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A city ruled with an iron fist. A swordsmith just trying to survive. A choice that could heal the world…or plunge it into ruin. Llun the smith is an artist at heart, content to make the most beautiful swords, nails, and horseshoes in his city. But when his smithy is visited by the grand inquisitor of the secret police, his peaceful life is at an end. He is offered a perfect A city ruled with an iron fist. A swordsmith just trying to survive. A choice that could heal the world…or plunge it into ruin. Llun the smith is an artist at heart, content to make the most beautiful swords, nails, and horseshoes in his city. But when his smithy is visited by the grand inquisitor of the secret police, his peaceful life is at an end. He is offered a perfect job–to be the exclusive smith of the new order. Endless luxury, good food, and the freedom to create–it’s everything he ever wanted. But it comes with a price. He has to make a seemingly insignificant object–a metal flask–as a gift to the new ruler of his city. Seized by a strange inspiration, he instead creates an object of great power that can heal thousands… or lead to a war that would never end. The Curse of the Raven is a novella sequel to The Song of the Sirin.


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A city ruled with an iron fist. A swordsmith just trying to survive. A choice that could heal the world…or plunge it into ruin. Llun the smith is an artist at heart, content to make the most beautiful swords, nails, and horseshoes in his city. But when his smithy is visited by the grand inquisitor of the secret police, his peaceful life is at an end. He is offered a perfect A city ruled with an iron fist. A swordsmith just trying to survive. A choice that could heal the world…or plunge it into ruin. Llun the smith is an artist at heart, content to make the most beautiful swords, nails, and horseshoes in his city. But when his smithy is visited by the grand inquisitor of the secret police, his peaceful life is at an end. He is offered a perfect job–to be the exclusive smith of the new order. Endless luxury, good food, and the freedom to create–it’s everything he ever wanted. But it comes with a price. He has to make a seemingly insignificant object–a metal flask–as a gift to the new ruler of his city. Seized by a strange inspiration, he instead creates an object of great power that can heal thousands… or lead to a war that would never end. The Curse of the Raven is a novella sequel to The Song of the Sirin.

30 review for The Curse of the Raven

  1. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Watkins

    What a great story! With new characters adding even more layers to the grand city of Vasyllia The Curse of the Raven is as gripping as its prequel, The Song of the Sirin. I especially appreciated the depiction of the artisan's struggle to create beauty over commodity, even when it could cost his life! It is a good thing that the next book in this series will be published this fall. Otherwise, I would be all to anxious to read how all of the wonderful sub-stories began in these two books weave the What a great story! With new characters adding even more layers to the grand city of Vasyllia The Curse of the Raven is as gripping as its prequel, The Song of the Sirin. I especially appreciated the depiction of the artisan's struggle to create beauty over commodity, even when it could cost his life! It is a good thing that the next book in this series will be published this fall. Otherwise, I would be all to anxious to read how all of the wonderful sub-stories began in these two books weave themselves together. Until then I am patiently waiting and hoping Nicholas all the best while he gets his next book out there. P.S. I requested my local library to order a copy of The Song of the Sirin for their collection. I recommend you do the same so these great books can reach an even wider audience.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Aleksandar

    For a sequel, it's quite short! Compared to the first book, this one's a novella. It's a shame, because I wish it were longer. Despite this, I actually found it more comprehensible, and lacking the pacing issues that the first book had. I think Llun is one of the best characters I've ever had the pleasure of reading in a fantasy novel. He's thoughtful, and loves his work, yearning for the feeling of "being in the zone". In this regard, he's quite relatable to anyone who takes any pride in the wor For a sequel, it's quite short! Compared to the first book, this one's a novella. It's a shame, because I wish it were longer. Despite this, I actually found it more comprehensible, and lacking the pacing issues that the first book had. I think Llun is one of the best characters I've ever had the pleasure of reading in a fantasy novel. He's thoughtful, and loves his work, yearning for the feeling of "being in the zone". In this regard, he's quite relatable to anyone who takes any pride in the work that they do. Anyway, the stage may have been set earlier, but it's Llun and Mirodara in the driver's seat now. It's a shame that it was such a short ride, though.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Zoe Kaylor

