Review: Crowfall by Ed McDonald

Crowfall by Ed McDonald

Synopsis and Details:

In the third gritty installment of the Raven’s Mark series, Blackwing Captain Ryhalt Galharrow finds that all power comes with a price…

A sorcerous cataclysm has hit the Range, the final defensive line between the republic and the immortal Deep Kings.

Tormenting red rains sweep the land, new monstrosities feed on fear in the darkness, and the power of the Nameless, the gods who protect the republic, lies broken. The Blackwing captains who serve them are being picked off one by one, and even immortals have learned what it means to die. Meanwhile, the Deep Kings have only grown stronger, and they are poised to deliver a blow that will finally end the war.

Ryhalt Galharrow stands apart from it all.

He has been deeper into the wasteland known as the Misery than ever before. It has grown within him–changed him–and now the ghosts of his past, formerly confined to the Misery, walk with him everywhere.

They will even follow him–and the few surviving Blackwing captains–on one final mission into the darkness.

Series: Raven’s Mark #3 |  Genres: Fantasy  |  Release Date: July 02, 2019  |  Publisher: Ace Books  | Pages: 416  |  ISBN: 978-0399587856  |  ASIN: B07J46SBS5  |  Format: ARC  |  Source: Penguin Random House

Review with Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I felt it in my chest. It was the Misery, and it was Crowfoot, and some of it was me. But they were all linked together, all one now. We were part of a whole. Like called to like. The Misery-taint glowed within me, reaching for the magic that I felt in the air all around me.

Crowfall is the third book in the Raven’s Mark series and it was a truly visceral read filled with raw emotion, schemes, and double-crosses. This story picks up six years after the end of Ravencry and much has changed over the years since Ryhalt Galharrow chose to live in isolation in the wastelands of the Misery. Spending time there was not safe or healthy and to willingly subject oneself to such a sentence was pure insanity. Which was exactly what was taking place with Ryhalt. The writing describing his decent into madness was enthralling because, through it all, there remained an awareness that Ryhalt was holding firm, staying just sane enough, to follow through on a bigger picture plan that he committed to years ago. Which coincidentally made choices, made on Ryhalt’s part, in the previous book, make much more sense.

Ryhalt chose to descend into the Misery, come what may, but he always held a part of himself back from her, a part which she wanted. The relationship between Ryhalt and the Misery was well written and complex. She had always been on the periphery but in this story, there is a true understanding of the Misery’s place in all things which was fascinating and horrific. I loved that! With time spent in the Misery, Ryhalt was a changed man, barely fit for society, which led to complications when he returned to town. Despite the challenges, he knew the time for action was drawing near and he had to make the most of the moments he had left. I loved how he used his time to settle some old scores, make amends for past transgressions, and to finally have some closure. A lot was unpacked in this story and tied together. I did not think that all the questions I had would be handled but they were and it was stunningly done!

What makes this series memorable is Ryhalt Galharrow. His character’s development was nothing short of a deep-seated and impactful journey. To hear his story told through his narrative adds a depth of feeling filled with remorse, honor, and resignation. Everything he did was to make whatever difference he could for the existence of others but never for himself. He counted himself out a long time ago but still carried on to do what he could in the time he had left. He was admirable but not in a way that most would see. For so many reasons I loved his character but above all else it was his commitment to what held his heart that endeared me to him. Crowfall is by no means a love story but there is an element of love and commitment that would make any romantic swoon, it is just buried under layers of blood, sacrifice, and dystopia. Which happens to appeal to me, so there you go. If you have not started this series, then I urge you start today. There is nothing to lose and everything to gain!

*Thank you to Ace Books for this ARC of Crowfall*

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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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