So today at lunch, I finished Anthony Ryan's Blood Song which is apparently the first book in a saga about the Raven's Shadow.
Jennifer always describes books that move her as movies. She talks about dodging for the hero during a fight. She talks about seeing the action like a movie while she's reading. I can think of some that I've experienced that way, and now I have another.
As I read Blood Song, I could feel some of Ryan's influences. The literary style of the story is reminiscent of the Kingkiller Saga by Patrick Rothfuss (also an amazing series). There are elements that hark to the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind. And in the way that the occasional person talks, there is just a hint of Terry Pratchett.
Now that is not to say that it is a book that is just a mishmash of other people's work. The action is fast and just carries you through. I kept expecting the book to nearly be over because so much had happened. And yet the story keeps going, carrying the tale and making you want more.
I am certainly looking forward to a sequel.