The Raven Tower was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Book: The Raven Tower
Author: Emma Miles
Publication Date: December 2019
Rating: 4 stars
How much would you sacrifice to save your people? Your freedom, your home … power … love … your life?’
Four lands beneath the sky. A haven of peace, a kingdom of plenty, ravaged islands, and a nation of cruel, dark magic. One will try to devour them all.
Spring brings the ruthless Borrow raiders much earlier in the year, their attacks more ferocious, more desperate. When Kesta uses her magic to see in the flames who is really behind the raids the Independent islands of the Fulmers seem doomed to fall. Their only hope is to cross the sea to seek the help of the King of Elden and his dangerous sorcerer, the Dark Man; but what price will the king demand for his aid?
Wild Kesta has been raised to be a leader, trusted, loved, with the freedom of her cherished Islands. Can Kesta subdue her fiery nature and work with a man she hates, a man she fears, to stop the evil that will consume their lands and enslave them all?
I had a really fun time reading this book. We follow different perspectives throughout this novel which gave us a deeper understanding of the tension and build up to the ending which was really fun and interesting.
World building in this story was a little meh, I didn’t learn a lot about the magic or how this magic works which left me with a lot of questions and wanting a little bit more. The chapters in this story were very long and it felt like a slog going through this book even though I was enjoying it. I wish the chapters were cut a little shorter and made it feel like I was making progress when reading for long periods of time.
Our main character was such an amazing character, she was so strong, stubborn, determined and not afraid to speak her mind and stands up for what she believes in. Our main character comes from a very different country which has a lot of different customs from the country she ends up being in throughout this story. I really liked seeing her slowly change the way people saw her and realising some of their customs aren’t the greatest.
Kesta must work alongside a man who she hates and fears just a little bit but soon realises he may not be that bad. I really enjoyed seeing this man’s walls fall down and slowly opens himself up to Kesta and the people around him.
As Kesta tries to become accustomed to the new life she is living she creates these amazing friendships with the people around her and I really loved watching these relationships develop. These relationships had some amazing funny and heartwarming moments which I really loved.
This story does explore some very dark themes such as slavery and rape. So please be careful heading into this story if these themes may be triggering to you.
About The Author
I often get asked when I knew I was a writer; the answer is always. A writer is what I am, it’s in my soul. There have been times in my life when I couldn’t write, and times when my writing has been the only thing that kept me going. I think I always longed for something deeper from life, something more meaningful, and I found it in my imagination and in the music of words.
It was poetry which first caught my attention, and whilst my younger cousins called for ghost stories it was animals I first wrote of. I think I gravitated toward fantasy because of the freedom it gives, I could create my own worlds and decide my own rules. My Wind’s Children trilogy was born from an image that came to me whilst daydreaming, of a young man sitting alone below a bridge. I didn’t know who he was; it turns out neither did he, but we found out together.
I’m now working on my seventh book and love writing more than ever, it’s an addiction, an obsession, but one I now share with my wonderful writing family. My beta readers, my editor, and you, my readers, having you with me on my journey means the world to me.
I write as much as I can around work, but I also try to squeeze in a ridiculous amount of hobbies! I’m a wildlife photographer and do a little archery. I paint, sculpt with clay, withies and driftwood, preferring to be outdoors if I can. I still have a love for the theatre, having started out in life studying backstage crafts, and a great love for language. I speak a little French, Romanian and Italian, ma non molto bene!
Thanks for reading this. If you read any of my books and love them, please come say hello and tell me, you’d be surprised at how much that means to an author.
Take care of yourself.