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Raven Flight: A Shadowfell novel [Kindle Edition]

Juliet Marillier
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Neryn has finally found the rebel group at Shadowfell, and now her task is to seek out the elusive Guardians, vital to her training as a Caller. These four powerful beings have been increasingly at odds with human kind, and Neryn must prove her worth to them. She desperately needs their help to use her gift without compromising herself or the cause of overthrowing the evil King Keldec.

Neryn must journey with the tough and steadfast Tali, who looks on Neryn's love for the double agent Flint as a needless vulnerability. And perhaps it is. What Flint learns from the king will change the battlefield entirely—but in whose favor, no one knows. 

Editorial Reviews

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.

From Booklist

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

Product Details

  • File Size: 2044 KB
  • Print Length: 418 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0375969551
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (July 9, 2013)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B0LP4WC
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,874 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy.
While my initial impression of the Shadowfell series was anticipation, the advent of a rousing adventure in a new and interesting fantasy world, my excitement has dwindled and fizzled under the slow plodding of RAVEN FLIGHT. I appreciated the technical message behind this book, the way Neryn developed her powers in particular, but very little of the actual plot was able to hold my attention. While SHADOWFELL had whetted my appetite for this series, RAVEN FLIGHT felt like a holding pattern before book three.

With Neryn living on the road, the book itself feels like a long, tunneled journey. The field of vision is confined to the road ahead and the potential for violence behind every bush. While I normally don't like too much politics in my fantasy, this series could use a more nuanced villain. The oppressive weight of the crown's control over every village, every chief, juxtaposed by certain, cruel death leaves very little to be interested in the interim. Until Neryn can defeat the king, he's not particularly interesting facet of the story and that confrontation is at least a book away. And though Neryn's development of her powers was well written, doggedly pursuing each of four Guardians made them feel as exciting as check marks on a To-Do list.

Though I forgave many of the pacing difficulties of SHADOWFELL for sheer excitement, my enthusiasm wasn't enough to carry me through RAVEN FLIGHT. While SHADOWFELL felt like "a long slow build up", RAVEN FLIGHT was more like the plateau at the top of a hill. Breathless, gasping, hanging in the air, the story seemed mired in the knowledge that this was just the middle of the series, the pause before the climax where anything good could happen.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Suffers from "middle book syndrome" January 25, 2014
By CSavvy
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Raven Flight definitely suffers from the dreaded "middle book syndrome." I know that this series can be riveting; I felt it when I read Shadowfell, and I felt it when I got to the last 5% of this book. But, everything leading up to the ending, with the exception of one pretty intense scene, can mostly be described by the word "meh."

You see, I had two major problems with Raven Flight - one being Neryn, and the other being the pacing. These problems are somewhat intertwined, as Neryn just isn't a strong enough character with exciting enough adventures to carry this book on her own.

The last part of the book blurb says, "What Flint learns from the king will change the battlefield entirely—but in whose favor, no one knows." I was hoping that this meant we'd spend more time in the book from Flint's point-of-view, but even though that happens, it can't be for more than 20 pages total, *if* that. (Also, that blurb is really unfair, considering "what Flint learns from the king" happens *in the last few pages*, and will clearly be pivotal to the *next* book, not this one.)

So, we're stuck with Neryn for most of the book, for better or worse, and I'd have to say that it's mostly for the worse. Whereas Flint is a deep and complex character that I want to spend my time with, Neryn is just vanilla - that is, when she's not frustrating the heck out of me.

For example, Neryn's constant angst over killing the enemy really bothered me. Not that I expected her to be a cold-blooded killer or anything, but she joined *the rebellion*, for lord's sake. Rebellion means war, which means death - so, it's okay for the deaths to occur, as long as it isn't her specifically causing said deaths? That seems pretty hypocritical to me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful but not quite breathtaking July 18, 2013
By Briony
Format:Kindle Edition
I don't think I'm quite so enamoured with this instalment as other reviewers.

I didn't mind the slow pace of Shadowfell as I could see that the journey was part of Neryn's growth. I thought that long, arduous trip to Shadowfell would be a one-off and so I was patient - this is Juliet Marillier after all and she is always flawless at combining the subtle personal growth of her characters with a bigger crisis that must be dealt with by all. So I was all set to go with Raven Flight, expecting a bit more action as Neryn developed her Caller skills and the rebels advanced their cause.

While there is slightly more action in this book, the story didn't progress as far as I hoped. Another reviewer mentioned this felt like a middle book and I agree. While there wasn't much character building, I was expecting a bit more magic building. However, *this sentence may be a slight spoiler* I didn't really get a feel for how Neryn was developing her powers - yes, there were a couple of tests that she passed but nothing in the way of `what have I learnt from this that will help us take on King Keldec' type of growth. In addition, something was nagging me which, once I realised what it was, I found it hard to ignore - other people were making Neryn's decisions for her, ensuring that she was at the points she needed to be, feeding her, taking care of her, etc. The complacency which didn't bother me in Shadowfell was annoying me here. I've never had this impression with Ms Marillier's other protagonists and I found it distracting.

Despite these complaints, I can't wait for the final book (especially after that cliffhanger).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars twisted
Just as good as, if not better than, the first book. With new twists and unexpected turns, the adventures of Regan's Rebels will take you by surprise and have you laughing, crying,... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Stormy
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great read. Faster paced. Was always looking forward to the next chapter
Published 23 days ago by Cyndi Landrum
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
This second installment to the Shadowfell series was just as good as the first. I'm hooked! Can't wait to read the next book.
Published 29 days ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Second
This second book in the Shadowfell series was pretty good. I think in some ways it was less engaging than the first. Read more
Published 1 month ago by J. Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars Love sharing Neryn and Flints journey and the characters they ...
Love sharing Neryn and Flints journey and the characters they meet along the way
Published 1 month ago by Vicki Sanders
4.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
Loved it. I downloaded Shadowfell 3 onto my kindle as soon as I finished it
Published 1 month ago by Joy
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I have loved everything I have read by this author. Thoroughly enjoying the series!!
Published 1 month ago by Cindy B
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
another great series
Published 2 months ago by billy dean
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this book. Worth it!
I love the "Shadowfell" series so much! Marillier is able to write a world and characters that you can't stop caring about. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sarah Lampkin
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm obsessed
Each is better than the last when it comes to JM's novels. Wonderful excitement & suspense amid rich Scottish and Irish lore. The gentle romance doesn't hurt either. Read more
Published 2 months ago by R.F.
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