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Celtic Princess Catrin has an incredible gift that allows her to merge with her spirit animal’s mind. When she utilizes her power, she is granted the ability to see through her raven’s eyes, but young Catrin is only just beginning to understand how to harness her skills. As an even younger child, Catrin had dreamed of becoming a Druidess. Her father quickly forbade such practices. Despite having high regard for his personal Druidess Agrona, her father firmly asserts that Catrin’s spiritual magic is a curse rather than a gift.
Catrin’s situation changes drastically when she inadvertently has a vision of incoming warships, which are sure to threaten her father’s kingdom. Using her raven’s eyes, she spots the warships and dives lower to get a closer look. Catrin is astonished when she suddenly sees Marrock, her half-brother, who had promised to slay her entire family before being exiled years ago.
She rushes back to tell her father, but several Roman soldiers have already reached the King. Tension is high between the two groups, yet Catrin feels an instant connection to the Roman Senator’s son, Marcellus. Catrin is both confused and conflicted about her feelings of attraction. Catrin is compelled to prevent further conflict but unsure how to proceed due to her foreboding vision. In a twist of fate, Marcellus is ordered to stay behind as a hostage while the King and Senator attempt to discuss the future of the kingdom. Catrin is ordered by her father to extract information from the enemy Marcellus, and Marcellus is instructed to do the same by his father. Despite this, the two are obviously very attracted to one another. Will they betray each another in the name of their kingdoms, or will their love overcome all? Will the King and the Senator be able to reach an amicable agreement? Will Marrock’s vengeance be fulfilled?
The action-packed beginning of this book really drew me into this story, and I couldn’t seem to pull myself away from the unfolding drama. The initial chapters were well balanced in providing a detailed description of the main characters and their backstories while simultaneously providing an initial sense of action and drama. The author so beautifully captures the passion, desire, and realness of attraction between Catrin and Marcellus that I couldn’t help but be completely drawn into the vortex of their budding romance. It’s important to note that I usually do not like romance novels or the romantic aspects of a novel. I was initially drawn to this story for the mythological aspects, but Linnea Tanner crafted such a beautiful romance that I was surprisingly looking forward to these parts of the story more than anything else!
I rate Apollo’s Raven 4 out of 4 stars. This book is impeccable! Apollo’s Raven is professionally edited, well researched, and captivating from beginning to end. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys history, romance, and magic. I don't have anything negative to say about this book.
It’s not often that a book will leave me speechless, but Apollo’s Raven did just that. It took me several days before I could even write this review because I was completely taken aback by this book in the best way. I’ve already visited the author’s website and pre-ordered the second book to this series. I’m also thrilled to learn she is planning on writing a third, fourth, and fifth addition to the series! I plan on reading the entire series.
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