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The Raven Ring

(Lyra #5)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  2,162 ratings  ·  145 reviews
The world of Lyra is the world of two moons which humans share with the folk of magic: the silvery people of the ancient Shee, the elusive forest-dwelling Wyrd, and the dread Shadow Born, whose evil seeps into men's hearts and the shadows of the world.In this Lyra adventure, a proud young mountain woman must leave her stronghold to travel to the city and accomplish a bitte ...more
Kindle Edition, 330 pages
Published December 13th 2011 by Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy (first published December 1st 1994)
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Gail Carriger
Nov 21, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Set in Lyra (a world in which Wrede has written many books) this one stands entirely alone. It features a tough mountain lass, who just happens to be a bad ass fighter, and is basically a murder mystery with magic. Eleret must figure out who murdered her mother and what that has to to with the magical Raven Ring that is her only inheritance. It also features two marvelous love interests and a fun ending.
Kylara Jensen
I recently re-read this book to see if it would hold up past the test of time. Luckily, it is one of the few of my all time favorite books that does!

So while I was reading this book, I realize I have a type. (Actually I have two types and all of my favorite books fall into one of these types.) That's why I liked Poison so much I think. it fit into this type.

I will now attempt to describe why this is one of my all-time favorite books.

I love books with a strong female lead- one who is super-compe
Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
Patricia Wrede's Dealing with Dragons series is a must-read for every eleven-year-old on this planet (if you did not read it when you were eleven, please go acquire it. it holds up), and Sorcery & Cecelia: or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot is one of my all-time favorite epistolary novels. I've found her other books somewhat lacking, which is disappointing.

This one started out strong, with an ass-kicking heroine and a satisfying amount of fantasy mumbo-jumbo, but it didn't resolve into an inter
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars. Fun use of a "professional" thief, from a very "professional" family of the nefarious trades. Fortunately, 'thief' was on the 'good' side.

Lots of sorcery, knife and sword play along with the intervention of a shapeshifter who was a 'ringer,' pun intended. And said shapeshifter intended nothing but evil.

Light fantasy. Entertaining. Very little thought required on the part of the reader.
Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
The Raven Ring is the 5th book in Patricia Wrede's Lyra series. I did not read the entire series, the first book didn't keep me engrossed, but the summary of this one seemed interesting enough for me to give it a shot. First off, I did not find myself at a severe disadvantage for not having read the other books. The world is similar enough to many others in a fantasy world context, and the various magic system and races weren't so strange and extraordinary to warrant previous knowledge to ward o ...more
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wrede's Lyra novels are straightforwardly trope-y fantasy without the humorous bent of her Enchanted Forest Chronicles or the dubious alternate history choices of her more recent series (search online for Mammothfail for more on that), and this is possibly the best of the series; twisty flash-back-centric Caught in Crystal ranks with it and the first novel, Shadow Magic, is a sentimental favorite. The series is only loosely connected by the setting, with the five novels taking place in different ...more
Ruby Hollyberry
This is my favorite of all the Wrede books I have (most if not all of them). It is amazingly multi-faceted for a fantasy novel - not a genre which is known for complexity of style! In addition to the fantasy elements, it is also a murder mystery, a comedy of manners, a classic girl-meets-boys-&-chooses-one romance, and it is one of the best examples I've ever come across of the ubiquitous sci fi/fantasy theme of "culture shock". That's a lot to pack into one little book! In addition, I reall ...more
Mary Catelli
A tale of a fantasy land. When a family of the hill folk Cihlar get word of the death of the mother of the family, the daughter Eleret sets out to retrieve her belongings. Wouldn't be right, otherwise.

She arrives to receive news that her mother's death had been surprising; she had been recovering from her wounds, which had not mortified, and then abruptly, she died. And there had already been attempts to steal her kit -- which, Eleret finds, contains the title ring.

It does not end when the ring
Oct 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, own-it
(Excerpted from an old blog post about The Raven Ring and The Harp of Imach Thyssel, an earlier Wrede novel. The Harp part of the post is here.

I’d be interested to know roughly what percentage of fantasy written in the last fifty years has, as the cornerstone of its plot, Somebody Goes on a Journey. There’s nothing inherently wrong with it; fantasy tends to trace a direct lineage to mythology and folklore (also to Tolkein, but that’s another story), which are full of transformative journeys and
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, young-adult, fantasy
Eleret is a feisty girl from the mountains. Her family receives word that her mother, a mercenary warrior, died after a battle. She goes out of the mountains to another country's capitol to retrieve her mother's belongings, only to discover that a number of other people also want her mother's belongings.

