54 thoughts on “Ravencry by Ed McDonald

  1. Wow! You say the writer manages to put readers into a trance, well you certainly put me into a trance with this review! Seriously this sounds amazing. I was completely spellbinded right from the very beginning of your review. The main character sounds amazing, and if there is one thing I like in pretty much any kind of medium it’s great characters. So..this is a trilogy I will really be adding to my to read list. It’s been quite a while since I read a good fantasy novel. Really want to get back into that genre again, ASAP. Fantastic post Lashaan! 😊

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    1. Aw man, I appreciate the kind words, good sir. That definitely gives me a wonderful boost of motivation. Yep. It’s a bit rare to see a lot of first-person fantasy stories nowadays, but this one is truly amazing. You can feel the weight that Ryhalt carries around and all his veteran experience in his quite-dangerous world. I’m convinced the finale will seal the deal and make this a classic trilogy in the genre. 😀 Thanks again for taking the time to read this, Michel!

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  2. Awesome review!
    I bought the first book recently, after seeing some raving reviews, and cuz the cover was lovely 😀
    The religion theme is quite intriguing. I’m not religious, but the history of religion always interested me, even if it’s a fictional one. I mean, the author had to get the idea from real life…?

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    1. Thanks, Norrie! 😀 It’s actually the blogosphere that put the first book on my radar too. And ever since I got to read Blackwing, I was incredibly happy to have gotten through it. And yes! These covers are GORGEOUS! I love the design. I can’t imagine what the third one would look like. 😛

      I’m not religious either and have always seen religion as a concept created to explain what mankind was not yet ready to explain and understand. How it is delivered or expressed in real life or fiction has always intrigued me since it shows a lot on how much the person grasps the concept and delivers it. Clearly, in Ravencry, Ed McDonald took inspiration of how some of the more extreme cults/religions were brought to life and implanted within a fantasy setting. He does magnificently! 😀

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  3. I am very on the fence with this series.

    On one hand, it sounds wonderfully intriguing and well written. Al the reviews of the previous book and this one by the people I follow are all positive.
    On the other hand, the dark, the grim, the eating away of sanity, all that stuff puts me on edge. I don’t enjoy Grimdark and honestly that is the biggest obstacle to me even trying this trilogy. Thankfully, I don’t really have to make a decision until the final book comes out 🙂

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    1. I can definitely see your struggle regarding this series. It’s a beautiful, atmospheric darkness that Ed McDonald writes up in this series. I would however be pretty curious to see what you’d think of it all someday, and hopefully, after the final book comes out, you’ll get the chance to test Blackwing and decide if it’s too dark or perfect. 😀

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    1. Thank you, Paul. I’d definitely recommend this series to anyone. I have a hard time imagining how it could disappoint anyone. And if you’re already interested just by the sound of it all, especially of its plot, then the odds that you’ll enjoy it are pretty high. 😀

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  4. Wow! What a passionate review, Lashaan! It’s obvious that Ravencry left you with a lot to think about. Character development and relationships are key to my enjoyment of any text. I’ll be keeping an eye on the final book to be published. After all, you know I can’t read a series until they are all out. 😉

    Do you think Ravencry suffers at all from middle-book-syndrome? It doesn’t sound like it! But, having not read your review for book 1, it’s hard to compare…

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    1. Thank you, Jackie! ❤ I do love a good story that does more than just tell an adventure. So much was put into the character's place within this world and the world-building. I'm just happy that the author was able to build it all up without tripping!

      Not at all. I felt like both books had different intentions. The fact that the second book went with whole other way of telling the story felt fresh and different for me. While everything in the first book heavily carries over, it still managed to find a way to tell it differently. Although… coming from someone who has only given praise for the first book (yeh.. if you thought this was passionate, you'll be surprised by what I had to say about Blackwing hahaha), you might have to gather thoughts about this series from some more folks to see what's up. 😀

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  5. I haven’t read Blackwing yet, unfortunately, but your stellar review for both books definitely has piked my interest even further. And hey, anything invoking ravens is kind of in right now and I’m totally for it, no matter how vapid that sounds. I AM IN FOR IT.

    Seriously, this guy sounds like a terrific and underappreciated author. I don’t see many reviews for his books going around, except for a few niche bloggers, and even those are hard to find. So kudos for reading this and enjoying it! It definitely seems to tick all the right boxes, which is a feat in itself.

    I’m not currently in the mood for darker fantasy types but when I am, oh boy, will I try and get my hands on this one. Amazing review, as always, Lashaan! 🙂

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    1. If you’re into the whole darker fantasy world, then this is just a must. It’s way too beautiful. And hell yes to ravens. I mean… I don’t read YA novels, but I know how omnipresent ravens are, and being finally able to read something that has ravens?! Hell yes! 😀 I do have to admit that I feel like the author and his series doesn’t get as much marketing going on than others do, but man does it deserve it. Maybe it’s how dark it is that makes it harder to do publicity around hahah Thanks for reading as always, Sophie! 😀

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    1. I’m soooo not surprised to hear your interest upon reading about the whole religion and faith stuff hahahah I think you’d find it quite intriguing when you around to it. If you ever do give Blackwing and Ravencry a shot, I hope you’ll love them! 😀

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  6. Awesome review Lashaan. The intriguing world building and the characters, especially the complex MC are a point in its favor. I don’t mind a dark fantasy but there has to be a light at then end of the tunnel. Something positive out of the weight the MC carries. Can’t wait! ❤️❤️

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    1. Thank you so much, Dani! And yes to a complex MC! He’s absolutely awesome here. Yes, you’re right about the need for a little ray of hope within all the darkness. It’s why the humour (while a bit darker) helps alleviate the tone. It’s not a story that just drags you into depression though. It has its moments to boost the reader with excitement, hope and happiness. 😉

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  7. You read it!
    Man, your review just pulled me right back into the book and what you say is true- it truly is breathtaking… the ending left we cursing in the middle of the room and it was just whoooaaaa- so much passion and pain and anguish and worries. Galharrow is probably one of the best characters for me out there!
    Brilliant review, as always 😉

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    1. Couldn’t wait any longer! 😛 Tell me about it. I’m sort of sad that there’s only one more book left in this series, Galharrow is such a phenomenal character. I could totally see this book being turned into an amazing movie. The creatures alone would make this so epic! :O Thanks for reading, Liz!

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