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The Tower of Ravens (Rhiannon's Ride #1)

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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  2,542 ratings  ·  52 reviews
Bestselling author Kate Forsyth's mesmerizing return to the magical land of Eileanan.

Condemned for lacking the horns so prized by her people, One-Horn's daughter must escape by riding one of the legendary flying horses to freedom-if she can stay on its back long enough. But to save a land where the dead walk and ghosts haunt the living, this strange, feral girl-renamed R
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Published by Random House (first published January 1st 2004)
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Tra-Kay
Aug 08, 2010 Tra-Kay rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: exceedingly un-nitpicky female fantasy and horror fans
Shelves: fantasysci-fi
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Buffy Greentree
I wanted to read some of Kate Forsyth's work after hearing her speak at a writer's conference. She is a great teacher and knew a lot about the craft.
This is the first book of her's I've actually read. It is a lot better written than a lot of fantasy, but I found the climax a bit irritating, as the main characters did not do the really obvious things they should have to right the situation, and there was no clear reason why.
Also, while I appreciate a female main character who isn't sickly sweet,
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M—
California Vacation Read #4: The last of a disastrous selection of books brought with me for the trip, the only one I bothered to bring back, and that only because I needed a book for the flight home. The single worst disappointment of the lot.

The short version of this review is: I didn't like it.

This book was recommended to me with universal praise on all sides, and I was terribly eager to read it because, hey, there are flying horses. And the title character Rhiannon is great — I loved her inh
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Paradoxical
Ughhhhh.

Now I vaguely remember disliking this book when I first read it. Figures.

The Tower of Ravens does not get much better on the reread (the first one being yeeaarrrsss ago when it first came out). I found myself growing massively irritated by pretty much all of the characters and the plot, not to mention the romance that made me want to bash my head against something.

So let's tackle this in order. First the characters. You have Rhiannon, who has tamed a winged horse (through magic, essentia
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Jennifer Wardrip
Very rarely does a fantasy novel manage to take you into its world from the first page and refuse to let you go until the ending. More often than not, stories in a series get you hooked into its magical world, then leave you hanging as you breathlessly await the next installment. Not so with Kate Forsyth's THE TOWER OF THE RAVENS. For those who have never visited her world of Eileanan in books such as THE POOL OF TWO MOONS or THE CURSED TOWERS, never fear! THE TOWER OF THE RAVENS is a fantasy ep ...more
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
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Kendra
Looking at the other reviews, I'm apparently not the only one that started this series without reading her previous books, The Witches of Eileanan. This trilogy jumps about 25 years into the future, if I read it correctly. Really good, really enjoyable. I was a bit slower in the reading, since the week has been gorgeous out and I've been busy outside, but I can't wait for a quiet day to continue on.
Brynne
I want to start off saying that I really liked this specific book. I thought the world was interesting and beautiful, and I really enjoyed the complexity and the perspectives of the main characters. That being said this book is no where near a stand alone novel and I have to view it in it's complete form. There trilogy itself i find extremely frustrating, because as beautiful as the world is and as much as I truly wanted to learn more and follow Rhiannon and her adventures and with her discover ...more
Camilla
Nah, not going to finish this one. It's a pretty standard plot, which wouldn't be bad, but she writes in acccent! Augh, the Scots brogue is driving me crazy!! I got 70-some pages in and just had to say no, no more.
Anna
This series was a tragedy. I kept reading because the writing and accents were really different than what I'm used to. Also the many races brought out were pretty neat. It certainly had grip, but not in the right way. - There are my two stars.

I'm not opposed to corniness, but beware there is an abundance of it.

I wasn't moved by the characters, or their highschool drama.