There's a light mystery. The love story is very low-key, which is nice, and Eleret has a strong sense of independence. If the story has a flaw, it's that Eleret is too composed, and all of her ac
Julie Nichol
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This was so amazing until the end. I love the main character because she is a fighter and not afraid of the enemy. She doesn't end up cowering and letting others do the work for her. This book would have been rated higher if the ending had been better. I was hopeful, but it wasn't the ending that I would have picked. I liked how this book is more about the Cilhar than anything because they are kind of an omnipresent people in the other books. I would defiantly recommend this book.
Clare Richardson
I used to love this book when I was a kid-- I have extremely fond memories of it. This is the first time I've read it in years and years, and I have to say that while it DID hold up pretty well, it wasn't as awesome as I wanted it to be. The plot didn't seem as great or as twisty, the magic didn't seem as magical, and the one character I wanted to love sort of got on my nerves. (Sad to inform that Karvonen does not hold up at age 25 the way he did at age 14.) I found myself liking Daner better i ...more
May 29, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, 2015, own
05/2012 I like the Raven Ring, but with two major reservations. The story centers around Eleret, a woman who goes to the city to retrieve her mother's things (her mother died in the military). Eleret comes from a very warlike people, or perhaps a better term would be a feuding people, and is herself very well trained in combat, especially hand to hand, throwing knives, and raven's feet (throwing weapons). However, people in the city aren't used to women who can take care of themselves, and so sh ...more
Feb 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I enjoyed this fantasy novel as a teenager, and I still enjoy it as an adult. I liked the world-building with the clash of different cultures as part of the challenge for the young heroine. The characters were fun and likable, though I think I liked them even more when I was a teenager. Multiple readings have taken the suspense out of the story for me, but that's part of why I read it this time. I wanted a novel were the good guys work together, defeat evil, and all is right with the world again ...more
Jul 05, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 14-and-up
I'm not really sure what age these books are best for. On some level, a 12 yr old might enjoy them, but then there are other aspects that I think perhaps a bit older would be best. I read them in order of publication, but I think chronology would be better. The other nice thing about this series is that the books are self-contained. You do not have to read all of the books. You can pick and choose. None of the stories rely on the others. The connection is the world of Lyra and battling darkness. ...more
Carly K
Mar 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fun fantasy read. While it is part of a larger series, it can easily be read on its own. Wrede's imagined world is richly rendered and compelling. The characters are well crafted and have their own desires and quirks. While there is a bit of a love triangle, it's not brought to artificial tension and is largely secondary to the book's major conflicts.
Feb 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This is strongly written young adult fantasy novel, with a mystery, a sense of humor, and two possible romances. A lot of the humor comes from the contrasting attitudes and expectations about eligible mates of the two possible male attachments, and also from the heroine's reactions to those attitudes and expectations.
Oct 30, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
I really enjoyed the characters, especially Eleret, the main character, who never did what I, or most of the other characters, expected her to. I hope to find her in other Lyra books when I hunt them down.
Jan 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite Patricia C Wrede book!
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
I re-read this recently (thanks for adding the re-read feature, Goodreads!) and it's not my 2nd re-read, but probably my 45th (not an exaggeration) so it's about time that I finally wrote a review for this. This is what I tell people my favorite book is, without any shame that it's firmly middle-grade/YA territory. I had a paperback copy since junior high school that I carried with me everywhere, including on every family vacation we took through my graduation (my mother used to laugh at me each ...more
Brian Palmer
Sep 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, fantasy
The Raven Ring was the second Lyra book I ever read, way back in the past; the main character, Eleret, is a young Cilhar woman (the Cilhar are hardy mountain folk who are trained to fight in a way that only fictional warrior clans can) who comes from the mountains to collect her deceased mother's belongings. Her mother was killed while on contract to the empire's military, but there were some mysteries to her death, as Eleret discovers, and she may need to demonstrate why nobody messes with the ...more
Adela Bezemer-Cleverley
I'm a little sad to say I was disappointed in this book, because I love The Enchanted Forest Chronicles so much and I had high hopes for Patricia C. Wrede's other books to be just as magnificent. But this was a disappointment, and I don't think I'll be reading any of the other Lyra books.

It's not exactly that the writing is bad, I think it's more that her writing is more suited for fairy tales, and TEFC are so fairy tale-esque while I feel like these books are trying to be a combination of YA an
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book most out of the Lyra series. (Side rant-the fact that this is a series is kind of annoying. I get that they are all in the same world, but they have nothing to do with each other and aren't even in order chronologically!)

It features a kick-ass woman solving a murder mystery with fantasy tropes thrown in for spice. There is little to no growth for any of the main characters, but I had to yell at stupidity very little, which was nice.
Sep 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, library-book, ya
This one turned out differently than I expected. The plot was setting up nicely for a fun road trip with dangers galore and instead it thudded to a halt with cards at Daner's house. Then my impatience with Eleret became apparent. She never changed. Not one iota. Basically my same problem as the movie Moana, btw. While the actions that take place over the course of the novel are diverting enough, at the end, I still had no deeper feel for Eleret than I did from the prologue. Enough so that I hone ...more
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the fifth and final book of the Lyra series. I wish there were more. I particularly liked the character of Eleret, and the conclusion is very satisfying.
I would have liked to read more about Danar's family, especially his sisters and cousins, as I feel there is material for another story in that family dynamic.
Apr 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Another fun book in the Lyra series. I find it as compelling as the fourth book, but it was still interesting. The mix of characters from different backgrounds was well done, and the plot made me want to keep reading.
grace mccall
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Author forgot to add romance til the very end. Highly refreshing.
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite comfort reads!
Will Boncher
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A good end to the series. Not really a series persay, other than the setting, and very occasional references to events that happen between books, but nonetheless.
Jun 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A super fun book with interesting characters and a stand alone plot. Good stuff!
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Patricia Collins Wrede was born in Chicago, Illinois and is the eldest of five children. She started writing in seventh grade. She attended Carleton College in Minnesota, where she majored in Biology and managed to avoid taking any English courses at all. She began work on her first novel, Shadow Magic, just after graduating from college in 1974. She finished it five years later and started her se ...more

Other books in the series

Lyra (5 books)
  • Shadow Magic (Lyra, #1)
  • Daughter of Witches (Lyra, #2)
  • The Harp of Imach Thyssel (Lyra, #3)
  • Caught in Crystal (Lyra #4)