Review by Mouricia25 -- Apollo's Raven by Linnea Tanner

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Review by Mouricia25 -- Apollo's Raven by Linnea Tanner

Post by Mouricia25 » 07 Jan 2018, 07:57

[Following is a volunteer review of "Apollo's Raven" by Linnea Tanner.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Apollo’s Raven by Linnea Tanner is a literary masterpiece that captures its audience from the first few pages. Although this book is marketed as a historical fiction, it reads more like a historical romance novel. I was pleasantly surprised by just how good this book turned out to be. There were so many interesting twists in the book, with no plot holes which showcased the skill of the writer. It was very hard to predict what would happen next, and every new page contained a new piece to the puzzle. The writer’s attention to detail was spot on, with great imagery that transported me into this fantasy world.

The book is about a Celtic princess Catrin, who was charged with being a host, which was really just a spy for her father. He had taken a Roman nobleman as a hostage, whom she later fell in love with. The hostage was taken, as her father, King Amren needed to leave his kingdom to make political decisions, to settle several disputes with the Romans, and keeping the Roman was leverage for his security.

The novel explores the princess’s mystical abilities as they develop, and her being torn between duty and love as her world is beginning to crumble around her. It drew on major themes observed such as deception, love, nature, fear and revenge. I especially loved how well developed each character was, whether they were primary or secondary, there was sufficient information provided about them for you to feel connected. Although the story was centred mostly on Catrin, each named character was given a few moments in the spotlight that greatly added to the quality of the book.

There was nothing I did not like about this book. I loved and appreciated just how much research went into the writing of this book. The flow of the book was great, which made it even more enticing, and I was left with no unanswered questions. I loved how women were portrayed in the book, as equals versus being inferior to their male counterparts.

Overall, I happily rate this book 4 out of 4 stars because it was a very great read. It was well written and there were no errors detected. I would definitely recommend this book to my friends who like historical, romance, fantasy or just a combination of the three genres, as this book certainly involves many different audiences. It would certainly make a good read for any book club as it contains many points that could be discussed and enjoyed with friends.

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Post by k_alexcia » 14 Jan 2018, 15:33

As a fan of romance and fantasy novels I truly appreciate your review on Apollo's Raven. I really enjoy novels with good plot twists and characters that grab your attention from start to finish.

Thank you so much for you review Mouricia :)

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Post by pinklover » 14 Jan 2018, 22:29

wow, nice review. I see that I will enjoy this book as well. I am excited to read this book on my vacant time. Thanks for your thoughts.
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Post by Mouricia25 » 20 Jan 2018, 06:34

k_alexcia wrote: ↑
14 Jan 2018, 15:33
As a fan of romance and fantasy novels I truly appreciate your review on Apollo's Raven. I really enjoy novels with good plot twists and characters that grab your attention from start to finish.

Thank you so much for you review Mouricia :)
I am happy you enjoyed it

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Post by Joy2thenations » 28 Jan 2018, 02:03

I like books with twists and turns. Books that keep you on the edge of your seat appeal to me. Sounds like this might be a great read, thanks for your review.

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Post by kdstrack » 04 Feb 2018, 14:33

Great description of Caitrin's character. Your opinions for not finding nothing to dislike about the book are also encouraging. Nice job.

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Post by Mouricia25 » 04 Feb 2018, 15:12

kdstrack wrote: ↑
04 Feb 2018, 14:33
Great description of Caitrin's character. Your opinions for not finding nothing to dislike about the book are also encouraging. Nice job.
Thank you! I hope you enjoy the book!

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Post by KFree_Reads » 20 Feb 2018, 20:10

Nice review! Historical romance novels are my favorite.I think I will give this book a try. Your review is greatly appreciated!

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