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- Publisher: Scrivener Books (July 3, 2018)
- Publication Date: July 3, 2018
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The plot thickens when he learns more about his own past than he cares for, leading to some interesting plot twists as he tries to find his estranged love by following her to Vires, only to learn that she's disappeared. After getting the idea to try and take back his kingdom, and to find Lisa, Ha-Neul and his family head to the Northern Mountains, a place of mystery. There, they learn there's a lot more going on than they supposed and it just goes on from there.
This story has a lot of potential. The first half of the book, or at least the first third all came from Lisa's point of view and how she hated the prince, until she's encouraged to get to know him, and then she comes to love him. The perspective changes when we see Ha-Neul try to court her, which is successful, until he realizes she's a witch, then he kicks her to the curb like any spoiled brat might, though there's more to it than that.
And then the rest of it is us following along as he tries to figure out how to take back his kingdom, gain the trust of the people he's persecuted most of his life, and generally get his life back together in time to go to war against the usurpers, which is where this book ends.
Apparently there will be a sequel to finish this all out, which would have been nice to know, because all I really wanted was to see if he and Lisa could put their differences aside and get back together. Unfortunately, there are conditions attached to that which require him to basically take back his kingdom to maintain balance in a grand scheme we don't really know much about.
There are a lot of different foreign names, titles, and terms in this book. It's great that the author provided a glossary of sorts for all these terms, but when reading it became confusing because some of those terms are really similar to each other, and there are apparently at least three or four different languages everyone keeps switching between, though I can only guess that it's because each is a dialect used only in certain social circles. But even with that glossary, there were a lot of terms where I was just like "screw it, I'm just going to pretend I know what it's saying and go with it," because there are so many of them, and it was easier than referencing the glossary every time I came across a term I wasn't sure about.
The story was intriguing, but I don't know that I will pick up the sequel when it comes out, mainly because I felt robbed not knowing this was the start of a series to begin with. I give this four out of five stars.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book.
Lisa begins her service with the royal family as a musuri, but soon promotes to nain against her will. Even though she knows the risks she brings to herself by being so close to those who hate her people, she needs to money so that she can go to school. The only one who is somewhat tolerable is the youngest child, Su. Something about him draws her to him--and even after a few reprimands, she manages to find a mutual friendship with him and his sister, Ha-Na. Once their brother returns from a business trip, things begin to change. Lisa grows cold and distant, seething with hatred for this young man, Ha-Neul. He was the one who fired her friend for donating wages to her people. He absolutely despises magic ever since an accident happened in the castle involving a spellcaster and his mother, causing her immanent death. Yet, as he breathes--he cannot deny the growing attraction that he feels to Lisa. Once he gets to know her, he knows that he could never love anyone else, but secrets are everywhere and after she tells him her secret, the revolution begins. In his hatred for magic, he cast her away and then realizes--possibly too late that he lost the best thing in his life when she left. After the death of his father, he and his family have to go into hiding and try to make their way up to the northern mountains for answers on how to stop the war. Will all be lost or can he salvage his kingdom and any peace between both groups? Will he very be able to see Lisa again?
Gowans has a superb story-line and complex characters that are unbelievably creative and strong. They are quite easy to fall in love with as well. The content is truly amazing by the sheer originality and descriptiveness, while the pace is fast and easy to read. There are a few spelling and grammatical errors throughout the read, but this should not hinder enjoyment of the novel at all. If you are a reader of fantasy, myths, and adventure, this may be perfect for you. Since this is not any part of an installment, the reader can jump right in but be prepared to hang onto your seat.
This book was provided to Turning Another Page by Loving the Book and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a five-star rating for Raven's Eye by Adam Gowans.
I highly recommend it and I'm eager to read the next book in this story!
Note: I requested a copy of this book and was kindly given one to read and review. All the thoughts in this review are my own and in no way influenced by the author, a 3rd party, or the gifting of this book to me.