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Raven's Strike (Raven #2)

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  3,830 ratings  ·  151 reviews
Centuries ago, the wizards of Colossae unleashed an unimaginable force of destruction: the Stalker. Only the sacrifice of their entire city could contain the menace they had wrought—but even then, the Stalker was only imprisoned, and it can still find conduits for its evil power...

Seraph is among the last of the Travelers, those who strive to destroy the dark magic release
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Published September 12th 2005 by Ace Books (first published July 26th 2005)
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Kathleen
I loved it, and want another sequel, Jes and Hennae, Phoran and Rennie, Lehr, Toarson, Kestrel, Tier, Seraph, battling a new shadowed. Also featuring the horses, Cornsilk and Skew. This is fantasy, with light romance, wizards, gods, demi-gods, trolls, vampirism, ghosts, shapeshifters, etc. Lively and lovely characters cemented this heartwarming and sometimes action-packed adventure story. Themes of redemption, coming of age/ growing into one's gifts, and love conquers all: brotherly love, famil ...more
Jacey
This is the second half of the Seraph and Tier story which picks up right after Raven’s Shadow finishes. Seraph and her family are on their way home with their new-found Traveler (sic) friends, but it soon becomes apparent that beating the secret society – The Path – wasn’t the only battle they had to win. There are still shadowed creatures becoming ever more bold and the one who escaped them at the end of Raven’s Shadow is still very much active and an increasing danger. When it becomes apparen ...more
Davor
well, with Patricia Briggs you never now where the story will go. I was so certain that I had it all figured out, when bom in just one page she flips everything upside down. So many surprises, you're just sitting there and thinking "how did you just come up with that, and I didnt expect anything" Just bloody amazing. Loved the development of the characters and how they grew through the book.The story was amazing. There was alot of talk about magic and how it worked, and why can somebody do that ...more
Heather
Jun 16, 2008 Heather rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Harry Potter/fantasy fans
Recommended to Heather by: my awesome mom
Even more exciting than the previous book. What I loved most about this book was the great bond between Seraph and her husband Tier. They would truly do anything for each other, although they don't always agree. Seems pretty realistic to me.
Penny Raspenny
What an amazing read!

I'm all for this kind of fantasy genre now. How is it called exactly? Straight forward fantasy? Epic fantasy? Not sure, I usually call it boys' fantasy, but I'll add it in the genres I'm interested in. It's settled!

I have to congratulate Patricia Briggs for the world building and the amazing characters. The Travelers' history and abilities were very interesting. I enjoyed this book better than the first but this might be because I was not much in a mood for reading at the
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Blodeuedd Finland
I liked it, but at the same time I was really confused. It seems that some books I can pick up years afterward and just go with the flow. But this one suffered even though it had only gone a year since I read book 1. It was like I was trying to find my way to the dark, and the same thing happened throughout the entire book. So I would say that if you read book 1 then read book 2 fast, that could have saved it for me.

Still, I liked it cos it is Briggs. Sure it is not my kind of epic fantasy. It i
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Liz
Much too complicated for me- new magic rules kept coming up changing the outcomes. The constant reminders that magic and emotions don't mix got old; I knew who the bad guy was about the first time he was introduced about 1/3 of the way through. I skipped about 1/4 of the book after I got halfway through and didn't seem to miss anything. She is best at character development but short on the action I expect in fantasy. I love her Mercy Thompson series which seems to keep getting better so will go ...more
Niels Bugge
Currently struggling somewhere 3/4 into the book

I started on this series, because I really like Patricia Briggs Mercy Thompson series:
Briggs generally has very interesting characters and strong character development.
This was also the case for the first book of this seris: The backstory didn't take up much space, and story stayed interesting because the main characters were experiencing most of the main plot twists themselves at personal risk.

