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Grab this book for your next long weekend! Not only do you want to keep coming back for more, there will be more exciting plot twists waiting for you each time you read. There are just enough elements of fantasy and character development as well as a great plot line with clashing clans and empires that this is perfectly designed for those out there who prefer both fantasy and historical fiction.
Readers of a variety of genres will enjoy Apollo’s Raven by Linnea Tanner. This reviewer would say that the book brings together a great combination of styles for readers. The story can be compared to a Game of Thrones, meets Helen of Sparta with both Norse and Roman mythology elements that make for a riveting combination.
This review rates Apollo’s Raven (Curse of Clansmen and Kings) a 4 out of 4 stars. Apollo’s Raven is a great, entertaining read. It is well written with a great, engaging and suspenseful plot line that keeps the reader wanting to continue to learn what happens next.
Catrin is the teenaged daughter of a Celtic King. She has just begun to understand her mystical powers wherein she connects with her black raven and can see the future. Not only is she navigating familial struggles as well as her powers, she finds the Roman Empire on their shores as well as in her home, with a threat of war of which she may have the power to help stop. Her family, with some deeply troubled relationships is further torn by conflicting power struggles that include mystical abilities by others as well as enemies within that family line. As Catrin is forced into a relationship with a Roman, their empires collide. The complicated underlying struggles among Catrin’s family are continued to be revealed the book continues, strongly intertwined with the global relations going on between the Celtic tribes, now at odds, and the Roman Empire.
The character development keeps the reader interested in learning more about both friends and foes of our protagonist. While at first, keeping most of the characters shrouded in mystery, enough is developed of each to peak interest of the reader before delving deeper into their individual histories and past experiences. Each character is given some time in the first person which gives a deeper sense of person of each person to the reader. The timing of all of this is done very well to reveal enough to keep the reader engaged while providing enough that the characters each have their own robust story.
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