If you like to read vampire fanfiction yet are tired of vampires and would like the story to be complete, then this may be for
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Swiftsea
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Tammy
Nina and Iven service the crown by finding and escorting prospective Theurgia students to Lucescere. On this particular journey, they are accompanied by the chief protagonists of the series: Lewen, son of Lilanthe and Niall, returning from a visit home and Rhiannon, a feral, half-satyricorn thigearna, who recently escaped execution at the hands of her herd for failing to develop horns on maturity. News of the murder of a Yeoman causes the group to take a shortcut through lands rumored to be haun ...more
Christina (Boupie)
I really loved the beginning of this book. Rihannon was forceful and fidgety but strong and magical in her way. Her loyalty is fierce and her need for freedom wonderful. I loved the parts with her and Blackthorn and how they bond. Even travelling with the witches was fun for a bit until we entered a world with intrigue and courtly ways. Her crush on Lewen was even cute and then it just became not fun. I don't want to spoil it because it was great with ghosts and evil people she could stop but lo ...more
Seychella
Der erste Teil der neuen Trilogie einer meiner Lieblingsautorinnen spielt in der Welt Eileanan, die ich bereits in der 9-teiligen Reihe “Der magische Schlüssel” lieben gelernt habe. Und schnell erlag ich wieder der faszinierenden Kombination aus vielen verschiedenen Wesen und diesem besonderen Stil von Kate Forsyth. Detailliert, ruhig und liebevoll beschreibt sie Eileanan und die Figuren, so dass ich mir über einen schweren Zugang oder fehlende Nähe keinerlei Sorgen machen muss.

Man trifft einige
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Mark
The Tower of Ravens reintroduces the magical world of Eileanan, some 25 odd yearsafter the end of the Bright Wars. In that time, peace has reined under the rule of Lachlan the Winged, the witches are slowly rebuilding their towers and schools, and both witches and Faerie are finding acceptance amongst the populace, who had once participated in the witch-hunts that had decimated their kind.

The Tower of Ravens begins high in the mountain ranges that are home to some of the wilder faerie and to Rhi
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Jessica
The first time I read it I had not read the Witches of Eileanen series. I liked it then, but felt there was something I was missing, and boy was I right. Having now read the entire witches of Eileanan series the experience of reading this book is much much richer. Kate says theoretically, you should be able to read the Rhiannon's Ride Trilogy without having read the Witches Series (what ever the classification for 6 books is). However I would not recommend it. Kate is an AWSOME character creator ...more
Cassandra Page
I originally read this and the second book when it first came out, but for some reason never finished the trilogy. I've finally bought the third one, so I am re-reading the first two. I'll add to this review once I'm done. :)

Edit: After re-reading this book, I changed my rating to five stars. I'd forgotten how much I love Forsyth's style, I think: her descriptions are vivid without labouring the point, and the way she writes the dialogue is evocative too - Scottish without being inteligible.

The
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Karissa
Kate Forsyth is best known for her last series the Witches of Eileanan which I haven't read. This book is the first book in her latest series; Rhiannon's Ride. Rhiannon's Ride is a trilogy. Overall this was an excellent and very solid fantasy. For me it fell somewhere between and epic type of fantasy and an adventure fantasy. The first book is more of an adventure fantasy.

This book starts out with No-Horn a half-satrycorn girl who is in danger on being killed by the satrycorn tribe because she h
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Celia Powell
I haven't read any of Kate Forsyth's long running Witches of Eileanan series, and this trilogy of books is set sometime after the events in that series. It doesn't really hinder a new reader, but there's clearly a lot of backstory and history for some of the characters which is brushed over (or awkwardly articulated in little mental monologues).

