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Is it normal to desperately want to read this book even though I just finished reading Blood Song 5 minutes ago and I haven t even read the second book yet Just finished Tower Lord and I want this book I want this book I want this book now Stupid cliffhanger view spoiler I might be wrong but I think that Lynra might be the Queen of Fire She better be cause I refuse to believe that she dies Ok, I ve been informed that the person who looks like he s attacking Lynra at the end is actually Weaver and not some random assassin, and after reading both books again very carefully, I m convinced that it is him Also, there are quite a few mentions to a Queen of Fire, which may or may not be Lynra, although she is a Queen and she did survive an ordeal by fire, so she s a strong candidate for that But the book implies that there isn t just one Queen of Fire, but many, as in there have been some in the past and will be some in the future as well, or at least that s how I read it A lot of people think that the woman who kidnapped Frentis is the Queen of Fire and I admit this is a possibility, but I don t know, I just don t she s it I think its Lyrna The witch is the same thing that possessed Barkus and Dakova s sister Or at least I think they re the same thing, you know, the souls in the Beyond that are wretched and want revenge and wear the skin of people Anyway, in Blood Song, the thing in Barkus asks Vaelin,Do you really think you re going to serve a Queen of Fire, brother , and from this you kind of get the feeling that the Queen of Fire is an enemy whatever is inside Barkus The first mention of a Queen of Fire is around half way through Blood song when Nersus Sil Nin mentions her to VaelinYou ll kill for your faith, for your King and for the Queen of Fire when she arises Your legend will cover the world and it will be a song of bloodI believe that Vaelin would never serve the witch who many suspect is the Queen of Fire So I m guessing that the Queen of Fire isn t the witch woman, but Lynra, because to be honest, I don t think the witch is important enough to warrant a whole book named after her, whereas Lynra is She totally is She is one kick ass independent smart praise worthy character who totally warrants a book named after her Ummmm, but then again my deduction skills are practically non existent so maybe what I just said doesn t make any sense whatsoever hide spoiler @Free Kindle â Queen of Fire ⛈ V Lin Al Sorna Mus Pomoci Vr Tit I Kr Lovn Po Boji O Hol Ivot M Kr Lovna Lyrna Za Kol Odrazit Vp D Volarsk Arm Dy A Znovu Dob T Nez Vislost Sjednocen Ho Kr Lovstv Aby Dos Hla Sv Ch C L , Mus Ud Lat V C Ne Jen Shrom Dit Sv V Rn P Znivce Mus Se Spojit Se Silami, Kter Jsou J Odporn , A P Iv St V Lku K Bran M Nep Tel Zajistit V T Zstv M V Lin Al Sorna, Av Ak Jeho Cesta Je Pln Obt Volarsk Arm Da M Na Sv Stran Tajemn Ho Spojence, Kter Sv M Slu Ebn K M Nab Z Nep Irozen Dlouh Ivot Pokud M Kr Lovstv Zv T Zit, Mus V Lin Al Sorna Spojence Zni It Jen E Porazit Protivn Ka, Jeho Nen Mo N Zab T, Je T M Nesplniteln Kol, Zvl Kdy V Linova P Se Krve, Mystick S La, Kter Z N J Ud Lala Takov Ho Bojovn Ka, Zlov Stn Umlkla I reviewed this book some time ago I simply found a typo and corrected it What can I say here The rating speaks for itself I don t know what happened here The first book in this series is probably one of the best fantasy works I ve ever read Well crafted and even enthralling I had trouble putting it down, I sat up late reading I ve read itthan once The second book was simply good I still rated it 5 stars though it wasn t as good as the first.Now we have the third For some reason Mr Ryan seems to have simply let the story run on in different directions with little control of what s actually there the view points bounce around from one to another with the story losing all direction at times, plot strings flailing out in all directions with very little relation at times to the original plot line s Where I had trouble putting the first book down this one I had to make myself go back toand even finish On multiple occasions I simply wanted to put it down and move on to something else.Vaelin our erstwhile protagonist vacillates in character from what he has been established to be but then never settles down to an actually new character I use the word erstwhile as he is now mostly just one of several points of view The Enemy or The Ally depending on where you are in the story was in the end of the first novel the center of Vaelin s quest so to speak That focus has gone by the wayside We do finally get back to it but oh the side roads, diatribes, wandering conversations, speeches, info dumps etc.I am sorry I don t like to give reviews this negative, especially on books by writers I know can be excellent story tellers Thus my statement I don t know what happened I tend to wonder if maybe the story lines were all just so important to Mr Ryan that he couldn t let anything be left out Maybe he just wanted the story to go to a certain place and found he had to bend things and drag them out to get there I have no