The Raven's Shadow

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The Raven's Shadow, the third book of Elspeth Cooper’s The Wild Hunt series finds war brewing on both sides of the Veil between the worlds.

The desert of Gimrael is aflame with violence, and in the far north an ancient hatred is about to spill over into the renewal of a war that, a thousand years ago, forged an empire. This time, it may shatter one.

Wrestling with his failing grip on the power of the Song, and still trying to come to terms with...

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Overview

The Raven's Shadow, the third book of Elspeth Cooper’s The Wild Hunt series finds war brewing on both sides of the Veil between the worlds.

The desert of Gimrael is aflame with violence, and in the far north an ancient hatred is about to spill over into the renewal of a war that, a thousand years ago, forged an empire. This time, it may shatter one.

Wrestling with his failing grip on the power of the Song, and still trying to come to terms with the horrifying events he witnessed in El Maqqam, Gair returns to the mainland with only one thing on his mind: vengeance. It may cost him his life, but when everything that he had to live for is being stripped away from him, that may be a fair price to pay.

Old friends and old foes converge in a battle of wills to stem the tide of the Nimrothi clans as they charge south to reclaim the lands lost in the Founding Wars. If they succeed, the rest of the empire may be their next target. And with the Wild Hunt at their head, the overstretched Imperial Army may not be enough to stop them.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
01/27/2014
In this solid third volume in the Wild Hunt series (following Trinity Rising), Cooper ratchets up the stakes and the tension. The veil between the worlds has been cut, and two hellhounds come through to sow chaos among humans. A small band of gatekeepers valiantly tries to keep the veil closed to the Wild Hunt, even as the Nimrothi clans mass in the North—with the Hunt on their side—to reclaim the land they lost 1,000 years ago, during the Founding Wars. Protagonist Gair continues to explore his developing magical gifts; his power is growing, but the aftereffects of using it leave him fearful of his sanity and the safety of those around him. While the plot feels a bit familiar, the strong writing and deft characterization make this book well worth reading. Agent: Ian Drury, Sheil Land Associates. (Mar.)
Kirkus Reviews
2014-02-06
The follow-up to Trinity Rising (2013) is the third and largest entry in what has expanded from a fantasy trilogy into a series. In the north, Speaker Ytha has united the Nimrothi nomad clans under the surly and stupid but biddable Drwyn; their ambition is to overthrow the Empire that defeated them 1,000 years ago. Ytha, using the combined power of her witch thralls, intends to release the imprisoned death goddess, Maegern, and her Wild Hunt; two Hounds are already free. All she needs to complete the process is the magic jewel known as the starseed. (The stumbling block with this and other doomsday scenarios: What happens once the evil guys slaughter everyone? Do they just sit around waving their swords in triumph?) Teia, having escaped Drwyn's brutal attentions and now pregnant by him, flees south, hoping to warn the slumbering Empire—and will use her own magic powers to defy Ytha. Gair returns from searching the deserts of Gimrael for the starseed, still grieving over Alderan's tragic death. Worse, he fears he's lost control of his magic Song when everything he achieves with it has unintended malignant consequences. He meets up with an old comrade, the healer Tanith, a sort-of elf and future queen of Astolar; Tanith's unwanted and unpleasant companion, Ailric, who demonstrates his utter contempt for humans, holds the unshakable conviction that Tanith is his to command and unsuccessfully tries to hide a streak of megalomania. The malevolent renegade Guardian, Savin, taunts Gair but otherwise doesn't figure. This installment ramps up the tension, with plenty of gory action, Cooper's usual high level of characterization, and controlled plotting that, while showing few original touches, rolls solidly along. An excellent addition to this superior epic.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765331670
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 3/11/2014
  • Series: Wild Hunt Series , #3
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 162,510
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Meet the Author

ELSPETH COOPER was born in 1968 in Newcastle upon Tyne. She has been a fan of the written word since she could read unaided, and has been writing stories for almost as long. Songs of the Earth was her first novel. She lives in Northumberland, UK, with her husband and two cats in a house full of books.

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  • Posted April 30, 2014

    Another great installment in this series!

    Another great installment in this series!

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