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The Wolf's Call The adventures of Vaelin al Sorna continue in a new epic fantasy series that marks a thrilling return to the world of Anthony Ryan s New York Times bestselling sensation Blood Song Full review over at Fantasy Book Critic OVERVIEW ANALYSIS The wolf It called Vaelin mentions it called to him and he had to respond I think it called out to Anthony Ryan as well, hence e heard the fan clamour for this sequel series As for me, I m always excited for Anthony Ryan s work His debut Blood Song is one of my all time favourite titles The Raven s Shadow trilogy was an exciting one, however the increase of POV focus from a singular one in the first book to the many in the re Full review over at Fantasy Book Critic OVERVIEW ANALYSIS The wolf It called Vaelin mentions it called to him and he had to respond I think it called out to Anthony Ryan as well, hence e heard the fan clamour for this sequel series As for me, I m always excited for Anthony Ryan s work His debut Blood Song is one of my all time favourite titles The Raven s Shadow trilogy was an exciting one, however the increase of POV focus from a singular one in the first book to the many in the remaining two books caused many a consternation among fans Their grievances while understandable weren t shared by me I still love the ending as it was an all out action ride that had Vaelin and his brothers facing unsurmountable odds as well as Lyrna who has become a queen inways than one The sequel books really expanded the world and gave us a strong background on the Alpiran and Volarian empires They also expanded the character cast and gave usinformation about the dark and its practices The books also introduced the Merchant Kings whose kingdoms featured to the West of the unified realm At the end of Blood Song, Vaelin took a calculated risk and sent his love away with Ahm Lin He s ever been haunted by his actions, not fully knowing how she took it Plus after the events of Queen Of Fire and faced with the loss of his blood song He s no longer able to match his current prowess to that of his legends Things however are calmer and there aren t any battles or wars that need his attention His position as tower lord of the north means that he has to help keep the peace as well occasionally lead forays against slavers Reva s daughter Ellese has also joined his court and proves to be a tough ward One of his essential functions is receiving visiting dignitaries as his fame has indeed spread to many other lands On such a recent visit from those of the merchant kingdoms, Vaelin comes face to face to again surprisingly with his fre nemy whose actions have long been intertwined with Vaelin s life Revealing a new danger that is arising from the lands to the west of the Merchant Kingdoms and one of the first casualties being Sherin leads Vaelin to immediately leave for those foreign lands However he s not alone, brother Nortah has been waylaid of late with certain issues and Vaelin chooses to take him along as he sees no other option left for him There are a couplepeople who join our beloved warrior on his quest and he s not happy about it Things are much weirder as there s a new warrior who claims the title of Darkblade while having extra help and he has named Vaelin as the Thief Of Names As you can surmise, there s a lot going on and Anthony Ryan has a lot of irons in the mix with this new duology featuring his most beloved character Firstly the positives, characterization has been Anthony Ryan s forte and with this book, he returns to the style of his debut wherein everything is filtered through Vaelin Al Sorna This has two solid benefits, primarily we return to familiar atmosphere of Blood Song and secondarily we get a solidly focused narrative that keeps the readers engaged The Vaelin we meet is an older, grizzled one but no less charismatic He s our narrator and holds the story cohesively We get to see the other characters such as Nortah, Sherin, Ahm Lin, and many new folks from the western kingdoms Everyone is a fully realized character and even with only Vaelin s third person perspective, we get a solid character cast who intrigue, inspire and arouse disgust The story is very much a stranger in a strange land mold and the worldbuiding is solidly done from the three Merchant Kingdoms to the Iron Steppe and its inhabitants the Stahlhast The readers are introduced to a whole new land and its inhabitants and Athe author lays out a very detailed landscape from the canals of Hahn Shi to the dry, dusty steppes and their iron tors I enjoyed this East Asian facsimile that Anthony has created Astute readers will easily be able to figure what regions and history, the author is utilizing The story also further deepens the aspect of the afterlife and what was revealed in Queen Of Fire with regards to the Black Stone in Volaria I thought this was a nice tie in to the original trilogy and we are givenhints about what lies in the beyond For those readers who might be shy to jump in this new series without reading the previous titles such as Tower Lord Queen Of Fire Be not wary, if you have read Blood Song then you can jump into this duology easily Surely there ll be a few minor things that won t make any sense but given how divisive the opinion is over those two titles I can safely vouch for this title being the better than both and only needing Blood Song s background and details for one to enjoy this volume.The action sequences aren t a lot to begin with and the readers will find sporadic scenes until the last third of the story But it s during this last third that the story kicks into overdrive We get a solid taste