idea how the book was edited Could it have been saved or if you don t feel it needs saving, made better by athorough editor Again I don t know.I know this is a subjective review and reflects my own reaction to and view of the book If you disagree and like or even love the book I m happy for you I can not recommend it I m sure one reason I am so disappointed in this novel is that I loved the first That book Blood Song is still one of the best beginnings of an epic fantasy I ve ever read Happily this book does not ruin that one It does however in my humble opinion fail to fulfill the promise made there.With a heavy heart I can not recommend this novel. It isproductive to open an empty fridge than this novel I might pen a review warning for gullible readers in the future but frankly speaking, I don t think this book merits it Also in the series 1. Arguably one of the worst endings to a series that had SO much potential.If anybody loved Blood Song as much as I did, just go ahead and burn Tower Lord and Queen of Fire They will not be concerning your love for that protagonist.No instead Vaelin is forcibly set into the Man Who Cannot Die and the Mary Sue trope of being invincible and almighty and also, the big kicker Staying away from the plot for 90% of the book as you travel through once again Pointless ForestsPointless IcePointless fucking Forests AgainAnd CavesTo learn about Everybody and their Mother s ReligionDifferent Animal TribesTrollsWhile Experiencing the Joys of The Snow Whore finally dying because we all love Sherin who does not ever fucking come back. The Queen of Fire was a nice book, bringing Vaelin s Saga to an end and closing all the open threads, but unfortunately it was not what i had anticipatedHe recalled those brief years when his song had fallen silent, his refusal to heed it leaving him bereft, without guidance It had been hard to be so rudderless in a sea of chaos and war This, however, was much worse, because now there was the chill, the bone deep cold that had seeped into him in the Ally s domain and lingered on here in this world of myriad paths, all seemingly so dark And the words, of course, those words that hounded him from the Beyond We will make an ending, you and I As a stand alone book, Queen of Fire is a good work You get to learn the final outcome of the story, all of the smaller plot arcs come to an end, and no loose threads are left hanging But Queen of Fire is not a stand alone book, but the continuity of Raven s Shadow, one of the greatest fantasy stories of the last decade And as such, it s simply disappointing All characters are flat and written in the same voice for example Frentis was a miniature of Vaelin It was like reading about the same character , a lot of characters were unnecessary, and finally the main protagonist had the less interesting storyline It was a nice book, but not the epic conclusion i expected The only possible explanation that i can think of, is that the publisher forced Anthony s hand, making him write publish a book in the space of a few months without giving him enough time and space to properly finish his story To conclude, Raven s Shadow is a great story, and i totally recommend it to all fantasy readers If we are lucky enough, perhaps Anthony will write a 4th book with a properly befitting conclusion to this awesome story.You can findof my reviews over at 3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum highly anticipated novel is the final volume of Anthony Ryan s epic Raven s Shadow trilogy, so be aware this review may contain spoilers for the first two books of the series if you have not caught up yet It would be impossible to talk about Queen of Fire without at least referencing some of the events in the previous book, and not just because it picks up directly where Tower Lord left off and follows in the same vein The truth is, so much of what stood out were the characters and their growth over the course of the trilogy to praise and critique this book I would have to give the nod to Blood Song and Tower Lord as well.We learn at the beginning of Queen of Fire that Queen Lyrna, who was brutally attacked and burned at the end of Tower Lord has been healed by the very same forces she used to mistrust, and now seeks to ally with them to meet the invading Volarian army head on She is determined to fight for the independence of the Unified Realm, but to do so she must first raise an army Meanwhile, the Tower Lord Vaelin Al Sorna, now also called Battle Lord of the Realm, is taking it upon himself to confront the mysterious Ally and an enemy who must be defeated if the Queen s efforts are to have a chance On the way, Vaelin rallies other factions to their side, their support invaluable now that the power of his bloodsong seems to have abandoned him.Other prominent characters include Frentis, whose traumatizing plight in the last novel made me wonder how he would come back from the consequences of his actions, even though so many of them were not his own while his mind was being controlled Reva also starts her climb to the top by demonstrating her strength and