In The Tower of Ravens, a half-satyricorn (kind of... horned fairies?) girl, called Rhiannon, who escapes her herd, on a winged horse, and discovers the
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Stacie
I like the concept but the language left a mental block of chalk on my mouth. Also, the great "escape" was lackluster in nature and the principles set forth by leader characters are not consistently followed. I felt the breaking of the horse should have had more time and the story stalled at times. However, I did enjoy the romance and the anticipation of figuring out why things were happening. I will likely read the second installment.
Autumn
This book is a very well-rounded story about a girl who is misunderstood and isolated by her own people("people" used loosely). Forsyth seems to know exactly when to put certain elements into the plot and when not to. If flows so well! And the story has everything in it: fantasy, adventure, suspense, romance, drama, a little horror(if you ask me). I really could'nt put it down. The Tower of Ravens is unlike anything I've ever read and it has given me a new respect for adult fantasy. It reached l ...more
Sarah
This book opened up new doors to a new genre of books for me. I read it in high school when assigned a partner to read a book we agreed on and then write a report. I had loved reading in the first place but this series was the first I really fell in love with!! How could you not with characters like these!!
Amber
I loved this series so much that I went out and bought it after reading it twice in a row. It helps if you read the Witches of Eileanan first before you read this series, but the first time I read this series I wasn't totally lost and I really enjoyed it. Kate Forsyth writes in a Celtic accent, it is really different from anything I've read before, but it made it all the more intriguing and fun to read. The story was good and the characters are well developed. It's really original, I've read a l ...more
Abigail
I didn't expect to enjoy this as much as I did! Read it all in one day...something about it really caught my imagination, it has its problems and annoying bits but overall a really strong enjoyable read. ordered the next two, hopefully love the rest of the series!
Phoebe
A wild, beautiful, strange young woman who is half Satyricon escapes from her herd after she kills a human man. Stealing his effects since doing so is a right of conquest, Rhiannon then bravely manages to tame a winged horse enough to ride it away over the mountains. She meets Lewen, whose family takes her in. Rhiannon joins Lewen and his friends on their way back to the Tower of the Two Moons, where Lewen is studying to be a full fledged witch. Because they are pressed for time the group travel ...more
Thalia
I'm a few chapters in, and I'm a bit...meh. I'm hoping it picks up, but so far I'm having trouble engaging with the characters. Maybe it's that the two protagonists' backgrounds are so black and white, and it doesn't engage me. Pushing on.

Still so on the fence. Some things I want to find out more about, and some parts of this drive me nuts. Maybe it's the tenuous situation of the female protagonist. Maybe it's not.

November update: had to go back through interlibrary loan. I was not invested enou
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Aly Linderer
I'm not going to sum up the plot (I found those reviews annoying) so here's what I enjoyed:

Winged horses! Come on, who doesn't love that?
Original concept
Magic
A strong, brash, unrefined female protagonist that can kick your butt.
Lovely descriptions

This has bits and pieces from her first series, Witches of Eileanan, but I think people can get away without reading it to understand it. It does drag on a bit in places. I didn't finish the series, not because I didn't enjoy it, but because I was in
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Natalie
I loved this. Riveting fantasy fiction. I found it on the street and took it because, well, it had a flying horse on the cover, and I have a hard time turning down books with flying horses on the cover. Don't you? Anyway, I was fascinated by the story, which evidently has SIX books before it. The writer has wonderful knowledge of Celtic mythology (and Wicca?) and my very basic Gaelic vocabulary served me well. There's a glossary if you don't speak Irish! I'll be reading the six books that come b ...more
Sue
REALLY loved this final book in the series and am very sad the saga has ended.
I love discovering an writer and then finding all their previous writings bc if its a series like this you get to read the back to back and you dont forget the plot lines bc its been so long bw books.
The characters were well fleshed out and I didnt see a few twists coming although the happy ending was predictable but only to a certain degree.
The accents didnt jar like they did in the very first book and you can now cal
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Kate Forsyth wrote her first novel at the age of seven, and is now the award-winning & internationally bestselling author of more than 35 books for both adults and children.

Her books for adults include 'The Wild Girl', the love story of Wilhelm Grimm and Dortchen Wild, the young woman who told him many of the world's most famous fairy tales; 'Bitter Greens', a retelling of the Rapunzel fairyt
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Other Books in the Series

Rhiannon's Ride (3 books)
  • The Shining City (Rhiannon's Ride #2)
  • The Heart of Stars (Rhiannon's Ride #3)
The Witches of Eileanan (The Witches of Eileanan, #1) The Pool of Two Moons (The Witches of Eileanan, #2) The Cursed Towers (The Witches of Eileanan, #3) The Fathomless Caves (The Witches of Eileanan, #6) The Forbidden Land (The Witches of Eileanan, #4)

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