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White Raven: The Sword of Northern Ancestors [Kindle Edition]

Lopatina Irina , Igor Adasikov
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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In the kingdom of Areya, humans, animals, and the magical creatures that inhabit the Eternal Forest have long coexisted peacefully, but now something is horribly wrong. A terrifying stream of monstrous creatures has begun to emerge from the secret depths of the earth, terrorizing all of Areya's native inhabitants. From the tiny, wise drevalyankas to the bellicose cave-dwelling gnomes to the devious kikimoras who gather roots and herbs in the marsh, everyone is in danger. With the aid of Urart, the magical sword that has been passed down from the time of the ancient northern ancestors, Grand Duke Vlady can offer temporary protection to his people. But Prince Vraigo, Vlady's nephew, who is endowed with magical power himself, understands that the source of the evil monsters must be found if there's any hope of survival. Along with a motley crew of his forest-dwelling friends, Vraigo sets off on a perilous quest in search of the koschei, the powerful, corrupt Archmagus whose mission is the destruction not just of Areya, but of the entire world. As if this weren't bad enough, Urart disappears from the duke's stronghold. Without it, Areya is doomed, and only Vraigo, the White Raven, can possibly get the sword back. This journey requires Vraigo to use all of his keen wits and magical abilities, as well as to ally himself to dangerous creatures like yagas and werewolves, natural enemies of man, and precipitates the young prince into the most bewildering, complex challenge he has faced yet: life in the twenty-first century.


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White Raven is an excellent pick for lovers of fantasy and adventure, much recommended. --The Midwest Book Review, Small Press Bookwatch: June 2012

If you are looking for a action-packed, gripping fantasy novel, White Raven should be on your short list…4 stars --Simply Infatuated Blog

…this really is a great fantasy book! --What's Hot Blog

About the Author

Irina Lopatina lives and works in Siberia, Russia, but her homeland has an even more wonderful and exotic name: Altai. It is a unique place where old Altai Mountains rise high up to the sky, centuries-old forests stretch out as in ages past, and mighty Siberian rivers flow along the plains. Altai is one of the few places in the world where huge, densely populated cities coexist with pristine wild places. Moreover, this is an area of the earliest human civilizations, through which the great migration of people from eastern lands to Europe once took place.

While studying at the Altai State University, Irina devoted much attention to the past of her native land. As a student, she went to the archaeological sites of ancient settlements located on the mountain plateau, where it was only possible to arrive on foot. She remembers moments when it was quite easy to imagine how the ancient people had lived, what creatures neighbored them, and what adventures took place in these vast spaces. Irina needed take only a small leap from there to White Raven, his friends, and his enemies who were ready to begin a journey through the Eternal Forest of Areya.

Of course, it would have been much more difficult for her to create her stories if Irina had not been inspired early on by the works of many excellent fantasy and science fiction writers such as J.R.R. Tolkien and Ursula Le Guin, the Russian authors Nick Perumov and Svyatoslav Loginov, as well as the wonderfully charming Russian fairy tales where a brave prince, his faithful grey wolf and the evil koschei always live. And so it happens that Irina's novels are the stories of a distant, semi-fantastic land which, who knows, may still exist next door to us.

White Raven: The Sword of Northern Ancestors is Irina's debut novel.


Product Details

  • File Size: 1550 KB
  • Print Length: 49 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1611530245
  • Publisher: Light Messages Publishing; First edition (July 31, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00994MSTY
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #505,360 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Review - White Raven: The Sword of Northern Ancestors November 20, 2012
By Kris
Format:Paperback
The story is told in a fairy-tale like manner with the hero being aided by magical creatures in his quest to find a lost item while fighting against evil. The plot is generic, that of your typical fantasy novel or at least what comes first to mind, and not overly impressive. It's pretty easy to predict what is going to happen. In addition, I wasn't attached to any of the characters in particular. It didn't take away too much from the story, though it felt more as though I was watching what happened rather than experiencing it myself.

What really makes this novel is the unique setting with its Russian elements. Vraigo's world is rich with magic and fantastical creatures. I enjoyed learning more about them as he encounters them along his quest. It was especially interesting when Vraigo ended up in the twenty-first century and learns that magic has all but disappeared. We've seen many ordinary humans end up in fantastical situations, so it was bizarre and fascinating to look at our world through Vriago's eyes.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Magic Swords & Time Travel August 2, 2012
Format:Paperback
I received a copy of "White Raven: The Sword of the Northern Ancestors" by Irina Lopatina through TLC Book Tours. I'm a bit obsessed with Russian history/culture/etc., so when Trish asked me if I'd like to participate in a blog tour of a fantasy novel written by a Siberian author, I was thrilled to accept. I read a lot of fantasy by American and British authors, so it's nice to branch out periodically and expand my horizons.

