From School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up-In this sequel to Shadowfell (Knopf, 2012), Neryn has carved out an existence among the residents of the rebel outpost. War against tyrannical King Keldec is imminent, and Neryn's Caller powers will be crucial to victory. To complete her training, the heroine must continue to seek valuable knowledge from the magical Guardians of Alban. But convincing them to help won't be easy. Moreover, Neryn continues to be haunted by both the extent of her powers and her feelings for double-agent Flint. Reluctantly accompanied by the prickly warrior, Tali, and assisted by magical beings called Good Folk, Neryn embarks on a treacherous mission that, ultimately, will change her life. Raven Flight is just as much a personal journey as a physical one in that Marillier devotes the bulk of the text to character development. The first-person narrative gives an intimate glimpse into the protagonist's inner life, and readers will appreciate how Neryn and Tali grow because of each other's company. Vivid settings and exquisite prose combine to make this novel a winner. Fans of Shadowfell will devour it and eagerly anticipate the trilogy's concluding volume.-Alissa J. Bach, Oxford Public Library, MIα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journal. LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
In this sequel to Shadowfell (2012), Neryn has reached Shadowfell, joined the rebel stronghold of which Flint spoke, and begun to be accepted. But though her journey is eased by having training and help, the tension and danger increase as the rebel forces continue their plotting to overthrow King Keldec. Meanwhile, Neryn and Flint grow closer, despite their distance. Neryn journeys with Tali, a serious warrior and trainer, who slowly warms to Neryn as the two women learn to work together, leading up to the dramatic and emotional ending, which will leave readers anxious for the final volume. Marillier’s first-person prose is beautiful in its description of both the harsh conditions and difficult tasks, and the dialect of the Good Folk is rhythmic and warm: “Dinna try tae talk. Ye’re lookin’ peaky.” Fantasy readers looking for a well-crafted tale that unfolds slowly, with characters whose depths continue to grow along with their relationships, will be well rewarded. Grades 7-10. --Heather Booth