast-paced action and well-crafted characters (BOOKTOPIA BLOG)
A new master storyteller has hit the scene (Michael J. Sullivan)
If you like your fantasy Rothfuss or Sanderson-style this is a great book for you. It’s a meaty epic fantasy with a really strong main character. I was sucked in and definitely want to read the next one! (Felicia Day)
If you want to relax into epic fantasy about a living legend and his sword, you’ll love Blood Song by Anthony Ryan. (FANTASY FACTION)
[A] smartly-written coming-of-age story . . . Ryan tells Vaelin’s story with admirable ease (SFX)
Gripping, thrilling, intriguing and exciting (GULF NEWS)
Ryan’s style makes Blood Song a page-turner. Apt turns of phrase, descriptions that linger, questions answered at unexpected times all make the story definitely superior to much of the genre. (Frieda Murray, BOOKLIST)
Named by Amazon.co.uk as best book of 2013 in Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Coming in July 2014, Raven’s Shadow Book 2: Tower Lord
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.
Slab City Blues
Welcome to the Slab. A vast orbiting slum where rats grow big and sweat falls in rain. There’s a stranger in town, a stranger with claws and a penchant for killing assassins. Finding him is the job of Inspector Alex McLeod, detective, disfigured war veteran and reluctant widower. Some days are worse than others on the Slab but today is going to be a gem.
A free audio version is also available for download here: Slab City Blues.MP3 (41.5 mb)
Slab City Blues: A Song for Madame Choi
In the sequel to Slab City Blues, an old enemy embroils recently widowed Inspector Alex McLeod in the hunt for a kidnapped girl. With no leads he finds himself reluctantly seeking help from drug dealer and fellow war veteran Madame Choi. But can he really trust her?
A free audio version is also available for download here: Slab City Blues: A Song For Madame Choi.MP3 (52.5 mb)
Slab City Blues: A Hymn to Gods Long Dead
The Slab. A vast orbiting slum where sweat falls in rain and the gene-spliced come in all shapes and sizes. Inspector Alex McLeod, recently suspended for excessive force and nurturing a growing addiction to bourbon, has been reduced to tending bar when an improbably beautiful vampire comes to him with a bizarre theory: there’s a killer on the Slab, a killer with a liking for recreating ancient myth, in bloody and spectacular fashion. But who exactly is this vampire, and how does she know so much? And what kind of killer can walk through security systems without a trace, leaving deadly traps for those hunting him?
Where to buy:
Amazon.com: Slab City Blues: A Hymn To Gods Long Dead
Barnes and Noble: Nook
UK Customers find it on Amazon.co.uk: Slab City Blues: A Hymn To Gods Long Dead
Slab City Blues: The Ballad of Bad Jack
The Asteroid Belt, home to mining corporations and those who prefer to live beyond the heavily policed habitats of Earth orbit – the perfect hunting ground for Bad Jack, captain of the Dead Reckoning and the most feared pirate in the solar system. About to embark upon the biggest job of his career, Jack finds himself in need of a specialist, but is unaware his latest recruit has a new face, a new name and an agenda of his own. Chief Inspector Alex McLeod has been reset to war mode, and things are about to get very ugly. The fourth story in the Slab City Blues series, The Ballad of Bad Jack is an all-action future-crime thriller from the best-selling author of the Raven’s Shadow trilogy.
Where to buy:
Amazon.com: Slab City Blues: The Ballad of Bad Jack
Barnes and Noble: Nook
UK Customers find it on Amazon.co.uk: Slab City Blues: The Ballad of Bad Jack