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The Prince of Ravens has vanished. Word spreads quickly from the Fortress of the Empress, through the dark streets of Lucien, and to the far corners of the Empire of Ages. The Children are summoned to the Fortress, and the people talk in muffled whispers, if they dare to talk at all, of secret plots and ancient prophecies. Some say the Prince was murdered, others that he w The Prince of Ravens has vanished. Word spreads quickly from the Fortress of the Empress, through the dark streets of Lucien, and to the far corners of the Empire of Ages. The Children are summoned to the Fortress, and the people talk in muffled whispers, if they dare to talk at all, of secret plots and ancient prophecies. Some say the Prince was murdered, others that he was kidnapped; but underneath it all runs a darker word, one full of terrifying possibility: Exile. Rumor begets rumor, and soon the whisper of truth is lost in the swirling winds of growing fear. For the Prince of Ravens is the prophesied Lord of Death, and on his shoulders rests the fate of the Empire.


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The Prince of Ravens has vanished. Word spreads quickly from the Fortress of the Empress, through the dark streets of Lucien, and to the far corners of the Empire of Ages. The Children are summoned to the Fortress, and the people talk in muffled whispers, if they dare to talk at all, of secret plots and ancient prophecies. Some say the Prince was murdered, others that he w The Prince of Ravens has vanished. Word spreads quickly from the Fortress of the Empress, through the dark streets of Lucien, and to the far corners of the Empire of Ages. The Children are summoned to the Fortress, and the people talk in muffled whispers, if they dare to talk at all, of secret plots and ancient prophecies. Some say the Prince was murdered, others that he was kidnapped; but underneath it all runs a darker word, one full of terrifying possibility: Exile. Rumor begets rumor, and soon the whisper of truth is lost in the swirling winds of growing fear. For the Prince of Ravens is the prophesied Lord of Death, and on his shoulders rests the fate of the Empire.

30 review for The Prince of Ravens

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nina Ivanova

    Full review/Пълно ревю - Click, click If reading is anything like eating, then you could have heard the “nom-nom-nom” sound while I was stuffing myself with this yummy mix of epic and fairy tale-ish fantasy, flavoured with characters, that I want to hug and hit very hard in the same time. I have to say, the way the annotation was set, I thought the story would start a little differently. But once I got into the book, it doesn't really matter, as it just sucks you right in. The main lead, the Prin Full review/Пълно ревю - Click, click If reading is anything like eating, then you could have heard the “nom-nom-nom” sound while I was stuffing myself with this yummy mix of epic and fairy tale-ish fantasy, flavoured with characters, that I want to hug and hit very hard in the same time. I have to say, the way the annotation was set, I thought the story would start a little differently. But once I got into the book, it doesn't really matter, as it just sucks you right in. The main lead, the Prince of Ravens, is an awesome character. And I don't just mean the cool powers of the Raven Talisman – he just was so believable in the way he acted, thought, spoke and felt. The way he felt about his mother and about the Kindred. His undying loyalty for the Empire and his despite for everything and everyone that opposes it. Yup, it was so frustrating worrying about him, that he would do something so amazingly stupid AGAIN and he kept me on the edge the whole book. But it was how things are really supposed to be. One can't change his heart and mind over night, and this is why it was so good reading about his struggles. Tomaz and Leah, the Ashandel and Eshendai pair (by the way, love the sound of it) are sweethearts too. Well, especially Tomaz – only hugs for him, but still some kicks for Leah. I really enjoyed each and every moment with Tomaz and Raven, especially the ones over the fire, and in the end of the final battle. I just have a soft spot for big brother/father figures, and Tomaz was just perfect. I am not sure I liked how in the end his debt was revealed – true, it was really important for the plot.... but I am sure that even if it wasn't for his past debt, Tomaz would still have believed and cared for Raven. Leah was quite cool too, tho I had the feeling sometimes, that she and Raven didn't really act their age, but more like small children. However, I'm aware that is far more often and believable for grown ups and teens to act childish than vice versa. And I can't deny that it was fun to read :D Still... I would love some romance next time :D The story is set in the land of Lucia, ruled by the immortal Empress. One could say that there are many details that sound almost like a cliché – the evil queen, the seven children, the youngest son, the city in the dark, prophecies, heirs and so on. But all of this just makes it more fairy talish for me and I love my fair share of fate ans symbols now and then. And it is also mixed with so much awesomeness – like the Talismans, the bloodmagic, daemons and Children and everything. I was absolutely in love with the idea of the seven Talismans from the very beginning and it was cool that by the end of the book we got to know so much more about them – and surely more is to come. And the battles were epic – really this book here can proudly be called “young adult epic fantasy”. Last – but not in importance – the fun :D I love to laugh when I read and if a book managed to make me do bought while going through the pages, then it was most likely awesome. There were so many moments that made me giggle, but if I have to pick my favourite ones... that would be Raven's dreams. I don't know why, but the “he could have pet eagle if he wanted” and the pouty, stupid looking cloud made me laugh so hard. I hope there are more of the Prince's dreams to come in the next books! Overall, The prince of Ravens was awesome. It was a fast read, simply because I enjoyed it so I couldn't let go. Extremely well deserved 5 stars.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Denise

