Raven Flight

Bk. 2. 406p. (Shadowfell Series). Knopf. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780375869556; lib. ed. $19.99. ISBN 9780375969553; ebk. $9.99. ISBN 9780375983672. LC 2012039483.
Gr 8 Up—In this sequel to Shadowfell (Knopf, 2012), Neryn has carved out an existence among the residents of the rebel outpost. War against tyrannical King Keldec is imminent, and Neryn's Caller powers will be crucial to victory. To complete her training, the heroine must continue to seek valuable knowledge from the magical Guardians of Alban. But convincing them to help won't be easy. Moreover, Neryn continues to be haunted by both the extent of her powers and her feelings for double-agent Flint. Reluctantly accompanied by the prickly warrior, Tali, and assisted by magical beings called Good Folk, Neryn embarks on a treacherous mission that, ultimately, will change her life. Raven Flight is just as much a personal journey as a physical one in that Marillier devotes the bulk of the text to character development. The first-person narrative gives an intimate glimpse into the protagonist's inner life, and readers will appreciate how Neryn and Tali grow because of each other's company. Vivid settings and exquisite prose combine to make this novel a winner. Fans of Shadowfell will devour it and eagerly anticipate the trilogy's concluding volume.—Alissa J. Bach, Oxford Public Library, MI
Having joined Regan's Rebels in their stand against cruel King Keldec (Shadowfell), Neryn quests to find the supernatural mentors who can prepare her magical gifts for the coming revolution. The myth-infused Celtic landscape, well-developed female friendship, and political complexities sustain interest despite languid pacing, and fans will be pleased to see all the pieces in place for a concluding volume.

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