Review: Ravencry by Ed McDonald

Ravencry by Ed McDonald

Synopsis and Details:

In the second gritty installment of the Raven’s Mark series, a bounty hunter faces down the darkest evil.

Four years have passed since Nall’s Engine drove the Deep Kings back across the Misery, but as they hurl fire from the sky, darker forces plots against the republic.

A new power is rising: a ghost in the light known only as the Bright Lady manifests in visions across the city, and the cult that worship her grasp for power even as the city burns around them.

When Crowfoot’s arcane vault is breached, an object of terrible power is stolen, and Galharrow and his Blackwings must once find out which of Valengrad’s enemies is responsible before they have a chance to use it.

To save Valengrad, Galharrow, Nenn and Tnota must venture to a darker, more twisted and more dangerous place than any they’ve walked before: the very heart of the Misery.

Series: Raven’s Mark #2  |  Genres: Fantasy  |  Release Date: August 21, 2018  |  Publisher: Ace Books  |  Pages: 384  |  ISBN: 978-0399587825  |  ASIN: B077RHN775  |  Format: ARC  |  Source: Netgalley

Review with Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I have been eagerly awaiting the release of Ravencry and it was nothing like I was expecting but I really enjoyed it nonetheless. Whereas Blackwing gave us non-stop action, Ravencry was more about the changes occurring in Ryhalt himself. For the last four years things have been relatively calm for the Blackwings but Ryhalt has been slowly succumbing to heartbreak and an almost sort of general decay. What keeps him going is the thought that Ezabeth gave her life to protect the Range and he could do no less otherwise he felt that her sacrifice would have been in vain. My heart tore for Ryhalt because the moment Ezabeth died he truly stopped living.

Ryhalt had become a shell of a man and there is growth with his character but it is definitely on the inside. He has more sympathy and awareness of sentimentalities than what he had in the previous book but it was not something that as a character he was aware of but as a reader I could see the changes in him. These changes also affected the dynamics of his relationships with others which was interesting. There were certain possibilities in this story that existed for Ryhalt to choose and his entire life could have been on a different track which I really wanted for him. I was torn with indecision though because I felt myself wanting him to choose the other possibilities but at the same time I was with him for choosing his loyalties. It was a conundrum and I definitely felt myself going back and forth a lot.

The pace of Ravencry is slow but the story itself is visceral. The overarching plot with the Deep Kings trying to take over the Range was still ongoing. This time though, they had a new method of attack that is safer for them but their reasoning for their onward push was entirely different from last time. There is also an important portion of the story that takes place in the Misery and, wow, you don’t want to miss out on what happened there. Gave me a lot to chew on with how it will impact the story going forward. In addition, there is much going on politically as well as relating to religion in this story but behind it all is a puppet master of sorts. That my friends was the most chilling part of it all, so freaking creepy! Ravencry may be a far cry from its prequel but it is an essential part of the story that is to come and the ending was a wonderful but heartbreaking surprise that has me eagerly anticipating the next installment in the Raven’s Mark series.

*Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group & NetGalley for this eARC of Ravencry*

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This review is based on a complimentary book I received. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.




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