Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Book Review: Raven Flight, by Juliet Marillier

Raven Flight brought me right back into the Shadowfell world and wrapped me up tightly.

Neryn has spent the winter in Shadowfell, first recovering from her journey and her illness, then training to become strong. She knows the fate of Alban depends on her. She knows she must visit all of the Guardians of Alban, but what she doesn’t realize is that her deadline is getting very tight.

So, she ends up having to leave on her journey, with Tali as her protector. They encounter many obstacles, of course.  Neryn does have some success using her power to call the Good Folk, but she is very afraid to overstep her bounds before she is fully trained by the Guardians.

If you’ve read Shadowfell, you are probably wondering about Flint. Yes, he’s in Raven Flight! His position is also one of constant danger too. And I’m not going to tell you about Neryn and Flint’s relationship, so don’t even ask.

I really enjoyed the relationship that developed between Neryn and Tali. These two characters are the focus through most of Raven Flight, and their strength and dependence on each other makes the book very compelling. You should also be warned that Marillier isn't afraid to kill the characters. It is war, after all.

There is always something happening. I found myself flying through Raven Flight (me, the one who “doesn’t like” fantasy.) I think I enjoy this series so much because it is grounded in people – some have special powers, but the magic doesn’t overshadow the characters or take over the story.

Raven Flight ends in a pretty big cliffhanger. I mean, people are in a safer place, but nothing is resolved and they know they are facing a huge war in the near future. So, I’ll be looking forward to the next book for sure!

If you like fantasy, danger, suspense, and thrills, I suggest you pick up Raven Flight. Well, you should read Shadowfell first. If you haven’t discovered this wonderful world yet, you need to get on that!

Published by Knopf BFYR, July 9, 2013
eARC obtained from NetGalley and Edelweiss
416 pages

Rating: 4/5

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  1. I haven't read this series but it does sound like an entertaining fantasy. I like how the relationship seems to be well written with great character development on both sides. Glad you enjoyed it, Annette!

  2. I haven't read anything by Marillier yet but my co-blogger is obsessed with her books. Everyone seems to agree she writes a great fantasy! Guess I should pick up Shadowfell? :)

    Alise @ Readers In Wonderland

  3. Great review! Anyone who is out to buy English books online, must add this book in the list.


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