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With his murderous former mentor dead, reformed dark mage Corwyn Ravenscroft is looking forward to a brighter future with Cassandra and their new son. But when a mysterious killer stalks their friends and associates, Raven realizes that he may not be the only one among their social circle with a dark past. Fourth in an award-winning urban fantasy series by a best-selling With his murderous former mentor dead, reformed dark mage Corwyn Ravenscroft is looking forward to a brighter future with Cassandra and their new son. But when a mysterious killer stalks their friends and associates, Raven realizes that he may not be the only one among their social circle with a dark past. Fourth in an award-winning urban fantasy series by a best-selling author!


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With his murderous former mentor dead, reformed dark mage Corwyn Ravenscroft is looking forward to a brighter future with Cassandra and their new son. But when a mysterious killer stalks their friends and associates, Raven realizes that he may not be the only one among their social circle with a dark past. Fourth in an award-winning urban fantasy series by a best-selling With his murderous former mentor dead, reformed dark mage Corwyn Ravenscroft is looking forward to a brighter future with Cassandra and their new son. But when a mysterious killer stalks their friends and associates, Raven realizes that he may not be the only one among their social circle with a dark past. Fourth in an award-winning urban fantasy series by a best-selling author!

22 review for Raven's Vow

  1. 4 out of 5

    Gordon Long

    This novel should be subtitled, “The Raven Grows Up.” The tale takes place soon after the birth of their son, so Cassandra is sidelined, leaving Raven to bear the brunt of the action. In an earlier review I bemoaned the fading tensions between the two main characters and the loss of suspense this allows. Ms. Reppert now solves this by playing the various prejudices of the different law-enforcing establishments and their individual officers against each other to create the interpersonal conflict. This novel should be subtitled, “The Raven Grows Up.” The tale takes place soon after the birth of their son, so Cassandra is sidelined, leaving Raven to bear the brunt of the action. In an earlier review I bemoaned the fading tensions between the two main characters and the loss of suspense this allows. Ms. Reppert now solves this by playing the various prejudices of the different law-enforcing establishments and their individual officers against each other to create the interpersonal conflict. The plotline is basically that of a murder mystery. Magic plays a smaller role in the conflict, and mundane policing takes up the slack. A serial killer is targeting random people, and in desperation the authorities bring Raven in to figure it out. As this series progresses, the problem for the author is that Raven is becoming more domesticated, being a father and all that entails. Thus the deep well of his former insecurities is drying up as a source for tension in the book. What has replaced it is his protective feeling for his expanding circle of family and colleagues, making him more vulnerable. A slowly developing sub-plot also keeps us interested, until the “Aha!” moment when we put the two together in our minds. The connection isn’t too difficult to figure out, but the development towards the inevitable conclusion is fascinating to watch, as we see the events inside a charismatic cult from the point of view of a believer. Characters are true to themselves. When it comes to the time of decision at the climax of the story, Raven’s personality makes it no choice at all, and the denouement neatly ties up a loose end from the last book. Highly recommended for Raven fans and followers of this series, as well as all fans of the paranormal.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Madison Keller

    Overall, I think this book was a good follow up to the last book in this series. The story opens right after Cass and Raven's son is born. There was a mysterious and vague threat left inside the GII offices. Now Raven must track down who is behind the threats before Cass and his son perish. Cass takes a back seat in this novel, playing more of a damsel-in-distress role than in any of the books, which I found disappointing. Raven starts to become more comfortable now in his role as a good guy. Chu Overall, I think this book was a good follow up to the last book in this series. The story opens right after Cass and Raven's son is born. There was a mysterious and vague threat left inside the GII offices. Now Raven must track down who is behind the threats before Cass and his son perish. Cass takes a back seat in this novel, playing more of a damsel-in-distress role than in any of the books, which I found disappointing. Raven starts to become more comfortable now in his role as a good guy. Chuckie and some of the other familiar characters are absent here, or make only token appearances. A few new characters are introduced. The novel starts out a bit slow, but picks up by about a 1/3 of the way in. Overall, a very solid book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer (BTH Reviews)