    Not bad if you're in the mood for a YA epic fantasy, though I couldn't really get into it. Some interesting concepts, but most of it felt like something I'd read before. Might have helped if the protagonist (and the equally annoying Leah, for that matter) had spent less time acting in an infuriatingly stupid manner. Not bad if you're in the mood for a YA epic fantasy, though I couldn't really get into it. Some interesting concepts, but most of it felt like something I'd read before. Might have helped if the protagonist (and the equally annoying Leah, for that matter) had spent less time acting in an infuriatingly stupid manner.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Benny Hinrichs

    This book got me thinking about why we value originality. It's not that it was a terrible book. It just felt like I had seen it all before. Like nothing interesting happened until 50% through the book when Raven went berserk and finally used his powers. Just imagine if the book had started on that scene instead of taking 200 pages of so-so to get there. I would have been like, what in the freak is this amazing piece of wordsmithing? I didn't understand why they knocked him out on the Queen's orde This book got me thinking about why we value originality. It's not that it was a terrible book. It just felt like I had seen it all before. Like nothing interesting happened until 50% through the book when Raven went berserk and finally used his powers. Just imagine if the book had started on that scene instead of taking 200 pages of so-so to get there. I would have been like, what in the freak is this amazing piece of wordsmithing? I didn't understand why they knocked him out on the Queen's orders, then took him miles away from the palace to kill him. Then they used poison. That entire setup was bad. They should have just beheaded him in the castle. The magic system was pretty wishy-washy. It just sort of kept tacking things on as needed. Ah yes, an elemental that's been in place for centuries. And, ah yes, special metal that can kill elementals. And, ah yes, that elemental had a secret tracking spell worked into it that's now on all of you. And then Raven gets shot in the lung and he's up fighting giant battles a few days later. Really? That made his earlier feat of killing 20+ dudes then being knocked out for a week seem unrealistic, if he can just be in fighting shape three days after an arrow in the lung. The prose wasn't amazing and really could have used a proofread (lots of mistakes). It had some annoying repetition like It was infuriating – he had grown up a natural at court politics, and yet he couldn’t hold a conversation with a simple Baseborn Exile. It was baffling. Very bland and repetitive. There were occasional attempts at what Sanderson calls The Great Talent, i.e. worldbuilding without the reader feeling like it's worldbuilding, but often it just fell flat. E.g., 80% into the book it says, "He had a slight headache and he felt as though he had drunk too much soufa." That's the only time the word soufa appears in the whole book. He should have just said wine, ale, whiskey, or whatever else it compares to (or just left the word off). When there's no other context, and it's never used again, it comes across like using all standard English names, then having a random character named Nukufati.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Charles