incredible battle prowess And finally, an unexpected perspective comes in the form of Alucius Al Hestian who adds tension to the overall arc by having to make some very difficult decisions.First, the good Like I said, this is a fitting end for a lot of characters who joined in for this epic journey Characters like Lyrna, Frentis and Reva have all seen tremendous development since they made their respective appearances, and each had their personal obstacles to overcome It fills me with much satisfaction to see everything come together in this concluding volume.I also liked the many new places Anthony Ryan took us in Queen of Fire, as well as the fascinating new people we get to meet The wolf people were especially great, since I always find it a treat to read about fictional cultures inspired by shamanistic traditions There were also some amazing moments of characters doing battle on the high seas, which wasn t a surprise given my fondness for maritime fantasy In addition, there was the minor element of invention and the enthusiasm of a particular character for tinkering, creating new and improved machines of war this I loved, even if it did only make up a relatively small part of the story This is a huge tome of a novel after all, and there is a lot packed in it, much of which I thoroughly enjoyed.There were some stumbling blocks, however The first is that the story is admittedly on the slow side to take off, with a significant portion of critical scenes happening in the second half of the novel That means I felt that the first 300 or so pages were mostly given to establishing the basis for the finale at the end, which is a bit much it s such a lengthy book, after all Fortunately, the pacing improves by leaps and bounds after the story finds its stride.I also think that those who were disappointed with certain aspects of Tower Lord might experience the same snags in Queen of Fire The two books are stylistically similar, both featuring multiple POVs and readers who had wantedVaelin in book two will probably not see a marked change here Vaelin Al Sorna, who won me over in Blood Song, does not really feel like the main protagonist to me any, but I find myself okay with that because he is still an important presence I m actually regrettingthe fact that folks like Caenis and Nortah didn t show up as much Clearly, the story s scope has become much bigger a good thing so the result is plenty of other characters sharing the pages with him now that I ve come to connect with.But basically, if you were expecting Vaelin to dominate his share of screentime in this book again, I m afraid you just won t get that I do understand the sentiment, though Speaking for myself, Blood Song still remains my favorite of the trilogy, because it was such a detailed exploration into Vaelin s character Of course, it certainly helped that I m such a huge fan of the warrior school trope chronicling a boy s rise to become the greatest fighter the world has ever known, complete with a relentless training regime and harsh instructors.But while Queen of Fire didn t quite reach the heights that Blood Song or even Tower Lord did for me, it s nevertheless a good book with undeniably awesome conclusion I would recommend the series as a whole and if you ve been following along with the trilogy as the books come out, this is an ending you probably wouldn t want to miss. 1.5 5 starsI m in utter disbelief, I can t believe this Queen of Fire is the third and last book in Anthony Ryan s Raven s Shadow trilogy that began with the incredible Blood Song By now, if you ve heard about this trilogy, you ll most likely have heard from several readers that the series didn t end as good as the first book I, unfortunately, have to agree with them completely Anthony Ryan himself is great as an author and person, it seriously pains me to give this or any of his book a low rating but I really have to be honest that I didn t enjoy reading Queen of Fire at all I m not angry at this book, but I m genuinely sad and disappointed How is it even possible that a series that began so brilliantly can derail this much Even coming into this with the lowest of expectation, I still found myself disappointed at the final product of this tome.Where do I even begin Pretty much every cons I mentioned about Tower Lord exponentially worsen in Queen of Fire Vaelin in Blood Song and Vaelin in Tower Lord Queen of Fire seriously doesn t sound the same None of his voices, actions, and internal thoughts when there s any contained any resemblance of his character in Blood Song Not only that, his POV here ended up being one of, if not, the most boring storyline of the entire series Reading an autobiography about someone s journey in Antarctica would ve made for aengaging experience than reading Vaelin s journey here, which was full of him walking and doing nothing in the snow I don t get it, I can t see Ryan s vision and what he tried to achieve with Vaelin in this trilogy Ryan has spent the entirety of the first book Vaelin s character, making the reader love and cares about Vaelin he s badass yet flawed, kind, and