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The Raven Song: A Novel (A Conspiracy of Magic) Paperback – October 11, 2022
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Fleeing Victorian London, a witch finds her newfound independence comes with all-new perils―both mortal and immortal.
Forever untangling the branches of her strange family tree, Edwina Blackwood is at a turning point. Her parents’ disappearances still strike her as unaccountably odd. Her sister’s questionable life and untimely death have left her shaken. Spellfire has transformed her home and livelihood to ash. And now a devious stalker is on her trail. With supernatural detective Ian Cameron by her side, Edwina can’t get out of London fast enough.
Gaining safe passage, she finds refuge with Sir Henry Elvanfoot, famed wizard of the north, and is promised protection from ill-aimed curses. But in this unfamiliar city of fair folk and witches, where the veil between Earth and the Otherworld is about to be lifted, something is amiss. How else to explain Edwina’s sudden prophetic visions? Or the fear that surviving whoever pursues her will require the powers of an ancient bloodline she’s only beginning to comprehend?
Whatever destiny awaits, it’s Edwina’s to finally control. Where will it lead? Only time, cunning, and magic―in this world or the Other―will tell.
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“Readers will enjoy an imaginative, skillfully written dive into Victorian fantasy.” ―Historical Novels Review
About the Author
Luanne G. Smith is the Amazon Charts and Washington Post bestselling author of The Raven Spell, The Vine Witch, The Glamourist, and The Conjurer. She lives in Colorado at the base of the beautiful Rocky Mountains, where she enjoys hiking, gardening, and a glass of wine at the end of the day. For more information, visit www.luannegsmith.com.
- Publisher : 47North (October 11, 2022)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 269 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1662505787
- ISBN-13 : 978-1662505782
- Item Weight : 9.9 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #219,924 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #2,208 in Historical Fantasy (Books)
- #2,757 in Folklore (Books)
- #3,422 in Dark Fantasy
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Ian takes Edwina to the only place he thinks he can help keep her safe from the stalker that is sending ominous notes and put a tracking spell on her. Back to his home where there are more witches and Fae in the town and he has friends who can help him with her safety. Still the man tracking Edwina is also not what he seems and Ian, whose memories Mary took, might have been looking for the sisters specifically when he went to London. Unsure of himself, he keeps a small distance hoping he didn't betray Mary.
This is an interesting mystery where at times you get to look through the villains' eyes and see just how deranged and corrupted they are. The stalker's goals are creepy and it adds to the fear the reader feels for Edwina. In Ian's home town, the veil between the faery realm and the mortal world are about to become thin as Sauwin approaches the the Fae will cross over for a night of revelry. Edwina has a part to play that will answer all the questions she has about herself, her sister and her gift.
Luanna G Smith seems to improve as a writer every book and she has come a long way since her first book The Vine Witch and even since The Raven Spell. She does a great job of capturing the feel of the city in a Victorian time while adding a subtle flare of magic to it. I've enjoyed this story and the slight romance and mystery involved in it. Edwina's character has come a long way since the first book and it was a satisfying conclusion to the series.
***Rumors were like weeds, setting their roots deep and flowering quickly so they could go to seed and release their nonsense and be carried away on the wind.***
***The fair folk operated by different rules than the mortal and witch isle residents. They were flighty, capricious, fickle. Yet they had honorable hearts and occasionally showed kindness if you remained in their good graces. But cross them and your life wasn’t worth spit.***
Savannah Jones is a favorite narrator of mine and she is perfect for these light mysteries with some romance in them. Her voice is a pleasure to listen to and she always does great with her narration of the story. I was able to listen to this at my usual 1.5x speed.
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I listened to this on audiobook over two days. My feels on it have fluctuated whilst I read it. I only realised that I was reading the second book before reading the first a couple chapters before the end.
I like how it was written and how the reader read it. It felt like I was there a lot of the time. I like how the world was subtly given to us. There weren't massive paragraphs of text (that I can tell, I did listen it it on audiobook). I like the characters and the world.
I dislike one particular line where it said if anyone owned someone they did because they loved them. This wasn't an antagonist saying this.
I also found some aspects of this book unsettling. One person has committed suicide. It is an upsetting subject that might be seen as triggering. I'd advice reader discretion.
I'd recommend this to people who like victorian-style worlds with witches and people who like other worlds and creatures in their books they read.
Why rating: at some point it was 5 stars but by the end it was either 3 stars (okay in my book) or 4 stars (I liked it in my book). Since I liked and loved some aspects I thought it wouldn't be right to put 3 stars. At the same time I felt that the book was just okay. Not the best, not the worst, just okay.
I would like to give a big thank you to the writer for writing this. Even if it isn't my favourite, I can feel the amount of effort put into it. It's just not a book for me. Thank you for putting words to page, I know myself how hard it is sometimes.
Thoroughly reccomend if you like Dresden Files, Invisible Library and Neil Gaiman.
Off to find book three now.
Luanne G Smith created characters that will stay with me for a long time and a story that kept giving. Worth reading if you like the supernatural mystery.