Raven Flight

Raven Flight

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by Juliet Marillier

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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


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.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
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
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)

Product Details

Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
Shadowfell Series , #2
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Random House
Sales rank:
770L (what's this?)
File size:
3 MB
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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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Raven Flight 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
WishEnd More than 1 year ago
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
Bookwormarts9 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best so far
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was so cold. The wind shook and screamed as Tali and I screamed for help. We were stranded on a skerry and nothing was avaliable. I went into a coughing fit much like the one i had last autumn. "Neryn, try to go to sleep." Tali said. She eyed my growing stomach. "You better pray that the wee thing is a girl and not a boy or else Keldec will kill you all." I thought of the horror and sorrow Flint and i had felt when the Hag of the Isles guessed i was with child. The small spark of joy in me was that i was carrying a part of my man in me but mainly horror because even though we were careful that night we spent in each others arms apparently the needy moments of passion that we had restrained had escaped to create a joy that could be used as a weapon. I swayed on my feet against the wind and from hunger. "Neryn! Tali!" A faint voice rose through the howling wind. Unfamiliar fire sparked in my heart along with hope and clashed together. It was Flint. A figure came at me and sheilded me from the wind. "I thought i was going to lose you." His gruff yet kind voice raised my spirits . My world spun as another fit of coughing came on and i fell to my knees. "Neryn! Oh gods, will she be okay?" Tali cried. "We all will be as soon as she gets off here." Flint helped me to my feet and let me lean on him and Tali to support me between them. I felt myself being carried and everything went black. I woke to worried voices. "She shouldn't have to carry this burden it's one she can't get rid of. An innocent child turned against it's own parents would break her. Especially if it dies. And it was my fault." Flint said. "Well, glad to see your awake. We almost lost you to the gods." A cheery voice said. A plain but kindly looking older woman hovered with a warm cloth. "I'd say she might have two weeks left before the wee one arrives. Awfully early though. Can't have more than three months on her." The woman called over her shoulder. Flint looked up and some color returned to his face. "Best if you all stayed until she goes." "I'm Callista by the way deary." She said. One look at Flint's face said it all. Callista and Tali went out. He took my face in his hands and kissed me carefully. Tears ran down my face. "I don't want to lose it. I can't." I sobbed. "It's a boy." Flint said shakily. "Callista knows me and knows your story. I trust her." He said. "She wants to try to force early labor for you." "She doesn't want me inside you though. She needs her dog to do that." As if on cue a small dog trotted in. I pulled up the hem of my nightgown and spread my legs. Flint held my hand. With the other i took the dog and fit his wet point in me. I pushed him further into me until a sharp pain overcame me. I pushed the dog off the bed. "Neryn, it's time." Callista called. Flint went out. Within 2 hours a sharp wail cut through the heavy silence. Callista placed a small strong squalling baby boy in my arms. I touched my nose to his nose and sobbed. Tali rushed in. "Neryn. He will survive." She said. Then Flint stood by me and lifted the child from my arms to hold him in the sunlight. "He is strong, a warrior. The name Owen will suit him dear one." He said softly. I managed a smile through my tears. We left at dawn. Flint and Tali both insisted on bringing a farm horse for me to ride with Owen. We encountered trouble soon after we left. We were questioned by a few Enforcers.
SmalltownSR More than 1 year ago
Another fantastic Marillier story.  I loved it.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Okay. Have fun.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's okay.. l guess... and, no.. Probably never again..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why? D:
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm tired. G'night. :)
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You already mated with me!
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As an actual review, I post that this a great read that really draws you into the plot
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*He walks in then turns and starts walking out*
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*she appears on Scarlet's back.* Oj.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lay there eyes not even open
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Leaves sadly
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Please come back!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pads in. Looks around.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very upset about thay.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Willow- A spider. That was a good riddle.