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Ravenwood: A Tanyth Fairport Adventure Paperback – October 28, 2011
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Nathan Lowell blends an form of Wicca-like tradition and shaman-styled folklore into a quest the resides in a fantastical time period filled with its own mysteries and magic. To top it all off, the main savior of the quest is an aged female with zero military skills. Nathan Lowell creates a world for this unlikely heroine to explore. Tanyth learns that even when you think you've made your decisions, life doesn't always agree that you are done, and often presents other lessons to be learned. Tanyth also learns that you are never to old to exit bad decisions, and that you are never to old to make other decisions that leave you wondering if they were the right ones to make.
This is an author I have enjoyed for years. If you are familiar with the novels he completed prior to this one, you can appreciate, as I do, that he is a skilled writer and story teller. This novel was very different than the others before it, but just as enjoyable and enthralling. I appreciated the absence of vulgarity and graphic adult scene descriptions, which also shows that his an amazing writer and doesn't need to include that type of content to sell a book or a story to the reader. (Don't get me wrong, the adult scenes don't usually frighten me away, but they are often used to draw an audience to a story that can often be missing a strong plot.)
Lowell's style of writing is calm, soothing, and gentle. It is almost melodic. If you like older, female lead characters, or stories with nature-based religions, and mystical ideas regarding nature and our place in it, you'll like this story. Keep in mind also, that my husband likes none of these things typically, and he liked this story anyway, so I really would recommend this anyone and everyone.
I also recommend Lowell's other books in the science fiction genre: Quartershare is the first in a wonderful series and is available in both paper and kindle formats.
As far as I know, this is the author's first fantasy. It fits exactly into what I think of as a 'comfort read' and it's gone directly from a first read to my 'keep to re-read' list.
Real, ordinary people (though they are dealing with magic, of course), an interesting story to tell with a certain amount of mayhem and suitably nasty bad guys to defeat. Has very few stereotypes and a wonderfully mature main character rather than the stereotypical young, beautiful witch who enchants everyone in her path.
This is a sensible older healer who settles in a small village for the winter and stomps around muttering to herself when the raven starts talking to her ... been there, done that (well, talking to myself, can't say that I've had conversations with ravens). Instead of a sword, she wields a wicked walking staff.
Just hope this is a series, even though it will do damage to my book budget.
Then the words stop coming, and I sit a moment, treasuring the story - and more than a little mad it ended.