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The Tower of Ravens: Book One of Rhiannon's Ride [Kindle Edition]

Kate Forsyth
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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"Surprisingly original, well-developed and a lot of fun."—Locus



"A trilogy like the kind that made me fall in love with fantasy in the first place."—SF Site


Product Details

  • File Size: 794 KB
  • Print Length: 452 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0451460324
  • Publisher: Roc (June 7, 2005)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0024CEY1I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #272,210 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This author just keeps gettin' better November 19, 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I was very, very glad I bought this book. I had done just fine with The Witches of Eileanan series, but it was a little boring at times, and I didn't feel that any of the books deserved more than four stars. Still, when I found a used copy of this book in great shape at Powell's one day, I bought it. I figures, it only cost four dollars, and I at least know I'll like it.

I loved it! This book is exciting, scary and romantic. The author has really let herself explore areas she wasn't willing to write about previously, such as sex. I was especially impressed in this book by the very spine tingling horror plot line, which felt much more mature than past works by this author.

This book takes place twenty-five years after the Fathomless Caves left off. The realm is peaceful, and all is well. But Rhiannon, knows nothing of this. She's half satyricon, half human, and because she only has one pair of breasts, and no horns on her head, she's not respected or loved in her pack. But one day, after killing a young man who escaped from the pack (males of the species are rare so they kidnap human males and basically rape them) she captures a winged horse, and flies away. Only to land right in the lap of civilized people, friends of the young man she killed. They just happen to have been in the Witches...series as well.

As I said before, I was impressed by this book. It showed growth in every way a writer can grow and I eagerly await the second book in this series. I may even pre-order it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Forsyth does it again June 30, 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
For fans of the "Witches of Eileanan" series, you will absolutely love this book. There's a return of the original cast of characters, even though the story focuses on new ones. "Tower of Ravens" begins what looks to become a fabulous new series.

If you haven't read her previous series, read that first before you pick up this book. Not only would you be missing out, but you'll also be lost when reading this. Even I had a little bit of trouble since it has been so long since I read "Witches." But by keeping the original characters seperate from the main plot, she can continue to forward their story without overdoing it like many authors out today.

Once again Forsyth puts forward an excellent plot and imaginative characters that the reader will completely devour. And it seems she's learned something- gone are the slow spots that occassionally slowed down her original series. This book is absolutely riveting and will keep you craving for more.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleseantly surprised October 13, 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I picked this book up on a whim at the airport two weeks ago. I was quickly drawn into the story but ended up not having the time for more than 30 or so pages that day. By the time I took my next flight the following day, I couldn't wait to pick it up again. The author sets the story into motion and introduces the characters in a way that makes the reader not want to put the book down. The manner in which she introduces both the story and the characters allows the reader to fully enjoy this book without having read any of her previous books; though now that I have read this one, I intend on reading her other ones. I hoe that this has been helpful
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Reading Pleasure February 6, 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I loved Kate's previous Witches of Eilelanan series, and was thrilled to have discovered that she had released a series set in the same world. I have read this novel, and only yesterday finished the 2nd book in this series, The Shining City. I was unable to put them down.

25 years in the future following the end of the Witches series, a new story emerges with a wild half-satricoryn girl as the main protagonist. She is savage, violent, and one of the most fasinating characters I have had the pleasure of reading about for some time. Kate does a marvellous job with both the plot and characters of this series, with a twisting and edge-of-your-seat story that has you reading long into the night, and characters which you can get close to.

I was sad when the Witches series came to a close, so I was delighted to find many of my old favourites still going strong, with the plot mainly centred on the children of the original characters. Whilst it is not neccessary to have read the Witches series to enjoy Rhiannon's Ride, I would strongly reccommend reading them first as it will allow you a greater depth of knowledge of the world and characters so intergral to this story.

One of the characteristics of Kates writing that I have found very enjoyable, in this series in particular, is how she continually switches PoV. It means that the reader is able to understand the feelings and motivations behind many characters which would otherwise appear two dimentional. It allows us to understand why characters behave a certain way, and temper our judgement of right and wrong.

I would definately advise anyone who like fantasy novels to read this series, and not be perturbed by the dialect used, as you quickley become accustomed to it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yeah! November 6, 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I'm so glad Forsyth decide to return to her world of witches. I thought I'd read the last of them. In this latest series, the reader returns to this fatasy world of Eileanan 25 years in to the furture after the war. We are introduced to a young girl (half human and half syticorn). Because she favors her human side too much, she is in fear of her life. It is only a matter of time before her herd decides to kill her off as a weaker link. She escapes on the back of a wing horse and is found close to dead by a young man named Lewen (who happens to be the twenty year old son of Lilanthe and Niall). And yet, her journey has only just begun.

The story leaves you hanging quite a bit, so now I'm stuck waiting for the next installment. Very much worth my time and yours.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Inventive phantasy
I find it a little drama heavy but still quite interesting. Kate Forsyth is very inventive in her writing creating an elaborate but fairly cohesive phantasy.
Published 22 months ago by Glen Andrew Risk
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down
Very engaging book, really liked the charecter Rhiannon. I could hardly put it down, and stayed up WAY TO LATE to finish it.
Published on June 30, 2011 by TK Dragonflyer
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid fantasy full of fantastic creatures and adventures
Kate Forsyth is best known for her last series the Witches of Eileanan which I haven't read. This book is the first book in her latest series; Rhiannon's Ride. Read more
Published on January 2, 2009 by Karissa Eckert
1.0 out of 5 stars Slow and sweet.
This could have been an great story of how a wild girl found her place in the world outside her harsh people, instead it is a sweet and slowmoving story where the dangerous... Read more
Published on December 25, 2008 by H. M. Larsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Ride into Another Reality
I have to say I absolutely loved The Witches of Elleanan series. A true masterpiece for anyone's fantasy collection. Read more
Published on February 26, 2008 by Shera
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome series
For those familiar with the author's works, The Tower of Ravens, and the rest of "Rhiannon's Ride", is set in Eillean, and takes place about 20 years after the sixth installment of... Read more
Published on October 2, 2007 by J. H. Staib
5.0 out of 5 stars The new saga from Eileanan
The Tower of Ravens is a wonderful continuance of The Witches of Eileanan. This gives Forsyth's wonderfully complex characters in her first series some relief to grow up in... Read more
Published on August 8, 2007 by Brennan B James
5.0 out of 5 stars Originally Posted on Romance Junkies in 2005
Very rarely does a fantasy novel manage to take you into its world from the first page and refuse to let you go until the ending. Read more
Published on May 13, 2007 by Jennifer Wardrip
5.0 out of 5 stars Tower of Ravens - Rhiannon's Ride Book 1
Bloody AWESOME!!! Highly recommended. So good that I have read all the books in this series. Also I have started the other books in the series before Rhiannon's ride. Read more
Published on February 1, 2007 by Deven Crawford
1.0 out of 5 stars Craptacular
This book would have been a thousand times better if Ms. Forsyth had not gone so heavy on the Scottish accent her characters use. Read more
Published on June 1, 2006 by S. Holden
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Kate Forsyth wrote her first novel when she was only 7, and is now the bestselling, award-winning author of more than 25 books, including The Wild Girl and Bitter Greens for adults, and The Puzzle Ring, The Gypsy Crown, The Starkin Crown, and Grumpy Grandpa for children. Her books have been translated into 13 languages. You can read more about Kate at www.kateforsyth.com.au



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