Title: Raven Flight
Author: Juliet Marillier
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Series: Shadowfell, book two
Star Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: The rich, wonderful sequel to the hit fantasy novel Shadowfell, I loved Raven Flight--with more romance, magic, adventure, in every page, it doesn't disappoint!
This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Neryn has finally reached the secret base of Shadowfell after a long journey, and is trying to focus on honing her rare gift as a Caller. Now forced on another journey with Tali and the Good Folk, she must find the three Guardians of Alban who can teach her to use her gift to rise against the evil Lord Keldec. But she doesn't know if she's up to the task.. Or if there will be enough time..
What I enjoyed:
-As with before, I loved the pacing--it was completely breakneck and I couldn't put it down!
-The rich, greatly realized land of Alban, rife with ancient magic and terrible danger at every turn--part of the reason I love this series is the amazing world-building
-Neryn, the young Caller who is forced to seek out Alban's greatest guardians to learn her magic--I really love how she grew into a strong magical warrior throughout the novel
-Tali, the young woman warrior who follows Neryn across the land--I really enjoyed the way her character was expanded upon throughout this installment, and how she formed a relationship with Neryn
-Flint, the young man that Neryn is passionately in love with, forced to put everything aside to continue his mission--I really like him, and his relationship, deep and personal and loving, with Neryn
-Part of why I loved this book so much was because of the Guardians that Neryn meets along the way throughout her journey--I can't wait for The Caller!
-The motley crew of Shadowfell warriors and the Good Folk, forced to ally uneasily to take down a terrifying, overwhelming evil
-I liked the way the mysterious, chilling King Keldec was actually seen in this novel--it definitely was very creepy, and I liked him as a villain
-The ending--it was perfect, and I can't wait to see the final installment in Neryn's journey!
What could've been better:
-There was absolutely nothing I didn't love about this wonderful high fantasy novel! Highly recommended series for all!
I loved, loved, loved Raven Flight--a fitting, worthy sequel to Shadowfell! Next on deck: Grasping at Eternity by Karen Amanda Hooper!