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Raven's Shadow (The Raven Duology, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – July 27, 2004
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Twenty years after solsenti Tier saved and married Sereph, Raven of the Clan of Isolda the Silent, she is now a farmer's wife and the mother of three Ordered children. When a huntsman comes to inform her that her husband died while on a trapping venture, Sereph and her children go seeking his body, but instead find themselves wrapped up in a plot more evil than they knew existed. Although Tier is alive, he has been captured by solsenti wizards intent on stealing Traveler's magic and using it to bring back to life the evil Stalker. To save the lives of her husband and the clans of Traveler's she has forsaken, Sereph and her children must fight the shadowed wizards and hopefully bring peace to the blighted Shadowlands.
This is a great story with lots of magic and action. If you've read any of Patricia Briggs other stories, you already know she's a great writer. And "Raven's Shadow" is another example of just how well Briggs can tell a tale. The characters are interesting and believable, and I can't wait for future stories with the children so we can see them come into their magic fully. If you like fantasy adventure stories, you won't want to miss this one.
The magical aspect was covered very creatively. There are essentially six "orders" of magicians, and each type is linked to a different bird. The Raven of the title is the classic Mage, the order represented by Seraph, the protagonist, a strong woman whose Traveler blood ensures that she's hated by the general populace.
At the very beginning of the story, her brother is killed because he's a Traveler, and she's rescued from joining him on the funeral pyre by Tier, who is not a traveler, but is revealed to be a Bard, linked to the Owl, and so is blessed with charisma and musical talent unmatched. They are married, largely to save each other from unwelcome fates, and not out of love. They're mostly strangers when they wed.
Twenty years pass (which was a little disappointing; I would have liked to see more of Seraph and Tier's marriage), and the two of them have three children. Each of the children is given to an Order, which is extremely unusual. Jes, the oldest, is a Guardian, an Eagle, and sworn to protect anyone he loves at virtually any cost. He is, however, given shape-shifting abilities to help him with this. Lehr, the middle child, is a Hunter, a Falcon, and his powers are exactly what you would expect from a hunter. Rinnie has the gifts of the Weather-Witch, the Cormorant, and has power over the weather.
While trapping one winter, Tier mysteriously disappears.Read more ›
What a nice break in the cliche fantasy out there. Of course there was romance (I wouldn't read it if it wasn't), but it had a different feel than other stories. The main character get married, even though they aren't really in love, and grow on each other. Usually in a situation like this, the two will spite each other, then fall in love. That's not the case here; they have an understanding with each other, almost a friendship. It makes the scenario almost plausible.
The characters have wonderful and believable personalities, once again making them more understandable. I love a fantasy book that relates to my emotions on a normal level, simply because they're so hard to find. The plot is exciting, with lulls in just the right places, and an ending that granted, makes me ask for more, but I could put it down and be happy with no sequel (I can't stand ambiguous endings). I really grew on the characters, so I was hoping that she'd continue with them, but that doesn't seem to be her style.
All in all, a great read for a fantasy lover, especially if you aren't ready to pick up a new series yet.
EDIT* Just found out there will be a sequel to this! I wasn't expecting this, so maybe thats why I'm so excited. It's called Raven's Strike, and it comes out July 26th, 2005 straight into paperback. Thought I'd let you know ;)
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This is the beginning of another series full of interesting, well rounded characters who have fascinating things happen to them in their travels or life events. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Loves to Read and Review
I found this very good, yet I have seen people rate it unfavourably against the Mercy Thompson series. I am sorry to see that, as the two story lines should not be compared. Read morePublished 2 months ago by RedHerrin
That's 29 words you guy's are really stupid, I will never give her a good rating because of your organization.Published 2 months ago by Ricky Todd
LOVE Patricia Briggs books! Her Mercy Thompson series is amazing!
Decided to try reading one of her side books, and it was worth it! The story is expertly written. Read more
This is one of my favorite Briggs books. Her heroes are beautifully imperfect in the tradition of Barbara Hambly. Wish she would write more in this series.Published 4 months ago by Dixie B.
I know Patricia Briggs is a great writer but my goodness I am in love with this older but new series to me. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great mystical-fantasy story. I tried to read other books by this author and just couldn't get into them but, this 2 book series, I loved. Read morePublished 5 months ago by StormyBlue