empathetic The friendship he built in the brotherhood of the Sixth Order was one of the best parts of the first book ALL of these are gone It has gotten worse up to the point that if you don t read Blood Song, you ll still be able to understand both Tower Lord and Queen of Fire frankly these two books made me disliked Vaelinand , Ryan really threw away everything that s great about Vaelin.The thing is, if the other characters have the power to balance things out, I would ve accepted itBut the other characters were also unlikeable The main problem is that there s literally none of the characters that I feel invested in deaths happen and I would be like oh okay bye bye adios wait who are you again Reva also goes against every incredible development that Vaelin had in Blood Song Vaelin was never a Gary Stu, seeing him slowly learn and practice with bows or non Sword related ability made readers realize that maybe his true talent lies only in a swordfight, he has to start and learn from scratch for other talents Reva is the exact opposite of this I m never a fan of her, not in Tower Lord where her first appearance as Mary Sue appeared, and definitely not here Lyrna was at least great to read in Tower Lord, but here She was just outright hateful and despicable To be honest, the only characters that ended up being slightly compelling to read was Frentis which, as I said before, resembled Vaelin from Blood Songthan Vaelin himself now but his dreamscapes were annoying to read None of the characters except Verniers have distinctive voices and the addition of another new POV here made things even worse I m serious, except for Verniers, if you switch around the names of the POV characters, it would be bloody difficult to tell whose POV you re reading Plus, there were so many names within this installment but the majority of them doesn t have any anchor value for remembrance I recently reread Blood Song and read Tower Lord, it was crazy how fast I forgot the side characters I couldn t tell any whether it s because I genuinely forgot the characters or because I just met them here most of them don t have any value other than making thingsconfusing than necessary anywayBut people are still people, however comfortable their surroundings They lie, they feud, they betray and however much you give them, they always want Also, let s talk about the narrative tone and expectations set in the first book of a series If you want a series to turn completely grimdark, there needs to be something at the first installment of the series that shows glimpses that it has the potential to turn this way Blood Song didn t show any inclination that the story will turn this way There s so much gory violence and they ended up being shock factor that s not shocking to show that the enemies are ruthless If you spend the entirety of the first book on a single character, you don t make this character become pointless and super pathetic to read It almost felt like Ryan hated Vaelin so much that after Blood Song he degrade Vaelinandwith each installment In the end, as I said before, Tower Lord and Queen of Fire should be treated as a different series to Blood Song There were still manynegative factors that I could elaborate sluggish pacing, villain s weak motivation, the anticlimactic ending but honestly I m too exhausted and disappointed to writeabout it I ve spent too much of my time on this book already, I don t want to spend any longer by prolonging the review too Let s simplify it this way I ve never seen such a unanimous disappointment from this many readers towards a single book to be proven true simple as that For now, I really can t recommend anyone to continue past Blood Song Queen of Fire is easily the most disappointing final book of a series I ve ever read The disappointment was magnified because I utterly loved Blood Song and I never read any series that began with 5 stars rating but concluded as low as 1.5 stars in the final installment I m so sorry, Anthony Ryan, but as a book reviewer, I must always be honest with my reviews Despite all this, I ve read Ryan s Draconis Memoria trilogy and A Pilgrimage of Swords, I have a good feeling that The Wolf s Call, the newest book in this world, will be a return to the glory of Blood Song I ve heard that Vaelin will be prominent like he was in Blood Song again Fingers crossed This is me trying to be positive Series Review Blood Song 5 5 stars Tower Lord 2.5 5 stars Queen of Fire 1.5 5 stars Raven s Shadow 9 15 stars You can order the book from Book Depository Free shipping You can find this and the rest of my reviews at Novel Notions There is no other way to say this other than this book broke my heart I have been disappointed before, but when I read the final page of Queen of Fire, I wanted to literally cry and I don t mean that in a good way I understand that endings are hard, especially in fantasy, but with Blood Song, the first book in this trilogy, Anthony Ryan created something special and although the second book in the series Tower Lord was a slight misstep , I still enjoyed it, but to say that Queen of Fire disappointed