Monday, 19 March 2012

Review: Raven's Strike - Patricia Briggs

Series: Raven #2
Genre: Light fantasy/romantic
Pages: 381
Published: 2010 (2005)
Publisher: ACE
Source My own


The Traveler Seraph must use all her cunning and ability as a Raven mage to track down an unimaginable force of destruction known as the Shadowed. 

My thoughts:
I liked it, but at the same time I was really confused. It seems that some books I can pick up years afterward and just go with the flow. But this one suffered even though it had only gone a year since I read book 1. It was like I was trying to find my way to the dark, and the same thing happened throughout the entire book. So I would say that if you read book 1 then read book 2 fast, that could have saved it for me.

Still, I liked it cos it is Briggs. Sure it is not my kind of epic fantasy. It is very light, but sweet can be nice too. The world is not as built as it could be, she focused more on the orders and magic.

I guess there had to be something about it if I liked it even though I was lost a few times. The people were just so nice. I liked Jes, I liked that the Emperor was a new kind of man. Seraph seemed harsher though, and Teir softer.

Conclusion:
And of course I only read it cos it was by Briggs ;) her earlier stuff is fun too.

Cover
I like it

40 comments:

  1. Glad you were able to enjoy it even if it was a bit confusing. Nice, honest review.

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    1. So very confusing, but I made it through

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  2. I have yet to read anything by Briggs, but I do think light fantasy works better for me, so I think I might like this one a bit better. Guess I'll find out when I try. :)

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    1. It's very light, very much so. Sweet and not so built (the world). A good stepping stone, or just a book to stay with. Since it's good after all. i do like light

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  3. I love Patricia Brigg's but I haven't read the Raven series.

    Sounds okay but I like my Mercy Thompson! I need to catch up on the last 2 books still.

    Great review as always :o]

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    1. You have not caught up? Hurry! I love the Mercy books :D

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  4. Now you know how I feel...I'm one of those people who forget everything a couple months after reading a book.

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    1. Sometimes I just pick up a book and read, but is so did not work here. And yes my memory sucks!

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  5. See, that's how I am with pretty much EVERY series - if it's more than a few weeks since I read the previous books, I have no idea what's going on.

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    1. I would have to read them all at once. Cos I wont re-read, I would not get anything done then

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  6. WHen I read this duology, I kept thinking it was like an intro to fantasy - fun and easy read for those that don't usually read fantasy. But Briggs is always worth readinG! :)

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    1. That makes sense. It's a good intro, for peeps to read more, or just stay with this fluffier fantasy.

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  7. I thought this was like an introduction to those who don't usually read fantasy! It's fun and easy to read - plus Briggs is always worth a read! :)

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  8. I haven't read this series of hers, but I adore her Mercy Thompson books and the Alpha and Omega series, so I think I would probably enjoy these as well. I often get really confused when I pick up book 2 of a series months or a year after the first book, so you're not alone there!

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    1. I am glad to hear that :D So freaking confused. And it kept on going. Maybe cos book 1 felt like it was the end, and still there came a book 2

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  9. Hmmm...I don't know. Fantasy light?

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    1. Walk way Ana, I fear it is too light and sure it is not romantic fantasy in away either, but damn, it i fluffy. If it was not Briggs I would not like it that much

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  10. Oh I think I'd read it just because it was Briggs too. :) Still sounds good enough for me to enjoy! Thanks!

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  11. I like the cover for this one! I hadn't heard of it before now but like you I want to read it just based off of the author :)

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    1. Hihi. good :D Her earlier books are more unknown

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  12. I like that cover. And I do want to try her fantasy reads. :) Thanks for the review.

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    1. I got 3 more books waiting by her, all light fantasy ;)

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  13. This is an author that I want to try but maybe not with this one right?

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    1. Nah, I'd rather see you start with her UF series, Mercy Thompson

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  14. Still working my way through Mercy Thompson series..might start the other series, then swing back to this one...thanks for a great review

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    1. I love the Mercy books :) And yes this one was not the best. I liked her Hob book better

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  15. I hate when I get confused while reading a sequel. Half the time it was my fault because I didn't know there was a previous book, buuut in some cases the author doesn't remind the reader of the key-points.
    Anyyyyways, great review. Short, but sweet.

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    1. Here it was this general confusion. Dunno, it felt strange. I remembered, sort of, what happened before, still i was confused

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  16. I haven't read any of her other books yet, but I am going to, one day :)

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  17. I have always been curious about Patricia Briggs' fantasy stuff. Glad to hear it's not crap and thanks for the tip about reading the books close together. :)

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    1. I will read more of them :) Hopefully they will be good too. Even if one of them, well Patricia herself said it isn't that good ;)

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  18. I read Raven's Shadow and Raven's Strike one right after the other and loved it! But that was donkey's years ago and couldn't really remember much anymore than that I loved it :)

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    1. I should have done the same, it clearly did not work like this for me

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  19. So is this another series by her but not tied to the Wolf series? This actually sounds like the kind of fantasy that is up my alley. I really enjoyed her writing in Cry Wolf.

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    1. Yes, not tied to anything else as this is pure fantasy :)

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  20. I "knew" I have read this book couple of years ago (I have read everything by Patricia Briggs), but don't remember anything about it. I have to go to Goodreads to verified that indeed I have read it. Talking about awful memory. :(

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    1. Haha, well it does feel a bit unmemorable

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