Raven's Heart: A Tale from the World of Secramore
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Raven's Heart: A Tale from the World of Secramore

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An exiled man wonders if he should forsake his new life and risk returning to his homeland. A troubled girl seeks redemption for a terrible crime she has committed. A solitary tracker breaks an oath in order to communicate with an infamous, supernatural criminal. A vagabond thief chances leaving behind the world he knew for an unknown destiny.

An unlikely cast of characters...more
ebook, Fifth, 716 pages
Published June 17th 2010 by Author Solutions / Night Apple, LLC (first published 2007)
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A fantasy of the highest order, Raven's Heart presents the land of Sacremore, a wonderfully imaginative place filled with an assortment of magical beings trying to coexist despite deep racial misgivings. According to lore, an eruption of violence in the past known as The Cataclysm gave way to one man's attempt to bring racial unity to the land, which is known as The Forging. In the present, Arcturus, a wise old blood-mage or Markanturian, takes on that mission in an attempt to right the discrimi...more
D.P. Prior
Review of The Forging by M.S. Verish.

This is a review of book 1, The Forging, only:

This is an epic fantasy in the old style, by which I mean there is no adherence to strict point of view, there is a wealth of fantastical happenings and beings, a lack of gritty “realistic” violence, and an absence of bad language.

In many ways, that was extremely refreshing. It’s a book in which to immerse yourself and breath in the aroma of the world of Secramore without a mirror being held up to your face showin...more
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is reminiscent of the Dragonlance or Forgotten Realms series published by TSR. We were introduced to each of the characters over time. As in the aforementioned books, the characters headed out on a quest, each for their own personal reasons and as each part of the quest appeared to end, another part of the journey would manifest. This is a stand alone novel, although I would not be disappointed if other stories set in Secramore were to be written. I highly reco...more
Maya Lantz
Well it took me several months to read but I’m happy to say I finally made it to the end! Raven’s Heart is a humongous undertaking into the extremely well developed world of Secramore. It was slow in the beginning as there are many characters and before really getting to know everyone I found it complicated to keep everything straight. Once, the merry band of travelers all met up (Arcturus, Kariayla, Jinx and Hawkwing) it was easy and fun reading from there, up to a point.

I really got into thei...more
Alice Yeh
The tale begins, as so many do, with a deceptively simple quest: to find one book that will satisfy a man's thirst for historical truth and personal direction. Through a combination of fortune and his own morality, companions are collected, and what was initially a three-step journey becomes an adventure to save all of Secramore.

The development of the plot was flawless, from the completion of each minor task to their interlacing into a larger problem to be solved. Throughout, the pace is set to...more
Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
This is a slow starter and continues as a slow burn throughout. It is a shame when reading a book in a genre that you love when you just don't connect with the main character - or one of them. In this instance it was Arcturus for me. I didn't connect with him, didn't have any empathy/sympathy for him and just found him to be plain annoying. I didn't care for the reasons behind his quest. Considering he was the "leader" of our little group, this made it a bit difficult to read. I was more interes...more
Fairly contrived in the resolution of most conflicts, mediocre to fair character development, and a plethora of loose ends at the end of the trilogy. I hope these authors improve with experience because the last 1/2 of the book felt like they pushed the characters into unplanned conflicts for which they (the characters) were in no way equipped to handle so. . . presto, change-o, have a supernatural take care of the problem for you or else the villain is so stupid as to send the most effective of...more
Aaron Wamsley
I just couldn't make it through. I tried and tried and tried. The characters just had nothing I could connect with, their personalities all felt flat. The dialog felt forced. The plot itself seemed like it had potential and I kept thinking it was going to get better, but at over halfway through the book, when I was dreading going to pick it back up, I realized I needed to shelf it and move on to somethin gelse.
Kirsten Lenius
This was in the way of an epic fantasy, very nicely done.

The world was not derived from any other that I recall reading, though there were some kind of elfy and wizardy bits. Those rang a Tolkienesque bell, but were different enough that it didn't vex me.

The characters were complex and imperfect and held my attention strongly enough that I will go and see if there are more stories. Always a good sign.
I really loved having both parts of the story in one volume with this revised edition. It's a big, satisfying experience, getting lost in this world; my favorite thing, though, has to be the characters. There's a wonderfully varied cast of them, all complex and fascinating. I didn't want the book to end, and I'm really looking forward to reading the next installment from Secramore.
I had some trouble getting into the story initially. The POV is unclear for a long time, so it feels more like head hopping than omniscient for a long time. The world building seems pretty complete, but some things about the characters are confusing for a long time when you don't know about their people and culture. But overall I found it a relatively enjoyable read.
This is a great fantasy book although some of the dialog is choppy (especially at the beginning of the book).
What I liked most about it is the overall plot development and the wonderful "heroes" who are so different from heroes in many other books.
Overall highly recommended.
Brian Pettera
I think it was a solid Fantasy book. What makes it especially good is the diversity of the characters. Also the fact that this is the debut work of the authors. Only more good things to come.
D.P. Prior
Review of The Forging by M.S. Verish.

This is an epic fantasy in the old style, by which I mean there is no adherence to strict point of view, there is a wealth of fantastical happenings and beings, a lack of gritty “realistic” violence, and an absence of bad language.

In many ways, that was extremely refreshing. It’s a book in which to immerse yourself and breath in the aroma of the world of Secramore without a mirror being held up to your face showing you how terrible the real world is (which se...more
Barbara Kay
This wasn't the book I was reading, I read The Raven's Heart by Jesse Blackadder. Simply the best book I have read on the subject this year...
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M.S. Verish, better known as Matthew and Stefanie Verish, are co-authors as well as husband and wife. They knew they were destined for marriage when they could write together without killing each other. Their writing partnership has rewarded them with wonderful journeys into the realm of fantasy, culminating in the epic world, Secramore. The couple shares a love of nature and art and lives in Nort...more
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