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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Raven Flight by Juliet Marillier

Raven Flight: A Shadowfell Novel  is the second in this YA fantasy trilogy.  I read the first one last summer and enjoyed it.  

In the first book, Neryn has a canny gift that endangers her life; Keldec, the sinister king of Alban, destroys or uses any of his subjects who have a hint of magic, so Neryn is on the run.

Neryn journeys to Shadowfell, a place the offers safety among the rebels who oppose the king.  She is accompanied on her journey by some of the Goodfolk and a human named Flint.

Raven Flight begins after Neryn's arrival at Shadowfell.  Her journey revealed that her canny gift was even more than she realized;  Neryn is a Caller.  Her role in the efforts to overthrow Keldec will be crucial, and she must master her gift in order to be of use.

In the refuge of Shadowfell, Neryn recovers from the ill effects of her long journey and begins building her strength for another journey that will send her to the 4 quarters of the compass to learn from the Guardians more about how to handle her gift.

Accompanied by Tali, the strong and canny female warrior, and longing for Flint, Neryn sets out to find the Hag, Guardian of the Western Isles.  The pace is relatively slow, and although there are several action scenes, much of the journey deals with the developing friendship between the two women who have such different personalities.

Raven Flight should please YA fantasy fans.  Neryn is a quietly brave and determined protagonist with a strong moral and ethical sense that keeps her from abusing her gift.

NetGalley/Random House Children's

Fantasy/YA.  July 9, 2013.  Print version: 416 pages.
  • ISBN-10: 0375869557

1 comment:

  1. For some reason I didn't like the first book enough to ever finish it. Hopefully it was just timing!