Review: Raven Flight by Juliet Marillier.

Raven Flight

*Raven Flight is the second book in the Shadowfell trilogy, although this review won’t contain spoilers for Raven Flight it will probably contain spoilers for Shadowfell, so if you haven’t read Shadowfell and don’t want to be spoiled, stop reading now.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Neryn thought she had lost everything and could trust no one, not even her mysterious companion, Flint.

But when she finds refuge at the rebel base of Shadowfell and discovers her canny gift as a Caller, she feels the first stirrings of hope.

Now she faces a perilous journey with the rebel Tali and the Good Folk, who shadow her steps. She must find the three Guardians who can teach her how to use her unwieldy gift – one that it is rumoured could amass a powerful army.

Can Neryn master her magical power to save Alban from King Keldec’s stranglehold?

Or will she be too late?

My thoughts:

4 out of 5 stars.

At the end of Shadowfell, Neryn had made it to Shadowfell, the rebel base camp. At the start of Raven Flight, she has settled in at Shadowfell and is making herself physically stronger. But soon she must set off from Shadowfell to find the three Guardians who can teach her how to properly use her gift as a caller.

To be honest, this book started of a little slow for me. It took maybe a 100 pages or so to get into. Not that it was boring, it just wasn’t demanding my immediate attention. But this is typical for high/epic fantasies so I pushed through. It got really interesting for me once Neryn left Shadowfell with Tali and started finding the Guardians.

Once it took off, it took OFF! Then I couldn’t stop reading. For those who loved Flint, yes he is back in this one:) I’m not going to say much more than that because I don’t want to spoil anything. This isn’t a book where the romance is the be all and end all, but it has it’s moments. Flint is living in the King’s court as a double agent and has to make a lot of tough decisions in this book. You get to see a few chapters from his perspective, which was nice.

There are some unpleasant moments, but it’s toned down a lot compared to adult books of the same nature so it is still suitable for teen readers. It is full of pain and sadness. They live in a brutal time with a tyrannical king, where neighbors turn against neighbors. But is also a book about hope, hope for a better future for the generation to come.

Raven flight is about finding who you are and developing your strengths. It’s about sacrifice, heart, magic, love, strength and friendship. What I loved about this book is the friendship that slowly develops between Neryn and Tali. It was a friendship between two girls that actually had depth to it. Tali was a well developed, tough, spirited character, who I really enjoyed reading.

There were some great twists and turns that had me on edge, and I was shocked by the ending. What a hook! It will leave you desperate for book 3.

Juliet Marillier really is a pleasure to read, her writing is stunning, with some really beautiful, poetic lines. If you enjoy high/epic fantasy than this one is for you. Be prepared to stick through the slow start and you will be rewarded. I highly recommend it.

You can add it to your Goodreads here

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