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  • Series: The Solas Beir Trilogy
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Castle Garden Publications (November 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1938281357
  • ISBN-13: 978-1938281358
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,809,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Melissa Eskue Ousley is an author of fiction and nonfiction who has published numerous academic articles in peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of College and Character and The College Student Affairs Journal. Having received her Ph.D. in Higher Education from The University of Arizona, she has taught psychology courses and worked within higher education on diversity issues, serving underrepresented students and conducting research. She is also a member of the American Psychological Association. Her expertise in psychology and interest in culture and mythology have heavily influenced the themes and character development in her first novel, The Sign of the Throne. This is the first book in a trilogy written for young adults. She is currently working on the second and third novels in the series, The Raven and the Rabbit and The Sower Comes. Melissa lives on the Oregon coast with her family and their Kelpie, Gryphon. When she’s not writing, Melissa can be found hiking, swimming, scuba diving, kayaking, or walking along the beach, poking dead things with a stick.

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Melissa Eskue Ousley is an award-winning young adult author who lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family and their Kelpie, Gryphon. When she's not writing, Melissa can be found hiking, swimming, scuba diving, or walking along the beach, poking dead things with a stick.

Before she became a writer, she had a number of educational jobs, ranging from a summer spent scraping road kill off a molten desert highway, to years spent conducting research with an amazing team of educators at the University of Arizona. Her interests in psychology, culture, and mythology have influenced her writing of The Solas Beir Trilogy.

Please visit her at MelissaEskueOusley.com, or follow her on Goodreads, Twitter, or Facebook.

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It left me hanging, waiting for the next book.
Margaret Maloney
The shape shifting aspects of some of the ‘baddie’ characters made for an added need for me as the reader to keep up with who is who in the story.
nanjar
The pacing was very well managed and there was a great balance of action and exposition.
Delsheree D. Gladden

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Having read the first book of the trilogy, I couldn't wait to get my hands on The Rabbit and the Raven! I was right to be excited about it! Now I am on pins and needles waiting for the grand finale! I just know I will not be disappointed! Melissa Eskue Ousley has a great imagination and the ability to make you see it exactly as she pictures it herself!
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The second book in Melissa Ousley’s Young Adult Solas Beir series is as exciting as the first and leaves the reader wondering where things will go next. Her first book, Sign of the Throne ended with David Corbin installed as the new Solas Beir or ‘light bearer’ in his home world of Cai Terenmare. Although he was originally born there as Artan, son of King Ardal and Queen Eulalia, he was abducted in infancy by his aunt Lucia and raised in the ordinary and indeed, mundane world which we all inhabit. A hallmark of stories in the Young Adult genre are plot lines wherein young people are suddenly thrust by the course of events into positions of power and responsibility and so it is with David. One day he is facing a pre-planned life of marrying the perfect girl for him and starting work well up the ladder in his father’s business and the next day he is suddenly the ruler of a parallel world.

David is not the only one who has had power thrust upon him. In Sign of the Throne, Abigale (Abby) Brown discovered that her way with dreams was more than an annoying nuisance which plagued her sleep. Since her escape into Cai Terenmare, she has discovered that there is a lot more to her abilities than was once thought. Coincidence or not, she and David have become quite interested in each other as well. There is one lingering question that is not resolved in The Rabbit and the Raven; how did a girl with such abilities wind up in the decidedly un-magical world we inhabit? An unfortunate by-product of the escape from our world into that of Cai Terenmare was the release of Tynan Tierny from imprisonment in the parallel world known as the Wasteland. Tierny was incarcerated in the Wasteland for commanding the assassination of David’s father and has now been sprung by Lucia.
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because I liked the first book and can't wait for the final book, hope the author keeps writing , love it
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This book was as good, if not better than the first. The characters are well-defined, conflicted, and tempted. The story line is engaging and suspenseful. It left me hanging, waiting for the next book. Well done!
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Loved, LOVED this book - Melissa Eskue Ousley has done it again! The Rabbit and the Raven is an awesome second installment in the Solas Beir Trilogy.

The story is full of wonderfully well-written characters and a wild ride of magical plot twists, turns and romance that will leave you looking forward to the third book in the series - I know I am.

The villain, Tynan Tierney, is exceptionally written as a darkly seductive, even sympathetic character {"Darkness is beguiling . . . and power always comes with a price."} There's no doubt, he's a very bad guy who has done some awful, evil things . . . That being said, you can't help but like him just a little bit.

David and Abby, both with their own powerful abilities, are the kind of compelling characters you remember for years to come.

The Rabbit and the Raven has earned a 5 Star Epic Review and is definitely a book that's going on my Keeper Shelf, along with the first book of the series, The Sign of the Throne. And I'm looking forward to reviewing the third and final installment, The Sower Comes, when it's released.
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By nanjar on April 7, 2014
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*I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*
This was an action packed adventure with a full cast of likeable, and some not so well liked, characters. The settings are well described as the forces of light battle against the darker forces. It’s very difficult to find a totally fresh fantasy setting for readers of the genre without there seeming to be traces of other stories but Ms Ousley does a very good job in imaginatively portraying the protagonists’ journey in Cai Terenmare, the ‘other world’ of Solas Beir. The language flows easily since the main characters are mostly well grounded in contemporary dialect-even if some of them are not exactly human. The shape shifting aspects of some of the ‘baddie’ characters made for an added need for me as the reader to keep up with who is who in the story.

Things happen quickly in both Abby and David’s worlds and I like it that there is no unnecessary description to slow down the pace, yet the places and creatures are mostly imaginatively described. I enjoyed the slow build of the bonding between Jon and Marisol and I’m sure there’s more to come in Book 3, since the story is not yet ended. The relationship between Abby and David is a bit rocky at times in book 2, as Ms Ousley intends, but I wasn’t convinced about the role of Tynan Tierney as the seducer of Abby. It seemed he wasn’t quite trying hard enough, though he has the power to bend her to his will. Tierney’s treatment of Lucia didn’t sway me either.
However, it may again be that book 3 will reveal Tierney’s intentions more clearly, since the fate of Abby is not quite known yet.

I’ll be looking out for book 3 of the series!
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