Added to basket. A Game of Thrones Reissue. George R. Good Omens. Neil Gaiman. Lies Sleeping. Ben Aaronovitch. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. A Little Hatred. Joe Abercrombie. Brandon Sanderson. Jay Kristoff.
The Last Wish. Andrzej Sapkowski. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. The Girl in Red. Christina Henry. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Rivers of London. Christina Dalcher. Paperback edition. Before beginning, I had assumed that the universe that had been set up in here would be overly complicated and tied at length through several other books, but it wasn't, and I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to fall into the story, the characters, and the magical world of wizards, travelers, strange creatures, and the Ordered that Patrica Briggs had so believably, and creatively, embedded here in a realistic way.
I was hooked from the first chapter! Also, it was great to finally read a tale that not only fully featured a hero and heroine, but their family as well except Alinath, she can go to hell. The kids were an important and welcoming addition to the storyline, and as interesting characters as well, which is something I'm not quite so used to seeing in many novels. A definite, definite recommend from me to anyone else who enjoys fantasy and well written, thoughtful characters in general. Easily one of the best fantasy books I've read in a long while, and you can be sure that I'm going to be reading the next part, as well as the rest of her books.
Patricia Briggs has easily become my new favourite author after "Raven's Shadow". Sep 19, TJ rated it really liked it Shelves: reads , clean , fantasy , kindle. Gosh, it is such a nice change to read about a married couple and their children fighting the battle of good together for a change!
Briggs who could even make the Yellow Pages a must read. The first half of the book was a bit slow going as the world building took center stage. But, even then we were shown it through the eyes Gosh, it is such a nice change to read about a married couple and their children fighting the battle of good together for a change! But, even then we were shown it through the eyes of Seraph and her experiences, not through mindless info-dumps. Once the major conflict was introduced, however, things took off at a good clip and the story became much harder to put down.
I loved each of the children and their growth in developing and understanding their gifts. I especially loved the closeness and love that each of them displayed for each other. Overall, this is a fabulous edition to the already amazing work that this author offers. Jun 06, Anita rated it it was ok Shelves: fantasy-traditional.
I read 90 pages of this and gave up. I went to a Patricia Briggs book signing recently and she made fun of some of her early writings, saying "They really will publish anything," and now I get what she meant. It's not that the story is bad, it's just that the writing is not one-tenth as tight as Ms. Briggs current works. I can't explain it, but somehow I just don't care much about what happens next. This is a traditional fantasy set in a world where magic is known and sometimes feared. Seraph, o I read 90 pages of this and gave up. Seraph, of the magical Traveler race and a powerful mage, is rescued by Tier, an ex-soldier, and ends up married to him with three kids.
Travelers have a sacred duty to keep the evil Stalker's powers in check by hunting down its agents, but Seraph turns from that to live a simpler life. Then it all comes down to her and her family against evil. May 13, Aili rated it really liked it Shelves: fantasy , clean-romance. Patricia Briggs is my hero. I am constantly amazed at her characters and the relationships they have with each other.
Briggs has a great, healthy perspective on individuality, love, family, and romance.
Because her characters don't fit into the traditional fantasy mold, her plots can't be predictable. The cast of fully-developed charac Patricia Briggs is my hero. The cast of fully-developed characters drive the story to places and situations no plot has gone before. This book and its sequel gave me a fresh perspective when I was jaded to the genre.
I want to be like PB when I grow up. Jan 28, Tracy rated it it was amazing Shelves: kindle , ebook , fantasy. I devoured this book - it was absolutely great and so much fun to read.
Engaging characters, solid world building and just a good story. The kind of book that makes me excited about fantasy. It's the first of two books, but tells a self-contained story - refreshing in this age of epic series that never end and trilogies that leave you hanging. Apr 27, Jackie Bennett rated it really liked it. This is a fun fantasy novel. The magical talents that several of the characters in this book have played out like they had 3rd edition dnd classes. I had some issues with the beginning of Raven's Shadow —things that felt awkward or that frustrated me.