of what has been promised The climax even pays a bit of homage to one of Anthony Ryan s favorite titles namely David Gemmell s Legend However the author neatly lays in a twist that s hard to anticipate and the way it pans out, I really enjoyed it Lastly the book ends on a big cliffhanger and sets up the sequel superbly I loved what the author has in store and with that twist, the sequel becomes another must read for 2020 Going on to the things that might not work, one of the confounding things is the structure of the book It follows the pattern of having first person accounts interspersed between the third person POV chapters In the first trilogy, it made sense as it was Verniers who was chronicling Vaelin s legend With this new duology, I wasthan surprised to this style adopted by the author Maybe it was to draw similarities between both series and in that it works beautifully However I hope that the author hasin store and can reveal why he chose to structure the new series this way Secondly we are led to believe that there will be a big conflict between said demigods but that doesn t happen and I for one was a tad disappointed with it CONCLUSION I ve said it before and I ll say it again Anthony Ryan is David Gemmell s natural successor and heroic fantasy s best British talent With this new duology, he proves me right all over again The Wolf Call heralds a successful call back to Blood Song and while it might not be as great as Blood Song was It s still a damn good story that will make you want the sequel now ARC provided by the publisher Ace Books in exchange for an honest review The Wolf s Call is Anthony Ryan s best work since the release of his incredible debut First of all, because a lot of people have asked me on this matter, do not read this book if you haven t read the first trilogy Although technically you can understand the main story in this book, it will be impossible to understand the depth of the characters background and recollections of their past if you haven t read the Raven s Sh ARC provided by the publisher Ace Books in exchange for an honest review The Wolf s Call is Anthony Ryan s best work since the release of his incredible debut First of all, because a lot of people have asked me on this matter, do not read this book if you haven t read the first trilogy Although technically you can understand the main story in this book, it will be impossible to understand the depth of the characters background and recollections of their past if you haven t read the Raven s Shadow trilogy In my opinion, one of the greatest parts about the book lies in Vaelin s and the other characters reminiscences of their bittersweet pasts and how war has harshly affected them the events being recalled will definitely lose their emotional weight if you jump into this with no knowledge of the previous trilogy Reading The Wolf s Call without reading Raven s Shadow trilogy is equivalent to reading Robin Hobb s Tawny Man trilogy without reading her Farseer Trilogy or reading Pierce Brown s Iron Gold without reading his Red Rising trilogy first At the very least, if you re really pressed on time and just want to dive into this ASAP, make sure you read Blood Song and Tower Lord these two are must reads if you want to fully immerse yourself in this book, and then maybe read a summary of Queen of Fire on the netAn old love, born in youth, but now stained by bitterness and regret The wounds left by betrayal never truly healThe Wolf s Call is the first book in Anthony Ryan s Raven s Blade duology The story takes place roughly ten years after the end of Blood Song and for almost the entirety of the book, the setting of the book is not in the Unified Realm but in the previously unexplored Venerable Kingdom to the west I m super glad for this change not only I m feeling the fatigue of reading about Vaelin in the Realm s Northen Reaches I also prefer reading the continuation to Vaelin s story in the familiar two POV s narrative we had in Blood Song rather than the multi POV we get in Tower Lord Queen of Fire In a way, The Wolf s Call feelslike a direct sequel to Blood Song in terms of plot, characters, and narration than both Tower Lord and Queen of Fire This is just my opinion, but I personally believe that Anthony Ryan is at his best when he focuses his storytelling one or two main character s perspectives rather than multi POV This was proven in Blood Song, A Pilgrimage of Swords, and from what I ve heard, in Many Are the Dead tooA life of loss and grief will make even the kindest soul close his heart to the divine,Just like in Blood Song, Vaelin returns as the singular main perspective character in this book The other POV belongs to a completely new character Luralyn and she replaced Verniers as the interlude starter I simply loved how well written these two POV characters were Luralyn s diary chapters have some of Ryan s best prose included in them, and I ve read all his full length fantasy novels, so I feel confident saying that Plus, her perspective offers insight into Kehlbrand s the new villain of the novel character and also the Stahlhast s culture superbly As for Vaelin, I don t think I need to elaborate further on how much I disliked Vaelin s POV in Tower Lord Queen of Fire to sum it up efficiently, I truly feel like Vaelin s POV in The Wolf s Call sounds similar to Vaelin in Blood Song, which I absolutely loved reading If you find yourself disappointed by Vaelin s character development post Blood Song, I believe that The Wolf s Call has the potential to bring back your love towards the character Without giving any spoilers, we also get to see returning characters from the previous trilogy, including the