29521339 Raven Song by I.A. Ashcroft
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

*I received a free copy in exchange for my honest, unbiased review* Thank you!

Blurb:
A century ago, the world burned. Even now, though rebuilt and defiant, civilization is still choking on the ashes.

Jackson, a smuggler, lives in the shadows, once a boy with no memory, no name, and no future. Ravens followed him, long-extinct birds only he could see, and nightmares flew in their wake. Once, Jackson thought himself to be one of the lucky few touched by magic, a candidate for the Order of Mages. He is a man now, and that dream has died. But, the ravens still follow. The nightmares still whisper in his ear.

Anna’s life was under the sun, her future bright, her scientific work promising. She knew nothing of The Bombings, the poisoned world, or the occult. One day, she went to work, and the next, she awoke in a box over a hundred years in the future, screaming, fighting to breathe, and looking up into the eyes of a smuggler. Anna fears she’s gone crazy, unable to fill the massive hole in her memories, and terrified of the strange abilities she now possesses.

The Coalition government has turned its watchful eyes towards them. The secret factions of the city move to collect them first. And, old gods stir in the darkness, shifting their pawns on the playing field.

If Anna and Jackson wish to stay free, they must learn what they are and why they exist.

Unfortunately, even if they do, it may be too late.

Raven Song is the first of a four book adult-oriented dystopian fantasy series, a story of intrigue, love, violence, and the old spirits in the shadows who wait for us to notice them again. Readers of Neil Gaiman, Holly Black, and Charlie Human will enjoy this dark magic-laced tale rooted on the bones of what our world could become. 


 Cover: Very Nice
Rating: 4 Stars
Overall: Darkly Beautiful!
Characters: Well Written
Plot:
A century ago, the world burned. Even now, though rebuilt and defiant, civilization is still choking on the ashes. Page Turner: Yes
Series Cont.? Yes
Recommend: Yes
 
Source: Author

Review:
What a dark and beautiful fantasy! I had wanted to read this one for a while, since I has first heard of it, but just got the chance, and I’m so glad I did! Richly written with a interesting plot and complex characters this is one for all you dark fantasy/dystonian/grimdark tales! Told from the perspective of Jackson and Anna, it felt a little like This Savage Song in a few ways. So if you were a fan or either this one of that one, I would recommend reading the other! XD For me this was a quick read, I devoured it in just at two days and enjoyed every minute! I can’t wait to see what happens next! I was left with some questions, this is definitely a series, but I enjoyed how the ending turned out and will gladly return when the next book passes me by! 

About the Author:
I. A. Ashcroft dwells in Phoenix, Arizona, alongside a wonderful tale-spinner and two increasingly deranged cats. The author enjoys reading and pretending to be other people while rolling dice and wearing fancy hats.

From Ashcroft’s writing, you can expect dark fantasy, humor, violence, hope, flawed heroes, human villains, and more than a small dose of mythology.

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