Official Review: Apollo's Raven by Linnea Tanner

Please use this forum to discuss historical fiction books. Common definitions define historical fiction as novels written at least 25-50 years after the book's setting.
Post Reply
User avatar
hsimone
Lilimaster of Bookshelves
Posts: 5426
Joined: 17 Jul 2015, 20:19
2018 Reading Goal: 100
2017 Reading Goal: 100
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 86
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 96
Currently Reading: Lair of Dreams
Bookshelf Size: 445
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-hsimone.html
Latest Review: The Slippery Slope of Consequences by Nati Carrillo
Publishing Contest Votes: 27

Official Review: Apollo's Raven by Linnea Tanner

Post by hsimone » 19 Jun 2017, 15:36

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Apollo's Raven" by Linnea Tanner.]
Book Cover
4 out of 4 stars
Share This Review


Sorcery. Deception. Mythology. Druids. Shape shifting. A prophecy. An ancient curse. Follow the Celtics and Romans in Linnea Tanner’s historical fiction/epic fantasy, Apollo’s Raven, for an exciting and unpredictable tale.

Celtic Princess and Warrior Catrin has learned something secretive and dangerous about herself, which can lead to her people’s success or their downfall. She is able to connect with ravens, which is seen as a bad omen. As she is struggling to understand this unnatural connection, she meets the captivating Roman, Marcellus, son of her family’s enemy. Torn between her loyalty to her family, her forbidden love for Marcellus, and her disturbing gift, will Catrin be able to break an ancient curse that was placed upon her family when she was a child?

This whirlwind of a ride had me captivated from page one. I was entranced by Catrin’s deep connection with ravens and her strengths and weaknesses. I was drawn to the uncertainty of the love between Catrin and Marcellus. I was pulled into the ancient curse and its mysterious outcome.

Needless to say that Tanner can certainly tell a tale containing all the necessary ingredients to an epic series. There are well-developed main characters, while the secondary characters nicely added to the storyline. Apollo’s Raven is composed of an enticing plot full of mystery and intrigue where the author cleverly drops breadcrumbs for her readers chapter after chapter, leaving them wanting more. Themes of honesty, loyalty, family, love, trust, and much more fill every page.

There were just a few minor aspects that could improve this read. In the beginning of each chapter, before the chapter started, there was a sentence or two hinting the main idea; at times, this contained spoilers, but readers can easily skip these if desired. Also, I did question the use of “hooligans” and “shenanigans” during ancient Roman times, but this only came up twice in 400 pages, so it didn’t deter from the reading. Lastly, there were less than handful of errors. For instance, “…with a of couple fingers…” (loc. 572), is something that can be easily fixed. However, nothing too major and again did not take away from my enjoyment.

For future readers, there were some sexual scenes/thoughts and a couple of disturbing scenes involving blood and death. However, the scenes were not very lengthy and simply added to the insanely awesome plot.

Overall, I absolutely loved this read. It was one that I looked forward to reading every time I picked it up, which doesn’t happen very often. Needless to say, I happily give this epic read a 4 out of 4 stars, and recommend it to anyone who enjoys an excellent epic fantasy with romance mixed in.

******
Apollo's Raven
View: on Bookshelves | on Amazon

Like hsimone's review? Post a comment saying so!
"Love is patient, love is kind." -1 Corinthians 13:4

User avatar
gali
Site Admin
Posts: 33255
Joined: 22 Oct 2013, 07:12
2018 Reading Goal: 100
2017 Reading Goal: 100
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 120
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 105
Favorite Author: Agatha Christie
Currently Reading: Mine
Bookshelf Size: 1873
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-gali.html
Reading Device: B00I15SB16
fav_author_id: 2484

Post by gali » 20 Jun 2017, 05:07

I love epic fantasy and your review sure is convincing. Who can resist Sorcery, Mythology, Shapeshifting, an ancient curse and much more besides?? I'm glad you enjoy the book that much. Thank you for the great review! :)
In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you." (Mortimer J. Adler)

User avatar
hsimone
Lilimaster of Bookshelves
Posts: 5426
Joined: 17 Jul 2015, 20:19
2018 Reading Goal: 100
2017 Reading Goal: 100
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 86
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 96
Currently Reading: Lair of Dreams
Bookshelf Size: 445
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-hsimone.html
Latest Review: The Slippery Slope of Consequences by Nati Carrillo
Publishing Contest Votes: 27