    I started reading this book, and it had such a dark start to it that I was almost turned off, but there seemed to be something about the main character that kept me interested. As the book develops, we are introduced to two other characters who I definitely fell in love with, even as the main character went through some horror-movie-like-frustrating-decisions. Calling them horror movie like isn't giving them the quality they deserve because the main character is going through some serious issues I started reading this book, and it had such a dark start to it that I was almost turned off, but there seemed to be something about the main character that kept me interested. As the book develops, we are introduced to two other characters who I definitely fell in love with, even as the main character went through some horror-movie-like-frustrating-decisions. Calling them horror movie like isn't giving them the quality they deserve because the main character is going through some serious issues accepting his fate. If I were to put myself in that same position, I'd probably do some of the same things. The character development was great and I loved how as the book developed we were really learning about 3 different characters, we saw them go through different emotions and each one grew. I also liked the magic. I'm always interested in what will be defined as "magic" and how it will ease or make the life of the characters more complex. I can't say I understood the universe, but I did like the Prince of Raven's magic - both how it gave him power and how it limited him. This was a really good read. I wouldn't give it 5 stars, but I think its a solid 4-4.5 star book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Allyson

    This book was absolutely amazing! I loved the world the author built and the characters who were in it. The Prince of Ravens made me want to smack him a few times for his decisions and not making up his mind. You have to get used to some of the time jumps and the different names/titles but they didn't bother me. Overall I loved everything about it and can't wait to read the next book. This book was absolutely amazing! I loved the world the author built and the characters who were in it. The Prince of Ravens made me want to smack him a few times for his decisions and not making up his mind. You have to get used to some of the time jumps and the different names/titles but they didn't bother me. Overall I loved everything about it and can't wait to read the next book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Gujju Ellen

    Absolutely love the book! It is like a mixture of fantasy & fairy tale. The author succeeds in making the reader travel the whole way with the Prince of Ravens, feel his confusion, pain, helplessness, his budding friendship & hope for the future. Cannot wait to read the other two books if the trilogy.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Donna Coviello

    I am not big on writing reviews and I am especially not good at reviewing individual books in a series because I believe you have to treat a series in it's entirety. However, this book, I think deserves a quick discussion. I did not like this book in the beginning. It seemed a little silly and a bit oversimplified and as I was reading, I kept wondering if I had mistakenly picked up a book that was definitively in the young adult category. However, as I continued to read I began to realize it was I am not big on writing reviews and I am especially not good at reviewing individual books in a series because I believe you have to treat a series in it's entirety. However, this book, I think deserves a quick discussion. I did not like this book in the beginning. It seemed a little silly and a bit oversimplified and as I was reading, I kept wondering if I had mistakenly picked up a book that was definitively in the young adult category. However, as I continued to read I began to realize it was maybe my own perception that was flawed. The main character is a 17 year old boy and he exhibits some repetitive, irritating and immature characteristics ( I am being vague here so as to not give anything away) that were, for me, really detracting from the story. But then I realized that he is in fact only 17 and the authors choices began to make more sense to me. I read a lot of fantasy and had to remind myself that in far too many other stories, the heroes are often young teenagers who are written so they behave and think like 35 year olds. Once my perspective changed, I began to enjoy this story more and more and I am glad I continued. I am reading book 2 now and am truly finding the series entertaining.

  8. 5 out of 5

    John Ezaki

    I enjoyed this book a lot. It has some magic (I could also go for a larger helping of that), but the best part of this book is the conflict the protagonist goes through. His belief in the Empire and his internal struggle to overwrite the narrative he believed to his core is something that I think we all can relate to and is something that doesn't change overnight. This book reminds me of the power of relationships as the most effective way to change people's perspectives. Even strong evidence of I enjoyed this book a lot. It has some magic (I could also go for a larger helping of that), but the best part of this book is the conflict the protagonist goes through. His belief in the Empire and his internal struggle to overwrite the narrative he believed to his core is something that I think we all can relate to and is something that doesn't change overnight. This book reminds me of the power of relationships as the most effective way to change people's perspectives. Even strong evidence of him being attacked doesn't sway his beliefs, but the relationships he builds with his friends are the lever. Definitely worth a read. That said, the kindle version has a RIDICULOUS amount of typos, which is distracting. Get it together Amazon...

