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Apollo’s Raven By Linnea Tanner
Apollo’s Raven is a great escape for Game of Thrones fans but, rather than taking place in Westeros, takes place in ancient Rome and Britannia. The Romans are fighting to be the conqueror of all, while the Celtics are trying to come to a compromise with the invaders.
In between this brewing of a war, are the two main characters Catrin, a Celtic warrior princess with a magical raven, and Marcellus, a descendant of Mark Anthony. Marcellus and Catrin easily become pawns for their families to use. They are both told to seduce the enemy for information, however they fall in love. With their countries as mortal enemies and with a chance of war, their love will become their doom and a reason for the hardships they will have to face.
The book gives an insight to all of the characters mindset, showing a bit of their side, which makes the book rather interesting. With this third person point of view, we see that the villains of the book don’t see themselves as evil, rather just putting themselves first in their search for power. It also gives the reader the chance to see that every character seems to think they’re a step ahead of their enemy, when they are really two steps behind. With everyone trying to deceive the other, no one is really winning.
This is what makes Catrin unique because she is the only character, who seems to be selfless of wanting to save her family, country, and the man she loves, no matter what. This loyalty she bears is what makes the reader want to cheer on in her journey of maturing, love, and learning magic. When Catrin learns she may be the key to save them all from a curse, she must learn magic. The only one truly seems to worry of Catrin’s safety is her raven. Her raven and her hold a stronger bond than she even has with her family. This is why the male lead in my opinion was lacking. Throughout the book, he disappoints with his actions and distrust of Catrin, who seems to be the only person showing him any kindness; including his father. However, this flawed character made the book much more real, for if the character had been too perfect, it would have caused readers to turn away.
Linnea Tanner did an amazing job with this book. Her descriptions made you feel like you were in the world she had created. This book is for readers looking for a historical romance with a pinch of sorcery and fantasy. Apollo’s Raven may not have dragons like Game of Thrones, however it still contains enough magic to have a hold over you. So fear, for Catrin’s raven is coming and it won’t hesitate to sink it’s talons into you, making you not want to drop this book until you are done. I give this book a 4 out of 4 rating.
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