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White Raven: The Sword of Northern Ancestors by [Irina, Lopatina]
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Length: 49 pages Word Wise: Enabled

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White Raven is an excellent pick for lovers of fantasy and adventure, much recommended. --The Midwest Book Review, Small Press Bookwatch: June 2012

If you are looking for a action-packed, gripping fantasy novel, White Raven should be on your short list…4 stars --Simply Infatuated Blog

…this really is a great fantasy book! --What's Hot Blog

About the Author

Irina Lopatina lives and works in Siberia, Russia, but her homeland has an even more wonderful and exotic name: Altai. It is a unique place where old Altai Mountains rise high up to the sky, centuries-old forests stretch out as in ages past, and mighty Siberian rivers flow along the plains. Altai is one of the few places in the world where huge, densely populated cities coexist with pristine wild places. Moreover, this is an area of the earliest human civilizations, through which the great migration of people from eastern lands to Europe once took place.

While studying at the Altai State University, Irina devoted much attention to the past of her native land. As a student, she went to the archaeological sites of ancient settlements located on the mountain plateau, where it was only possible to arrive on foot. She remembers moments when it was quite easy to imagine how the ancient people had lived, what creatures neighbored them, and what adventures took place in these vast spaces. Irina needed take only a small leap from there to White Raven, his friends, and his enemies who were ready to begin a journey through the Eternal Forest of Areya.

Of course, it would have been much more difficult for her to create her stories if Irina had not been inspired early on by the works of many excellent fantasy and science fiction writers such as J.R.R. Tolkien and Ursula Le Guin, the Russian authors Nick Perumov and Svyatoslav Loginov, as well as the wonderfully charming Russian fairy tales where a brave prince, his faithful grey wolf and the evil koschei always live. And so it happens that Irina's novels are the stories of a distant, semi-fantastic land which, who knows, may still exist next door to us.

White Raven: The Sword of Northern Ancestors is Irina's debut novel.


Product Details

  • File Size: 2501 KB
  • Print Length: 49 pages
  • Publisher: Light Messages Publishing; First edition (July 30, 2012)
  • Publication Date: July 31, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00994MSTY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,101,568 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
The story is told in a fairy-tale like manner with the hero being aided by magical creatures in his quest to find a lost item while fighting against evil. The plot is generic, that of your typical fantasy novel or at least what comes first to mind, and not overly impressive. It's pretty easy to predict what is going to happen. In addition, I wasn't attached to any of the characters in particular. It didn't take away too much from the story, though it felt more as though I was watching what happened rather than experiencing it myself.

What really makes this novel is the unique setting with its Russian elements. Vraigo's world is rich with magic and fantastical creatures. I enjoyed learning more about them as he encounters them along his quest. It was especially interesting when Vraigo ended up in the twenty-first century and learns that magic has all but disappeared. We've seen many ordinary humans end up in fantastical situations, so it was bizarre and fascinating to look at our world through Vriago's eyes.
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I received a copy of "White Raven: The Sword of the Northern Ancestors" by Irina Lopatina through TLC Book Tours. I'm a bit obsessed with Russian history/culture/etc., so when Trish asked me if I'd like to participate in a blog tour of a fantasy novel written by a Siberian author, I was thrilled to accept. I read a lot of fantasy by American and British authors, so it's nice to branch out periodically and expand my horizons.

Vraigo is a prince in the kingdom of Areya. The Duke is annoyed that Vraigo spends his time frolicking in the Eternal Forest with druids and cute fuzzy magical creatures rather than fighting to defend the kingdom. Vraigo doesn't see it as cowardice; he just has different priorities than his family. However, Areya is in big trouble. Monsters begin pouring into the kingdom from a parallel world, and the only force capable of stopping them is a magical sword named Urart. When Urart is stolen, Vraigo finds himself on a quest to return the sword. This quest takes him to the 21st century, where he must face new challenges for which he is utterly unprepared.

Here's a brief sample from the start of Vraigo's adventures:

The comb-topped moving head of the cock was attached to the strong body of a toad with the long tail of a serpent that the creature continuously swept upon the ground. The beast immediately turned to Vraigo, opening his strong beak and screaming, seeking revenge on the small human who had disturbed it. At the last possible second, the prince managed to throw his shirt onto the creature, hiding its dead black eyes, and straightaway showed his heels going in the opposite direction. He was running slapdash, scaring forest-living creatures with his screams of fear.

"Basilisk!" shouted Vraigo.
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Irina Lopatina's White Raven: The Sword of Northern Ancestors is an epic fantasy, like The Lord of the Rings, and was thoroughly impressed with it.

The novel begins with a prologue that introduces Vraigo, the White Raven, and his cousins when they are boys. The prologue also serves to introduce Agar, a magician and mentor to Vraigo who is killed, and some other creatures found in Areya. Then we get into the meat of the story, which is broken into two parts.

Part 1 takes place in Areya. Vraigo and his cousins are essentially grown up (no age is given so I don't know exactly how old they are) and are making their place in the world. But, Areya is being threatened by monsters from other worlds thanks to an evil wizard called a koschei, and Vraigo and his family are charged with saving the land. Since Vraigo is a magician, he is often misunderstood, especially by his uncle, Dike Vlady, and his cousins Targas and Seles. When Vraigo realizes he must be the person to defeat the koschei, his family thinks that he is afraid to take part in the battle with the monsters. Even though it is against his uncle's wishes, Vraigo goes out to discover more about the koschei so he can decide the bet way to defeat it. The Duke and his commanders plan for a battle at the place where the monsters are slipping into their world. The koschei steals the Duke's magically-endowed sword, Urart, while Vraigo is away, basically leaving the Areyans with no chance of winning. When Vraigo returns and learns of the theft, he immediately sets out to find Urart. He search leads him to a community of dwarves living under a mountain and under the threat of the Tanars, who stole Urart from the dwarves. Part 1 ends with a cliff hanger that sets us up for Part 2.
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I'm waiting for the sequel. I absolutely could not put it down. The only thing is when I got to the last page I said, "That's it?!" It's definitely a winner. Let me know when the next one in the series comes out, for sure.
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In this fantasy adventure set in the magical land of Areya, a prince, known as some as the White Raven, named Vraigo spends most his days in the forest with the druids and other magical creatures instead of defending his kingdom. Some may think of him as weak, but to him not fighting is his choice to make. Eventually, demons from a parallel world invade his home in which the kingdom's army will be defeated unless Areys uses a magical sword known as Urart against the demons. But there is one little problem, the Urart has been stolen!

To save his kingdom, Vraigo must journey to the 21st Century to retrieve the sword, but there are many dangers that lay before him.

Author Irna Lopatina has created an interesting hero, Vraigo, and many great supporting characters in White Raven: The Sword of Northern Ancestors, book one in the trilogy. Clever dialogue and an intriguing plot are one the many highlights in the fantasy tale. Though the premise of a mystical hero traveling to our time is not exactly original (As I have seen it in other fantasy books and movies, such as the movie Beastmaster 2 [VHS]), but the author's imaginative narrative makes up for it. I liked the use of magic throughout the story, and how it is still alive in our time, just not in full form. Overall, White Raven was a well written fantasy that should satisfy most fans of the genre.
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