Vraigo is a prince in the kingdom of Areya. The Duke is annoyed that Vraigo spends his time frolicking in the Eternal Forest with druids and cute fuzzy magical creatures rather than fighting to defend the kingdom. Vraigo doesn't see it as cowardice; he just has different priorities than his family. However, Areya is in big trouble. Monsters begin pouring into the kingdom from a parallel world, and the only force capable of stopping them is a magical sword named Urart. When Urart is stolen, Vraigo finds himself on a quest to return the sword. This quest takes him to the 21st century, where he must face new challenges for which he is utterly unprepared.

Here's a brief sample from the start of Vraigo's adventures:

The comb-topped moving head of the cock was attached to the strong body of a toad with the long tail of a serpent that the creature continuously swept upon the ground. The beast immediately turned to Vraigo, opening his strong beak and screaming, seeking revenge on the small human who had disturbed it. At the last possible second, the prince managed to throw his shirt onto the creature, hiding its dead black eyes, and straightaway showed his heels going in the opposite direction. He was running slapdash, scaring forest-living creatures with his screams of fear.

"Basilisk!" shouted Vraigo.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Book! July 22, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I'm waiting for the sequel. I absolutely could not put it down. The only thing is when I got to the last page I said, "That's it?!" It's definitely a winner. Let me know when the next one in the series comes out, for sure.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars book July 14, 2013
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Have not listen to title yet. I have four more titles before it. I really like sword books and fairy stories.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The White Raven August 12, 2012
Format:Paperback
In this fantasy adventure set in the magical land of Areya, a prince, known as some as the White Raven, named Vraigo spends most his days in the forest with the druids and other magical creatures instead of defending his kingdom. Some may think of him as weak, but to him not fighting is his choice to make. Eventually, demons from a parallel world invade his home in which the kingdom's army will be defeated unless Areys uses a magical sword known as Urart against the demons. But there is one little problem, the Urart has been stolen!

To save his kingdom, Vraigo must journey to the 21st Century to retrieve the sword, but there are many dangers that lay before him.

Author Irna Lopatina has created an interesting hero, Vraigo, and many great supporting characters in White Raven: The Sword of Northern Ancestors, book one in the trilogy. Clever dialogue and an intriguing plot are one the many highlights in the fantasy tale. Though the premise of a mystical hero traveling to our time is not exactly original (As I have seen it in other fantasy books and movies, such as the movie Beastmaster 2 [VHS]), but the author's imaginative narrative makes up for it. I liked the use of magic throughout the story, and how it is still alive in our time, just not in full form. Overall, White Raven was a well written fantasy that should satisfy most fans of the genre.
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More About the Author

Irina Lopatina lives and works in Siberia, Russia, but her homeland has an even more wonderful and exotic name: Altai. It is a unique place where old Altai Mountains rise high up to the sky, centuries-old forests stretch out as in ages past, and mighty Siberian rivers flow along the plains. Altai is one of the few places in the world where huge, densely populated cities coexist with pristine wild places. Moreover, this is an area of the earliest human civilizations, through which the great migration of people from eastern lands to Europe once took place.

While studying at the Altai State University, Irina devoted much attention to the past of her native land. As a student, she went to the archaeological sites of ancient settlements located on the mountain plateau, where it was only possible to arrive on foot. She remembers moments when it was quite easy to imagine how the ancient people had lived, what creatures neighbored them, and what adventures took place in these vast spaces. Irina needed take only a small leap from there to White Raven, his friends, and his enemies who were ready to begin a journey through the Eternal Forest of Areya.

Of course, it would have been much more difficult for her to create her stories if Irina had not been inspired early on by the works of many excellent fantasy and science fiction writers such as J.R.R. Tolkien and Ursula Le Guin, the Russian authors Nick Perumov and Svyatoslav Loginov, as well as the wonderfully charming Russian fairy tales where a brave prince, his faithful grey wolf and the evil koschei always live. And so it happens that Irina's novels are the stories of a distant, semi-fantastic land which, who knows, may still exist next door to us.

White Raven: The Sword of Northern Ancestors is Irina's debut novel.

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