Review: The Raven Tower

Posted 20 May, 2020 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Raven Tower
By: V.E. Schwab
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

Listen. A god is speaking.
My voice echoes through the stone of your master’s castle.
This castle where he finds his uncle on his father’s throne.
You want to help him. You cannot.
You are the only one who can hear me.
You will change the world.

A triumph of the imagination, The Raven Tower is the first fantasy novel by Ann Leckie, New York Times bestselling author and winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke Awards. Gods meddle in the fates of men, men play with the fates of gods and a pretender must be cast down from the throne in this breathtaking fantasy masterpiece.

Ann Leckie writing a fantasy novel? Yeah, count me in! And isn’t the cover gorgeous?

The world-building was interesting and pretty unique in presentation, with the concept of the Raven’s Lease, the gods and their names, the way society was formed.

Unfortunately the story never gripped my interest even though I stuck with it for almost the entire read (Why? How? I don’t know). I think it was the way the story was narrated that turned me off: it’s different, certainly, but sometimes it added to the confusion as to who was talking, what was going on, who was who. It’s not a light read by any means, and I never really connected with the characters and their plights as a result.

I guess on a personal note her books are not for me. They’re unique, certainly, and she has an interesting approach to storytelling and the ideas and world-building she’s conveying. But the narration can make the story dense and difficult to truly enjoy so yeah, I think this will be my last read from her.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

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