Review: The Raven God

The Raven God

(Legends of Orkney #3)

Alane Adams

IMG_E4650

5 ★ – FANTASTIC, EPIC AND UNFORGETTABLE!
PUBLISHED BY SPARKPRESS SEPTEMBER 12, 2017
GENRE(S) MIDDLE GRADE, FANTASY, MYTHOLOGY
PAGES: PAPERBACK 384
BUY BARNES AND NOBLEAMAZON
After defeating the Volgrim witches, life in Orkney is quiet. Too quiet. Before Sam Baron can catch his breath, an army of fire giants led by Surt gather in the Eighth Realm of Musspell, determined to destroy Orkney–and it’s all Sam’s fault. After all, he took Odin’s life with an ancient cursed dagger, and now, mankind has lost its protector. To make matters worse, the God of Mischief, Loki, is on the loose and determined to reunite with his evil wife, Angerboda, and their three children: Fenrir the wolf, Jormungand the sea serpent, and Helva, Goddess of Death.
Orkney’s only hope lies with Sam and his stalwart friends. As Surt prepares to launch his forces against Orkney, Sam and two of his fellow witches, Perrin and Mavery, set out on a journey to rescue Odin, aided by Skidbladnir, a magical ship of the gods that can fly over land and sea, and Geela, a Valkyrie who can transform into a battle-ready goose. Meanwhile, Leo and Keely travel north to stop Loki from starting a war between the Eifalians and the Vanir, while Howie is left to watch over Skara Brae.
With time running out, our heroes try frantically to prove once again that they can find the courage to do what’s needed when the odds are stacked against them–even when the sacrifice asked is greater than any of them could imagine.

What a fantastic ending!!! Alane Adams wonderfully concludes this amazing series with edge of your seat suspense, out of this world adventures, and lots of laugh out loud moments.

The Raven God picks up right after the awful Volgrim witches have been defeated and life in Orkney seems better than ever. The quiet doesn’t last very long though. Soon enough, Sam and his friends once again find themselves in impossible situations fighting to save everyone in Orkney. Mischief and mayhem in every which way. Awesome twists and turns abound. Thrills and humor are plenty. And kick ass battle scenes had me totally glued to the pages. This book is so insanely awesome and I’m just so in love with this magical world that I never want to leave.

IMG_7289

The writing, as with the previous books, is astonishing. So beautiful, riveting, and easy to read. The world building is mind-bogglingly creative. I don’t know too much about Norse mythology, but I definitely love Adams’ interpretation. The plot is fast-paced, action-packed and suspenseful. If you’ve read the first two, then you know how Adams just loves to keep you on your toes. One minute you’ll be laughing and having fun and crazy anxious the next. Totally love that about this series!

IMG_6833

The characters… they’re just so awesome and adorable and I love them oh so much.. I’ve watched them at their worst, cheered for them on their best, been inspired by their bravery and perseverance, and reveled whenever they succeeded. So immensely proud of all of them. I will definitely miss Sam, Keely, Howie, Leo, Mavery, and Perrin. Oh and all the side characters, magical or not, they’re so quirky and hilarious so yeah… I’m going to miss them too.

IMG_E4652

Adams’s imagination left me wanting more and took me on one of the most marvelous journeys I’ve ever taken! The Raven God is a such wonderful conclusion. It’s intense and absolutely thrilling. It’s filled with humor, magic, and awesome adventures that had me enthralled the entire time. This book.. this series.. is just so incredibly epic and I will surely miss Orkney. If you’re in the mood for some fun and fantasy, then definitely add this series on your TBR.

So grateful to Alane Adams for sending me all three books and signing them too. I’m going to treasure them forever and visit Orkney over and over again!

Other Books in the Series

The Red Sun Review

IMG_4871

Kalifus Rising Review

IMG_6910


About the Author 

Alane_Adams_2_mini-683x1024I grew up in an old Quaker town called Whittier in Southern California. For college, I attended the University of Southern California where I wanted to be an English major, but my family convinced me to become an accountant so I could help run a family business. I spent the next few decades trying to get back to writing instead of balancing budgets. After leaving the family business behind in 2008, I started a foundation focusing on global poverty issues particularly their effect on children. I pursued a Masters Degree in Diplomacy and took several field visits with UNICEF, visiting schools around the world. After seeing the importance of education and literacy in the battle to end extreme poverty, I began to shift the focus of my foundation to improving and supporting literacy efforts. In 2009 I was invited to teach a course on social entrepreneurship at Chapman University and joined the full-time faculty for the next five years. Along the way, my passion for literacy and children came together when my 12-year-old son Alex challenged me to write a book he could read. I began writing the Legends of Orkneybook series and haven’t stopped writing since that day. My latest picture book, The Coal Thief, is based on stories from my father’s life growing up in Pennsylvania at the turn of the century. I have a new picture book out in November 2017 titled The Santa Thief and the last book in the Legends of Orkney series, The Raven God, is available now.

