Kindle Edition, 410 pages
Published March 1st 2020 by The Lion and Raven Press, LLC
After seeing the cover reveal for this books, I jumped at the chance to read an e-arc from the author’s newsletter sign-up. And although I’m a bit behind in my reading, I want to share my initial thoughts on this one now since I did agree to review it by March 8, and it is already March 9!!
Our main character is an assassin, and although there are a LOT of assassin books out there right now, I am loving how the author made her MC stand out from the crowd. Plus, one of our other POV focuses on a queen who seized power for herself after the king (her husband) was found dead. Probably murdered. And she didn’t want to just be regent to her very young son.
So we get the internal monologue of a female assassin who kills people to stay alive and take care of her grandmother and the political intrigue of a court unwilling to allow a queen rule the kingdom on her own without a lot of interference from the council, which is made of both men and women.
The magic system is also fascinating as it seems to focus on leylines and the magical energy inherit in all life. And it plays an interesting role in the life of our MC assassin.
The pacing seems well done, and I find myself compelled to read it! I’m anticipating giving this one five stars when I do finish, which should be in the next couple of days!
The price of freedom is paid with blood, trust, and the heart. When a queen’s hope rests on the edge of a blade, can a woman with deadly aim and a man with devastating magic unite a kingdom on the brink of civil war?
Conscripted from prison into the Crows, Asgarath’s most elite assassins, Kiera Pendry lives in the shadow of the palace. She’s as much a weapon as the wicked blades she carries, but feels the heavy weight of every life she takes. Trusting the wrong person had turned her into a killer—and she would never make that mistake again.
Now the man who abandoned her is back with a job that could buy her freedom at last. Dorian is a Seider, someone who commands magic, and his service is sworn to Queen Margaret. Dorian needs Kiera’s skills to keep him alive while he retrieves the legendary obsidian blade. To succeed, they must trust each other. And, when long buried feelings return, the cost of Kiera’s freedom may prove higher than she could ever imagine.
Kiera must reconcile with her enemy if they want to find the ancient blade to unite the kingdom. But as powerful forces close in and dangerous alliances are made, the two discover why some secrets should stay in the past.
Raven’s Flight introduces a new fantasy world perfect for those who enjoy intrigue, dangerous relic quests, enemies to lovers, and magic. Readers who enjoy the Grishaverse series by Leigh Bardugo, Provost’s Dog series by Tamora Pierce, and the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas will want to dive into this new world filled with fantasy, adventure, and romance. Raven’s Flight is a new adult fantasy.