Review by Tamanna -- Apollo's Raven by Linnea Tanner

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Review by Tamanna -- Apollo's Raven by Linnea Tanner

Post by Tamanna » 05 Jul 2017, 05:19

[Following is a volunteer review of "Apollo's Raven" by Linnea Tanner.]
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If you’re looking an electrifying historical fiction filled with sorcery, illicit romance, a curse and battle axe wielding Celtic warriors, I’d say that Apollo’s Raven is the book for you. Because it has all of that.

When her half-brother Marrock in the forest abandoned Celtic Princess Catrin, she never knew that the events that had transpired in those woods had altered a curse placed upon her kingdom. Left with no memory of the incident and a strange connection to black ravens, her duty is to break the curse and understand her relationship with her raven. But soon the Romans arrive, bringing with them the threat of war, the reappearance of Marrock and the enchanting Marcellus’s invasion upon Catrin’s heart. In danger of losing her family and her people, she must find a balance between her loyalty to her family and her love for Marcellus.

Through her complex and well-developed characters, Tanner manages to weave a tale of deception, love and family. She keeps the readers on their toes with added tidbits of information that thicken the juicy gravy that is the plot.

What I loved the most about this book was the strong female characters, both primary and secondary. Characters like Catrin and her mother, Queen Rhiannon, both warriors at heart who would fight for their kingdom and who face the challenge of the Romans head on. In fact, it is Catrin’s strength and her determination that shapes her bond with Marcellus, another aspect of the book that I enjoyed. Their relationship is tentative which makes it seem a lot more realistic, especially considering their circumstances.

Along with the refreshing characters, the readers are provided with an excellent snapshot into the era. The detailed research of the setting, the customs and traditions of both the Romans and the Celts are clearly visible throughout the novel. However, one feature that can be improved is the small sentence placed before each chapter that tip-off the events of that chapter. Quite a lot of the time these sentences gave a small spoiler of what might occur.

Apollo's Raven was a rollercoaster, taking the reader on a tumultuous journey filled with twists, turns and loop-the-loops. Although much like a rollercoaster, it can be a little confusing at times, however the thrilling feeling you get as the story progresses is more than enough to want more. I am glad to have had the opportunity to read this book and I give it a rating of 4 out of 4 stars.

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Post by Ezekielafog12 » 18 Feb 2018, 16:17

Through her complex and well-developed characters, Tanner manages to weave a tale of deception,to be honest i love that point in your review,thanks a lot

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Post by Tamanna » 20 Feb 2018, 15:56

Thanks :)

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Post by Ernie6988 » 10 Mar 2018, 04:28

Very nice written review. It makes me even more curious and wanting to read this book. I can't wait.

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Post by kdstrack » 10 Mar 2018, 16:11

Interesting review! I like your comments about the description of the era. Novels are always more interesting when the author has done the necessary investigation of the time period. This author talks authoritatively about the Romans the Celts. Thanks for your insights on this book.

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Post by chelhack » 01 Aug 2018, 03:29

In reading the review as well as the book's description this sound like it could make this book an interesting read. I being a female I like the idea of the women in the story being strong warriors. I will be adding this book Apollo's Raven to my bookshelf wants to read list.
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Post by Fozia-Bajwa » 01 Sep 2018, 16:51

I read the review of Apollo’s Raven by Linnea Tanner. The novel follows the impossible love affair between Princess Catrin, the youngest daughter of King Amren of the Cantiaci Celtic warriors, and Marcellus, son of the Roman Senator Lucius Antonius. They were having the different views about the opposite states before meeting each other, but after finding themselves they were totally astonished. What happened in their life , it was totally out of their considerations. Father of princess Catrin advised her to investigate the secret conditions of Roman estate and father of Marcellus, who was from Roman Senator cannot allow him to marry a foreigner at any cost. Its strange situation for the lovers of this story. I liked this book, this story is wonderful.

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