    It was such a thrill to return to Vasyllia in the Curse of the Raven. It's a short read, with a different set of main characters, who I really enjoyed getting to know. This novella has all the wonderful things I loved from The Song of the Sirin, and is a great read! I loved the depth of the characters and ideas. I think it's a testament to the strength of Nicholas Kotar's world-building that this novella seems to be simultaneously both independent of and closely tied to the first novel. Highly r It was such a thrill to return to Vasyllia in the Curse of the Raven. It's a short read, with a different set of main characters, who I really enjoyed getting to know. This novella has all the wonderful things I loved from The Song of the Sirin, and is a great read! I loved the depth of the characters and ideas. I think it's a testament to the strength of Nicholas Kotar's world-building that this novella seems to be simultaneously both independent of and closely tied to the first novel. Highly recommended!

  4. 4 out of 5

    David Wood

    Nicholas Kotar set the bar high with his first book The Song of the Sirin. Book two The Cruse of the Raven does not disappoint. The tale begins with imagery which is pure mind candy—conceptually, linguistically. This opening image sets the tone for the entire novella and sets up the reader to not only read about, but experience the major theme of the story. Kotar unveils this theme not only through the story, but through his own writing style in such a way that the message and the medium are mar Nicholas Kotar set the bar high with his first book The Song of the Sirin. Book two The Cruse of the Raven does not disappoint. The tale begins with imagery which is pure mind candy—conceptually, linguistically. This opening image sets the tone for the entire novella and sets up the reader to not only read about, but experience the major theme of the story. Kotar unveils this theme not only through the story, but through his own writing style in such a way that the message and the medium are married, inextricably bound one to another. But Kotar was not content with this level of artistry. Upon closer examination, the reader will discover that the central theme and the story serve as a microcosm for something far more profound. In this way the entire novel is akin to the works of the metaphysical poets. This is no small achievement, and it makes for a story that is compelling, profound, and a delight. Even the trajectory of the plot serves to reinforce this central theme—again, the reader experiences the theme through the characters and their journey through the story. As is customary for Kotar, there are many twists and turns, and lots of mystery. This is a worthy sequel culminating in a breathtaking climax in the final chapter wherein the significance of the events in The Curse of the Raven, to The Song of the Sirin are revealed in glorious Technicolor. For the reader who has not read The Song of the Sirin, this book can stand alone, although the full impact of the final chapter will be lost on such a reader, this book could certainly be a wonderful introduction to the series. This novella is a grand achievement and highly recommended both as a great read and for its literary value.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lene Blackthorn

    Violent and greedy hunt for power and eternal life that does not stop before any obstacle. Llun is possibly the last true artist in Vasyllia, wchich might be strange considering he is a smith, but his creation possess beauty and artistry beyond expectations. Even the smallest things coming from his hands are pieces of art. Unfortunately, Aspidian and his companions took interest in the smith, not only because of his craft, but for the name connection to a mad prophet, and blood relations to the S Violent and greedy hunt for power and eternal life that does not stop before any obstacle. Llun is possibly the last true artist in Vasyllia, wchich might be strange considering he is a smith, but his creation possess beauty and artistry beyond expectations. Even the smallest things coming from his hands are pieces of art. Unfortunately, Aspidian and his companions took interest in the smith, not only because of his craft, but for the name connection to a mad prophet, and blood relations to the Sons of the Swan. Even protecting and hiding Mirodara is a crime in the eyes of the power-hungry men. But Llun does not flee from any sacrifice to help the girl and his country. Nicely written short story, with noble protagonists and very realistic antagonists, complemented by short "excerpts" from old prophecies and memoires at the end of each chapter, which lend the story certain uniqueness and the atmosphere of history. Both the plot and the characters were interesting, but I couldn't help myself - I felt distant from the story for most of the time, without any emotional connection until the last chapter. Voran and Mirodara's meeting certainly moved me. Also, I'd love to see a bit more conversations in the story. Otherwise, well done!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ramona Plant

