Monday 21 March 2011

Review: Raven's Shadow - Patricia Briggs + winners!

For many years, the city of Colossae was a haven of magical study. As generations of wizards pushed the limits of their abilities, an evil entity was unleashed that could only be contained by the sacrifice of their city. From the ashes of Colossae, the Travelers emerged - roaming the world to ensure that the Stalker would remain imprisoned forever...

Seraph is a Raven mage and among the last of the Travelers. Unwelcome among those who fear magic, the wizard clans have been decimated by the very people they've sworn to protect. But Seraph is spared a similar fate by the ex-soldier Tier - and together they build a life where she is no longer burdened by her people's responsibility. But now Tier is missing - or dead - and Seraph's reprieve from her duty is over. Using her magic to discover her husband's fate, Seraph realizes the Stalker's prison is weakening - and only she can fulfill her ancestors' oath to protect humanity from destruction... 

I had meant to wait with this review until I read book 2 so I could make it  a 2 in 1. That is why I wrote it shorter, and simple. But  I will just post it now, it has been sitting around for over a month ;)

My thoughts:
I like the fact that this fantasy has a mature heroine. Seraph is a traveler and she is rescued by a soldier named Tier. Travelers are not liked, they have magic, they are said to steal babies and all sorts of other stupid things. They are feared. Seraph and Tier gets married and 20 years later the real story starts.

A mature heroine with 3 kids, and a missing husband. Seraph was strong, and I liked her. Tier too, he was all nice. The kind you just want to hug.

I did get angry at all silly peasants and alike. They do not like the travelers, but the travelers are trying to protect these ignorant idiots. But I liked that. There are always some people at the bottom of the pecking order. And it makes you wonder what will happen when all travelers have been killed.

There was fantasy, magic and real life too. I liked that the book had an ending. So a good stand alone novel, but things are not solved so book 2, here I come.

Series: Raven Set, 1
Genre. Fantasy
Pages: 334
Published: 2010 (2004)
Source: My own shelf

Only Mr Darcy Will do
Melissa (Books and things)

Kiss Me, Kill Me 
(I am late with this one, the winners already have their e-books ;)

Lucky Leprachaun hop
Wild Desire Mishel PS (email staring with mish)
Wild Desire JHS

Kiss me, kill me  Danielle
A night of secrets Redd
Mind Readers   Lexie (email start shakes)
The ghost hunter Tyraa 

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Edit: Lexie and Mishel, please email me back


  1. I love Patricia Brigg's Mercy Thompson series but I just don't know about this one....

  2. CONGRATULATIONS all winners! :D

  3. Lots of series books now always end with a cliffhanger so good know this has a nice ending.

  4. Read this book way back in 2004 (I think) and I could still remember how much I love this doulogy! :)

  5. I might be interested, an adult heroine with three kids is not so often met in a fantasy book - thanks for a short review and...

    YAY I WON!!!!

    Incredible but are my lucky one,Blodeuedd!

  6. Time4mommy
    It's very light fantasy, not romance, not epic, just light :) But yes nothing like her Mercy books

    I loved that is can just be read like this, and the next one just like that too. Even if I wanna read both and in order

    I have book 2..must read it! I had such plans but now a bit less reaidng time, but hey soon I will get to it ;)

    Maybe my luck is spreading :D
    It was sure refreshing. No blushing virgin, not fierce warrior either. Only a woman who farmed the land

  7. WOO HOO! *grins* Thanks Blodeuedd!

    And I'm glad you reviewed this book. It's been sitting on my big maybe list. =)

  8. This sounds like such an awesome read - I love the sound of the blend it is! :)

  9. Congrats to the winners!

  10. I have this one on my wishlist. Looks like I need to have the second one as well when I start reading it. Oh thanks for the review. I need to go get!

    Oh and Thanks! Me love some Darcy! :D

  11. Haven't read any of her books yet but I've heard good things and this sounded good too. One of these days...

  12. I haven't read many fantasy books with adult protagonists. I will add Raven's Shadow to my TBR.

    Congrats to all winners! Happy Reading!

  13. Well, congrats to the winners.

    But this book is one I think I need. :) I've heard of some of the older reads by Patricia where pretty good. :) Thanks!

  14. I really like Patricia Briggs and this book sounds really good....

  15. I've been curious about Briggs's fantasy books and if they are as good as her urban fantasy. This does sound like a good book. I'll definitely have to read it. Have you read Lois MacMaster Bujold's Paladin of Souls? The protagonist in that one is a middle-aged woman, which I thought was pretty cool. Bujold always has unusual protagonists.

  16. I have always wanted to read a review for Briggs' books other than her Mercy ones. Nice to see that she can dish out some good fantasy too!

  17. YAY congrats..This sounds interesting.

  18. I like Patricia Briggs, and I like some fantasy, so this one is somewhere in my TBR mountain.

  19. Redd
    Congrats :D
    I do love Briggs so it was fun to try this one too

    It was sure different, not the kind of fantasy I usually read and there was the fun part


    I have been fine without reading the next one, I mean I wanted too since I knew there would be more. But it wrapped up things too in it..sort of ;)

    I highly recommend the Mercy books, and these are fun too

  20. DC

    Add away, she was sure an interesting and different heroine, and that made her great

    Have a look, she has a couple of older ones, fantasy ones :)

    Try one of them if you like her work :)

    They are not as good as her Mercy books cos she has sure grown as a writer but they are still good and fun.
    And nope I haven't read those, must have a look at them

  21. Julie
    I do like that she wrote fantasy in the beginning, my kind of author.

    It is :D

    She is sure talented and it was a good book for sure


  22. Havent read read Fantasy in a while and I love Patty! great review =D

  23. Larissa
    And since this is so light then it's fantasy for all D:

  24. Briggs is an author I need to get to one of these days!!

  25. Staci
    I agree, read her books! ;)

  26. what lucky duckies!
    LOL - what does the notation mean for Lexie "email starts shakes"

  27. VV
    Lol I was just not writing the whole sentence and her email starts with, well shakespare

  28. Yes the fact that the heroine is mature with 3 kids is a nice change from most other heroine's being in their 20's. I've heard amazing things abut Patricia Briggs So I'm excited to see what you think about book 2. :-)



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