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Raven Flight

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Neryn has finally found the rebel group at Shadowfell, and now her task is to seek out the elusive Guardians, vital to her training as a Caller. These four powerful beings have been increasingly at odds with human kind, and Neryn must prove her worth to them. She desperately needs their help to use her gift without compromising herself or the cause of overthrowing the evil King Keldec.

Neryn must journey with the tough and steadfast Tali, who looks on Neryn's love for the double...

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Overview

Neryn has finally found the rebel group at Shadowfell, and now her task is to seek out the elusive Guardians, vital to her training as a Caller. These four powerful beings have been increasingly at odds with human kind, and Neryn must prove her worth to them. She desperately needs their help to use her gift without compromising herself or the cause of overthrowing the evil King Keldec.

Neryn must journey with the tough and steadfast Tali, who looks on Neryn's love for the double agent Flint as a needless vulnerability. And perhaps it is. What Flint learns from the king will change the battlefield entirely—but in whose favor, no one knows. 

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Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
The second volume of Marillier's Dark Ages fantasy picks up right where the first (Shadowfell, 2012) left off. Neryn's time among the rebels has left her stronger and healthier but no closer to grasping her power and becoming a true Caller. When a potential ally sets a time limit for rebelling against tyrannical King Keldec, Neryn can no longer hide and sets off to find the Hag of the Isles and the Lord of the North. As in the first volume, the fantasy stands rooted in the folklore of the British Isles; the details of time and place ring true, and even the magical folk come across as commonplace despite being limned in power. If the first volume's thematic scope concerned how to move past the tragedies and privations of one's past, this one looks at the things one must let go of for the greater good: If Neryn and Flint love each other, they may doom the rebellion, but denying human connection is a high price to pay for peace. By the end, more pieces have fallen into place--including a hint that there's a worse villain yet to come--and the slow start has given way to a sad, satisfying ending. Marillier's many fans will be pleased to see the threads continue to unroll and will eagerly anticipate the battle to come. (map) (Historical fantasy. 13 & up)
School Library Journal
12/01/2013
Gr 8 Up—In this sequel to Shadowfell (Knopf, 2012), Neryn has carved out an existence among the residents of the rebel outpost. War against tyrannical King Keldec is imminent, and Neryn's Caller powers will be crucial to victory. To complete her training, the heroine must continue to seek valuable knowledge from the magical Guardians of Alban. But convincing them to help won't be easy. Moreover, Neryn continues to be haunted by both the extent of her powers and her feelings for double-agent Flint. Reluctantly accompanied by the prickly warrior, Tali, and assisted by magical beings called Good Folk, Neryn embarks on a treacherous mission that, ultimately, will change her life. Raven Flight is just as much a personal journey as a physical one in that Marillier devotes the bulk of the text to character development. The first-person narrative gives an intimate glimpse into the protagonist's inner life, and readers will appreciate how Neryn and Tali grow because of each other's company. Vivid settings and exquisite prose combine to make this novel a winner. Fans of Shadowfell will devour it and eagerly anticipate the trilogy's concluding volume.—Alissa J. Bach, Oxford Public Library, MI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375869556
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 7/9/2013
  • Series: Shadowfell Series , #2
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 242,838
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 770L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

JULIET MARILLIER is the author of several highly popular fantasy novels for adults, including the Sevenwaters Trilogy and the Bridei Chronicles. She is also the author of the teen novels Wildwood Dancing and Cybele's Secret.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2013

    All 16 reviews prior to 7/17 are texters talking about their cat

    All 16 reviews prior to 7/17 are texters talking about their cat clan. Not one single review about the book. Come on texters - get off the site.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 4, 2013

    I love Juliet Marillier. Her writing and characters are always s

    I love Juliet Marillier. Her writing and characters are always so well done. The circumstances also feel realistic to me under whatever situations the characters find themselves in. She also does such a great job in her story-book world-building. That's why I continue picking up her books and giving them a try every time.

    I would say that this series is probably not for readers who don't really like fantasy or who read page-turners. Both of these books are rather slowly paced with some climatic points here and there. There also isn't a lot of romance. The chemistry is there when the two main characters are together, but they take a while to figure things out and when they do, they aren't together very much.


    I felt in some ways that there was a little more going on in this second book than in the first and it seemed to engage me a little bit more as well. Then at the same time I really wanted a lot more interaction between Neryn and Flint, which we get very little of. Of course, I'm a romantic, so I wanted a little more of that same chemistry from the first book.

    I still like where this story is going and the characters. I do have to say that I wish Neryn would have been a little stronger and more willing to depend on the Good Folk when she needed to. She doesn't stand up to Tali much when I think she really should have as well. Tali also got on my nerves with all her talk of focusing only on the fight against the king and being rude to Neryn. I just think when life is short, you should live while you can when you can. I also didn't like how little faith she had in the Good Folk when they had already proven themselves so many times. I think Flint was probably the character I liked the most even though he is pretty tortured and we don't see a lot of him. There is a part towards the end that really shocked me. I just didn't think the author would do what she did. There is also a great set-up for the third book.

    I'm really looking forward to seeing Flint around a lot more in the third book. I think the next book is probably going to be much more intense, if it is the final book in the series. There is a battle to wage and tasks to complete.

    Fans of Juliet Marrilier should enjoy this book, as well as Fantasy readers who like a slower paced book and not much romance.

    Here are a couple of excerpts that I liked:

    "Another man might have taken vengeance in blood and fire, or made an end of himself. Regan is stronger thatn that. There's a light shining in him, moving him forward: the light of freedom. That's what draws all of us to follow, to take risks, to keep on fighting when we see out comrades fall beside us. But there's no light without shadow."

    "Let there be a time in the future, I prayed, when he laughs with his children, and plays on the shore with them, and spends all his nights in loving arms. Let us have that. To whom I was praying I did not know."

    Content: Some mild violence and innuendo, but I would consider this clean.
    Source: Library

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 3, 2013

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    Very Good

    I have always love Juliet Marillier's books and I love how this series takes the Fey and has them fight along side the humans instead of playing with the humans like in the Sevenwaters series. The tempo of the book is a little uneven, faster in some places and slower in others, but by doing that the author makes the reader feel the urgency as well as the slow pace at which the characters are forced to go.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2013

    A Review

    As an actual review, I post that this a great read that really draws you into the plot

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2014

    Hush

    Okay. Have fun.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2014

    Hush

    I posted it... o.o Look under my most recent stuff. My names means Warrior Princess/Assassin. o.o l kelllll buuggieessss. And food. ^~^ Num. What does thy bae say about me?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2014

    Hush

    It's okay.. l guess... and, no.. Probably never again..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2014

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    v.v

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2014

    Hush

    Eh..

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2014

    Hush

    Why? D:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2014

    Hush

    *she appears on Scarlet's back.* Oj.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2014

    Scarlet

    I'm tired. G'night. :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2013

    Nightvale

    Hello

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2013

    Flame to liyana

    Mounts and pumps in and out as fast as he can

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2013

    The two kittens

    Lay there eyes not even open

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2013

    Splashtail

    Meh?

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2013

    Manx

    "Ah. No friends?" He nodded. "Got it. Just one thing. I'll be your friend." He blinked and padded towards Rune.

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2013

    Starpaw

    May i join

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2013

    Killed Regan

    Very upset about thay.

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