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Raven Flight (Shadowfell #2)

4.04  ·  Rating Details ·  4,975 Ratings  ·  483 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 ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ 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
Cait • A Page with a View
Jan 10, 2017 Cait • A Page with a View rated it really liked it
Shelves: faeries, ya-fantasy
This plot definitely has more potential than is currently being used, but I still enjoyed this book! It's so well written and the characters have the most realistic accents I've ever seen.

If you like fantasy worlds with a Celtic or medieval feeling, fae, and rebels who live in caves then you'll probably like this story too! The pacing is REALLY slow (think Frodo walking one step across Middle Earth at a time) but everything is so pretty that it never bothered me.

Neryn is building her skills as
Khanh (the meanie)
"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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EDIT: guys, July 9th!!!

EDIT 2: actual review to come
1.) Shadowfell ★★★★

Um, did that ending just happen?

Can I sue for emotional distress, because this book just sort of ruined me?

Well, before the heartbreak, this book starts off where Shadowfell left off; Neryn is at Shadowfell, but needs to leave to start seeking out the other three Guardians before the impending war.

She has already encountered the Master of Shadows (located in the south) in Shadowfell, but she still has the Hag of the Isles (located in the west), the Lord of the North (locate
Ashley Daviau
Nov 15, 2016 Ashley Daviau rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I quite enjoyed the first book in the series but this one lacked a bit of the spark that the first one had. I can't put my finger on exactly what it was, but there was just some oomph missing. I did still very much enjoy this book though, it was just a bit of a slower read for me. I really enjoyed the progression of the story and seeing Neryn explore and learn about her gift. I also thought the character growth from the first book to this one was excellent! I loved seeing how they changed and gr ...more
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
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
Oct 14, 2012 Renu rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
[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)
Jul 22, 2012 Leonor (Ner) marked it as wishlist  ·  review of another edition
EDIT (21/12/2012):

PS: The world cannot end today 'cause I still need this book!
Oct 31, 2013 Cat rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, read-in-2015
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
Mar 29, 2017 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
тут уж не буду ломаться и поставлю пять звезд. по-прежнему не уверена, могу ли я ее рекомендовать - очень уж не our usual stuff, но такое удовольствие получаю.
Aug 31, 2014 Jo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 09, 2013 Tania rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Liliana Rio
Mar 18, 2017 Liliana Rio rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juliet-marillier
Giota Bourha
Mar 18, 2016 Giota Bourha rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, samrecs
Raven Flight was a disappointment, there was minimum action, the plot was very-slow paced and unnecessarily repetitive, there was too much telling and little showing, serious issues were being resolved too easily, and Neryn’s training was a farce.

Neryn wasn’t a strong enough character with exciting enough adventures to carry this book on her own. She is in constant need of help and carrying, her overwhelming angst over killing was annoying and hypocritical, she’s joined the rebellion for God's
Steph Su
Apr 29, 2013 Steph Su rated it liked it
Shelves: aussie-nz-lit
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
(review in english below)


A escrita da Juliet continua maravilhosa, mas só nas últimas 140 páginas conseguiu agarrar-me a sério. O facto de Flint quase não aparecer neste livro foi uma questão importante, pois é a personagem mais interessante desta história.

Surpreendeu-me bastante o nível de violência e crueldade de algumas cenas que a autora incluiu neste segundo volume da trilogia, sobretudo tendo em conta que é supostamente dirigida a um público mais jovem. Mas, pensando bem, depois de ter
Sep 30, 2012 Louisa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: re-reads
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!!!
Feb 03, 2015 Kira rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, 4-stars, read-in-2015
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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
Jul 24, 2013 Liviania rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Mar 15, 2016 Lauralee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Neryn is now the secret weapon for the rebel army against King Keldec. The army plans to strike a surprise attack against the king in midsummer, and Neryn must be ready. To help the army, Neryn must find the Guardians of Alban to complete her training as a Caller. She is accompanied by a female guard named Tali. During her training, Neryn realizes the true cost of what it means to be a Caller.

Neryn is a girl who still has little self-confidence in herself. She has not fully come to terms with h
May 14, 2013 Jo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, netgalley
Raven Flight
By Juliet Marillier

Summery courtesy of
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
Mar 10, 2013 missART rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Debbie Gascoyne
Nov 27, 2015 Debbie Gascoyne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, kindle, 2015
This was a welcome follow-up to Shadowfell and one that managed to avoid "middle book" bloat or idling. Some have commented that it was slow, but I enjoyed the excursions for Neryn's education. I also found that this one seemed to get deeper into the world-building: it felt more organic and less derivative, though in tone it still owes a lot to Celtic myth. I was glad in the end that I'd already purchased the third book in the trilogy, and I'm eager now to see the resolution of this story.
Rosanne Hawke
Aug 02, 2014 Rosanne Hawke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just read Raven Flight by Juliet Marillier on my iPad and enjoyed it just as much as the first called Shadowfell. I have now downloaded the third called The Caller and already read the prologue. This series is coupled by interesting characters, smouldering love, a quest to win Alban back to its former glory and peace. Not to mention the setting is inspired by the Scottish countryside -- a Celtic high fantasy yarn.
Jun 11, 2013 Ellie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-revels, arc, kindle
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.

Read the full review on Book Revels.
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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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“There's a light shining in him, moving him forward: the light of freedom. That's what draws all of us to follow, to take risks, to keep on fighting when we see our comrades fall beside us. But there's no light without shadow.” 7 likes
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