I have the perfect book to end the month on a high note today, as I am reviewing the latest offering from the fantastic Emma Miles, The Raven Coven. This is the sequel to the brilliant The Raven Tower, which you can read my review of here. Many thanks to Emma and to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to be a part of this blog tour, and for providing me with a copy of the book.
Kesta had left her heart across the sea. They were at peace, her people saved from slavery, and yet… her soul was uneasy.
Chem lies in chaos, its people suffering as a result of the death of the ruling sorcerers. Refugees flee the cursed Borrows, begging for help from those they had made their enemy. A Queen unknowingly makes a dark, deadly pact, and new powers rise to fill the seats left empty by the Dunham necromancers.
Well, where do I start? Whenever you pick up a sequel to a book that you have loved, there is always the fear that it won’t live up to expectations, or the author will take the characters in a direction which wasn’t how you viewed them at the end of the first book, but I am happy to say that from the first page I knew I had nothing to worry about with The Raven Coven. Everything that I had previously said about The Raven Tower applies to this book as well by the bucket load.
The character development that began in The Raven Tower continues beautifully, as we discover more about their backstories and see new sides to them as they react to the events unfolding around them. Characters that I had overlooked a little initially really grabbed my attention this time round and I found myself developing new favourites as I went along (although it has to be said that Azra remains my number one favourite).
The imagery created around the locations is wonderful, and I found myself totally immersed in the landscape of each of them, to the point where the real world simply melted away around me.
Throughout the book there is a mystery surrounding one of the characters that almost drove me insane. I found I was reading faster and faster just to find out the truth behind what was happening, all the time coming up with my own crazy theories.
The Raven Coven is full of excitement and intrigue, but at the same time it is a book that will, at times, rip your heart right out of your chest and then stomp on it.
I know at the end of The Raven Tower I was begging Emma Miles to hurry up and write book two, but now I have book two I just really, really want a book three. I know, there’s no pleasing some people is there!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
I presently live in the stunning county of Dorset where I’m a cat slave to Wolfe and Piglitt. I spend as much time as I can outside in nature and love exploring and learning about new cultures and languages. I’ve visited Greece, Serbia, Transylvania, Sicily and Norway as well as making several road trips around our beautiful United Kingdom. I paint, sculpt, dabble in photography and do a little archery but most of all – whenever I get a chance – I write.
My writing started from a very young age when I often found myself being the one taking charge of and entertaining all my younger cousins. They loved to hear my stories and although they mostly called for ghost stories it was fantasy I fell in love with when I read The Lord of the Rings when I was ten. I went on to write stories and short ‘books’ for my friends through school and college; then one evening whilst I was waiting for my aunt and uncle to visit an image came to my mind of a boy sitting beneath a bridge. I didn’t know who he was or why he was there, but from exploring those questions ‘The Wind’s Children’ trilogy blossomed and grew with roots going back into his far history as well as stretching out to his future. The boy’s name was Tobias.
I have since left Tobias’s world of ‘Naris’ to explore the Valley with Feather in the ‘Hall of Pillars’ which is now available through Amazon. I am now presently finding my way through Elden, the beautiful Fulmer islands, the ravaged Borrows and haunted Chem with Kesta Silene; a shamaness of sorts with a big journey ahead of her. I hope you come along to share her story and join her adventure; she needs you and you won’t regret it.
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Don’t forget to have a look at the other blogs taking part in this tour to find out more about Kesta’s adventures.