Raven Song by I.A. Ashcroft
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
*I received a free copy in exchange for my honest, unbiased review* Thank you!
A century ago, the world burned. Even now, though rebuilt and defiant, civilization is still choking on the ashes.
a smuggler, lives in the shadows, once a boy with no memory, no name,
and no future. Ravens followed him, long-extinct birds only he could
see, and nightmares flew in their wake. Once, Jackson thought himself to
be one of the lucky few touched by magic, a candidate for the Order of
Mages. He is a man now, and that dream has died. But, the ravens still
follow. The nightmares still whisper in his ear.
Anna’s life was
under the sun, her future bright, her scientific work promising. She
knew nothing of The Bombings, the poisoned world, or the occult. One
day, she went to work, and the next, she awoke in a box over a hundred
years in the future, screaming, fighting to breathe, and looking up into
the eyes of a smuggler. Anna fears she’s gone crazy, unable to fill the
massive hole in her memories, and terrified of the strange abilities
she now possesses.
The Coalition government has turned its
watchful eyes towards them. The secret factions of the city move to
collect them first. And, old gods stir in the darkness, shifting their
pawns on the playing field.
If Anna and Jackson wish to stay free, they must learn what they are and why they exist.
Unfortunately, even if they do, it may be too late.
Raven Song is
the first of a four book adult-oriented dystopian fantasy series, a
story of intrigue, love, violence, and the old spirits in the shadows
who wait for us to notice them again. Readers of Neil Gaiman, Holly
Black, and Charlie Human will enjoy this dark magic-laced tale rooted on
the bones of what our world could become.
Cover: Very Nice
Rating: 4 Stars
Overall: Darkly Beautiful!
Characters: Well Written
Plot: A century ago, the world burned. Even now, though rebuilt and defiant, civilization is still choking on the ashes.
Page Turner: Yes
Series Cont.? Yes
What a dark and beautiful fantasy! I had wanted to read this one for a while, since I has first heard of it, but just got the chance, and I'm so glad I did! Richly written with a interesting plot and complex characters this is one for all you dark fantasy/dystonian/grimdark tales! Told from the perspective of Jackson and Anna, it felt a little like This Savage Song in a few ways. So if you were a fan or either this one of that one, I would recommend reading the other! XD For me this was a quick read, I devoured it in just at two days and enjoyed every minute! I can't wait to see what happens next! I was left with some questions, this is definitely a series, but I enjoyed how the ending turned out and will gladly return when the next book passes me by!
About the Author:
I. A. Ashcroft dwells in
Phoenix, Arizona, alongside a wonderful tale-spinner and two
increasingly deranged cats. The author enjoys reading and pretending to
be other people while rolling dice and wearing fancy hats.
Ashcroft's writing, you can expect dark fantasy, humor, violence, hope,
flawed heroes, human villains, and more than a small dose of mythology.