First book was awesome and I couldn't put it down. I probably put it on the same level as Rothfuss, which I consider to be below Asoiaf but above Way of Kings.
Can't wait to read Tower Lord and see how it continues.
There's a thread about this in the BOTM forum, but since it gets ignored (and the first book was awesome) I figured it was thread-worthy.
The first book is Blood Song:
Blood Song (A Raven's Shadow, #1) by Anthony Ryan â€” Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists
I thought it was fantastic. Nothing groundbreaking but definitely a solid read. The second book in the series comes out tomorrow: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.
Tower Lord (Raven's Shadow, #2) by Anthony Ryan â€” Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists
For those of you who enjoyed the first one.
Last edited by Seventh; 06-30-2014 at 09:42 PM.
Oh shit, the second book is out?
Still haven't got around to this series but some of the reviews for book two are pretty funny. The author added female POVs! Horror! It's not exactly the same as book one! Blasphemy!
Just finished a re-read of book one and now diving into book two.
This series is damn good.
This series sucks.
Marathon reading of book one and two over.
Book one is still as good as I remember, maybe better after re-reading it and discovering new things I'd missed.
Yeah, not what I was expecting. I enjoyed it for what it was, but no longer recommend this series.
Last edited by Himeo; 07-08-2014 at 10:55 PM.
I enjoyed book two of these series more than I did book two of Powder mage.
Anyways yes the first book was alright mainly due to its strong first half but book two has nothing going for it whatsoever. All of the PoV characters feel invincible or at least safe from any consequence; lots of people die but there is no one to care about, all of the enemies come off as cartoonishly evil clones, and the battles are extremely boring as all they amount to is a PoV character being an unstoppable badass 100% of the time. The final fight was especially bad;
I'm only like half way through tower lord but... it's not very interesting—at all really.
Which kind of reminds me that the first book really wasn't all that impressive either.
Oh well lol
half a month later i'm still only 75% through Tower Lord... this book is hard to get through for the reason mentioned above... everybody is too immortal, theres virtually no sense of danger at all for any POV
Perhaps i enjoy that aspect of helplessness of ASOIAF that it kind of ruins this one
I finished this, and yeah... What a mess. Ryan can write his ass off, but whoever decided on this format needs to have their head checked. One of the Goodreads reviews hit the nail on the head - it's a lot like the middle of Wheel of Time where you're constantly finishing chapters thinking "Where the fuck is Rand?". This isn't a terrible book, and it's really well written, but a well written mess is still a damn mess.
There are a bunch of decent spoilers and ending discussions here:
[SPOILERS] Tower Lord: Book 2 of Ravens Shadow - Literature - A Forum of Ice and Fire
I'll still read the next one in the hopes that he gets anywhere near the form he was in the first book, but this was pretty disappointing.
Book 3 is out on Tuesday... i'll probably get it but i really wasn't all that impressed with the 2nd book. I hope this one is better lol
every review i see says the third book is garbage too, guess i'm done with this series. Nevermind lol
I see those reviews too but I don't want to believe it. Book 1 was so fuckin' good.
Will read it anyway.
you can be the martyr that lets us know, godspeed Seventh!
Finished Queen of Fire after rereading books 1 and 2 (flicked through Reva's chapters in 2). Honestly, book 3 has some interesting parts to it - noticeably Vaelin and Alucius' chapters. It is though, paced quite terribly. The first 1/4 of the book is not too bad. In comparison, how the book's endgame goes down is fucking atrocious, the "big bad" that had been hyped up for 3 books, is brought down in about 5 pages. If that.
Most of the characters are written horribly and experience virtually no character growth. Lyrna who was bearable in book 2, becomes less so in QoF. Reva and her chapters are fucking awful - I literally just rushed through. Frentis' chapters....had the potential to be more interesting due to what occurs in them, but the writing of them lets it down.
I'm just going to stop where I am (only read first book) and make up an awesome ending in my head
I'm about half way through. Doesn't come close to the first book, but I'm hoping anything unexpected happens for act 3.
Got about 10% into it last night and... Well, I can't remember what the fuck is going on at all, heh. I read a ton of other books between the last one and this one, and he really doesn't give any sort of summary at all. Going to have to zip through the last bit of book 2 and restart it.
The second was such a disappointment after the first I am not sure I have the will for the third (and there is plenty else to read). Btw his Slab City Blues novellas are pretty good.
I'm trying to soldier on through this one after skimming the last bit of book 2.
...It's not very good bros.
I finished reading it. It was pretty bad. Not quite book 2 bad but still pretty bad.
I enjoyed the second one, just not as much as the first.
I finished book 3. Best I can summarize it is "an extremely well written disappointment". Dude can write his ass off but man, what the fuck.:\
It finishes it off for the most part, but the door is left open for some more books in the same world. The main story arc is all done though.
I'd read the follow-ups, only because I think Ryan can still write his ass off, he just really needed an editor to help him out on this one in terms of the storyline. Someone should have stepped in and told him that his outline was lousy, and that you don't introduce like two dozen new generic-fantasy-named characters in the third book of a trilogy. Crappy plot aside, I spent a good deal of time thinking "Who the fuck is this person again?"
And shit, I read Malazan twice. I like to think that I can keep up with a big cast.
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