me would be the understatement of the year.For the uninitiated, Queen of Fire picks up right after the ending of The Tower Lord The United Realm has been invaded by the Empire of Volar, a sadistically evil nation who outwardly practices slavery and appeals to the worse base of human nature and cruelty You think something is barbaric and cruel and dehumanizing, well the Volarians feel that is just the way of doing business Not only are they evil, but they are ruled in the background by a dark and mysteriously powerful being termed the Ally who pulls the strings of the ruling council while also granting said members near immortality, mysterious abilities and wealth beyond their wildest dreams At the start of our novel, the people of the United Realm have just crushed a large Volarian army at Alltor, the capital city for one of the provinces of the realm and are now making plans to remove the Volarians from their capital city Varinshold and the remainder of the realm while taking the fight to Volaria itself in order to ensure that the Volarians stay gone forever The strength of the first book of this series, Blood Song lied in the characterization of the characters Every character in that book felt unique, believable, and tangible and they spoke with their own voice The characters all felt real and they grew organically into full fledged human beings in their own right The biggest example of this was Nortah, a character who was simply a jerk at the beginning of the Blood Song, but through the trials of the story transforms into one of the better characters of the series If at the start of Blood Song, you would have told me that Nortah would become one of my favorite characters in the series and I would have never believed you Fast Forward and contrast that with Queen of Fire, and there is almost no characterization between hardly any of the characters Honestly, this phenomena is not entirely unique, as characterization died in this series with Tower Lord, but I digress In Queen of Fire, every character speaks with almost the same voice and little is given to motivate their actions or why a character is doing anything This is a problem, because there are A LOT of characters in this book, a lot of side characters as well as POV characters, and while not all the POV characters held my attention, the complete lack of character among any of the side characters made all of them readily forgettable and caused none of them to stand out This in turn creates a scenario where you simply don t care about any of the characters in the story, except maybe the main characters which leads to a case where an epic cast feels almost like cannon fodder or an afterthought In this book, it felt like the characterization took a back page so that the author could focuson his world building That being said, I would highly advise that you reread Tower Lord before you pick up this book, as you will need a cheat sheet of sorts to keep track of who is who as you read the novel This could have been alleviated somewhat if ever character felt unique, but among the minor characters you will have to work hard to keep track of who is who so you don t feel lost Vaelin Al Sorna, ostensibly the main character or the hero of the series, will go down as one of my favorite fantasy characters to ever grace the written page However, his treatment in this novel is nothing short of a disaster To put it mildly, Vaelin in the first two novels was a man that you did not want to cross, he was arguably the best swordsman alive and his Blood Song gave him nigh omniscient In Queen of Fire, that is pretty much all gone, as he has lost his blood song, which would not be so bad, however, he has lost a lot of his ability to fight Even though he regains both his confidence and his skills early in the novel, in my opinion the damage had already been done to the character and for me personally he lost a lot of his appeal, as his confidence and sure nature as well as his martial ability was what made him appealing to me in the first place Add to the fact that his POV chapters on the ice, were tedious to the extreme, incorporating a lot of walking, a lot of mysterious and foreboding innuendo all seemingly building up to a massive crescendo but in the end all being revealed in a gratuitous information dump In retrospect, it was all a waste of time However, the biggest sin of this trek was that while the rest of the United Realm was invading Volaria, ostensibly your main character is as far away as he can be from the action At least in the Tower Lord, Vaelin, got a scene at the end where he was able to effectively break and end the siege of Alltor, but here he shows up at the end after all the fighting is said and done, he pulls another POV character aside, gives an info dump and then kills the main baddie in a totally pedestrian and utterly forgettable manner It was extremely disappointing to say the least That brings me two the villains in this novel To label them mustache twirling villains would be an insult to the mustache twirling villains association of America There is absolutely no