  9. 4 out of 5

    Max Tachis

    I am not typically a fantasy reader; I usually find either the world or the characters vastly underwritten. Mr. Emerson, however, gives equal strength to both and, for that reason, "The Prince of Ravens" makes for a riveting read. The time taken to establish the harder things to grasp (the layout of this fantasy kingdom, its system of government, its history, how the magic within it actually functions) is plentiful and well-used. You can tell the author cares about this world and has spent a lot I am not typically a fantasy reader; I usually find either the world or the characters vastly underwritten. Mr. Emerson, however, gives equal strength to both and, for that reason, "The Prince of Ravens" makes for a riveting read. The time taken to establish the harder things to grasp (the layout of this fantasy kingdom, its system of government, its history, how the magic within it actually functions) is plentiful and well-used. You can tell the author cares about this world and has spent a lot of time living in it before we, the reader, ever arrive. That level of commitment makes it all the more compelling to navigate and I very much look forward to working through the rest of the trilogy.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    I enjoyed this a lot. I learned about it from a recommendation on Reddit. They said it was like Avatar: The Last Airbender. But... it was not like that. At least, not to me. I thought it was very good and I read through it in one sitting, but I kept expecting something that wasn't there and it kind of discolored my enjoyment of it overall. So, I think that's why I'm giving it 4 starts instead of 5; which is unfair. I know. It isn't the author's fault that some rando made a comparison I didn't li I enjoyed this a lot. I learned about it from a recommendation on Reddit. They said it was like Avatar: The Last Airbender. But... it was not like that. At least, not to me. I thought it was very good and I read through it in one sitting, but I kept expecting something that wasn't there and it kind of discolored my enjoyment of it overall. So, I think that's why I'm giving it 4 starts instead of 5; which is unfair. I know. It isn't the author's fault that some rando made a comparison I didn't like, but it is what it is. Hopefully now that I got through the first book and know that it is its own thing, it will temper my expectations to what I want out of THIS series, and not what I want based on anything else.

  11. 4 out of 5

    chysbl

    Damn that was awesome. I love the complexity of the characters and the magic system is unique. There's enough suspense going on in the story to keep me on my toes without drowning me with too much details. It was nice being on the Prince's point of view and knowing what goes on in his mind helped me put myself in his situation. There were some light grammar and typo issues, but will still read the next one! Damn that was awesome. I love the complexity of the characters and the magic system is unique. There's enough suspense going on in the story to keep me on my toes without drowning me with too much details. It was nice being on the Prince's point of view and knowing what goes on in his mind helped me put myself in his situation. There were some light grammar and typo issues, but will still read the next one!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Justin Fan

    Excellent nostalgia trigger for those days long past when I’d get sucked into the latest YA fantasy craze. The story feels familiar and yet its execution is so high quality I couldn’t put it down. The narration and character interactions are amusing and never stiff in the way some sci-fi/fantasy novels can be. Comma splices and run-on sentences make many bits feel fan-fiction-y, but in the debut novel of an indie author, I can overlook them. Can’t wait to read more!

  13. 4 out of 5

    TLCH

    The Prince of Ravens Incredible journey following a prince who's been betrayed and the "Exiles" who save his life repeatedly and change his life for the better. Wonderful world and character building, fascinating plot, edge of your seat action. A fantastic story with a great message......things aren't always how they appear. The Prince of Ravens Incredible journey following a prince who's been betrayed and the "Exiles" who save his life repeatedly and change his life for the better. Wonderful world and character building, fascinating plot, edge of your seat action. A fantastic story with a great message......things aren't always how they appear.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Nina Goldschlager Perry

    Buzz wham, this was an engaging read! The plot is well paced, the characters are compelling, and the world of the Empire and the Exiled Kindred is richly imagined. Hal Emerson is a talented storyteller, and I look forward to exploring more of his work.