Around the middle, though, those issues dropped away and I was able to enjoy a wonderful story about a family caught up in events much larger than themselves.
Raven's Shadow book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Seraph is a Raven mage who left behind her responsibilities for the. Start by marking “Blood Song (Raven's Shadow, #1)” as Want to Read: Vaelin Al Sorna was only a child of ten when his father left him at the iron gate of the Sixth Order. After a long career in the British Civil Service he took up writing full time after the success of his first.
There are two problems with the beginning. First, we see Seraph and Tier before they're married and then take a 20 year jump in time where they have three kids and a struggling farm. That's a big jump and more than a little disconcerting. So I'm torn. On the one hand, it was off-putting. On the other, I don't know how it could have been done better. Second, Tier disappears early after that year jump even though he's the only viewpoint we had up to that point. So we spend a bunch of time with Seraph and the kids trying to find out what happened and dealing with local persecution Seraph was an outsider to begin with and now that Tier is gone, she has little local support and not a little local antagonism.
Tier is supposed to be dead a body was found , but there's enough "off" about it that you just know there's more to the story. It's not only a viewpoint jump, but we stick with Seraph and kids long enough that it feels like this is where the story is headed. And then at a critically tense moment with SaK whammo we shift to a new perspective and then, finally we're back with Tier. I practically got whiplash at the shift and that took me completely out of the story.
Once past that second third? After that point, no new perspectives were introduced and the transitions are much less brutal. From there it was smooth sailing and I was able to enjoy what turns out to be an excellent story about magic, family, leadership, and responsibility. One reason those early jumps were so disconcerting is because I just liked Tier so much. He's a veteran looking to settle down, intimately familiar with the foibles of those around him, but willing to look at their potential as well.
He's kind and forgiving and willing to work with whatever someone else is willing to give him. It was no surprise to me that he started subverting his captors almost before they'd finished locking him up. That he did so with deliberation and forethought and was so effective at it bore out my earlier attachment to him and was, frankly, fun to experience. I wasn't as attached to Seraph, but then, that's part of what makes her work as an interesting character.
Her honest love and devotion for Tier was enough to attach my affections and her growth as she accepted her trials and overcame them was a great part of the climax of the book. You knew from the start that she could, and would, fight for her own but it was rewarding to see that she could, and would, negotiate, compromise, wheedle and cajole for it as well.
That she turned out to be a competent leader was an unlooked for, but gratifying, development. Lastly, it was a pleasant surprise given some of my last few books for a book that is part of a duology to end so gracefully. There are no stupid cliff-hangers and no cheesy manipulation designed to make you impatient for the next novel. It would have been easy to end this book in a tense place and save the resolution for later.
Kudos to Patricia Briggs for resisting that temptation. Jun 10, Amber rated it really liked it Shelves: reviewed , fantasy , family-focus. And yet, somehow all these old, tired pieces combine to form something just different enough to be enjoyable.
Not astoundingly, brilliantly different see: Brandon Sanderson but comfortably individual. Like a dilapidated armchair that has been re-stuffed and re-covered: familiar, yet still with a certain newness to it. The cover might also be misleading you in this direction; it looks like a paranormal romance between a richly-robed sorceress and her shape-shifting lover. This is unfortunate, as the woman on the cover is most likely the close to years-old for most of the book mage Seraph, and the animal featured beside her is probably her adult son, Jes.
When Tier goes missing, it will take all of them to help save the day. The charm of it lies not so much in the worldbuilding uncomplicated or plot straightforward or villain underdeveloped but in the characters: multiple, complex, all with different and often conflicting goals and motivations. I like the fact that this fantasy had a mature heroine.
Seraph is a traveller and she is rescued but the soldier Tier. Travellers are not liked, they have magic, they are said to steal babies and all sorts of other stupid things. They are feared. Seraph and Tier gets married and 20 years later the real story starts. A mature heroine with 3 kids, and a missing husband.
In short, it's compelling. I could practically end my review with that answer but that wouldn't do justice to how great this book is. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Fantasy and high fantasy is notorious for Gary Stus, we know that. But I liked that. Error rating book. View all 18 comments.
