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Ravensblood (English Edition) [Formato Kindle]

Shawna Reppert

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Sinossi

In a life of impossible choices when sometimes death magic is the lesser of the evils, can a dark mage save the world and his own soul?
Corwyn Ravenscroft. Raven. The last heir of an ancient family of dark mages, he holds the secret to recreating the Ravensblood, a legendary magical artifact of immense power.
Cassandra Greensdowne is a Guardian. Magical law enforcement for the elected council— and Raven’s former apprentice and lover. She is trying to live down her past. And then her past comes to the door, asking for her help.
As a youth, Raven wanted to be a Guardian but was rejected because of his ancestry. In his pride and his anger, he had turned to William, the darkest and most powerful mage of their time. William wants a return to the old ways, where the most powerful mage was ruler absolute. But William would not be a True King from the fairy tales. He would reign in blood and terror and darkest magic.
Raven discovers that he does have a conscience. It’s rather inconvenient.
He becomes a spy for the council that William wants to overthrow, with Cassandra as his contact.
Cass and Raven have a plan to trap William outside his warded sanctuary. But William is one step ahead of the game, with Raven’s life, his soul, and the Ravensblood all in danger.

Ravensblood won a Gold Medal in the 2014 Global E Book Awards. The author's first novel, The Stolen Luck, won a Silver Medal in the Global E-Book Awards and a 2014 Eppie Award.

Word count approximately 89,000 words

L'autore

From earliest childhood, Shawna Reppert has had a passion for stories-- for reading them and for writing them. Two of her stories have won honorable mentions from Writers of the Future. Previous short stories sold to online 'zines, and several 'indie' short stories are available for sale at Amazon. Her story 'The Beast Within' appears in the second Gears and Levers anthology, edited by Phyllis Irene Radford. Her debut novel, The Stolen Luck, came out with Carina Press in May of 2013. It won a silver medal in the other world fantasy category of the Global Ebook Awards and a 2014 Eppie in the fantasy romance category. In college, Shawna volunteered at a raptor rehabilitation center, which became valuable background for her short story The Sword and the Kestrel. Shawna has always had an affinity for wolves, and used to keep a wolf-dog hybrid as a pet. Her current four-footed children are a Lipizzan stallion and an orange-and-black cat named Samhain. She enjoys Irish social dancing and is an ardent supporter of live Irish music. Shawna also likes to play with the Society for Creative Anachronism and can sometimes be found in medieval garb on a caparisoned horse, throwing javelins into innocent hay bales that never did anything to her. A Pennsylvania native, she currently lives in the beautiful wine county of Oregon. For more information and to keep abreast of her current writing projects, check out her website at www.Shawna-Reppert.com

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  • Lingua: Inglese
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3 di 3 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle Romance, Action, Fantasy, It's All Great 8 dicembre 2014
Di Gordon A. Long - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Formato Kindle
A whole lot of people are going to like this one. Whether you’re into Romance, Urban Fantasy, or ordinary Fantasy, this novel has something for you. Trust me. Hey, it’s even a cop story, if you like that sort of thing.

“Ravensblood” is the story of Cass, a very mixed up young Guardian who has turned away from the evil of Dark Magic, represented by her former mentor and lover, Corwen Ravenscroft. She has tried to become a decent member of society and a policewoman to boot. She is fighting her way through the prejudice of her fellow Guardians, the hatred of her superiors, and her own divided feelings for Raven, when he suddenly returns to her life. He wants out of his association with William, the most evil, terrifying dark mage in the world. Only she can help him turn to the light without ending up the subject of a multi-day experiment in torture.
Just to make the situation more difficult, Raven tells her that he has created the Ravensblood, a stone that will increase the power of any mage who uses it. With the Ravensblood, William could bring the world under his sadistic rule.
The plot spirals rapidly downhill from there. Ms. Reppert is an expert at creating damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don’t situations that tax relationships and personalities to the exploding point. Complication piles on complication, with the freedom of the nation’s population at stake. We become involved with characters with believable goals and ideals, placed in dire but believable circumstances where we really care whether they win (survive) or not.The suspense is palpable.

