Ravencry by Ed McDonald (Raven’s Mark #2)

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Published by Gollancz

3 stars

Synopsis:

Four years have passed since Nall’s Engine drove the Deep Kings back across the Misery, but as they hurl fire from the sky, darker forces plots against the republic.

A new power is rising: a ghost in the light known only as the Bright Lady manifests in visions across the city, and the cult that worship her grasp for power even as the city burns around them.

When Crowfoot’s arcane vault is breached, an object of terrible power is stolen, and Galharrow and his Blackwings must once find out which of Valengrad’s enemies is responsible before they have a chance to use it.

To save Valengrad, Galharrow, Nenn and Tnota must venture to a darker, more twisted and more dangerous place than any they’ve walked before: the very heart of the Misery.

RAVENCRY is the second book in the Raven’s Mark series, continuing the story that began with the award winning epic fantasy BLACKWING.


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Review for Blackwing (Raven’s Mark #1)

I wanted to enjoy this book so much that I’m still wondering if I was just in a bad mood when I read it… the first book in the series was hot stuff and I’ve been waiting for this sequel since I finished the last chapter of Blackwing!

This book is set four years after the first and Ryhalt Galharrow is still recovering from the trauma of the past, but Crowfoot is a hard taskmaster and putting him to work to find a lost artefact from his vault. This leads him and his old friends back to the Misery and we finally get to learn more about its magical origins.

The Misery is a character in its own right – it’s a magical wasteland that does weird and distinctly un-wonderful things to the people who roam it.
I loved learning more about the Misery and its effects on people in this book, but it was the only old character (apart from Galharrow) that I felt played enough of a role – Nenn was my favourite character from Blackwing, I was gutted that she didn’t appear anywhere near as much as I wanted this time around.

I  think that I failed to bond with this book because despite sharing the same characters and continuing the story from the first, it has much slower pacing and just doesn’t feel like a natural continuation to the story. Whatever it was that made the first shine for me, was missing from this installment.

I think this is a book that’s going to make a lot of people very happy with its dark storyline and gritty violence… I’m going to have to give it another go in a couple of months and see if it was just me being in a shitty mood, McDonald’s work is worth the effort!

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