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Ravenwood (Tanyth Fairport Adventures Book 1) by [Lowell, Nathan]
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Length: 353 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • File Size: 2346 KB
  • Print Length: 353 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Durandus (October 26, 2011)
  • Publication Date: October 26, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00609IGMY
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It's not often I crash into the blank wall after the last page of a book. Nathan Lowell does it to me every time. I sink into Tanyth Fairport's world. I believe. I make the ineffable village of Ravenwood my home, let the people touch my heart, feel the turn of the seasons and the stirring of magic in my blood.

Then the words stop coming, and I sit a moment, treasuring the story - and more than a little mad it ended.
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Nathan Lowell once again delivers top quality story-telling with his own unique touch in this wonderfully entertaining tale. His world-building touch is deft in this first book of the Tanyth Fairport adventures--no long, rambling history lessons, just the right amount of scene-setting to whet the appetite for more. As always in Lowell's books, the characters immediately draw the reader into their world; Tanyth and the villagers quickly seem like friends and neighbors and the bad guys are a believable blend of menace and denseness. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and can't wait for the next Tanyth Fairport adventure.
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.
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This is a coming-of-age novel, not for teen into adult, but the transition of Mother into Crone (using the Neopagan delineations). I've never read one like it, while there are zillions of the other kind of youth coming-of-age novels, ranging from classic to awful.

The most amazing thing is that the author has the empathy to put himself into the mind and spirit of a middle aged woman transitioning from Mother (fecund) into Crone (post menopausal), from grumbling moodiness that goes with hormonal instabilities to serene, centered, self-assurance. It is hard to imagine that any man could have done it so well, and Lowell certainly did.

A few things kept it from being a 5-star novel. The rural pronunciations, leaving off the "g" from gerunds, though about 75% through the book the speakers mix proper pronunciation with the good ol' country talk. It was annoying. "Whoos, mum, when you does a prayer, you don't mess about, do ya." You see what I mean?

And there are unforgiveable (because so easily corrected) errors such as "it's" when it should have been "its", for instance. "Boogie" men should have been "boogey" men. Unless they were boogie boarding, that is. "Laying" when it should have been "lying". "Sheers" should have been "shears"--you get the idea. A good editor would have helped.

The relationships with the villagers were deftly delineated and the special one with Frank just right, for their ages and situations. The descriptions of meals, raising a building, children playing, and so forth were beautifully written.

I never understood why there weren't cats to catch the mice and dogs to help guard the village. Since game was so plentiful, with surplus, those domestic animals would fit right in. Then there's the crow...
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It is very rare for me to give a 5-star rating to the first book I've read by an author I'm not familiar with on a first reading. This one definitely made a 5-star for me.

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.
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A nice read, especially as a free download. Overall it presented as a Wiccan variant on perhaps Eastwood's "Pale Rider", albeit with a far more benevolent protagonist.

As other reviewers have noted, there are cultural disconnects between the villagers' origins compared to their current circumstances and behaviors that caused, for me at least, serious suspension of disbelief issues.

Other quibbles: the stew was always "rich", the bread always steaming and fragrant. This celebration of homespun goodness became very cloying very fast.

I would read the next Tanyth Fairport Adventure.
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I highly enjoyed this entire series, it is another series that I first was introduced to Mr. Lowell's work. The Golden Age of the Solar Clipper Book series captivated my mind then just searching for anything elses he wrote led me here to the Tanyth Fairport Adventures series. Following Tanyth through out the series watching her develop into her own power. Just a really good story telling. Mr. Lowell is a very talented author.
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