one that s been missing ever since Blood Song ended I simply love the new charactersthan Lyrna or Reva It s not only the protagonists that are better I also think that Kehlbrand was also so muchinteresting as a villain than the main villain featured in Raven s ShadowMercy requires strength, compassion demands courage and wisdom compels truthAdmittedly, the structure of the final battle felt a bit repetitive as it was another siege battle just like the climactic scenes featured in both Blood Song and Tower Lord However, despite the story s similar structure, I found the battle against the Steel Horde to be utterly engaging In my opinion, the climax scene in this book was comprised of Anthony Ryan s finest war scenes so far It feels great to be invested in the Vaelin s journey again, and seeing him and his companions struggle against their new opponent was a delight War takesthan it gives and blind faith results in destruction I immensely enjoyed reading Ryan s depiction on the effect of war and deadly faithMy power amounts to knowledge and skill acquired over many years of study and practice Heaven had nothing to do with itThe Wolf s Call delivers a fantastic storytelling tone that s attuned to the one sang so brilliantly in Blood Song Vaelin s tale continues in an incredibly engaging and evocative fashion the first installment in Raven s Blade duology cuts deep to the heart with its bittersweet recollections that are enhanced with deftly written prose Judging from how much Ryan has improved as an author and how the ending made me truly wish that the next book was available for me to binge read immediately there s a very strong chance that Ryan will conclude Vaelin s story satisfyingly in the next and final installment Highly recommended for readers who loved Blood Song.Official release date July 25th, 2019 UK and July 23rd, 2019 US You can pre order the book fromUKUS Book Depository Free shipping The quotes in this review were taken from an ARC and are subject to change upon publication You can find this and the rest of my reviews at Novel Notions Robin Hobb meets Joe Abercrombie in a story that delivers so many gut wrenching blows This is fantasy with a totally legendary feel it s epic in every regard and certainly something that needs to be added to your reading list The best part for me was the villain The Darkbalde is a rather enigmatic figure and his story is slowly revealed through flashbacks that only build up the suspense These sections were by far my favourite because they carried with it an echo of prophecy, an echo of deed Robin Hobb meets Joe Abercrombie in a story that delivers so many gut wrenching blows This is fantasy with a totally legendary feel it s epic in every regard and certainly something that needs to be added to your reading list The best part for me was the villain The Darkbalde is a rather enigmatic figure and his story is slowly revealed through flashbacks that only build up the suspense These sections were by far my favourite because they carried with it an echo of prophecy, an echo of deeds worthy of song Dark magic was layered on intrigue to create a legend that may be entirely self deluded, but it is a legend nonetheless The Darkblade has created an army and he is ready to conquer the world his men love him, and they worship him as a god and a liberator They will do anything he asks without question because it s he that asks Vaelin the protagonist from Blood Song is somewhat reluctant to get involved in all the drama and to take on such a powerful enemy Vaelin is clearly the most capable and experienced man in the field even though his magic has faded though he still wants no part in the war that is to come Well, that s until he hears that his lost love has been dragged into the mess caused by The Darkblade His hand is forced, and he must intervene for the affection he still holds for her Her life is at risk, so he draws his sword and sets sailAn old love, born in youth, but now stained by bitterness and regret The wounds left by betrayal never truly healWhat unfolds is a story driven by a need for revenge and justice It s fast paced and balanced well with cinematic style action and intense moments of dialogue And the characters are truly fascinating people, many come with stories I want to hear and history I ought to know The setting has a Germanic tribal feel in places with its forests and barbarian type aesthetic It reminded me somewhat of Roman fiction with some fantasy elements thrown in And it all works rather well It s something every fantasy fan will appreciate This is my first Anthony Ryan novel and it has given me a good feel for his writing and his world however, before progressing with this series I ought to go back and read his previous trilogy, The Raven s Shadow I don t feel like I ve missed out much with The Wolf s Call, in terms of plot, but I think my engagement and investment with the characters would have increased if I knew a bitabout them It s all good reading a summary in here about their exploits but reading it first hand would have been better Overall though, it s still accessible to new readers So, this is a solid first entry in a duology that I just know is going to be incredible Exciting times ahead for Anthony Ryan fans You can connect with me on social media via My Linktree. I m delighted to announce my next novel The Wolf s Call, the first volume in a two part series The Raven s Blade which is a return to the world of Raven s Shadow and will continue the story of Vaelin Al Sorna I LOVED Tower Lord but was super disappointed by the way Ryan wrapped up the Raven s Shadow trilogy in

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