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Raven’s Wing is the second book in the Ravensblood series by Shawna Reppert. It is available in both e-book and paperback.
This book, while still qualifying as a novel at 228 pages, is much shorter than book one. However, it is a good follow-up on what happened with Cass’s new job and starts a new threat for Cass and Raven to overcome. From what I understood, two years passed between book one and book two. During that time, Cass and Raven became lovers. I wish this hadn’t been skipped over, but it makes sense for this series since it is the equivalent of PG-rated.
I think readers can jump in here if they haven’t read the first book, because the author provided enough background information.
I liked how the problem that Cass and Raven has to deal with is readily apparent. This book has less action than the first, but more mystery. The identity of the villain is kept a secret for most of the book.
As a whole, I didn’t like this book as much as the first one. The mystery of the villain’s identity wasn’t really much of a mystery. It was too easy to tell who it was.
Still, I think it was a good contribution to the series. I would read more books from Shawna Reppert. I recommend this series to readers who like:
Shawna Reppert is the author of Ravensblood; Raven’s Wings; Duets for Ravens (two short stories); The Stolen Luck; We Don’t Serve Your Kind (a short story); The Three Tunes (three short stories); and The Sword and the Kestrel.
Shawna Reppert, an award-winning author of fantasy and steampunk, is proud of keeping readers up all night and making them miss work deadlines. She believes that fiction should ask questions for which there are no easy answers, while at the same time taking the reader on a fine adventure that grips them heart and soul and keeps them turning pages until the very end. To that purpose, she took workshops and seminars from the likes of David Farland, Donald Maass, Elizabeth Lyon, and Charles de Lint.
“Definitely give this author a chance,” says one reader, “her storytelling will draw you in. Her style is just a hint of Andre Norton, a dash of J. K. Rowling, and the tiniest pinch of Anne Rice. The rest is her own unique stamp.”
Her debut novel, The Stolen Luck, won a silver medal for original-world fantasy in the Global Ebooks Awards and an Eppie for fantasy romance. The first book of her Ravensblood urban fantasy series won a gold medal for contemporary fantasy. The much-awaited sequel, Raven’s Wing, has been recently released.
Two of her short stories won Honorable Mention in the prestigious Writers of the Future contest, and her steampunk werewolf story, The Beast Within, appears in the anthology Gears and Levers 2 edited by Phyllis Irene Radford.
Shawna’s love of live Irish music and dance frequently influences her work. She has an affinity for wolves and used to keep a wolf hybrid as a pet, a background which helps her put the wolf in her werewolves. Her current four-footed children are a Lipizzan stallion and a black-and-orange cat named Samhain who occasionally takes over her blog.
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.
She grew up in Pennsylvania, and now lives in the beautiful wine country of Oregon. Each has colored her writing in different ways.
You can find her work on Amazon. Friend her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter, where she posts an amazing array of geekery, including history tidbits, Whovian memes, Trek humor, writing tips, and pics of David Tennant in a kilt.
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