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Raven Flight (Shadowfell #2)

4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  3,061 ratings  ·  382 reviews
After completing the long, weary journey to the rebel hiding ground at Shadowfell, Neryn is now a vital part of their plan to overthrow the tyrannical King Keldec. Every step she takes toward perfecting her skills as a powerful, once-in-a-generation Caller gets them closer to their goal. But first she must seek out the disparate leaders of the Good Folk to complete her tra ...more
Hardcover, 406 pages
Published July 9th 2013 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published July 1st 2013)
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Jessica ❁ Edgedancer ❁ at Rabid Reads
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4.5 stars

I wasn’t very impressed with the first installment of this trilogy . . . BUT I’m a big enough fan of Marillier, and I saw enough glimpses of the excellence I’ve come to expect from her, that it wasn’t too difficult to make myself continue with the series.

I. Am. SO glad.

Raven Flight was everything I expected Shadowfell to be. Ominous foreshadowings, beautifully imagined Fae creatures (and by “beautifully” I don’t mean pretty—I mean convincingly alien creatures to
Khanh (Clowns, Nightmares, and Bunnies)
"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. The future was in our own hands. If we wanted a world where such things were possible, it was for us to make it."
I have read a number of sequels this year that have let me down. Second book syndrome, third book syndrome, you name it. Generally, if I like the first book in the series, t
Carla *Jen7waters*
*waiting, waiting, having lots of anxiety attacks in the meantime*
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Kate Forsyth
Juliet Marillier is one of my all-time favourite authors and a new book from her is always reason to celebrate. So when Raven Flight appeared in my mailbox, I gave a little jump of joy and read it straightaway. Raven Flight is Book 2 in the Shadowfell series. I loved Shadowfell and it made my List of Best Books 2012 - the books are classic old-fashioned high fantasy with a quest at its heart. The writing is beautiful and limpid, the setting is an otherworldy Scotland, and the story mixes danger, ...more
[3.5 stars] Raven Flight follows Neryn and Tali as they venture across Alban to seek out the elusive Guardians that are essential in Neryn's training as a Caller. The unlikely duo are opposites, but both are admirable in their own right. Neryn has a sort of quiet strength about her, she never complains or whines when things get tough. Tali on the other hand is tough and outspoken. They are the epitome of strong female characters, and the blossoming friendship between the pair is beautiful.

Leonor (Ner)
Dec 21, 2012 Leonor (Ner) marked it as wishlist  ·  review of another edition
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PS: The world cannot end today 'cause I still need this book!
August 2014 Re-read: Just as good as last time. I'm so freaking invested in these characters and this world. Gah! I need the next book! Thank goodness I finally have it.

Be warned, spoilers for Shadowfell abound below.

Map of Alban from Juliet Marillier's website

Last year I read my very first Juliet Marillier book, Shadowfell. It was one of my favorite books of the year and single-handedly saved the YA genre for me. Immersive, smart, peopled with characters I cared about – it drew me in and kept
Dear Juliet,

I hope you don't mind me addressing you like this. I have been reding your books for more than ten years, so I feel like we have this kind of bond. Not quite like friends, something that can only exist between the writer and his/hers readers.

So, my dear Juliet, I have to ask you: what was this?!

I still remember a time when your books told breath-taking, adventurous, stories, with female characters full of courage, ready to sacrifice themselves for their families and their beliefs. I
This is an incredible book. I have no words but those to say. Juliet Marillier always entertains, evokes emotion and delights her readers. There is no second book woes here. In fact, I think I like this one better than the first one. The first one built a perfectly wonderful world, but Raven Flight added so much more to the world. I have been raving to anyone who will listen about this author since I picked up Daughter of the Forest by accident at the library. I very rarely make purchases of boo ...more
3.5 stars. I love Juliet Marillier, and have read all her books. I appreciate how she writes fantasy, but includes real issues and real emotions. I also like the fact that she always creates strong female characters, unlike many other fantasy books. Although I really enjoyed this book, I thought it was not as strong as the first in the series. I can't wait for the final installment coming early 2014.
Opinião do blogue Chaise Longue:

