The Tower of Ravens: Book One of Rhiannon's Ride

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Bestselling author Kate Forsyth's mesmerizing return to the magical land of Eileanan.

Condemned for lacking the horns so prized by her people, One-Horn's daughter must escape by riding one of the legendary flying horses to freedom-if she can stay on its back long enough. But to save a land where the dead walk and ghosts haunt the living, this strange, feral girl-renamed Rhiannon, the rider no one can catch-must convince the human apprentice ...

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Overview

Bestselling author Kate Forsyth's mesmerizing return to the magical land of Eileanan.

Condemned for lacking the horns so prized by her people, One-Horn's daughter must escape by riding one of the legendary flying horses to freedom-if she can stay on its back long enough. But to save a land where the dead walk and ghosts haunt the living, this strange, feral girl-renamed Rhiannon, the rider no one can catch-must convince the human apprentice witches she meets to trust the word of a wild, half-human girl.

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The Tower of Ravens is the first book in a trilogy by Australian writer Kate Forsyth, author of the popular Witches of Eileanan saga (The Pool of Two Moons, The Cursed Towers, et al.). Set in Forsyth's signature world of Eileanan, a realm practically supersaturated with magic and myth, the novel chronicles the adventures of Rhiannon, a faerie half-breed who escapes her brutally abusive clan by means of a winged horse -- and goes in search of her place in the world of humans. Rhiannon was born and raised in a herd of satyricorns, a race of ferocious horned faeries. Although her mother is a full-blooded satyricorn, her father was human, and as a half-breed -- lacking hooves, a tail, and horns -- she is looked upon as an outcast and frequently mistreated. The ill-tempered satyricorns are consummate hunters, and seeing no way to escape them on land, Rhiannon vows to do the impossible: to catch and ride a winged horse to freedom. But once free, where will the wild faerie go -- and how will she survive? Steeped in Celtic folklore and mythology, Forsyth's The Tower of Ravens is reminiscent of bestselling fantasy works by other Australian writers, namely Juliet Marillier's Sevenwaters novels and Cecilia Dart-Thornton's Bitterbynde trilogy (The Ill-Made Mute, The Lady of the Sorrows, and The Battle of Evernight). Featuring a compelling female protagonist, this richly imagined escapade -- which has a heavy romantic undercurrent -- should appeal to fantasy and romance fans alike. Paul Goat Allen
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451460325
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/28/2005
  • Series: Rhiannon's Ride Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 4.46 (w) x 6.58 (h) x 1.21 (d)

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    fabulous fantasy

    In the mountains live wild satyricon, fairies with horns and hoofs instead of feet. Living among them is a female outcast who has human feet and no horn. She captures a flying winged horse and escapes to the home of Lewen, an apprentice witch and his family who tend to her injuries. They name her Rhiannon and decide that she should be taken to the city of Lucescere to the Tower of Two Moons to be tested for any power she might have. --- They travel with a caravan of witches¿ apprentices but when they find the body of Connor A Yeoman of the Guard, they race to the capital to report the murder. Rhiannon doesn¿t volunteer the information that it was her arrow that killed the man but because she has his possessions she falls under suspicion. They travel to Fettercain Valley where the dead walk and children are snatched from their homes and killed. The laird,Malvern MacFerris invites the tired troupe to stay at his haunted castle but the evil that resides within the walls threatens their lives. It is up to Rhiannon and any power she may have to rescue her friends and break the malevolence that surround them. --- Book one of Rhiannon¿s Ride is a fabulous fantasy where magic is taken for granted and the people acknowledge and grant equal rights to species straight out of mythology. The hero turns from a feral girl into a caring woman willing to risk her life to save those she has come to care about. The Highlands of medieval Scotland are the basis for TOWER OF RAVEN and Kate Forsyth proves once more that she is a master of creating a mythical world based on an actual bygone era.--- Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted February 15, 2009

    AWSOME!

    I loved this book. It was really great. This book is great for anyone who is ready for alot of adventure and originality. It was great!

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  • Posted November 18, 2008

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    Jennifer Wardrip - Personal Read