The whole thing piles up to an ending that, despite all the author’s careful hints and preparation, still knocks our socks off. And also wraps up several conflicts: the romantic one, the personal one, the political one, even the good-vs-evil one. But not quite enough. I can sniff out a sequel.

Can’t wait.
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4.0 su 5 stelle enjoyable alternate Portland with magic-wielding Guardians, angsty hero, and alot of forgiveness for past dark deeds 28 marzo 2014
Di kbirdlincoln - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Formato Kindle|Acquisto verificato
3.5 stars actually.

An Urban Fantasy-esque story of mages in an alternate Portland, Oregon featuring "Guardians" trying to protect a mixed mundane and magical community from a dark mage bent on taking over the world.

Cass had the naivete and bad luck to apprentice herself to Corwyn Ravenscroft....a mage who ended up being one of William's (dark mage bent on taking over the world who tortures people for fun) right hand men. She got out in time, but now as a Guardian (magical beat cop ) responsible for keeping mundanes and magical people safe, she's mostly shunned and regarded with suspicion.

Then, her former master contacts her, bringing back all the heartbreak and pain of their former association, but Raven might be the key to keeping William from taking over. Can Cass withstand the suspicion and scrutiny of the council? Or will her past keep her from saving the present?

Lots of angst. If you like angsty, brooding mages willing to sacrifice themselves for their sins and denying their love for their naive young apprentices because they are "better off without them"...than this is your cup of tea. Most of the action revolves around Cass, Raven, and Cass' very understanding and overly compassionate-wise Aunt planning how to foil Wiliam's plans.

In fact everyone who dealt with Raven was overly wise and compassionate, including Cass' partner (in love with Cass) who becomes Raven's like best friend. This overwhelming amount of sympathy and "dont' blame yourself too much for the years of dark magery when you tortured people with William" sometimes felt a bit too much. I kind of wanted Raven to be more tortured and less understood since he had done some really dark things.

And I wished for more agency by Cass. As the heroine, I wanted less passive understanding and forgiveness and more active holding Raven to account and managing her own destiny.

Still, an enjoyable, obviously well thought-out alternate world with likeable characters. Wished for a bit more Portland landmark featuring, but the bits name-dropped were fun :)
5.0 su 5 stelle 5 Stars for dark urban fantasy 29 maggio 2015
Di Barb Taub - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Formato Kindle|Acquisto verificato
In each book of the Ravensblood series, author Shawna Reppert ticks off a laundry list of time-honored gothic novel elements, but subtly makes them her own:

*Orphaned young heroine, family members who’ve met untimely deaths. Despite her revered family name, orphaned Cassandra Greensdown, the primary focus of Book 1, struggles to overcome her past association as apprentice and lover to dark mage Corwyn Ravenscroft. But it is the also-orphaned Raven—whose mistreatment because of his dark family legacy has made him an outcast, and whose father murdered his mother—who actually embodies this trope.
* Gloomy mansion, preferably with turrets. Raven’s antique-filled home meets the requirements for this. But interestingly enough, it’s the house built by their mysterious opponent—“all modern angles and open spaces and shiny glass” that conveys the cold rejection of tradition and connection to the past.
* Weather that mirrors the frightening series of events. Ironically, the gloomy weather of the Pacific Northwest holds the comforting sense of home to Raven— especially when the separated lovers are reunited on a rain-misted clifftop—while his sojourn in sun-baked Australia is alien and disquieting.
* Mysteriously significant piece of jewelry or other macguffin. And nothing says gothic like death magic! The Ravensblood stone—forged with Raven’s blood and the deaths of his apprentice Daniel, strengthened by the deaths of two others—is the macguffin driving the plot. In the hands of their opponent, its soul-deep connection to Raven both threatens his life and the survival of everyone he’s come (reluctantly) to care about.

While the Ravensblood is the device that powers each plot, both books’ greatest strength lies in the complex characters of their two protagonists. Both Cass and Raven are deeply wounded, almost fatally flawed. He’s faced a lifetime of rejection from his own family and his magical world. She’s been betrayed by him at the deepest levels, both romantically and professionally. Trusting each other is hard enough, but trusting others is almost impossible.

