Review of: Blood Song: Book one of Raven’s Shadow

At the moment I read a book called Blood Song: Book one of Raven’s Shadow written by Anthony Ryan.


It is about a boy who gets sent to the Sixth Order of the Realm, which is the guild of the fighters and warriors. I am only half way through it but I got hooked on the story after the first pages. So far it is a really good written story that takes place in a fantasy world in which the reader follows the adventures of the young boy Vealin Al Sorna.

The plot so far reminds me a bit of Patrick RothufssName of the Wind: The story starts at what seems to be it’s end. The grown up Vaelin is caught by enemy troops and is to be judged by the emperor of another realm. Luckily a historian is aboard the ship on which the prisoner is meant to be shipped to meet his fate. And as he starts to tell the story of his life the historian writes it down. The reads experiences the story as a look into the past by which he gets to know Vaelin better, so does the historian too.

At the beginning the reader gets to know how Vaelin came to the Sixth Order, a place like Hogwarts but without magic, instead it’s full of exercising fighting skills and a lot of pain. Here the story really starts to evolve in front of the reader and I was hardly able to lay it on the shelf and go to sleep. The reader is going to see, or better read, how Vaelin Al Sorna becomes a warrior and meets his friends.

Even though I recognized similarities with other books the way the story’s told it creates it’s own world and let the reader become part of it. I definitely am going to read the second book as well. And I am looking forward to the German edition so I have a great gift in hand when I need some for Christmas and other occasions.

Title: Blood Song: Book one of the Raven’s Shadow

ISBN: 978-0-356-50248-9

Blood Song

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My training schedule

A month ago I started to stick to a new training schedule. I started to attend the “Hot Iron” course offered by my gym and went running 3 times a week.

I used to run 60 to 80 km/week when I was studying but since I got a job I couldn’t motivate myself anymore to go running that much after a long day of work. Unfortunatelly I signed for the “Though-Mudder-Event” together with a friend at the beginning of the year. As the date  of the event comes closer each day I got aware of my low fitness-level. So I thought about it and came to the conclusion that I have two opportunities. I either could give up, cancelling the Tough-Mudder and watch me growing fat and lazy or I had to set up a new plan, stick to it and work out hard.

I decided to do second. The Hot Iron course was offered twice a week in the evening. The gym was close to my work place so it didn’t make sense to go home before the gym. So I decided to go running bdefore going to work at the two days on which I intended to do the Hot Iron course. Made my training schedule look like the following:

Mo: 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. – running ; 6:45 p.m. till 7:45 p.m. – Hot Iron

Tu: 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. – weight training

We: 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. – running ; 6:45 p.m. till 7:45 p.m. – Hot Iron

Thu: 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. – weight training

Fr: rest

Sa: 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. – running

Su: rest

Some may point out hat it occured better to have a rest day on Thursday an go lifting weights on Friday but I decided it would be better to have an early weekend and chill out at home.

When I started with that plan I had put on like 10 kg within 6 months time (for non-metric-system-people this is like 20 lbs). So that made my starting weight 93 kg (186 lbs).