Author: Anthony Ryan
First Book: Blood Song (2011)
Anthony Ryan is in our Top Fantasy Books List, and frankly speaking we are amazed that he is not already in the upper echelons of Fantasy fame. Blood Song was originally independently published by Ryan, but following its viral success Ryan was quickly picked-up by Penguin Books for a 3-book deal.
Blood Song beings as a gripping tale of ten youths, volunteered by their families for lifelong service into the realm’s elite fighting force. Those who survive to adulthood (spoiler alert: not many of them do) quickly find themselves in the schemes of a much larger (and even more dangerous) world.
From the Publisher: “The Sixth Order wields the sword of justice and smites the enemies of the Faith and the Realm.”
Vaelin Al Sorna was only a child of ten when his father left him at the iron gate of the Sixth Order—a caste devoted to battle. 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—and Vaelin’s rage at being deprived of his birthright knows no bounds. Even his cherished memories of his mother are soon challenged by what he learns within the Order.
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.