I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Raven by Pauline Creeden
Series: Chronicles of Steele #1
Published by AltWit Press on October 2014
Source: the author
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This is the complete Steampunk Fantasy novel - all four parts of the serial in one volume! Also includes bonus features not found in the episodes ~
Human life has value.
The poor living in the gutter are as valuable as the rich living in a manor.
The scoundrel is no less valuable than the saint.
Because of this, every life a reaper takes must be redeemed.
Raven has lived by this first tenet since she was trained by her father to become a reaper. But since his death, she’s been spending years redeeming the lives she’s taken. By her count, she’s even and it’s time for that life to end. If she settles down and becomes a wife, she might just feel human again. But on the way to the life she thinks she wants, the baron of New Haven asks her to complete a task which she cannot ignore… Just when Raven decides to give up on her life as an assassin, she’s pulled right back in.
I read Raven as a serial, which did two things for me.
1) Kept me wanting more.
2) Kept me from devouring it all in one sitting, so I was able to
agonize linger over the characters and story for a longer period of time.
This is, by far, my favorite book of Pauline’s so far. I’ve said it time and again, that Steampunk is not a genre that every author can pull off. It’s not just a matter of creating believable characters (which is a hard enough task on its own!) but it’s also building a whole new world complete with outrageous mechanics, and making it scientifically believable. Then throw in some historical fiction to the mix and call it a day! Pauline manages to present it with perfection.
Raven, herself, is one of my favorite reasons to recommend this book, especially to female readers. She is one of the strongest female protagonists that you will find, pushing through the hardest of times and the most painful of injuries. What makes her character so much stronger, is knowing the historical significance. Women didn’t wear pants. They didn’t speak their minds, and they most certainly did not fight back. Women were not a threat. Raven is fierce, and I would like to believe that she is an ideal role model for girls and women of all ages.
Raven is a book that will stick with me for years to come. Now that it’s over, the only thing that brings me comfort is knowing that there are sequels in the works. I will
kick and scream wait patiently and politely, and I will most certainly not harass Pauline constantly to give me hints about what’s to come. And of course, I’m absolutely in love with this new cover! I am desperate to get my hands on a copy for my shelf. This is a must buy!