sophistication to the villains in this book and even when they commit heinous actions it doesn t come across as evil but as crazy or just simply incompetent The Volarians are just evil with no redeeming qualities, and the two main baddies offer no sense of menace throughout the entire novel Eleverah was interesting the in the Tower Lord, and the Ally was that all powerful force behind the throne of the most powerful nation on the planet, however circling back to the lack of characterization argument, both of these characters are relegated to cartoon villainy in this novel Eleverah was showing signs of growth in the last book, but all that is thrown away here, as she is just sadistic, cruel, petty and in the most damning quality for a villain proved, she proved to be utterly incompetent One could argue and the author does imply that she is patently insane, but still insane villains can often be unconventional, unpredictable and dangerous, of which Eleverah was none It was so bad, that at the end, I found myself wondering, ok, maybe she is crazy like a fox and there is some great stratagem that she has cooked up that will make this final showdown great at the end Nope, sorry, didn t happen Also the Ally, while his origins were cool, his motives were weak, and a lot of time was spent building up him as this great tool of death and destruction and then when you find out why he is so evil, you are like, really That s it That s all you got Sigh Also, to be the big baddie in the series, he went out in the worst manner you can take out the main evil guy, it was fairly bad Ahh, Volaria Paper tigers of the world should stand up and take note, as this is how you create a paper tiger The empire of Alpira, the nation invaded by our heroes in the first novel has been fighting Volaria for centuries, and Alpira wiped the floor with our heroes in the first novel However, in this book, Volaria went down like a good old fashioned house of cards The Empress Eleverah, pulled a trick here or there, but it never felt like the Realm was ever in any serious danger of losing even without the great Vaelin Al Sorna in the forefront There was some talk with Frentis s POV that, yeah invading these guys may not be a good idea, we will probably all die, but the Volarians never mounted a serious defense The explanation given in the novel was that they essentially used up all of their best troops trying to invade the United Realm, and slave revolts where stripping their ability to field a decent army but this really was an anti climactic way to set up a final war This was utterly disappointing and robbed the novel of any tension or sense of danger in the novel I never thought one of our heroes would die, even given the dour circumstances they were in, because the Volarians proved utterly incompetent to stop them The list of disappointments could go on and on, Brother Caenis once again gets short treatment, although his character does get an interesting turn Sherin does not show up yet again, which I found puzzling.There is some good in the novel however Blood Song, and ostensibly the entire series could be a referendum on war and what it does to the powerless and those who fight it That theme is carried on here throughout the novel as Ryan does a great job showing the visceral effects of the Volarian invasion on the United Realm while also showing the cost that liberation from said Volarians has on the Vox Populli, as well as the liberators The book also raises the question of when in the process of revenge do you become as bad as the people you are reaping your vengeance upon Does your cause remain righteous even when it causes you to do unrighteous things The book also shows how the strong the idea of vengeance and even religious fervor can be whipped up by leaders to get a reluctant populace to stand up and fight a war even when their children may starve throughout the winter given the devastation of their homes The psychological effect of killing is also shown rather well in the novel which was a nice touch The battles of the novel are also extremely well written, as Ryan has a great idea how to write epic battle scenes whether they be on land or on sea It also floats some interesting ideas about the origin of the religions throughout the nations in the novel but none of these ideas are really expounded upon The novel does answer all the lingering questions in the series, but as I outlined above not everything is answered satisfactorily The novel also does leave open the possibility ofstories to be shared in this world, which I also found intriguing.Overall though, this book was a supreme disappointment Though extremely well written, I found parts of it tedious to read through, the characterization was rather poor and the villains were laughable with their worse crime being that they proved to be nonthreatening I loved Blood Song, and in fact consider that novel one of my favorite books of all time, but Queen of Fire book broke my heart in the worst possible manner, in the end betraying all that I found dear about Blood Song Excuse me while I go somewhere and cry some .