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Raventide: Fifth Anniversary Edition Kindle Edition
"Depth of Lies" by E. C. Diskin
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The beginning was somewhat confusing but quite intriguing. I enjoyed the characters and their relationships.
Then about halfway through, it got more confusing, and although the scope of the mystery may have gotten broader, my interest dwindled. I could never keep the factions straight and couldn't remember who was part of which faction, and even by the end I wasn't sure what everybody was after. I wasn't even quite sure who lived and who died, and since there was a character who was able to control others -- even though he was a cool character -- I couldn't even be sure who was really part of it or not.
Seems to have a lot of potential, if cleaned up by a good edit. Sadly I was just confused and irritated by the end, and did not find the ending very satisfying.
I know some are going to consider this a slow read, but this world is complex, the characters are complex and the mysteries and mythologies will keep many a reader wanting to know more. I know I did! I heartily recommend it for those who are into the fantasy, mystery and mythology genres.
I received an ARC of this book from the author. The review is my own personal opinion.
Drayden considered survival in his profession to be tantamount to walking a thin line stretched high above the winding lengths of the canals; holding one's balance and knowing when to risk a leap onto a balcony or rooftop was essential in staying clear of the turbid, and sometimes poisonous waters.
Dealing with the powerful works the same way in the real world. In the world of Drayden Torvannes we also enjoy a bit of the super-natural in the form of angels and demons along with the strange phenomena that sometimes occur when they and humans interact.
People in Raventide embrace many well-known traditions of our regular world. Good and evil, we and them, save the world, and protect the innocent are all parts of TA Miles story about Drayden Torvannes and his adventures.
Cults are confusing yet understandable belief systems for me. I grew up in a faith that many consider a cult. Yet Mormons are innocents when compared with the cults we meet in "Raventide". Our "Raventide" cults are more in line with IS or KKK. In other words, pretty intense people who are willing to do absolutely anything for their cause.
A great many of the citizens of the town of Raventide and the Fannael family suffer from cultism. The story of "Raventide" is about unveiling the truth of horrors past and present and the role of various people in these deeds. Poor Drayden is going to get his fill of betrayal by the end of the story. Betrayal is, thankfully, not his only lot in life. Unexpected friendships and loyalty comes to him as well.
I loved "Raventide". For me the pace worked T.A. Miles' writing was excellent and engaging. Meeting authors like this is always a relief. Writing isn't an exact science. There are some qualities that especially appeal to my brain and TA Miles managed to fill those demands.
Exquisite torture as a reader.
I'll give this novel a strong 3 1/2 stars and look forward to reading more of this author's work.
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