The spectacular conclusion to the New York Times best-selling Raven's Shadow series, which began with the critically acclaimed Blood Song.
Empires will fall. Queen Lyrna has survived the bloody siege of Alltor. Now she must rally her troops and take back the capital from the Volarian invaders. But driving her hated enemy out of the Realm will not satisfy her lust for vengeance - she wants to pursue them across the ocean and burn their empire to ashes. To do so she must place her faith in the Seventh Order: men and women who wield terrible powers born of the Dark itself.
Vaelin Al Sorna would sacrifice his life for his queen - and may yet have to. Only by unmasking the Volarians' mysterious ally can the tide of war be turned. To this end Vaelin must travel deep into the icebound north, in search of a man who cannot die - and he must do it without the aid of his blood song, which has fallen ominously silent....
Queen of Fire is the epic conclusion to the acclaimed Raven's Shadow series by New York Times best-selling author Anthony Ryan.
"An utterly engrossing high-fantasy epic from a major new talent." (Buzzfeed on Blood Song)
"Anthony Ryan is a master storyteller." (Mark Lawrence, author of Prince of Thorns)
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A disappointing conclusion
Character and plot development in this third book are very weak. Gone is the excellent narrative style of the Blood Song and instead we are given a disjointed (possibly boring) POV driven story from characters that we no longer care about. The development of the main character is very disappointing - in effect he is sidelined.
Yes - but I wouldn't pay for it.
No. Brands narrative style does not pair well with the POV format used in this book. In his defence this is just not very well written to begin with and is confusing in the text version.
Several. Changing style and focus means that many characters have lost direction, and the badly done POV format makes listening a frustrating experience,
If you loved blood song (and to a degree Tower Lord) then I would very much caution you in respect to buying this. I struggle to understand how this could be the same author and this actually upsets me as Blood song was so very good. Ryan appears to have lost his way, either through not knowing where to take his characters (maybe feeling that one in particular was over powered) or a desire to partake in some world building, or possibly some mis guided input from the publisher. Take rave reviews on this and the physical copy with a pinch of salt.
This all being said just my opinion and a I hope other listeners can find something in this where I did not.