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The story was narrated in retrospect by a grandfather to his two grandchildren. Despite many characters and a timeframe spanning a dozen years, the tale was told cleanly and concisely with Ms. Middleton’s uncomplicated light British prose. The author was also adept at setting the time period and the mood, which was rather noir-ish. The account of life back in those days, especially the plight of the “commonfolk”, which could be quite brutal, was beautifully written. The characters were well drawn and were what drove the story.
I found Ravenfold to be an outstanding debut novella. Ms. Middleton is a very talented writer, and I look forward to reading more from her, no matter what the genre may be. I recommend Ravenfold for all readers.
There is a fair amount of brutality, greed and injustice along the way but the reader is left feeling satisfied that the culprits have been dealt with accordingly.
Highly recommended to anyone who enjoys being transported to harsher era. When you finish the story you'll be grateful for the time in which you live, especially if you're a woman.
The depth of historical detail, underpinning wisdom and down to earth speech tinged at times with humour brought both the story and characters to life, and as it transported me back in time I lost myself in the way only the reader of a ‘ripping good yarn’ can.
The book starts with a grand-father in the role of storyteller narrating a tale to keen young ears but as the story develops we learn that he speaks of their family’s own history , by this point I felt that I was sat alongside the children eagerly anticipating the next chapter.
I raged at injustices as they were revealed and openly groaned as death inevitably followed. As revenge was justly delivered I gave an inward cheer and then slowed my reading pace as the story reached it’s memorable conclusion so reluctant was I to have it end.
The ravens brought a fabled quality to the book and the hint of supernatural forces at play was truly inspired. I enjoyed every page!
Ravenfold is a tale of families, power and revenge, set in medieval England. This is portrayed with just enough detail to feel authentic, although the focus is less on history and more on the characters. When young Romelda is forcibly married to the monstrous Lord Oswald, her life and those of her parents and friends are twisted out of shape forever. The story takes some surprising dramatic turns along the way, incorporating what may even be shades of the supernatural.
The structure resembles a children’s fable, with a framing story of a man relating Romelda’s tale as a bedtime story to his grandchildren. But this is actually a very adult book, including some strong scenes that do not shy away from depicting the brutality of medieval life. Kath handles these with a light touch but paints some gruesome pictures in the imagination. There is also plenty of gallows humour that had me chuckling aloud, but is most definitely not for young readers!
Ravenfold is a darkly entertaining tale that promises even greater stories from this author in the future.
Set in ye olden days where women are nobodies, Romelda is married off to the Lord of the land and her life as a happy child is over.
This story is quite sad and miserable, but is very well written. There's not much happiness, so the few happy moments stand out.
I liked the way the story was written. I've not read the book of Princess Bride, but I "heard" the grandfather's voice telling the story as Peter Falk's voice in that film.
Ravenfold is a gentle tale with dark undertones, and is captivating. The characters are three dimensional, and cleverly portrayed and the storyline is set at a good pace.
Without realising it, you become drawn into an earlier era. A time in which the Lord of the manor held sway over all and his word was low. Ravenfold is a tale of tragedy and of adversity. It is a triumph of good over evil and it has a wonderful twist at the end. A great first full length novel from a gifted writer. I look forward to reading more.