Review by airwoman311 -- Apollo's Raven by Linnea Tanner

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Review by airwoman311 -- Apollo's Raven by Linnea Tanner

Post by airwoman311 » 26 Mar 2018, 21:57

[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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Catrin was born with special gifts as a natural-born druidess. With the help of her raven, she’s able to see through its eyes, as well as lift the veil between the living and the underworld to unravel the threads of fate. This compelling tale of love and mysticism begins when Catrin, through her connection with the raven, sees her exiled brother Marrock landing on the Celtic coast with a contingent of Roman soldiers. When Catrin was a child, Marrock had attempted to harm and abandon her in the forest but in her fear, she called on the ravens to save her, revealing her gifts. Her father, king Amren, sent him into exile never to return.

Mutilated and vengeful, Marrock is able after some years to convince emperor Tiberius of his claim to king Amren’s throne, vowing death to his father and sisters. Through Senator Lucius Antonius, Rome intends to use Marrock’s claims as an excuse to invade but must give the perception of impartiality. During their initial meeting, the senator’s son Marcellus volunteers himself as the king’s hostage during negotiations. It’s here that our two lovers first meet; Catrin’s father notices the man’s looks at his youngest daughter and decides to assign her as his chaperone, hoping to root out the empire’s true intentions through Catrin’s seduction of the Roman. What no one ever thought possible was that the two would fall in love. Apollo’s Raven is a story of love, politics, and war against fate. Catrin gazes into Marcellus’ future and sees death, while Marcellus struggles to find his place in the world. Can she change his fate? Do Rome and Marrock succeed in their endeavor? Will they choose love or loyalty?

Tanner’s work perfectly balances battle, politics, mysticism, and love. It was a pleasure to read and was clearly professionally edited with just one spelling and a couple minor grammatical errors. The love story between the two main characters is unique, touching on the difficulties of dividing love and familial loyalty. Catrin is strong and independent, making her a female protagonist that any reader will relate to in her struggle to reconcile conflicting feelings and cultural beliefs. Marcellus’ need to find and make a name for himself out from under the shadow of his family’s past is realistic and gives his character depth. There are various complexities and mysterious instances coming back to haunt our characters, so prepare for a surprise twist at the end!

There was very little about this book I didn’t like; the only thing that bothered me a bit was that the ending felt abrupt. Despite this, Tanner does a great job of bringing everything together and the finale of this work doesn’t disappoint. It’s possible that the abrupt ending will continue in the next book of the series, so I can’t complain much about this.

Ultimately, I enthusiastically give Apollo’s Raven 4 out of 4 stars. The dialogue flowed naturally, making this love story more and more enjoyable as it unfolds. You won’t regret taking the time to enjoy this book; I look forward to reading the next piece in this series!

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