    The Curse of the Raven is a well written book by Nicholas Kotar. First of, I haven't read the first book in this series. Since this book is on the shorter side it made it a little difficult to get into it in the beginning, since the author didn't have a lot of time explaining things that may have been clearer if i would have read the first book of this series. So the start for me was definitely a little difficult but once I was past that I enjoyed the book. The concept of it is intriguing and th The Curse of the Raven is a well written book by Nicholas Kotar. First of, I haven't read the first book in this series. Since this book is on the shorter side it made it a little difficult to get into it in the beginning, since the author didn't have a lot of time explaining things that may have been clearer if i would have read the first book of this series. So the start for me was definitely a little difficult but once I was past that I enjoyed the book. The concept of it is intriguing and the plot has some nice twists. The pace is on the faster side since the author is trying to pack a lot of story into this shorter book. Llun is an interesting character and you get a good glimpse into his life, however you don't really find out what really happens to him, although you have a good idea. He is very strong with strong beliefs and fight for what is right at all costs. This shorter story only really gives you a glimpse into this world which caught my curiosity so I will keep an eye out for future books in this series. Voluntary review of Advance Reader Copy. I was given a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher.

  7. 4 out of 5

    John McCuen

    A Worthy Sequel to The Song of the Sirin Llun the artisan is commissioned by the evil force now ruling Vasyllia to create a simple item which, as it happens, is crucial to the hopes of those who labor to see their beloved city cleansed and restored. The Raven's deception has taken on a new form, and the people are oppressed by those fellow humans who have been tortured to new depths of depravity. There is only one problem with this most enjoyable second entry in the Raven Son series; it is TOO SHO A Worthy Sequel to The Song of the Sirin Llun the artisan is commissioned by the evil force now ruling Vasyllia to create a simple item which, as it happens, is crucial to the hopes of those who labor to see their beloved city cleansed and restored. The Raven's deception has taken on a new form, and the people are oppressed by those fellow humans who have been tortured to new depths of depravity. There is only one problem with this most enjoyable second entry in the Raven Son series; it is TOO SHORT! I devoured it in one session. If the art of success is to leave the public wanting more, consider The Curse of the Raven as quite the success. The teaser chapters from part 3 of the series shows that Mr. Kotar has a great deal more in store for us. If you enjoy reading epic fantasy, you will enjoy this book and series.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kanyon

    What a great continuation of the Raven Son series! This short story continues the story line with a new set of characters in a now evil ruled Vasyllia. While we are reading a whole new story, there is still so much to learn of the evil now within the walls of the temple, not to mention a powerful prophecy. There are little snippets of Sabiana and Voran, but this story is mostly focused on Llun, the last true artist of Vasyllia. As with the The Song of the Sirin, The Curse of the Raven is a beaut What a great continuation of the Raven Son series! This short story continues the story line with a new set of characters in a now evil ruled Vasyllia. While we are reading a whole new story, there is still so much to learn of the evil now within the walls of the temple, not to mention a powerful prophecy. There are little snippets of Sabiana and Voran, but this story is mostly focused on Llun, the last true artist of Vasyllia. As with the The Song of the Sirin, The Curse of the Raven is a beautifully written tale with engaging characters and great world building. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys epic fantasy. Final Rating: 5 Stars

  9. 5 out of 5

    Clifton D. Healy

    This second of Kotar's Raven Son fantasies is a nine-chapter novella. Kotar's writing has definitely improved from his first book. The plot is consistent and well-constructed. The characterization is well-done, with distinct characters, including the protagonist who works through a complete arc. The world-building is more realized and consistent. Voran, the protagonist from the first books, only appears at the end. Here we have the main character, Llun, metal smith, who is called upon to complet This second of Kotar's Raven Son fantasies is a nine-chapter novella. Kotar's writing has definitely improved from his first book. The plot is consistent and well-constructed. The characterization is well-done, with distinct characters, including the protagonist who works through a complete arc. The world-building is more realized and consistent. Voran, the protagonist from the first books, only appears at the end. Here we have the main character, Llun, metal smith, who is called upon to complete a great work of art, but in so doing transforms himself and the work he accomplishes. It is an enjoyable, single-sitting read. Kotar is an indie author who is developing into a major talent. Five stars. Available in paperback from Amazon, as well as in ebook format across multiple ebook platforms.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Mattpatt

