• Many Are the Dead

  • A Raven's Shadow Novella
  • By: Anthony Ryan
  • Narrated by: Steven Brand
  • Length: 3 hrs and 20 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (362 ratings)

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By: Anthony Ryan
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Publisher's Summary

“The Faith requires all we have.”  

New York Times best-selling author Anthony Ryan returns to the Raven’s Shadow world in this prequel novella set 10 years before the events in Blood Song.   

For decades, the brothers of the Sixth Order have fought a savage war against the Lonak clans amid the frozen peaks of their dominion.   

When word reaches the North of a fresh outbreak of the dreaded Red Hand, Brother Sollis, the finest swordsman in the Order, leads a small band to a long-abandoned castle in search of a potential cure but discovers a far greater threat lurking in the mountains.  

Enemies become allies as Sollis leads an increasingly desperate fight against an inhuman enemy steeped in the power of the Dark.   

"Brilliantly written.... Anyone who has read Blood Song will adore this." (Fantasy Book Review)

©2018 Anthony Ryan (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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Great entry to the Raven’s Shadow series

With familiar characters, jumping back into the fray is entertaining and leaves you hungry for more. If you are a fan of the storyline from Bloodsong, Tower Lord, and Queen of Fire you will enjoy this adventure with the Brothers from the Sixth Order.

I would love if Anthony Ryan gave this sort of treatment to our favorite Brothers who accompanied our hero through his journey, giving a bit more depth to who they were.

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Rather matter of fact for the horror theme

Self contained prequel novella about a last stand against dark forces. I loved the concept of foes teaming up to defend an abandoned castle, and was hoping for 13th Warrior style thrills, but didn’t feel the menace or the horror. There just wasn’t enough time spent on fleshing out the characters, dialogue or setting. I would have really liked more detail on the dark forces. Unfortunately, the vague descriptions of magic plague the entire series. This was okay for the $1 sale price.

For better tales of man vs monster mayhem, try:
🗡Harper’s 10 (more of an Aliens meets Pitch Black, currently free in Audible)
🗡Into the Wild by Larry Correia (if you’ve got to have a medieval vibe with your horror)
🗡Aliens Phalanx (actual Aliens from the franchise, in a medieval setting)

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A Cure and Many Deaths

Three Brothers and a Sister travel north in search of a possible cure and then end up helping a group of outcasts find their lost honor. I highly recommend this short story.

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Excellent

Steven Brands narration is fantastic and I hope that it will never change! Mr. Ryan doesn’t disappoint!

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enjoyable

not too long. sort of like GOT.
easy listening. will listen to more from this author.

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Great short book.

Terrific narration. Never read a book in this series, just bought this on sale. Will check out the series now.

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Great Prequel

Sollis and his "brothers of the Sixth Order" take an impossible mission to find a cure for the Red Hand, a deadly plague. Once confronted with all manner of beasts, controlled by the Dark, they come upon a Shaman Woman who has some answers. The struggle against the Dark is brutal and there are great losses. What is to become of Sollis and his brothers? Looking forward to listening to Blood Song, which I have already purchased!

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Worthwhile

Fun, quick background story about an interesting Brother of the VIth Order, though it doesn’t exactly answer any larger storyline questions. Nonetheless worthwhile if you’re enjoying exploring this world of Ryan’s.