In this second book, the action just dissapeared: The
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Emily
Uhm, rather different than the first one, the "adventure" took place in the last quarter of the book really but maybe that's more the "action" i still felt the characters weren't ever really fleshed out. the bad guy was obvious but i don't think he wasnt supposed to be, there was another bad guy though that slipped through the cracks for me.

Seraph and her family are returning safely home to recoup and regroup knowing that the Shadowed one will be coming for them. Hennea chooses to stay with the
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Tasha
I have no idea what the point of this book was. The story was resolved in the first book and there was no need to come back to it. Any questions I might have had regarding this family were not answered.
Trish
A fantastic followup to Raven's Shadow. This book had me wrecked. The final scenes dragged on a bit because the characters recapped events that had just happened to the party members that weren't present for it. ...Completely unnecessary as the viewer had just read those events a few pages ago. It was strange that it wasn't shortened or edited out. It distracted from what should have been pulse-pounding urgency.

Overall, though, the series is fantastic, the characters fully fleshed out and reali
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Desiré
I wanted to like it, I really did. It was well written, I liked how the character wasn't a 14 year old girl the entire story, it was a COMPLETE story about a whole life, not just an episode in a life. It was clean language and romantic-wise. It had adventure and pzazz! I think I'm just sick of books where the ending relies on waiting for the magic user to learn to use whatever mystical thing they need to to make magic do exactly what they want. Brandon Sanderson, you have spoiled me! Give me mag ...more
Amelia
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Another inventive and engaging story by Patricia Briggs. I really wish there were more than two books. I think Patricia Briggs could have made a whole short story collection with these characters, as distinctive and loving as they are. A duo, frankly, is just not enough.

With Raven's Strike in particular, however, I must say that I wasn't AS engaged as I was with the first book, Raven's Shadow. The beginning lagged for me, the middle was br
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Anne Ardeur
Raven's Strike picks up soon after the end of Raven's Shadow; another Epic Quest ensues, this time with the whole family along for the ride. And anyone else they pick up along the way, or so it seems.

This second book in the series actually has more of an Epic Quest tradition than its predecessor, which I enjoyed. It's tough to find a good traditional epic quest storyline these days, and between the two books I was rather reminded of David Eddings' Belgariad. I enjoyed the questing itself, but fe
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Tracey
I have reviewed this book; the review can be found here, on Booklikes. (Also, go check out Leafmarks - it's going to be terrific.) However, I will no longer be posting reviews on Goodreads, due to its recent changes to terms of service and, far worse, the boneheaded and incomprehensible way it is proceeding with the new policy. Deleting content, almost randomly, and without warning (whatever they may have said) is wrong, and a half-hearted apology later doesn't make it all better. Failing to pro ...more
Jennifer
A really good continuation of the story started in Raven's Shadow. More development with Tier and Seraph's family. Alot of backstory (indeed all of it) on the magic of this world - that is, what the Travelers are, what the 6 orders of Traveler magic are, what the Shadowed is, who the Stalker is. It's nice to know that some authors can pack a really great story into a tight little book like this!