    This is far shorter than the previous book - a one-sitting morsel. This novella shows great development on what I felt was the main flaw in Kotar's first book - characterisation. Llun the smith is fleshed-out and consistent, and we follow his emotional journey effectively. (Although, I think the comparison to 1984 is a little optimistic). I don't like the interstitial "The sayings" - their specificity of content tends to betray the fact that they are written for the chapter, rather than ever seem This is far shorter than the previous book - a one-sitting morsel. This novella shows great development on what I felt was the main flaw in Kotar's first book - characterisation. Llun the smith is fleshed-out and consistent, and we follow his emotional journey effectively. (Although, I think the comparison to 1984 is a little optimistic). I don't like the interstitial "The sayings" - their specificity of content tends to betray the fact that they are written for the chapter, rather than ever seeming like genuine ancient documents. All in all, I'd say this shows growth, and hints at the possibility that the remaining 3 books in the series may turn out to be the genuinely great fantasy novels that I'm sure Kotar has the raw talent to write.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Else

    This novella is a great follow up to Raven Son #1; the story tells what happens after the Raven takes over Vasyllia. It reads like the perfect "occupation" novel--except this time the occupation is by Evil himself. The characters perfectly reflect the conflicts and confusion of persons who must live in an evil-dominated society, yet remain true to themselves. The Raven series combines the best of fantasy, epic stories and fairy tales, hero characters, and the battle between good and evil. You wi This novella is a great follow up to Raven Son #1; the story tells what happens after the Raven takes over Vasyllia. It reads like the perfect "occupation" novel--except this time the occupation is by Evil himself. The characters perfectly reflect the conflicts and confusion of persons who must live in an evil-dominated society, yet remain true to themselves. The Raven series combines the best of fantasy, epic stories and fairy tales, hero characters, and the battle between good and evil. You will feel the hero journey is your own! Read "Song of the Sirin," then hurry to read this novella. Highly recommended.

  12. 5 out of 5

    John

    The second book in the series, this novella was quite a surprise to me. While it does not focus on Voran, this is an essential read in the series. This story develops situations that are explored more in the next book, but has a great story in itself. It echoes the themes of the first book, while building new ground. In other words, it is a great sequel. I gave it four stars though, because I could not give it 4.5. That is because I only wish it was just a bit longer, but the book is not rushed.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

    Unlikely heroes enter the fight in occupied Vasyllia The gorgeous, almost dreamy imagery and lyrical prose present in Song of the Sirin continue as events in Vasyllia take a decidedly darker turn. Heroes slowly grown into heroism through a series of choices and trying adversities while villains are undeniably villainous, but also multifaceted—might that tiny spark in the darkness mean a glimmer of hope for a brighter future and possible redemption for Vasyllia's denizens? Unlikely heroes enter the fight in occupied Vasyllia The gorgeous, almost dreamy imagery and lyrical prose present in Song of the Sirin continue as events in Vasyllia take a decidedly darker turn. Heroes slowly grown into heroism through a series of choices and trying adversities while villains are undeniably villainous, but also multifaceted—might that tiny spark in the darkness mean a glimmer of hope for a brighter future and possible redemption for Vasyllia's denizens?

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mauriel Joslyn

    The second book takes us from Voran's promising quest to Vasillya under brutal occupation by the Raven and his disciples. Kotar has deepened his characterization and honed his descriptive writing beautifully. It is a heartbreaking view, with new characters who will have a vital role to play finding courage and faith. I cannot help but be reminded of Russia under the Bolsheviks. I read this one quickly -- it was so compelling -- and am now onto Book 3. These books are fabulous! The second book takes us from Voran's promising quest to Vasillya under brutal occupation by the Raven and his disciples. Kotar has deepened his characterization and honed his descriptive writing beautifully. It is a heartbreaking view, with new characters who will have a vital role to play finding courage and faith. I cannot help but be reminded of Russia under the Bolsheviks. I read this one quickly -- it was so compelling -- and am now onto Book 3. These books are fabulous!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    This is the second novel in the Raven Son series. I really liked the first and couldn't wait to continue the story of Voran. I was disappointed. This novel takes place many years later and Voran (the primary character of the first novel) doesn't play a considerable role in this work. This novella (quite short) is perhaps a bridge to the next novel but it didn't seem even completely necessary. Still, the writing was engaging and I did like it. This is the second novel in the Raven Son series. I really liked the first and couldn't wait to continue the story of Voran. I was disappointed. This novel takes place many years later and Voran (the primary character of the first novel) doesn't play a considerable role in this work. This novella (quite short) is perhaps a bridge to the next novel but it didn't seem even completely necessary. Still, the writing was engaging and I did like it.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Bennett