Having been an avid reader my entire life, books based on mythology have always fascinated me the most. I think it’s the idea of magic and the unlimited potential behind the surreal. Building an entirely new world like the fantastical realm of Orkney in my series has been a wonderful challenge. When I think of stories that don’t involve some element of magic it feels dry and boring. I love characters that are deeply flawed and full of emotions like anger and frustration and a burning desire to understand why it is they are so flawed. There are so many wonderful writers out there that entertain children and adults alike, but my all-time favorite book is River God by Wilbur Smith because it tells such a powerful story of life in ancient Egypt and you can’t help but be swept back to that time and place.

When I’m not writing or teaching, I’m out hiking somewhere in the world or hanging out with my three boys who are my greatest joy. Thank you for visiting my page. I hope you enjoy reading these books as much as I enjoyed writing them for you.

Follow and Connect with Alane Adams: Website / Instagram / Twitter / Facebook

Hope you had fun reading my review and don’t forget to leave your comments down below.

Sincerely Karen Jo

First Lines Fridays

unnamed
FIRST LINES FRIDAYS IS A WEEKLY FEATURE FOR BOOK LOVERS HOSTED BY WANDERING WORDS. WHAT IF INSTEAD OF JUDGING A BOOK BY ITS COVER, ITS AUTHOR OR ITS PRESTIGE, WE JUDGED IT BY ITS OPENING LINES?
  • PICK A BOOK OFF YOUR SHELF (IT COULD BE YOUR CURRENT READ OR ON YOUR TBR) AND OPEN TO THE FIRST PAGE
  • COPY THE FIRST FEW LINES, BUT DON’T GIVE ANYTHING ELSE ABOUT THE BOOK AWAY JUST YET – YOU NEED TO HOOK THE READER FIRST
  • FINALLY… REVEAL THE BOOK!
COPY AND PASTE THE TEXT AND BANNER (OR MAKE YOUR OWN!) ABOVE FOR YOUR OWN FIRST LINES FRIDAYS POSTS.  MAKE SURE TO COMMENT YOUR FIRST LINES BELOW SO THAT OTHER PEOPLE CAN CHECK THEM OUT!

Okay here goes!

Once Upon A Time…

“Tell me the story again,” I urged my sister in the nighttime blackness of our attic bedroom. Odette rolled toward me on her side of the bed. The straw mattress crunched and shifted beneath her weight, and her brown eyes shone in the trace of moonlight straining through the shadows.

“Please,” I said with a hopeful squeak in my voice, which made me sound such a baby compared to her, a eight-year old girl, almost nine.

“Oh, Tru.” My sister burrowed her right cheek against her pillow. “You know the story so well.”

“Tell me again. My leg hurts, and I really, really want to hear it.”

She sighed with a force that rustled the curls peeking out from beneath my nightcap.

“Please, Od,” I begged. “Tell me about the day I was born… and Papa’s horse… and the tower.”

 

 

Now scroll down…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not quite yet, so keep going…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Almost there….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just a little more…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Odd and True

Cat Winters

28078791

Published September 12, 2017

Trudchen grew up hearing Odette’s stories of their monster-slaying mother and a magician’s curse. But now that Tru’s older, she’s starting to wonder if her older sister’s tales were just comforting lies, especially because there’s nothing fantastic about her own life—permanently disabled and in constant pain from childhood polio.

In 1909, after a two-year absence, Od reappears with a suitcase supposedly full of weapons and a promise to rescue Tru from the monsters on their way to attack her. But it’s Od who seems haunted by something. And when the sisters’ search for their mother leads them to a face-off with the Leeds Devil, a nightmarish beast that’s wreaking havoc in the Mid-Atlantic states, Tru discovers the peculiar possibility that she and her sister—despite their dark pasts and ordinary appearances—might, indeed, have magic after all.

Currently reading this right now and so far I’m liking it.  I’m not too far into it and I’m still a bit confused about where the story is going, but it is quite intriguing. It definitely has a spooky vibe and the characters for the most part are interesting. I also like the way Cat Winters switches from past to present.

Add Odd and True on Goodreads

Will you pick up Odd and True based on those first few lines? Have any you read this book yet? What did you think? Leave your comments down below. I’d love to hear from you!

As always, thank you for stopping by and reading. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Sincerely Karen Jo