4 out of 4 stars
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If you are looking to get swept away into another world, Apollo’s Raven by Linnea Tanner is the book for you! This book follows the star-crossed lovers Catrin and Marcellus in olden-day Brittania. The two come from completely different homelands and bring with them complicated family drama like none other. There is mystery, love, magic, betrayal, and plot twists that will intrigue any reader!
From the very first chapter, the reader is introduced to the entangled relationships that would play a crucial role in the story’s unfolding. When the Romans come to negotiate about the rightful heir to the throne with the Cantiaci clan in Britannia, plans go awry on both sides. Marcellus and Catrin fall in love while the Senator manipulates King Amren and Marrock by making deals with both of them. The conflicts escalate rapidly, making both sides have to improvise as the story progresses.
There are a lot of great things about this book. The characters are complex and the scenes appear to jump off the page at you. The reader feels like he or she knows the characters on a personal level. The political drama keeps you guessing what is going to happen next. I liked that the author knew how to make the reader connect to her characters. The romance between Catrin and Marcellus is appealing to a lot of different readers, making it a classic love story. The evil nature of Marrock and his cunning lies make him a villain like none other. The author does a great job showing characters that are not purely good or evil, but rather a mixture of both.
There are some mature elements to be aware of in this book though. There is some foul language. The sexual encounters of the characters are described in detail and the violence is grotesque at best. At one point in the book, the death of two children is described, which was definitely unsettling. I would not recommend this for children or teens for this reason. If you are offended by sorcery, this book is surely not for you.
I give this book a 4 out of 4 stars! It draws you in from the very start with the political drama and contrasting cultures. The book also ends abruptly leaving the reader begging for the next book in the series. It is everything a fantasy, romance, or drama lover could possibly want in a book.
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