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The Raven Queen

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  155 ratings  ·  28 reviews
In this dazzling retelling of one of Ireland’s most stirring legends, acclaimed author Jules Watson brings to life the story of Maeve, the raven queen, who is as fierce as she is captivating.

She was born to be a pawn, used to secure her father’s royal hold on his land. She was forced to advance his will through marriage—her own desires always thwarted. But free-spirited...more
Paperback, 544 pages
Published February 22nd 2011 by Spectra
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Jenny Q
I really enjoyed this reimagining of an Irish legend and I absolutely loved Maeve. Maeve is such a fully fleshed-out heroine. She is fierce, intelligent, and unpredictable--struggling, grasping, fighting, desperate to protect her people, to prove herself and to earn true independence. Yet underneath her tough facade, she's extremely vulnerable. All her life she's been used and abused by men. She's frightened. She's full of self-doubt. Yet she's surprisingly sensitive and maternal. But she's surr...more
Kat  Hooper
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

Jules Watson’s The Raven Queen is a historical fantasy based on the ancient Irish legends about Queen Maeve. Red-haired and fiery-tempered, since childhood Maeve has resented being used by her father, King of Connacht, as a political tool. He has sent her as a peace-bride to acquire alliances with various neighboring warlords, but Maeve doesn’t tend to actually foster peace anywhere she goes. In fact, she has just returned home to her dying father after ru...more
Laura
Have I not bid you tell of that great queen
Who has been buried some two thousand years?
- “The Old Age of Queen Maeve” by William Yeats

The Raven Queen written by Jules Watson weaves an absorbing tale around the retelling of the legendary Irish queen, Maeve, in which she brings to life a world filled with brutality, loyalty, love and magic. At first I felt a little apprehensive as I had to dig back to my archaeological study days, trying to recreate the Celtic world and legend in my imagination, I...more
Patrícia
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Nascida na Austrália e filha de pais ingleses, Jules Watson há muito que é fascinada por lendas Celtas e não foi difícil convencer o marido, escocês por nascimento, que precisava de viver no meio das brumas e terras altas da Escócia, cercada por magia e mitos senão morreria. Quando não está a escrever novos livros sobre histórias passadas e terras místicas, gosta de se sentar frente à lareira enquanto a chuva caí lá fora ou de ir ao pub local ouvir o marid...more
Rita
A Rainha Corvo conta-nos a história da grande rainha celta Maeve que, neste livro, se inicia com os primeiros acontecimentos de A Lenda do Cisne. Durante grande parte do livro observamos um entrechocar de eventos ocorridos em A Lenda do Cisne e no presente livro, A Rainha Corvo. O que à primeira vista podia parecer um recontar da mesma história, não o é de todo, é antes o contar de uma outra lenda passada na mesma época, que complementa ou é complementada pela outra.

Maeve sempre foi uma mulher f...more
Bethany
Wow...Total marathon read to FINALLY finish this book that I've had for ages. Sad to say, I've got a digital and hard copy and it still took me forever to read it.

It took so long to read because, partially, the story was just not gripping me as it should. It's well-written, it's interesting, has a bit of "magic" in it (more mystical, I suppose), and it's a romance story all based on an old Irish myth so, in theory, it should have gripped me. I just wasn't and I don't know why.

I enjoyed the com...more
Lara McKusky
The Raven Queen is a historical fantasy based on a Celtic legend.

Always a fan of strong female characters—this one is a warrior queen—I also have a bit of an obsession with all things United Kingdom, love historical fiction, can’t get enough magical adventure….well, let’s just say this book has almost everything I have ever liked about reading!

From a reader’s perspective, this book is like swimming in very deep waters, sinking further and further under until you think you aren’t going to make...more
Wisteria Leigh
Jules Watson offers an energetic epic centered around Irish mythology and the legend of Maeve, the raven queen. I must confess, this is the first I have heard of this story but druids and Celtic lore will seize me every time. Watson is a skillful storyteller and I was lured into the land of Erin right away. There is a huge cast of characters and fortunately the author includes a pronunciation guide and key to who� s who. I always find it difficult to move through a story when their are names I c...more
Kristen
Upon discovering just how great Celtic mytholgy is, oh, about a decade ago, I've firmly believed that it should be taught in schools. One semester in eighth grade English focused completely on the Greek myths. And yes, those are all well and good, but they never called to my heart like the Celts. (Of course, my ancestry might have something to do with that, being English and Irish)

I knew the basic stories of Maeve and Deirdre previously (between my own research and through The Swan Maiden), but...more
Tempo de Ler
Comparativamente ao primeiro livro, «A Rainha Corvo» apresenta-se mais dinâmico, mais seguro e mais forte na escrita. Oferece-nos também uma melhor caracterização da sociedade do século I a.C. (Idade do Bronze); a inclusão das suas crenças e traduções acaba por enriquecer bastante o livro. Infelizmente não tínhamos podido desfrutar deste factor em «A Lenda do Cisne», já que Deirdre era naturalmente muito solitária e a sua fuga ao rei exigia que se refugiasse longe de todos.