Post by hsimone » 20 Jun 2017, 05:40

Thank you, gali! It was such a captivating book with a lot of layers and subplots. Definitely one that I really enjoyed. :D
"Love is patient, love is kind." -1 Corinthians 13:4

User avatar
kandscreeley
Special Discussion Leader
Posts: 6097
Joined: 31 Dec 2016, 20:31
2018 Reading Goal: 115
2017 Reading Goal: 100
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 83
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 94
Currently Reading: End of the Last Great Kingdom
Bookshelf Size: 224
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-kandscreeley.html
Latest Review: It's Just a Matter of Balance by Kevin S. Garrison

Post by kandscreeley » 20 Jun 2017, 07:40

Sounds like a very captivating read. It sounds interesting to have a main character that is able to connect with ravens. I'm not usually into Epic stories like this, but it's worth a try. Thanks.
“There is no friend as loyal as a book.”
― Ernest Hemingway

User avatar
hsimone
Lilimaster of Bookshelves
Posts: 5426
Joined: 17 Jul 2015, 20:19
2018 Reading Goal: 100
2017 Reading Goal: 100
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 86
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 96
Currently Reading: Lair of Dreams
Bookshelf Size: 445
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-hsimone.html
Latest Review: The Slippery Slope of Consequences by Nati Carrillo
Publishing Contest Votes: 27

Post by hsimone » 20 Jun 2017, 08:06

I was definitely captivated. There were so many good things that I liked, though I do favor this genre. If you do give it a try, hope you enjoy it! Thanks for sharing your thoughts!
"Love is patient, love is kind." -1 Corinthians 13:4

User avatar
Chedy bhouri
Posts: 1
Joined: 20 Jun 2017, 09:18
Bookshelf Size: 0

Post by Chedy bhouri » 20 Jun 2017, 09:33

Very very good book than'k god for reading this book ???

-- 20 Jun 2017, 09:36 --

I'm so in love with this book ❤

User avatar
hsimone
Lilimaster of Bookshelves
Posts: 5426
Joined: 17 Jul 2015, 20:19
2018 Reading Goal: 100
2017 Reading Goal: 100
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 86
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 96
Currently Reading: Lair of Dreams
Bookshelf Size: 445
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-hsimone.html
Latest Review: The Slippery Slope of Consequences by Nati Carrillo
Publishing Contest Votes: 27

Post by hsimone » 20 Jun 2017, 09:41

Chedy bhouri wrote:Very very good book than'k god for reading this book ???

-- 20 Jun 2017, 09:36 --

I'm so in love with this book ❤
Glad you enjoyed it!
"Love is patient, love is kind." -1 Corinthians 13:4

User avatar
Chrys Brobbey
Posts: 276
Joined: 03 Apr 2017, 00:40
2017 Reading Goal: 50
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 22
Currently Reading: Farmer Beau's Farm
Bookshelf Size: 134
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-chrys-brobbey.html
Latest Review: "Break up with Defeat" by Jermaine Francis

Post by Chrys Brobbey » 20 Jun 2017, 13:17

The review is enticing enough to make me want to have a look at this book. It looks close to being in the Sci/Fi genre, of which I'm not a fan. But this one attracts me. Thanks for a good review.
Latest Review: "Break up with Defeat" by Jermaine Francis

User avatar
hsimone
Lilimaster of Bookshelves
Posts: 5426
Joined: 17 Jul 2015, 20:19
2018 Reading Goal: 100
2017 Reading Goal: 100
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 86
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 96
Currently Reading: Lair of Dreams
Bookshelf Size: 445
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-hsimone.html
Latest Review: The Slippery Slope of Consequences by Nati Carrillo
Publishing Contest Votes: 27

Post by hsimone » 20 Jun 2017, 13:39

Thank you, Chrys Brobbey! I wouldn't consider this science fiction; it's more of a fantasy with some historical fiction. If you do get the chance to read it, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! :)
"Love is patient, love is kind." -1 Corinthians 13:4

User avatar
MarisaRose
Previous Member of the Month
Posts: 1300
Joined: 03 Sep 2016, 15:34
2018 Reading Goal: 50
2017 Reading Goal: 25
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 66
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 400
Favorite Book: <a href="http://forums.onlinebookclub.org/shelve ... 665">Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban</a>
Currently Reading: The Sleepwalker
Bookshelf Size: 326
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-marisarose.html
Latest Review: A yard full of Wonder by Jean McCarthy
Reading Device: B00JG8GOWU

