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Ravenwood (Tanyth Fairport Adventures Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Nathan Lowell
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)

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Book Description

You're never too old to make a bad decision.

After twenty winters on the road, Tanyth Fairport makes one last pilgrimage in her quest to learn all she can about the herbs and medicinal plants of Korlay before settling down to write her magnum opus. Her journey is interrupted when she decides to help a small village and learns that much of what she knows of the world may not be quite as it seems.

Nathan Lowell blends wiccan tradition and shamanistic lore into a fantasy quest for a new - if unlikely - heroine. She learns that the familiar sometimes hides the fantastic and that, even when you think you've made your decisions, life doesn't always agree.


"Ravenwood is a very good story. An excellent story. If you've been hearing about Mr. Lowell for a while and haven't given him a listen because you don't care for Science Fiction, now is your chance. However, if you have been a fan of his Golden Age series, you will find Mr. Lowell is just as comfortable in a middle aged woman's small clothes as he is in a spacer's ship tee and boxers." --View from Valhalla.


Product Details

  • File Size: 608 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Durandus (October 26, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00609IGMY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,021 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Did it have to end? October 27, 2011
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It's not often I crash into the blank wall after the last page of a book. Nathan Lowell does it to me every time. I sink into Tanyth Fairport's world. I believe. I make the ineffable village of Ravenwood my home, let the people touch my heart, feel the turn of the seasons and the stirring of magic in my blood.

Then the words stop coming, and I sit a moment, treasuring the story - and more than a little mad it ended.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! Top quality fantasy adventure! October 29, 2011
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Nathan Lowell once again delivers top quality story-telling with his own unique touch in this wonderfully entertaining tale. His world-building touch is deft in this first book of the Tanyth Fairport adventures--no long, rambling history lessons, just the right amount of scene-setting to whet the appetite for more. As always in Lowell's books, the characters immediately draw the reader into their world; Tanyth and the villagers quickly seem like friends and neighbors and the bad guys are a believable blend of menace and denseness. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and can't wait for the next Tanyth Fairport adventure.
I also recommend Lowell's other books in the science fiction genre: Quartershare is the first in a wonderful series and is available in both paper and kindle formats.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nathan Lowell--Storyteller Supreme February 29, 2012
By Rhubarb
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This is a coming-of-age novel, not for teen into adult, but the transition of Mother into Crone (using the Neopagan delineations). I've never read one like it, while there are zillions of the other kind of youth coming-of-age novels, ranging from classic to awful.

The most amazing thing is that the author has the empathy to put himself into the mind and spirit of a middle aged woman transitioning from Mother (fecund) into Crone (post menopausal), from grumbling moodiness that goes with hormonal instabilities to serene, centered, self-assurance. It is hard to imagine that any man could have done it so well, and Lowell certainly did.

A few things kept it from being a 5-star novel. The rural pronunciations, leaving off the "g" from gerunds, though about 75% through the book the speakers mix proper pronunciation with the good ol' country talk. It was annoying. "Whoos, mum, when you does a prayer, you don't mess about, do ya." You see what I mean?

And there are unforgiveable (because so easily corrected) errors such as "it's" when it should have been "its", for instance. "Boogie" men should have been "boogey" men. Unless they were boogie boarding, that is. "Laying" when it should have been "lying". "Sheers" should have been "shears"--you get the idea. A good editor would have helped.

The relationships with the villagers were deftly delineated and the special one with Frank just right, for their ages and situations. The descriptions of meals, raising a building, children playing, and so forth were beautifully written.

I never understood why there weren't cats to catch the mice and dogs to help guard the village. Since game was so plentiful, with surplus, those domestic animals would fit right in. Then there's the crow...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Witch with No Name (sorta) August 26, 2012
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A nice read, especially as a free download. Overall it presented as a Wiccan variant on perhaps Eastwood's "Pale Rider", albeit with a far more benevolent protagonist.

As other reviewers have noted, there are cultural disconnects between the villagers' origins compared to their current circumstances and behaviors that caused, for me at least, serious suspension of disbelief issues.

Other quibbles: the stew was always "rich", the bread always steaming and fragrant. This celebration of homespun goodness became very cloying very fast.

