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Raven Flight (Shadowfell #2)

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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 ...more
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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
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Khanh (the Grinch)
"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
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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
Melanie
May 29, 2016 Melanie rated it really liked it
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 (located no
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Kate Forsyth
Jul 22, 2013 Kate Forsyth rated it it was amazing
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
Renu
Dec 22, 2015 Renu rated it liked it
[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.

Howeve
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Angela
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
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Leonor (Ner)
Dec 21, 2012 Leonor (Ner) marked it as wishlist
EDIT (21/12/2012):
OH MY GOD.... IT HAS A COVER!!!!

PS: The world cannot end today 'cause I still need this book!
Cat
Mar 28, 2015 Cat rated it it was ok
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
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Jo
Jul 21, 2015 Jo rated it it was amazing
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
Tania
Sep 12, 2014 Tania rated it liked it
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.
Giota Bourha
Aug 08, 2016 Giota Bourha rated it it was ok
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
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Susana
(review in english below)

3,5*

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
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Patrícia
Opinião do blogue Chaise Longue: http://girlinchaiselongue.blogspot.pt...

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
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Heidi
Jul 05, 2013 Heidi rated it liked it
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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Steph Su
Jul 24, 2013 Steph Su rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Lauralee
Mar 15, 2016 Lauralee rated it really liked it
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
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Kira
Feb 16, 2015 Kira rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, 4-stars, read-in-2015
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Louisa
Oct 11, 2014 Louisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!!!
Jaclyn
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
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missART
Oct 05, 2014 missART rated it really liked it
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
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Liviania
Jul 24, 2013 Liviania rated it really liked it

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
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Jo
Feb 06, 2016 Jo rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, netgalley
Raven Flight
By Juliet Marillier

Summery courtesy of goodreads.com
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
...more
Debbie
Dec 03, 2015 Debbie rated it really liked it
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.
Ellie
Jul 04, 2013 Ellie rated it really liked it
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.
Iceanna
Jan 10, 2014 Iceanna rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Must read.
Megelsa
Feb 27, 2016 Megelsa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-read
I am JM fan for a long time and she is indeed my favorite fantasy writer.
Once again we are involved in the magic of a beautiful story, told in a very unique way as only Juliet can do.
Much more than a simple love story, "Shadowfell's" trilogy is an ode to the courage, the dignity and preseverance of a people fighting for their freedom.
The characters are strong and unique, and I would like to get to know some of them more deeply. For exemple Tali, Flint, the fairy folks and Keldec.
I loved it and r
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Su
Jan 06, 2016 Su rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quando iniciei esta colecção com o anterior volume, Shadowfell, foi com a expectativa elevada que sempre dedico a um livro da Juliet Marillier, que é uma das minhas escritoras favoritas. Tendo gostado da narrativa que continha sem dúvida a sua marca pessoal como contadora de histórias, senti que apresentava ainda um carácter muito introdutório e que faltava alguma coisa para atingir o seu potencial. Posso dizer que neste segundo volume isso foi superado, sendo este livro tudo aquilo que eu esper ...more
Katharine Ott
Mar 17, 2016 Katharine Ott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
"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
Dani
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
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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.” 6 likes
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