    This review first appeared on BTH Reviews. First, I want to say “thank you” to Shawna Reppert. She kindly offered me a copy of Raven’s Vow because I reviewed and enjoyed the first three books of the series. Not only was I excited to continue the series, it also made me feel good that she remembered me. I have only moved one of my previous reviews to this new blog. Sorry for the gap in reviews. I’ll be adding the others soon. Although I received an advanced reading copy in exchange for an honest re This review first appeared on BTH Reviews. First, I want to say “thank you” to Shawna Reppert. She kindly offered me a copy of Raven’s Vow because I reviewed and enjoyed the first three books of the series. Not only was I excited to continue the series, it also made me feel good that she remembered me. I have only moved one of my previous reviews to this new blog. Sorry for the gap in reviews. I’ll be adding the others soon. Although I received an advanced reading copy in exchange for an honest review, my opinions are my own. Raven’s Vow is a great addition to the Ravensblood series. It has likable, interesting, and well-rounded characters. The Story Raven and Cassandra are trying to settle into domestic life with their son Ransley. Raven continues to consult for Guardian International Investigations, where his wife Cassandra works as an agent. Life is never simple for them, though. Someone vandalized headquarters, then their friend Holly is attacked. The danger escalates. Raven teams up with local police to work on different angles of the case. They don’t know if he, Cassandra, Rafe (Cassandra’s partner), Sherlock (their boss), or someone else is the actual target of these attacks and taunts. All they know for sure is someone is targeting people within their circle. The mystery of who was the target wasn’t hard to figure out, because there is a subplot told from the point of view of a character named Alicia who believed in the teachings of a cult and fell in love with its leader. A reader can connect the dots easily. However, the investigation stayed interesting. I didn’t guess the villain’s identity until close to the end. The author included enough red herrings to keep me guessing. I felt the book started out a bit slow. And I grew impatient during the parts where Raven chased down leads that I could guess weren’t going to pan out. I think the story needed to move along faster. Maybe the reason I feel this way is because of the timing between taunts and attacks. For example, the first breach at headquarters takes place two weeks before the attack on Holly. Why did the perpetrator wait so long? This was just one of several questions I had about timing in the book. The Characters I believe characterization is the strongest aspect of Raven’s Vow. The author showed the reader both external and internal conflicts, plus character growth and change. Raven is a strong mage and has his opportunity to fight in the book, while trying to deal with his feelings–some familiar, some new. We don’t see the brooding Raven anymore, but he does still think about his past. And he still needs to temper his darker urges. But, now, he’s more worried about taking care of everyone else, protecting his friends and family, and not being the man some people think he should be because of his past. Rafe’s behavior was spot-on for what he was going through. His grief, rage, paranoia, and misplaced blame are all realistic and compelling. Alicia’s account of her feelings toward the cult and its leader, Jordan, was fascinating. I wanted to tell her she was an idiot, but I understood her perspective. Shawna Reppert’s insight into human psyches shines in Raven’s Vow. Cassandra is on the sidelines for a lot of the book because she’s taking care of their new son. Raven is the star, but Cassandra isn’t invisible. Toward the end she takes a more active role in the story. I didn’t always understand the characters’ motivations. For example, I didn’t get why Moore was so hostile or why she seemed to have such a problem with Sherlock, even early on in the story. Furthermore, I didn’t feel convinced by the motivation of the villain. I mean, I understood why he was doing it; I just didn’t understand why he picked the people he did to attack. Maybe for me to see the connection clearly, I would need to know more about the relationships between those people. This is hard for me to explain without giving anything away. The Writing I enjoy Shawna Reppert’s writing style. She keeps her writing clean and concise. One of the things she excels at is writing realistic dialogue. The setting details on the micro level are excellent. Reading this book was like watching a movie in my mind. I would like more macro level details. Sometimes, I felt lost about the world they lived in, because it has been a while since I have read a book in the series. I don’t remember if there was much worldbuilding in the other books. It would have been good to have a recap of some things such as the Three Communities and Angla. Do I Recommend? Overall, I enjoyed reading Raven’s Vow. I liked it a lot. It just wasn’t a five-star read to me because of the pacing and scenes that I felt could have been eliminated or shortened because they didn’t have a lot of bearing on the outcome of the story. I know it’s difficult to decide what to include, what not to include, and how much is too much when it comes to checking out other suspects in a mystery. Although the other suspects were necessary to keep the reader guessing, I think too much time was spent on them. That’s just my opinion, and another reader might feel differently. This is a good book to read if you like series that continue after the couple gets together and have a child. Some authors intentionally keep their characters from having a domestic life. Shawna Reppert didn’t do that. While I think the pace of the story occasionally suffered as a result, it helped me get to know the characters even better because I saw different sides of Cassandra and Raven I wouldn’t have seen if they didn’t have each other and a child to worry about. I recommend Raven’s Vow to readers who like urban fantasy focusing on an investigation. There isn’t a lot of magic usage in this book, but there’s enough to satisfy. My Rating: 4/5 stars (B)

  4. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    I don't know what is different about this installment. Too warm fuzzy maybe? In truth, I made it 33%, and by that point I was making myself read it. I really liked the first two books, in particular. This one had a completely different feel. It kind of reminded me of a Sherrilyn Kenyon installment. That's not a bad thing if that's your style; I have read her books. But I had liked that this series didn't seem to fall into that paranormal/romance category. I may pick it up and continue in the fut I don't know what is different about this installment. Too warm fuzzy maybe? In truth, I made it 33%, and by that point I was making myself read it. I really liked the first two books, in particular. This one had a completely different feel. It kind of reminded me of a Sherrilyn Kenyon installment. That's not a bad thing if that's your style; I have read her books. But I had liked that this series didn't seem to fall into that paranormal/romance category. I may pick it up and continue in the future, who knows. 2020 Update: I finished it, but it was just mediocre. I think the first two in the series were the better books, but at least I can say that I finished the series.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Juliana Veale

  6. 5 out of 5

    Micky McCulloch

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kim

  8. 4 out of 5

    Donna Oatts

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mary Ellen Leo

  10. 5 out of 5

    Teri

  11. 4 out of 5

    Randal Collins

  12. 5 out of 5

    Erica

  13. 5 out of 5

    rowan

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jil A. Richards

  15. 4 out of 5

    Michael

  16. 5 out of 5

    Diann J. Wiklund

  17. 4 out of 5

    Akela

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jocelyn S.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Talitha

  20. 4 out of 5

    Harmony Mosby

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Thompson

  22. 4 out of 5

    David

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