Post by MarisaRose » 20 Jun 2017, 15:18

I'm glad to know you liked this one so much! I was really interested in this book when it came out as BOTD recently, but hearing your glowing opinion definitely solidifies my need to read this one :)
"No two persons ever read the same book." -Edmund Wilson

User avatar
hsimone
Lilimaster of Bookshelves
Posts: 5426
Joined: 17 Jul 2015, 20:19
2018 Reading Goal: 100
2017 Reading Goal: 100
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 86
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 96
Currently Reading: Lair of Dreams
Bookshelf Size: 445
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-hsimone.html
Latest Review: The Slippery Slope of Consequences by Nati Carrillo
Publishing Contest Votes: 27

Post by hsimone » 20 Jun 2017, 15:36

Thank you, MarisaRose! I was really interested too when it was BOTD, so when I saw it was up for review, I snatched a copy. :) If you do get the chance to read it, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
"Love is patient, love is kind." -1 Corinthians 13:4

Mrsbellaz
Posts: 46
Joined: 25 Apr 2017, 13:21
Currently Reading: Who told you that you were naked
Bookshelf Size: 16
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-mrsbellaz.html
Latest Review: "Who Told You That You Were Naked?" by William Combs

Post by Mrsbellaz » 20 Jun 2017, 20:52

Certainly sounds like an exciting read. I like the ones you can't put down. I will add this to my read list. Thanks for the review.
Latest Review: "Who Told You That You Were Naked?" by William Combs

User avatar
Penny Lee
Posts: 262
Joined: 02 Mar 2017, 01:25
2018 Reading Goal: 12
2017 Reading Goal: 12
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 108
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 416
Favorite Author: R. A. Salvatore
Favorite Book: The Count of Monte Cristo
Currently Reading: My Father's House
Bookshelf Size: 485
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-penny-lee.html
Latest Review: The Pirate Who Was Scared of Birds by Michelle Path
fav_author_id: 8463

Post by Penny Lee » 20 Jun 2017, 22:22

Your review makes this book sound very intriguing! I was a bit put off by the free sample recently, but perhaps I should give it another chance. The idea of Catrin seeing through the eyes of a raven (but not actually turning into/sharing bodies with the raven) is interesting. The spoiler-ish quoted texts at the beginning of the chapters somewhat annoyed me, but I could try to ignore them! ;)
Littera scripta manet -- the written word remains.

User avatar
hsimone
Lilimaster of Bookshelves
Posts: 5426
Joined: 17 Jul 2015, 20:19
2018 Reading Goal: 100
2017 Reading Goal: 100
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 86
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 96
Currently Reading: Lair of Dreams
Bookshelf Size: 445
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-hsimone.html
Latest Review: The Slippery Slope of Consequences by Nati Carrillo
Publishing Contest Votes: 27

Post by hsimone » 20 Jun 2017, 23:18

Mrsbellaz wrote:Certainly sounds like an exciting read. I like the ones you can't put down. I will add this to my read list. Thanks for the review.
I love books that you can't put down too! Hope you enjoy this one when you get the chance to read it! Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts. :)

-- 21 Jun 2017, 06:24 --
Serene Firefly wrote:Your review makes this book sound very intriguing! I was a bit put off by the free sample recently, but perhaps I should give it another chance. The idea of Catrin seeing through the eyes of a raven (but not actually turning into/sharing bodies with the raven) is interesting. The spoiler-ish quoted texts at the beginning of the chapters somewhat annoyed me, but I could try to ignore them! ;)
Thank you! I can see how the beginning may be off-putting, but I ended up liking it. :) I love the raven connection and how Catrin still keeps her body, but can see through the raven's eyes, too. Yeah, I'm not a fan of those quotes either. For the sake of this review, I did end up reading them, but I would recommend not to for those who don't want things spoiled along the way, if possible... ;) Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts!
"Love is patient, love is kind." -1 Corinthians 13:4

Darakhshan Nazir
Posts: 926
Joined: 17 Jun 2017, 12:25
2017 Reading Goal: 20
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 65
Bookshelf Size: 21
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-darakhshan-nazir.html
Latest Review: "Twisted Threads" by Kaylin McFarren

Post by Darakhshan Nazir » 22 Jun 2017, 04:27

will definitely read this one??
Latest Review: "Twisted Threads" by Kaylin McFarren

Post Reply

Return to “Historical Fiction”