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Ravensong

 

Name: Raven Song

Series: Inoki’s Game (Book 1)

Paperback: 290 pages

Published Date: March 14, 2016

Publisher: Lucid Dreams Publishing

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1944674004

ISBN-13: 978-1944674007

 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29521339-raven-song

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Raven-Song-Dystopian-Fantasy-Inokis/dp/1944674004/

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Book Blurb:

A century ago, the world burned. Even now, though rebuilt and defiant, civilization is still choking on the ashes.

 

Jackson, a smuggler, lives in the shadows, once a boy with no memory, no name, and no future. Ravens followed him, long-extinct birds only he could see, and nightmares flew in their wake. Once, Jackson thought himself to be one of the lucky few touched by magic, a candidate for the Order of Mages. He is a man now, and that dream has died. But, the ravens still follow. The nightmares still whisper in his ear.

 

Anna’s life was under the sun, her future bright, her scientific work promising. She knew nothing of The Bombings, the poisoned world, or the occult. One day, she went to work, and the next, she awoke in a box over a hundred years in the future, screaming, fighting to breathe, and looking up into the eyes of a smuggler. Anna fears she’s gone crazy, unable to fill the massive hole in her memories, and terrified of the strange abilities she now possesses.

 

The Coalition government has turned its watchful eyes towards them. The secret factions of the city move to collect them first. And, old gods stir in the darkness, shifting their pawns on the playing field.

 

If Anna and Jackson wish to stay free, they must learn what they are and why they exist.

 

Unfortunately, even if they do, it may be too late.

 

Raven Song is the first of a four book adult-oriented dystopian fantasy series, a story of intrigue, love, violence, and the old spirits in the shadows who wait for us to notice them again. Readers of Neil Gaiman, Holly Black, and Charlie Human will enjoy this dark magic-laced tale rooted on the bones of what our world could become.

 

Author Bio:

​I. A. Ashcroft has been writing fiction in many forms for almost twenty years. The author’s first book, written at age seven, featured the family cat hunting an evil sorceress alongside dragons and eagles. This preoccupation with the fantastical has not changed in the slightest.

 

Now, the author dwells in Phoenix, AZ alongside a wonderful tale-spinner and two increasingly deranged cats. Ashcroft writes almost exclusively in the realm of darker fantasy these days, loving to entertain adults with stories of magic, wonder, despair, violence, and hope, bringing a deep love of mythology into every tale penned. The author also loves diverse and intriguing casts of characters.

 

When not buried in a book, one might find Ashcroft learning languages, charting road trips, and playing tabletop RPGs with clever and fun people.

Contact the Author:

Website: http://www.ia-ashcroft.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/i.a.ashcroft

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ia_ashcroft

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15077746.I_A_Ashcroft

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/I.-A.-Ashcroft/e/B01CTY42S0/

Review: 

I did find this okay. Anna and Jackson are both distinct, with their narration being relatable. But for me, it just didn’t work. It just didn’t cut. It didn’t feel like it to me. I simply could not immerse myself in the story, reading it and relating to them was the best I could do. 

As for the world, the future is rather well thought out. Facing radiation, nuclear exposure. It’s true that we would face the problem eventually, but I could have liked a little more development and exploration of this. And making feel more like that world, I didn’t feel that it was really any different. Even though over a hundred years in the future likely would change everything. 

But I just couldn’t feel with them, I didn’t find myself supporting them. It felt as though nothing was happening. Anna and Jackson have a lot more development, yet their interactions was so few and their relationship went to being very friendly really quick. I just couldn’t buy it, and that is a flaw of the book I feel about. 

The plot was also quite a letdown, there was so many ways this could have gone. Whether Anna is someone that lives forever, or whether Anna is extremely wanted because of her abilities. I could see why, she could prevent radiation. Yet, I just didn’t feel that danger here. There wasn’t any tension really driving me, and I really couldn’t feel the emotion of the characters. It just went over me. 

I would say that this is a case of it’s not you, it’s me since it is a very good book. But it just didn’t connect with me, and I couldn’t really enjoy it. But I still recommend you to check it out, and it does have good character development but to me, needs a lot on the plot, the characters interaction. 

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

Rating: 2.5 out of 5

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This Savage Song 


Victoria Schwab is definitely becoming a favourite author of mine. Her books are always the right kind of work for me, dark yet light, with characters that I do actually care about from Kell, Lila and now Kate and August. 

The situation both of them are in are simply interesting to me, Kate aspires to be her father yet finally discovers something horrible about her father. That guy is a bastard, and she realises it. I liked how the author pulled it off, making her just be the girl that chose to do so. To me, Kate is a character which feels as though she’s constantly trying to her father yet never managing to be so. 

As for August, he is more interesting in how he hesitated to kill them. And his hesitation about the Sunai itself. 

But the drawing point of the book has to go to the world, a post-apocalyptic world where we make our own monsters? It is a fantastic idea to me in fact, it sounded just so bloody interesting after all while. Especially how they are made, the Sunai are made through extreme tragedies which sometimes happen which is a good explanation why they are so few. 

As for the other characters, I certainly like Ilsa and hoped that she got a bigger role, since August mostly bored me. Kate was what pulled me through the entire book but there were some moments where he was interesting before he fell flat all over again. As for Leo, he definitely feels the way he is being judged, righteous even if he is not completely right. 

Overall, I really enjoyed the story as a whole with the only weakness being how boring August was, most of the time. But overall, I really enjoyed this book for its world and narrator, and how it took an interesting concept and delivered quite well on it. 

Rating: 4 out of 5

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The Obelisk Gate 


This was simply perfection. The second book had been much easier for me to ease into and really enjoy the story well enough. 
Essun, here she mostly remains the same. All the while she looks for her daughter, and ends up discovering a whole new lot of things. Her turn at the end, was really interesting as to how she stopped everyone from deciding who was expendable. And she has her own badass moments here. 

As for Nassun, she is basically one of the most interesting characters as she shows a lot of development. Despite only being ten, I could relate to her and her extremely warped view on her parents. It just felt normal for a child to develop that, after seeing her brother die and everything. 

Nassun grows a lot here, where she becomes more and more aware. And eventually going down a pretty dark path. And I just want to see how it would be when they reunite(their relationship does feel complicated given how Essun is)

As for orogenes, they are also considered not just evil and their treatment doesn’t really get any better. Even though it does have some fantastical elements here now, one which can be explained. As for guardians, stone eaters and the Obelisks. I really enjoyed seeing more and more tp them and slowly going deeper and deeper. 

As for science, the entire thing about Earth becoming hostile to its inhabitants once the moon was lost is a fascinating and interesting possibility. One that can be explained using science and also using the term father earth and the moon being the child. That theory was plausible and made it far more interesting. 

In the firsr book, I mentioned that this is a good apocalyptic fantasy I have read. Here it just proves it even more, and I just love it more here. The characters, the orogenes, the seasons, all of it comes nicely together. So, I would say read this trilogy even though it may not be for everyone. The first book dragged a little for me, but this didn’t and more or less was satisfying and setting up the scene for the finale. 

Rating: 5 out of 5