Muito já foi dito sobre Juliet Marillier. Ela é a autora mais amada da Fantasia e os seus livros apaixonam todos aqueles que têm a honra, o prazer de os ler. Um séquito imenso de fãs segue-a desde a publicação de A Filha da Floresta, e todos os seus livros, sem excepção, provocam sentimentos nos seus leitores, sejam bons ou maus, mais intensos ou menos. Se as coisas têm andado mais agrestes com a publicação dos últimos três
There is a long winter to be spent at Shadowfell for Neryn to figure out who she will be to the people there and their rebellion. A long winter to become something more than the waif of a girl she arrived as and bring the Good Folk to Regan’s cause. A long winter followed by a very short few seasons in which Neryn must travel to the far reaches of her land to gain the training necessary to succeed as a Caller.

If I was disappointed in the first installment of Shadowfell, I can no longer say it wa
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Yeah, so enjoyable to reread this, I'd forgotten about Regan's death, and that Hollow was fine, and yeah, now to read The Caller!

*First read May 24th 2013*
Man, oh, man, I loved this book! I wish there'd been more Flint and Neryn time together, but the times that were were in Flint's head! Can't wait for Caller!!!
Raven Flight is the second in Juliet Marillier's Shadowfell trilogy. In book one, Neryn discovered she was a Caller, one who possesses the gifts to call the Good Folk forward to fight on the side of the humans. It was a rough go for Neryn. She didn't know who to trust or even if she wanted to be the Caller.

In Raven Flight Neryn has come to terms with her role as the Caller and it's now time for her to hone her gifts. She's used her ability in the past, but her lack of training makes her a danger
10/4/14 - READ IT AGAIN. And enjoyed this sequel just as much!

Wow, I don't think I've read a sequel that has been this strong since Catching Fire and Insurgence! The editing in this book was manifique and kept the plot moving, where in less experienced hands it might have dragged. I enjoy spunky fighter Tali as a rising character and it was great to see the creative variety of Good Folk, something which has always been so fun for me in this series. It was interesting to learn about the two Guard

Juliet Marillier's fantasy novels have long had a crossover audience. Unlike some adult authors, she seemed like a perfect fit to write YA. SHADOWFELL, the first novel, was mostly well received and beautifully written. Common complaints were that it was a bit slow, not much happened, and somewhat generic.

Much the same could be said about the recently released RAVEN FLIGHT. Marillier's writing is wonderful. She lays out the setting and the action beautifully. But while I would defend SHADOWFELL f
Steph Su
RAVEN FLIGHT was not as engaging for me as Shadowfell—but the thing is, they’re not all that different from one another. Neryn is still this can-do-no-wrong protagonist who, if not liked instantly by all she meets, at least can quickly win them over with her earnest naivete. The plot is straightforward quest involving long distances traveled and new characters met.

In RAVEN FLIGHT, we learn more about what exactly makes Keldec so evil. And boy is the man frightening! In one of the most riveting s
Raven Flight
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 evil King Keldec.

Neryn must journey with the tough and steadfast
Katharine Ott
"Raven Flight" - written by Juliet Marillier and published in 2013 by Alfred A Knopf. The middle book in a trilogy can be frustrating to read sometimes - an expectant bridge between the exciting setting of the scene and the hopefully equally exciting conclusion. Marillier continues the story of the Caller Neryn, upon whose abilities the fate of the land of Alban rests. A Caller "...must on the one hand be sure and confident in the use of the gift, and on the other hand have no desire for persona ...more
Overall impression:
Raven Flight is an engrossing follow-up to Shadowfell. With a surprising development at the end of the novel, I can’t wait to see what happens next.

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I loved this book. Must read.
The biggest crime of this book is being mildly boring. The beginning is shock full of recap in such detail that I almost put this book aside. We do have a cool event that finally starts off proceedings for this book but it is mired in a whole lot of boring exposition. We finally get on the road and find we are covering ground we've already been over - while new things happen and there are a few deviations it is still nothing compelling. Once the setup is over the middle part of the book is reall ...more
4,5 stars

I didn't like "Shadowfell" that much and went on a Juliet Marillier crisis, so I was scared of reading the second installment of the series. But, as it turns out, I had no reason to. Because Marillier didn't let me down again, and my faith in her is now restored and unwavering.