    A marvelous quick reading novella that introduces new characters in Vasyllia struggling between good and evil in this city taken over by the Raven and his servants. A glimpse is shown of the creative process and choosing to serve good rather than evil in the conflict, as well as characters who become ever more twisted in the repeated capitulation to evil. I recommend Curse of the Raven highly!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Theron Mathis

    Surprised This second book in Kotar’s series surprised me. It picked up the story of the first book but not the characters. They were present but only minimally. The new people I met were just as fascinating and their tale moved me through the pages quickly. My only regret is that when it was over I wanted more.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ted

    The story moves along really quickly and is a completely engaging page turner for sure, but it ends unresolved. In that sense it reminds me of the Star War Trilogies, I always felt the 2nd movie did little except set up the need for the 3rd movie. In this case, I almost feel the book was too short and he should have just made this the final volume by making a longer book, combining books 2 & 3. In any case I've bought book 3 because I want to see where it is headed. The story moves along really quickly and is a completely engaging page turner for sure, but it ends unresolved. In that sense it reminds me of the Star War Trilogies, I always felt the 2nd movie did little except set up the need for the 3rd movie. In this case, I almost feel the book was too short and he should have just made this the final volume by making a longer book, combining books 2 & 3. In any case I've bought book 3 because I want to see where it is headed.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Corinne

    4.5. Book 2 is short and has new characters and old ones known from Book 1. It continues the plot of people trying to stay steadfast and true in the midst of an evil dominated society. I thought the writing was more concise in this book. A strong mix of fantasy, epic quests, fairy tales and a battle of Good vs Evil. I have got to see what happens next!

  20. 5 out of 5

    CinnamonHopes

    I think Nicholas is really getting his stride here. The beginning pages of Song of Sirin were a bit stilted, but worth getting through the rest of the book. This one caught me from the opening and wouldn't let go. I think Nicholas is really getting his stride here. The beginning pages of Song of Sirin were a bit stilted, but worth getting through the rest of the book. This one caught me from the opening and wouldn't let go.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Tabitha Hall

    I loved getting to know more about what happened to Vasyllia next after the first book song of the siren ended. This book is intriguing and really is an amazing read. I especially love how strong Mirodara and Llun the smith is throughout the book.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    Received this Book for Free/ARC Read am voluntarily reviewing Beautifully written terrific flow, intriguing story Leaves You anticipating the continuation of the Story. Highly recommend

  23. 5 out of 5

    Michael Knierim

    The struggle and triumph of suffering art during the Stalinist purges of Kievan Rus under the Mongols (as it were.) An excellent book.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

    Loved this story. Llun is a smithy that is superb in his job. Hoping that there will be more stories to come.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Julia Stephanie

    This was so painfully short, but unbelievably invigorating. I’m in love with the wonder of old Vasyllia and my desire to get lost in the lore and new tale has been reignited!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Joël

    I would have liked more depth with the characters and world building. It felt like it fell short, otherwise an OK story

  27. 5 out of 5

    John Coatney

    See "Song of the Sirin" for a review, as this book is a continuation of that, and is essentially the same. See "Song of the Sirin" for a review, as this book is a continuation of that, and is essentially the same.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Patrick Wilcox

    Gret book! I have enjoyed this series a lot so far, it is well written with rich details.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jillian

    I'm not sure I'd call this a sequel. It was so short that I read it in a day.... And I have children who need me. The ending was lovely. I'm not sure I'd call this a sequel. It was so short that I read it in a day.... And I have children who need me. The ending was lovely.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mat

    Absolutely loved returning to Vasyllia. The writing is lyrical and flows beautifully. Llun the Smith is a fantastic character and I really enjoyed getting to know him and what part he has to play in the rebirth of Vasyllia. He is really maybe one of the last true Vasylli. I enjoyed finding out what our characters from Song of the Siren had been up to as well. The only thing I was disappointed on was it was so short! I hate taking off one star but gosh dang it, I just wanted more!

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