Thursday, August 8, 2013

ARC Review: Raven Flight by Juliet Marillier

Raven Flight
Author: Juliet Marillier
Publication: Knopf Books for Young Readers (July 9, 2013)

Description: Neryn has finally found the rebel group at Shadowfell, and now her task is to seek out the elusive Guardians, vital to her training as a Caller. These four powerful beings have been increasingly at odds with human kind, and Neryn must prove her worth to them. She desperately needs their help to use her gift without compromising herself or the cause of overthrowing the evil King Keldec.

Neryn must journey with the tough and steadfast Tali, who looks on Neryn's love for the double agent Flint as a needless vulnerability. And perhaps it is. What Flint learns from the king will change the battlefield entirely—but in whose favor, no one knows. 

My Thoughts: After I found out that RAVEN FLIGHT was the sequel to SHADOWFELL, I was a little worried that I would be lost reading book two before book one. My fears were not realized. While I am sure my experience would have been more complete, RAVEN FLIGHT stands alone quite well as a fantasy novel. (Although I will be reading SHADOWFELL as soon as I can.)

When this story begins, Neryn has reached Shadowfell among the rebels and is regaining her health and strength. She is learning about her powers as a caller who can command the fae and wrestling with the boundaries between what she can do and what she should do. The rebels are slowly building the support they need to defeat the evil King Keldec when they learn that they have a deadline. One of the eight chieftains will throw in his support for the rebels if they are ready to act in eighteen months. 

Neryn needs to find the three Guardians she has not yet met and learn from them so that she will be ready. She also needs to enlist the aid of the fae in the kingdom to help with the revolution. She and Tali go off looking for the Hag of the Isles while dodging Keldec's Enforcers and other perils of the road. They need to find her, learn from her, and then go on to find the Lord of the North before winter.

All the while, Neryn is thinking about her friend and love Flint who is an Enforcer who is acting as a double agent trying to balance being the king's best friend with the needs of the rebels. She is worried about him and often sees him in her dreams. They do manage to cross paths a couple of times during the course of this story too.

The language is lush; the world building interesting; and the various Good Folk interestingly portrayed. The story is exciting and it was wonderful to watch Neryn grow in her powers and in her determination to overthrow the tyrannical King Keldec. I can't wait for the next volume to see how the battle goes. 

Favorite Quote:
"Perhaps this is best. We are each other's weakness."

"We are each other's hope," I said, and although every instinct urged me to throw my arms around him, to press my body against his, to hold him close, I withdrew my hands from his and took a step back. To be a warrior of Shadowfell was to put the cause before all else. "Be safe. Dream of good things."
I got this ARC at ALA. You can buy your copy here.

1 comment:

  1. These are not "my kind of books" but I really loved both of them. I guess good writing makes any book enjoyable -- at least for me. Great review!


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