  15. 4 out of 5

    John

    Excellent fantasy Great characters. Exciting action. Intriguing magic. New ideas—not derivative. 4 stars because there were a lot of distracting typos/editing issues.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Melinda

    Great Fantasy for the Young and Young at Heart Great Fantasy for the Young and Young at Heart The Prince of Ravens is the seventh son of an amoral Empress who bestows a power to each child after they are found worthy. After having and disposing of 693, she chose 7, some hundreds of years apart, based on their will to survive, their cruelty and other qualities in that vein. As she is about to kill the 7th, she is reminded of a prophecy by an older child, that the 7th will either ruin or make her ki Great Fantasy for the Young and Young at Heart Great Fantasy for the Young and Young at Heart The Prince of Ravens is the seventh son of an amoral Empress who bestows a power to each child after they are found worthy. After having and disposing of 693, she chose 7, some hundreds of years apart, based on their will to survive, their cruelty and other qualities in that vein. As she is about to kill the 7th, she is reminded of a prophecy by an older child, that the 7th will either ruin or make her kingdom last forever, if she kills him when he becomes eighteen. So, she lets him live until then. The book then fast forwards to his eighteenth birthday, and it's time for a bit of bloody business, but then we wouldn't have a trilogy would we? Clearly, the Prince of Ravens is a bit hard to kill, and the story follows him, Tomaz, a gigantic warrior, as well as Leah, a spellblade through many adventures. It is the Exiled versus the Empress. Who is good and who is bad? This is a tale that changes and shifts like sand the further you get into it. Make no mistake, this is a classic young fantasy adventure in the vein of Narnia or Gormenghast. It has that same feel as you read through it. While as an adult you will be able to predict things, young readers will be thoroughly surprised by the twists and turns of the plot, especially those at the end. One of the things that I loved about the story was the characterization which was excellent. The humanizing of the Prince, who had a good heart, but didn't know any better was a wonderful story arc. Tomaz is a fantastic character. He has depth and humor, plus who wouldn't love a seven foot tall behemoth who cracks jokes, kills enemies with a monster sword and holds his friends way up in the air when they get uppity. Leah who learns to trust after going through horrendous ordeals is another wonderful story arc. The protagonists all grow and change in this novel, which is getting less common in today's world of self publishing. Bottom Line: If you are looking for a fantastic adventure story to read to your kids that has old fashioned violence (swords and arrows), no romance and no swearing, this is you book. I am strongly tempted to read book two.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ciara Darren