I particularly enjoyed getting to spend more time with Jes and Hennea. Their romance sparkles in this
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Emily
I loved Raven's Shadow and mostly loved this sequel, Raven's Strike. I always fall in love with Patricia Briggs' characters, and there was still a wonderful combination of romance, wit and action here. I absolutely love Jes, and I wish she had written more books with him and the whole family. It would have been great to see Rinnie grow up and maybe end up tangled up in a romance with Phoran. Oh well, I guess Patricia Briggs can't be expected to write more than two series at once, and I do enjoy ...more
Susan
This is a Great second half of Seraph’s story. I always love Patricia Briggs’ characters. They seem real to me with all of the emotions and interactions in a positive rather than negative feeling. I love the way each family member has something to contribute, that they specialize in. All are needed in the end in order to take down the bad guy. I love the relationship between Seraph and her husband Tier. They stay true to each other in every way and would do anything for each other, even though t ...more
Elinor
Patricia Briggs is The Queen. Sérieux.
Une petite série de fantasy en deux tomes passionnante, bien écrite, avec comme toujours des personnages hyper intéressants et attachants, et un univers riche et captivant. J'ai adoré ce deuxième tome tout autant que le premier ! Et j'ai hâte de lire son autre série de fantasy. (j'ambitionne de lire toute sa bibliographie parce que, franchement, elle est géniale, et je n'ai pas été déçue une seule fois.)
Donna
I suspect that this book would have been even better if I had been able to locate and read Raven Shadow first. Despite, picking up the saga part way through, the story was understandable and well written. The elder gods have been sealed away from the world as The Weaver recognized The Stalker would end up destroying his creation. The Weaver created the orders to disperse his power. However, someone has broken through the web of containment and is using the Stalker's power for evil.Seraph never w ...more
Trine
The Raven Set is a really good series. I do like the characters and their relationships. It is nice that this book picks up where book one ends and gives an ending to the unfinished threads. My biggest objection is: Why create a whole universe with mythology and everything and then only use it for two books. I want more stories. Stories about how the Travellers will fare under the Emperor, how the Emperor manage to grow into his postition, how the Ordered learn to live with their abilities.
Mei-Lu
This is the second book in Patricia Briggs' duology. I recommend reading the first book before tackling this one, though there is enough in the early chapters of this book that it's not absolutely necessary. I really enjoyed the world Briggs created with these two books and recommend them to fans of fantasy novels.
Jayne
I thought that I had already read this story, so I was delighted to find that I hadn't and i'd picked it up at a church bazaaar for 1 euro, buy one get one free....shimmy.

Raven is not a name of a person but more of a guardian, one of 6. Their countrymen unleashed and contained at great cost, a great evil and the following generations are charged with protecting mankind from the subsequent consequences. Unfortunately for mankind, they are both unaware of their peril, and go to great lenghts to pe
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Natalie Long
My only problem with this book is that I want to know more!

I want to see a spin off series about the kids, who are really two adults and their younger sister.

Fantastic, fast paced novel. I was looking for a return to a more traditional fantasy novel and this was it!
Lisa
This was another fun one, the sequel to Raven's Shadow. I liked the ensemble cast and that everyone was integral, regardless of age, gender, or skill/talent. I also liked that Briggs clearly knows how mountains and horses and camps and long journeys or all of the above work - it's jarring when someone who has no experience with any of that tries to describe it.
Maria
Although I did not feel this would be the last in this series, because there is plenty of material to go on with, I did feel that it provided good closure for this particular storyline. There were a few surprises, which I always like since I have an uncanny ability to guess what is going to happen next, within certain constraints, but Ms. Briggs manages to go a different route than expected with unnerving frequency. It is refreshing. I thoroughly enjoyed these two books and hope that Ms. Briggs ...more
Jamie
The subtle use of magic I admired in the first book is missing from this one, which is oversaturated with it. I guess I like my Sword & Sorcery fantasy with a little more sword and a little less sorcery.

Briggs draws great characters and the little bits of interaction between them are the best parts of this book. I particularly liked Phoran and Jes. I had no problem with the mysterious villain except that I figured out who it was at the end of the first book. I disliked the big reveal about H
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Jenevieve
The 2nd of the Raven Duology. There is no time to rest for Seraph and her family after their defeat of the Path. On the way home they find more and more evidence that there is a new Shadowed about and one that seems to be targeting their family. When the Emperor comes to them for help and the old Lark tells them that they must find the lost city, they realize that the fate of the world, not just their family, is resting in their hands.

A good ending to an epic fantasy tale. I felt that the final
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Patricia Briggs was born in Butte, Montana to a children’s librarian who passed on to her kids a love of reading and books. Patricia grew up reading fairy tales and books about horses, and later developed an interest in folklore and history. When she decided to write a book of her own, a fantasy book seemed a na
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