This leads to some of the most harrowing experiences in the book, as Raven is taken on a spirit journey by an enigmatic Australian mage. But it also inspires some of the book’s lighter and laugh out loud humorous episodes, as the fugitive Raven must make his way without using the magic that would reveal him to his pursuers. The powerful mage who has only traveled by teleporting is almost paralyzed with fear when faced with the prospect of getting on an airplane. And he’s nearly helpless as he stands, clueless, at the entry to the airport with absolutely no idea of how to get from there to the plane, only to be rescued by the pity of a little old lady.

With the complex, evolving characters of Raven and Cass as focus, and the nicely three-dimensional supporting cast, the plot is secondary. If I had a criticism, it would be that the identity and final confrontation with their enemy in Book 2 was telegraphed early and thus lacked monumental impact. But the overall style of the writing shows the author’s confident grasp of setting, character, and theme.

Bottom line? I’d give Raven’s Wing five stars and look forward to the rest of the series. If you like a dark, character-driven fantasy with a strong romantic theme, this series is for you.

**I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**
5.0 su 5 stelle Enjoyable urban fantasy with my kind of hero 19 marzo 2015
Di winterhawk - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Formato Kindle
I am a sucker for urban fantasy, for elegant, sarcastic heroes struggling against their indiscretions on the wrong side of the moral spectrum (especially when they’re powerful mages), and for plots that don’t get bogged down in romance. Therefore, Ravensblood hit the spot quite nicely for me. Corwyn Ravenscroft is the sort of character I adore: cold, passionate, highly intelligent, and believing that he’s not worthy of the things he wants due to the mistakes he’s made in his past. Every time he came on screen, the story lit up for me. I enjoyed the worldbuilding (a world that’s a lot like ours but divided into three “Communities” of Mundane, Craft, and Art (muggles, nature/shamanic-type magic users, and classic hermetic-type mages) all working together against William, a powerful dark mage who threatens to destroy this structure and take over with his cruel ways).

I found the novel’s supporting cast to be engaging and believable as well—while I would have liked female lead Cass to be a bit more proactive (I initially wasn't sure who the protagonist was--she and Corwyn seem to share the role), she was nonetheless intelligent, perceptive, and good at her job as a “Guardian” (a sort of mage cop). I particularly liked Zack, Cass’s partner, an easygoing Aussie with a realistic view of where he fits into Cass’s story, and Ana, Cass’s aunt, a powerful and compassionate member of the Council on the Art side.

Something I liked a lot about Ravensblood was that, while there was clearly romantic attachment between some of the characters, it was handled deftly, fit the plot, and never bogged down the story with too much “mush” (can you tell I’m not a fan of stories with too much romance? ☺) The ending was edge-of-the-seat suspenseful, and I’ll even admit to my room getting a little dusty at the end, a sure sign that a story worked for me.

Overall, I quite enjoyed Ravensblood and I am looking forward to reading the second book in the series.
5.0 su 5 stelle Good story set in an intriguing world. 15 giugno 2014
Di Dale on the coast - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina flessibile|Acquisto verificato
I enjoyed this story very much and was left hoping for a sequel. The story is set in a world of magic which Shawna describes wonderfully. The story is a bit different than my normal reading material - typically engineering documents and technical papers - so I am possibly much less familiar with the terms used in a world of magic than some other readers might be. A good author is able to use the context and descriptions in a story to convey the information needed to understand a new vocabulary without leaving the reader confused by a term or jumping out of a story to read explanations of words used. This is accomplished very well, keeping the reader immersed in the story.

Shawna is able to paint descriptive pictures with enough detail to let the reader create vivid images and yet keep a story moving at a nice pace. After I finished the book I passed it on to my wife. When sitting on our deck my wife put the book down, went inside, and returned shortly with a glass of brandy - something quite unusual for my wife. I knew exactly what part of the book she had reached.

As the end of the book drew near - the pace increased and the pages grew fewer. I found myself staying up much too late wanting to finish and wondering how Shawna could bring about a conclusion without leaving me waiting for volume two. Fortunately there was indeed a satisfactory conclusion allowing me to finally put the book down and drift off to sleep. I was happy to not be left with a brief "to be continued" comment but also thinking that there remained more of this interesting world to explore and hoping for a follow on story.

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