Seraph was strong, and I liked her. Tier too, he was all nice. The kind you just want to hug. I did get angry at all silly peasants I like the fact that this fantasy had a mature heroine. I did get angry at all silly peasants and alike. They do not like the travellers, but the travellers are trying to protect these ignorant idiots. But I liked that. There is always some people at the bottom of the pecking order. And it makes you wonder what will happen when all travellers have been killed.
There was fantasy, magic and real life life too. I liked that the book had an ending. So a good stand alone novel, but things are not solved so book 2, here I come. Jan 13, Yvette rated it it was amazing Shelves: fantasy.
I am a Patricia Briggs fan. I love her books because she always has strong female characters with realistic quirks. A fun read for a rainy day! Jun 23, JJ rated it really liked it. This book doesn't know where the story starts. All of part one is is slow and wasted space in which nothing really happens. It could be summed up in a couple sentences of backstory in part two. But once you get past that this really takes off. Very interesting characters, interesting magic system, and pretty gripping tension leading up to the big ending. It is half of a duology and it very much feels like half, but it is a very enjoyable half.
I think what I like most though is that Seraph is li This book doesn't know where the story starts. I think what I like most though is that Seraph is like the competent "guy" and Tier is like ultra Mary-Sue but also damsel in distress. I mean he makes the best of it, but I love the way the standard gender roles feel warped and more interesting than what one would expect.
And I like that she's like this fierce mother who just gathers up her kids, makes sure they are both safe and strong and then sets them on everyone. This ended up being much more wholesome and satisfying than I could have expected. Nothing groundbreaking as far as fantasy plots and settings go: we have misunderstood magical gypsies, feared and killed because of their peculiar powers; an evil cult killing and torturing and doing other evil deeds; a puppet emperor trying to regain control of his reign; dark forces returning after centuries But it was a nice change to have protagonists who are not young adults dealing with their first real relationship, but rather a couple who has been married for twenty years.
And bonus po Nothing groundbreaking as far as fantasy plots and settings go: we have misunderstood magical gypsies, feared and killed because of their peculiar powers; an evil cult killing and torturing and doing other evil deeds; a puppet emperor trying to regain control of his reign; dark forces returning after centuries And bonus points for a hero who isn't an alpha male.
Sep 15, Lisa rated it it was amazing. I'd have to sift through what bothers me about Mercy Thompson and Alpha and Omega - I think offhand I find Mercy's boy toy boring and wooden not in a good way. Acting 16 when you're 26 isn't cute. Also Briggs urban fantasy feels predictable to me. Now, this book I really enjoyed. Reminds me of Patricia C. Wrede's high fantasy or maybe Mercedes Lackey. I think fans of Ilona Andrews might like this too.
Lots of fantasy tropes galloping around but for me they sort of provided a comfortable background and framework for creating an interesting magical system, good characterization, and good plot development. Just really fun. I liked that the main characters were strong and smart but also vulnerable - not Mary Sues, not infallible, not unhurtable. The kids were really fun too.
A good universe in which there are actual costs and risks with power. I mean, really.
Apr 10, Douglas rated it really liked it. I'm finding I like Patricia Briggs. She has an easy style of writing that's well paced. Though this book is a little slower than her Mercy Thompson series, it still moves well enough that don't feel anything of a sort of drag. In fact, if anything I almost wanted this book to be a little longer to see a bit more world-building. Briggs writes good chemistry for the principals: Tier and Seraph. Both are strong in their own right, both have their own personalities that are different enough yet compl I'm finding I like Patricia Briggs.
Both are strong in their own right, both have their own personalities that are different enough yet compliment each other. The development of their relationship proceeds believably as a result. Several of the secondary characters prove entertaining as well. If I have any complaint, it's that the antagonists don't have the same breadth of character as the protagonists. In some ways, they are a bit cartoonish, not a match for the protagonists. I'm making it to appear more than it is. It's really a small complaint, and I give this book four stars so it's obviously not a glaring flaw.
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