    Very rarely does a fantasy novel manage to take you into its world from the first page and refuse to let you go until the ending. More often than not, stories in a series get you hooked into its magical world, then leave you hanging as you breathlessly await the next installment. Not so with Kate Forsyth's THE TOWER OF THE RAVENS. For those who have never visited her world of Eileanan in books such as THE POOL OF TWO MOONS or THE CURSED TOWERS, never fear! THE TOWER OF THE RAVENS is a fantasy epic that can definitely stand alone, and does so with competent writing, fantastic world-building, and a deeply heroic cast of characters. <BR/><BR/>Ever since she was a young girl, Rhiannon has wanted nothing more than to catch a winged horse, to tame and train it so that she could fly away and escape from the hellish nightmare that is her life. Scorned, ridiculed, and even feared by her fellow man, Rhiannon lives in near solitude, wanting only to belong. Without even a name at this young age, the daughter of One-Horn and a human father. One-Horn is the mother of the tribe of satyricon, fairies who have horns and hoofs instead of feet. Rhiannon, born without a horn and with human feet, is immediately branded an outcast, and she lives her solitary life with only the hope of escape as comfort. <BR/><BR/>When she finally manages to escape upon a winged horse, its not without injury and risk to herself. Arriving at the home of Lewen, an apprentice witch, she's finally given a name-and perhaps a chance to truly belong. When Lewen and his family decide to bring Rhiannon to the Tower of Two Moons in the city of Lucescere to be tested for magical ability, Rhiannon worries that she might once again lose any sense of self she's just beginning to gain. <BR/><BR/>Murder, intrigue, and suspicion soon surround Rhiannon when a member of the Guard is found dead. Suddenly surrounded by unimaginable evil and malevolence, it will take all the strength and magic that Rhiannon possesses to protect herself and those she loves. <BR/><BR/>THE TOWER OF RAVENS is a wonderful fantasy novel that will thoroughly immerse you in Kate Forsyth's magical world. A woman who wants only to find her place in the world, Rhiannon is a strong, caring woman who truly overcomes her past to be a woman that everyone can be proud of.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2007

    Originally Posted on Romance Junkies

    Very rarely does a fantasy novel manage to take you into its world from the first page and refuse to let you go until the ending. More often than not, stories in a series get you hooked into its magical world, then leave you hanging as you breathlessly await the next installment. Not so with Kate Forsyth's THE TOWER OF THE RAVENS. For those who have never visited her world of Eileanan in books such as THE POOL OF TWO MOONS or THE CURSED TOWERS, never fear! THE TOWER OF THE RAVENS is a fantasy epic that can definitely stand alone, and does so with competent writing, fantastic world-building, and a deeply heroic cast of characters. Ever since she was a young girl, Rhiannon has wanted nothing more than to catch a winged horse, to tame and train it so that she could fly away and escape from the hellish nightmare that is her life. Scorned, ridiculed, and even feared by her fellow man, Rhiannon lives in near solitude, wanting only to belong. Without even a name at this young age, the daughter of One-Horn and a human father. One-Horn is the mother of the tribe of satyricon, fairies who have horns and hoofs instead of feet. Rhiannon, born without a horn and with human feet, is immediately branded an outcast, and she lives her solitary life with only the hope of escape as comfort. When she finally manages to escape upon a winged horse, its not without injury and risk to herself. Arriving at the home of Lewen, an apprentice witch, she's finally given a name-and perhaps a chance to truly belong. When Lewen and his family decide to bring Rhiannon to the Tower of Two Moons in the city of Lucescere to be tested for magical ability, Rhiannon worries that she might once again lose any sense of self she's just beginning to gain. Murder, intrigue, and suspicion soon surround Rhiannon when a member of the Guard is found dead. Suddenly surrounded by unimaginable evil and malevolence, it will take all the strength and magic that Rhiannon possesses to protect herself and those she loves. THE TOWER OF RAVENS is a wonderful fantasy novel that will thoroughly immerse you in Kate Forsyth's magical world. A woman who wants only to find her place in the world, Rhiannon is a strong, caring woman who truly overcomes her past to be a woman that everyone can be proud of.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2006

    Full of wonder and imagination

    I found this book to be one that has been greatly written.For all those who keep your books that capture you by the writers imagination and details of the characters. This is one to keep I for one know that I will.This is the first time that I've readed anything by Kate Forsyth and With all the good feed back that is coming in to this website about the another series by this author that is also other tale of the land of Eileanan I believe it's called ( The Witches Of Eileanan Series) is going to be a must read on may list. So for all of you reading this review I highly recommend this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2005

    Amazing Once Again!

    At first I was afraid that I would miss the characters I knew and loved so well from the previous series, but the new characters are as engaging as those that came before them. I was also glade to see the return of many familiar faces. Kate has once again shown her superiority when it comes to engaging the reader in an elaborate and thrilling world. I can't wait for the next installment. An absolute MUST READ!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2005

    An excelent piece of fiction but I have my reservations

    While I do not normally write reviews, I do not like the summary-ish reviews that so often appear for fantasy stories. Although I found this book entirely enjoyable, it did contain some measure of predictability common to most fantasy adventures. The characters were well created and depicted and I found myself hating the Lord Malkin and the Red Gaurds same as in the Witches of Eileanan series. I was a little disappointed in the flow of the plot, I usually judge good fantasy by its ability to pull me into the story and then keep me there. While I really enjoyed the elements of the story there was that pull that was missing. I would not say that this was a book that I could not put down. I am looking forward to reading more of Rhiannon's story in future, despite my lack of enthusiasm for this volume. I dont like to give up on authors in whome I sense potential, and I really enjoyed the Witches of Eileanan series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2005

    If you loved the others, then you know what's up.

    This book was full of adventure that is unlike the other books that take place in Eileanan. It's a little darker than the rest but the new characters and new romances make it impossible to put down. I also enjoyed how you get little teasers of information of what has happened to the infamous characters from the series. Of course there was a cliff hanger of an ending that makes me anxious for the second. Forsyth definatly hasn't lost her touch with fantasy writing.

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