I'm still trying to process everything that happened in this book. It was action-packed, nail-biting and scream-inducing.

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All that "Shadowfell" lacked. Yes, there was more Flint in the first book, but a lot more
Lembro me ter pensado, quando li o primeiro volume de Shadowfell (no final de 2012), que no meu entender, Juliet Marillier estava a caminhar a passos largos para a redenção. Depois de nos ter contado algumas histórias com uma voz que só vagamente tinha algumas semelhanças àquela a que há tantos anos nos vinha habituando, quer-me parecer que a autora reencontrou o seu caminho. Esta série parece-se muito mais com aquelas aventuras e mistérios em Sevenwaters, por exemplo, do que seria de esperar.

All Things Urban Fantasy
While my initial impression of the Shadowfell series was anticipation, the advent of a rousing adventure in a new and interesting fantasy world, my excitement has dwindled and fizzled under the slow plodding of RAVEN FLIGHT. I appreciated the technical message behind this book, the way Neryn developed her powers in particular, but very little of the actual plot was able to hold my attention. While SHADOWFELL had whetted my appetite for this series, RAVEN FLIGHT felt like a holding pattern before ...more
Angelya (Tea in the Treetops)
Neryn has made it to the rebel stronghold of Shadowfell, and now must prepare for the next part of her quest to further her skills as a Caller. She must seek out the three other Guardians of the Good Folk, to receive training. The only problem is, she’s not really sure where they are. Will the Good Folk be willing to help her out?

In Shadowfell, Neryn journeyed across the countryside with the enigmatic Flint, trying to avoid capture from the forces of the evil King Keldec. There is more perilous
Raven Flight brought me right back into the Shadowfell world and wrapped me up tightly.

Neryn has spent the winter in Shadowfell, first recovering from her journey and her illness, then training to become strong. She knows the fate of Alban depends on her. She knows she must visit all of the Guardians of Alban, but what she doesn’t realize is that her deadline is getting very tight.

So, she ends up having to leave on her journey, with Tali as her protector. They encounter many obstacles, of course
Priscila Patatas
I'm a little disappointed with this book. Juliet, you are an amazing and outstanding writer and my favourite one ever, but I didn't see any of your usual greatness in this book. This wasn't really a book, it was a sequel, a continuation, an obligatory read to link the first book to the future third. It wasn't a masterpiece, it wasn't the work of art that every single one of Juliet's books are.
First, the love story was bland. There was not the complete devotion of Sorcha and Red's love, there was
Elphaba J
Recordo bem que para mim, que nunca tinha tido o prazer de ler Juliet Marillier, Shadowfell foi como o abrir de uma janela para um novo mundo, um mundo onde reinava a beleza da simplicidade, onde a bondade se encontrava a florescer timidamente mas com raízes fortes entre o mal e onde a partilha era exposta como lição primordial, numa terra consumida, mirrada pelo egoísmo do seu rei. Agora, finda a leitura de O Voo do Corvo e após ter tido a oportunidade de conversar com a autora, a sua história ...more
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Juliet Marillier was born July 27, 1948 in Dunedin, New Zealand and grew up surrounded by Celtic music and stories. Her own Celtic-Gaelic roots inspired her to write her first series, the Sevenwaters Trilogy. Juliet was educated at the University of Otago, where she majored in music and languages, graduating BA and a B Mus (Hons). Her lifelong interest in history, folklore and mythology has had a ...more
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Shadowfell (3 books)
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  • The Caller (Shadowfell, #3)
Daughter of the Forest  (Sevenwaters, #1) Son of the Shadows (Sevenwaters, #2) Wildwood Dancing (Wildwood, #1) Child of the Prophecy (Sevenwaters, #3) Heir to Sevenwaters (Sevenwaters, #4)

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