De início receei que a...more
Joana
Este livro é baseado em tudo aquilo que se sabe sobre a Rainha Maeve. Independentemente de ser mito ou facto. Claro que a autora poderá não ter sido 100% fiel àquilo que se sabe, e daquilo que li ela tomou sem dúvida algumas liberdades para poder transmitir ao leitor a Maeve que idealizou.

No geral gostei da história e dos personagens. No entanto achei que faltava algo aos últimos. Apesar de os personagens terem personalidades independentes e distintas achei-os adimensionais.

Quanto à história, go...more
Anoolka
There were times that the book dragged a little, there were parts where I was too annoyed with Meave to continue (though I do think her choices and characterization make perfect sense in light of her whole story), or too bored with the mystical elements (it was a little uneven with Meave's parts moving fast and more exciting and Ruan's slow), some word choices started to annoy me too after awhile - the writing is OK, not briliant. I liked the plot, I liked, over all, the characters, even when th...more
Star (The Bibliophilic Book Blog)
Ms. Watson's The Raven Queen is a wonderfully unique reimagining of the life of Maeve of Connacht, the daughter and wife of kings. Intersecting with the story of Deirdre of the Sorrows (see Ms. Watson’s book, The Swan Maiden), Maeve of Connacht has escaped from her third husband, Conor Mac Nessa. Now he’s thrown off kilter as his wife (Maeve) and future wife (Deirdre) have both left him. Maeve goes back to Connacht in time to be with her father on his deathbed. She knows she has the skills to be...more
CoffeeTimeRomance andMore
Make sure you take plenty of “me time” to read this book. Because once you start you will not want to pull yourself out of this land rich in history and danger. I thoroughly appreciated Ms. Watson’s additional information included with this read, everything from pronunciation of names to the myths and legends behind Maeve The Raven Queen’s story. The vivid detail that is used to describe scenery transports you; the description of characters help you understand each one for who they are and what...more
Laura
I know that the legend of Maeve is incomplete, but I expected more of the proud warrior, boastful tale-teller, and fierce lover of many men that I am familiar with. Instead, Maeve felt weak and fearful, a little girl trying to act grown-up, and I didn't have much sympathy for her. In fact, many characters were awfully two-dimensional.

I really liked the magic in this story that allowed slipping between worlds, the connection with the Sidhe, a blind man to see. I liked the setting and some of the...more
Carla
I'm not sure really which category to put this in because it has some historical parts mixed in with legends, so I'm putting it in both categories. This was a tough read for me, especially since I'm not really familiar with Irish legends, so it took me a little while to really get into the book. I would recommend this to someone more familiar with those legends because otherwise you're going to stumble through it like I did.
Stephanie Watsek
As someone who is a huge fan of Jules Watson, I was a little disappointed by this book. I felt that too much time was spent on the spiritual experiences of the characters than on actual character development and especially the development of character relationships. Because of this I often felt that events did not make sense. In general, it was a pleasant read, just not quite up to par with the author's earlier works.
Donna
I have read all four books in this series which blends myth, magic and ancient Irish history into fascinating tales of love, war, honor and deceit. The Raven Queen is retelling of the myth of the warrior
Queen Maeve and is played out in conjunction with the myth of Deirdre, who is the heroine of Watson's book, The Swan Maiden. Well written and hard to put down.
Cecilia Rodriguez
The story is inspired by Celtic mythology. The plot has elements of King Arthur. Maeve is a strong Princess in a wild untamed era.
The story is well written with a secret romace to spice up the plot.
Pat Stearman
Nicely written version of the Maeve, Queen of Connacht legend which is a complementary volume to The Swan Princess (Deidre of the Sorrows) rather than a direct sequel.
Milena
Very Good but I still like the White Mare best....:) Looking forward to her next book
Karlee
Great re-telling! Jules Watson is a gifted writer who never disappoints.
Sarah
review soon at thefaeryromanticlibrarian.blogspot.com
Dora
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nicely written she weaved a great story
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Read from 3/9 - 3/13.
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Jules Watson was born in Australia to English parents. She came to fiction via archaeology and public relations, working most recently as a freelance writer in England. She and her Scottish husband divide their time between the United Kingdom and Australia.
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