Genre: Historical Fiction/Mythology/Fantasy
Number of Pages: 400
Publication Date: April 9, 2017
Rating: out of 5
OBC Rating: 4 out of 4 stars
Themes: Loyalty, Honesty, Trust, Family, Love
*This was part of the OnlineBookClub.org Book of the Day Program and is reviewed for the Blogger Review Program*
This book has also been officially reviewed for OnlineBookClub.
The review below is an alternate version of my official OBC one. If you’re curious, you can find my official OBC review here: Apollo’s Raven
Celtic Princess and Warrior Catrin has an unnatural gift. A gift that is seen as a bad omen – she can physically connect with ravens. As she is trying to understand this ability, she meets and falls for the Roman, Marcellus, son of her father’s enemy.
Will she be able to work through her feelings for Marcellus while being loyal to her family? Will the ancient curse placed upon her family be lifted with her unnatural gift?
Sorcery? Mythology? Forbidden love? An ancient curse? Yes, please!
I fully enjoyed this epic tale of intrigue, deception, and love. The characters are developed well, while the plot leaves the reader wanting more.
One of my favorite aspect has to be the connection that Catrin has with ravens. She is able to see through her raven’s eyes, control its action when inside, and is able to call upon many ravens when she is need of help.
Also, I loved the many storylines and directions this book took. There was the ancient curse set upon Catrin’s family. Its connection to her conniving step-brother, Marrock. Then, the connection to the Druidess, Agnora, and her evil plot. Also, there was the unsettling matter of the Emperor favoring Marrock as King versus the true King Amren, Catrin’s father. I could go on and on, but I won’t. Just know that there’s even more to this adventurous read!
There were a couple of areas where this read could be improved. For instance, I question the use of “hooligans” and “shenanigans” in Ancient Roman times, but this only appeared twice, so it wasn’t too big of a deal. There were a few errors sprinkled throughout that another round of editing could easily fix.
Overall, I was happy to have read Apollo’s Raven, and loved Tanner’s ability to tell a wonderful tale!