    The Prince of Raven is based around the Prince of Ravens himself, the seventh son of the Empress. On his seventeenth birthday, he receives a rare summons from his Mother, one which he never answers. In a single hour, his entire world changes, the foundational principles that governed his life are challenged and he is faced with basic questions about his existence. The plot hangs together completely, no wholes or questions that left me doubting the validity of the story. I had questions and curio The Prince of Raven is based around the Prince of Ravens himself, the seventh son of the Empress. On his seventeenth birthday, he receives a rare summons from his Mother, one which he never answers. In a single hour, his entire world changes, the foundational principles that governed his life are challenged and he is faced with basic questions about his existence. The plot hangs together completely, no wholes or questions that left me doubting the validity of the story. I had questions and curiosities and even at the end, Emerson surprised and made me grin as something new was revealed as he answered those questions and left me reaching for the second book in the series. I read the first 40 percent of the book around a chapter or two at a time. By the time I reached the forty-eight percent mark, I entered a long reading streak and finished before I fell asleep last night. I had to know what would happen. I was on the edge of my futon, cheering and trembling to find out what would happen next. The world building felt strong. The reader has a clear sense of where they stand in the landscape without much expostulation. It slides easily into the story. The Empire itself feels fantastic. It’s not a world that’s possible in ours and has a rigid set up. I actually enjoyed it. Personally, I don’t need my landscapes to feel realistic. As long as they are explained, fit the rules of the world and have a good mythology behind it, I’m happy. Emerson keeps his own rules very well and explains the world as much as was necessary for this book. Curious to know more in the next installment. The characters are dynamic, complex and beautifully flawed. They have real struggles, personal conflicts and actually have to contend with their past trauma instead of walking away from it blithely. I came to care very much for several of them. I would like to know more about the world and the history. Considering how Emerson tied up the ending in Prince of Ravens, I expect Prince of Exiles will have to provide some of that. If he does that, then I expect we have the beginning of a strong fantasy series.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    Born into a fate of death, the nameless Prince of Ravens escapes his mother, the Empress's, infanticide and is "rescued" by Exiles. Let the journey, both physical and moral, ensue. To read this, and other book reviews, visit my website:http://jenpaul13.wix.com/makinggoodst.... Ah, some high fantasy. It has been a while since I've indulged in your splendor. With Hal Emerson's The Prince of Ravens, the main characters are quite developed and they go through transformative changes, which I love to s Born into a fate of death, the nameless Prince of Ravens escapes his mother, the Empress's, infanticide and is "rescued" by Exiles. Let the journey, both physical and moral, ensue. To read this, and other book reviews, visit my website:http://jenpaul13.wix.com/makinggoodst.... Ah, some high fantasy. It has been a while since I've indulged in your splendor. With Hal Emerson's The Prince of Ravens, the main characters are quite developed and they go through transformative changes, which I love to see in characters. Dynamic characters are always more interesting than static characters, and with Emerson's characterization, it was easy to get attached to the characters as you go along their journey with them. With a matriarchal society, I was quite pleased to see that there wasn't a distinction between the Children of Princes and Princesses. All the Empress's Children were referred to as princes. It is refreshing to see that there was no distinction made in the effectiveness of the Children's ability to rule their portions of the realm. Throughout the text, I did find areas of seemingly minor grammatical errors, such as word usage being incorrect. There were also a couple instances of consistency issues. One glaring example was with regards to the Prince calling Leah "the Exile girl" because he doesn't know her name, yet the narrative used "Leah" to refer to her before she divulged her name to him and then resumed the use of "the Exile girl." Tomaz. There's really not enough that I could say about him. The phrase gentle giant comes to mind, but he also can be quite brutish when necessary. There were many times throughout the text that I couldn't help but think of Andre the Giant of The Princess Bride. The similarities between them are so great, and, yeah, maybe I have a soft spot for that kind of guy.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sam

    Also found on: Book-Boyfriends It took me a long while to get into the book for different reasons. The first was that the prince has no name and for me it was kinda weird always just having him called 'the Prince of Ravens' and second, he meets people and he calls them something (making me think it's names), only to reveal later that those 'names' actually are titles. So I missed what I like most about JR Ward: She has a glossary in the beginning and you know titles when you see them. So that wou Also found on: Book-Boyfriends It took me a long while to get into the book for different reasons. The first was that the prince has no name and for me it was kinda weird always just having him called 'the Prince of Ravens' and second, he meets people and he calls them something (making me think it's names), only to reveal later that those 'names' actually are titles. So I missed what I like most about JR Ward: She has a glossary in the beginning and you know titles when you see them. So that would have been nice (even though at the end there is a glossary). Second: There definitely is a difference between female fantasy authors (the ones I read) and male ones, because the female ones have often love and fantasy combines whereas in this case the love was just barely hinted at. But, those matters aside... The story is really well written, and I like how the prince slowly gets to know his new travel companions by collecting details about them. I definitely would have never saved him after he knocked me unconscious, but Leah did and I have to say that I enjoy the tension between them. It was really nice. The turns and twists in the story certainly were as many as there were turns in the companions' way, but they were all really good. I loved that he in the end did the right thing and HOW he did it. Seriously, this book was really good and I'll definitely read the second book, but still...

  20. 5 out of 5

    Destinie

    Really good story. The set up and execution of the tale of Seven siblings and their powerful and evil mother was pretty well done. It felt well thought out and I could easily picture everything that was happening. There was just one item that I feel is not a minor issue. I have noticed that with many newer books/novels (specifically those in the fantasy genre), there are several grammatical, spelling, phrasing, and gender matching errors that I believe should not be present in a published book. F Really good story. The set up and execution of the tale of Seven siblings and their powerful and evil mother was pretty well done. It felt well thought out and I could easily picture everything that was happening. There was just one item that I feel is not a minor issue. I have noticed that with many newer books/novels (specifically those in the fantasy genre), there are several grammatical, spelling, phrasing, and gender matching errors that I believe should not be present in a published book. For example, all the siblings, male and female, are referred to as Prince. Their mother should be referred to as Emperor to match the all male references, unless the society views females as better than male (which it does not as is described a few times). The story itself was intriguing though, and flowed easily. But it was not long enough to really excuse the amount of spelling and grammar issues I found.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ambra