I would read the next Tanyth Fairport Adventure.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another soon ... please! March 2, 2012
By Sharon
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It is very rare for me to give a 5-star rating to the first book I've read by an author I'm not familiar with on a first reading. This one definitely made a 5-star for me.

As far as I know, this is the author's first fantasy. It fits exactly into what I think of as a 'comfort read' and it's gone directly from a first read to my 'keep to re-read' list.

Real, ordinary people (though they are dealing with magic, of course), an interesting story to tell with a certain amount of mayhem and suitably nasty bad guys to defeat. Has very few stereotypes and a wonderfully mature main character rather than the stereotypical young, beautiful witch who enchants everyone in her path.

This is a sensible older healer who settles in a small village for the winter and stomps around muttering to herself when the raven starts talking to her ... been there, done that (well, talking to myself, can't say that I've had conversations with ravens). Instead of a sword, she wields a wicked walking staff.

Just hope this is a series, even though it will do damage to my book budget.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Enjoyable Tale March 7, 2012
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I got this book as a free option and held on to it a bit before I got around to reading it. The book starts out a bit slow, but once the characters are set it goes at a smooth pace. I was hoping when I finished the story that the next book was already complete, but I will have to wait.

To me the main character was appealing as I am heading into that age group and it was refreshing to watch her development from independent to interdependent.

I look forward to the next book in the series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars If you like Nathan Lowell - read this novel
I read this story because I'm a fan of Nathan Lowell's other works. Initially I had some doubts about this series but I needn't have worried. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Bradley J. Bever
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I have enjoyed all of the Tanyth Fairport Adventures Books. A good read for anyone!!
Published 3 months ago by Surprised
4.0 out of 5 stars Well Written
well written, I enjoyed the series. I enjoyed the Solar clipper series more but Mr Lowell is a enjoyable writer and I like all of his works.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The writer developed the characters just enough to enjoy the story
The writer developed the characters just enough to enjoy the story. The story moved along fast enough to keep your interest. I enjoyed not being able to predict the outcome.
Published 3 months ago by Russell Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars two thumbs up!
Such a great book. I love it that Tanyth isn't out to rid the world of evil, she's just a woman on a mission of knowledge. Great story, highly recommended!
Published 4 months ago by ME Kotcher
5.0 out of 5 stars Great trilogy!
The heroine is in her fifties which I found refreshing and inspirational in my own life. The characters and storyline are well developed and interesting. Read more
Published 4 months ago by lanita barton
5.0 out of 5 stars I wrote a review of more than 2 words!
I'm bad. Don't write as many reviews as I should. Too busy reading, a easy 300 pages on a do nothing day. Know I should do it to support indy authors, my bad. Read more
Published 5 months ago by flowerchild
4.0 out of 5 stars A good story of a strong woman
I found this book completely enjoyable and easy to read. I like strong women in the main roles who show courage, strength, and smartness. A little bit of magic is nice too.
Published 5 months ago by Karen Millican
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More About the Author

About the time I was in sixth grade, back in rural Maine, I remember telling my grandmother, "When I grow up, I wanna have a house underground and that's where I'll keep my computer."

She asked, "What will you do with it?"

"I don't know. It hasn't been built yet."

My grandparents, being wise in the ways of young boys, nodded sagely and changed the subject.

That was 1965.

Now, nearly half a century later, I'm sitting in my cellar--halfway across the country from my roots on the rock-bound coast--typing this on my computer.

I wasn't particularly prescient in my prediction, rather it grew from my love of all things science fiction.

Through all the changes wrought through politics, climate, and age, my love of science fiction literature remained constant. It brought me through wars, storms, sickness, health, marriage, divorce, fatherhood, failure, and success. My love for technology -- which initially grew from the tiny seeds planted by Heinlein and Norton, Bradbury and Asimov, Simak and Pohl -- blossomed with the advent of the internet and found full bloom with the world wide web.

Late in 2004, I discovered podcasting and the community of content creators that this new distribution channel enabled. In 2007, I joined it when I released my first science fiction novel, Quarter Share, at Podiobooks.com. Now--ten books, over 170 hours of audio, and five million downloads later--I find myself a full time author, narrator, and podcaster.

Welcome to my world.

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