Blood Song - Anthony  Ryan

I must admit, i was expecting - bones a' crushin, blood s' a gushin, steel s' a crashin kind of tale....

In a sense it was, but it wasn't dominated by the sheer gore of it. In fact it was an unusually honorable tale, but not to that extent where it becomes so unbelievably annoying. For a work of fantasy it had everything it needed to become an EPIC. The band of misfits and outcasts that share an unbreakable bond...

 

Scheming royalty....

 

Dark and creepy stuff that lurks in the night...

 

Fights....lots and lots of fights..

 

Love....true and not so much...

 

Dragons...

 

..nope, it didn't have any dragons, in fact the only thing that would make this story even more awesome would be dragons.

This was such an easy read, the writing detailed and the world building elaborate. It touches a lot of topics, including religion. The armies march for their faith. They believe, they seek answers, they kill the unfaithful, but the world is complex and like most religions guards it's secrets well. Some secrets are dangerous, some kill, some worth killing for...

Brilliant, absolutely brilliant!