    Great book! And the second one was even better :) -although I must say that the Evil City Where the Sun Never Shines and from whose Fortress the Dark Empress reigns her Empire of Terror with the help of her Devious, Murderous Children was a marvelous touch of stereotype ;) That said, the characters were three dimensional and their evolution believable (though I wanted to hit Raven on the head at some points...), the plot was epic and I can't wait to know what will happen in the third book! PS: The Great book! And the second one was even better :) -although I must say that the Evil City Where the Sun Never Shines and from whose Fortress the Dark Empress reigns her Empire of Terror with the help of her Devious, Murderous Children was a marvelous touch of stereotype ;) That said, the characters were three dimensional and their evolution believable (though I wanted to hit Raven on the head at some points...), the plot was epic and I can't wait to know what will happen in the third book! PS: The "drunk" scene whit Henry Percy (never I found a more suitable name for a character than this one :) ) in the second book was absolutely hilarious!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    A quick YA fantasy read, with a few pieces that seemed straight from LoTR. (Everyone to the fortress at Helm's Deep! Oh wait, I mean Aemon's Stand! Same thing, really!) A fun story that kept me entertained and reading, worth picking up; it is free on Kindle. (Our library did not carry it, or it's sequels; I believe it is only published digitally). The only thing that bugged me was a greater-than-average number of typos. A quick YA fantasy read, with a few pieces that seemed straight from LoTR. (Everyone to the fortress at Helm's Deep! Oh wait, I mean Aemon's Stand! Same thing, really!) A fun story that kept me entertained and reading, worth picking up; it is free on Kindle. (Our library did not carry it, or it's sequels; I believe it is only published digitally). The only thing that bugged me was a greater-than-average number of typos.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Adriana

    Now this was a rather good book! It took me only a few pages to get hooked on the story! I can't wait to read the rest of the series! Yes, there were some grammar issues, yes, there were some similarities to Lord of the Rings, but nothing really really bad. Would highly recommend it if you are into a good fantasy story. I didn't get bored. Now this was a rather good book! It took me only a few pages to get hooked on the story! I can't wait to read the rest of the series! Yes, there were some grammar issues, yes, there were some similarities to Lord of the Rings, but nothing really really bad. Would highly recommend it if you are into a good fantasy story. I didn't get bored.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Cross

    A fantastic, imaginative adventure. I look forward to the rest of the trilogy. Like but unlike Game of Thrones, makes me wonder if George Martin read this. The creative world is fascinating, and I am enjoying the characters.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Tweetyich

    I liked the idea, the versatile characters and the strong and vivid story telling. It kept me reading throughout the whole weekend. During the last some chapters, however, I found the story quite predictable and bordering boring. Nevertheless I am looking forward to reading the second book.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany

    The Prince of Ravens (The Exile Series #1) is so good. Everything that you could want in a fantasy novel. I am very excited to be reading this series and look forward to finishing all books in this series.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Selena

    Loved it!!! The prince has a long journey into what he thinks is his reality may not be.

  28. 4 out of 5

    H.M.

    Holy cow!!! This book was so good. I love the struggles the characters have to overcome, and I love the plot and world. Very well done. I can't wait to read the second one. Holy cow!!! This book was so good. I love the struggles the characters have to overcome, and I love the plot and world. Very well done. I can't wait to read the second one.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Piper

    I agree with all the reviewers! and I read this book in one day. yes I didn't get anything done and now, on to The Prince of Exile. I agree with all the reviewers! and I read this book in one day. yes I didn't get anything done and now, on to The Prince of Exile.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    This book is so amazing!! It is different than anything I have read. I did get annoyed at the prince when several times he could not make up his mind which side he was on.

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