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Call of the Raven

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Love is something everyone longs for at the deepest level—but for some, love is a curse. This is most certainly true for Asher Lake, the Keeper of an unknown group of people called ani-shifts. Ani-shifts, those with the ability to shift into animal forms, compose a secretive body of individuals known simply as the Union.
A wolf in shifter form, Asher lives with a curse plac
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Paperback, 264 pages
Published January 22nd 2013 by Createspace (first published January 20th 2013)
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Justin Osborne
Feb 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Have you ever reached the end of an ebook and attempt to scroll to the next page in hopes that it wasn’t over yet? I just have.
Call of the Raven: Book One is the story of a secret society of Shapeshifters known as The Union, but more precisely, it’s the story of their leader Asher Lake, also known as The Keeper. Ushered in to the role as Keeper at a young age due to the death of his predecessor because of a curse that affects all Keepers should they ever fall in love,
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Literati Literature Lovers
Feb 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Paranormal,
Highly Recommend this Paranormal story. Unique world building, character driven plot.



TITLE: Call of the Raven (The Union Series)
AUTHOR: Shawn Reilly
RATING: 4.25/5 Stars Goodreads doesn't do star variations and book too good too downgrade.
ISBN: 1482041472
EDITOR: Karen Crain-Hedger/Crain Editing
COVER ILLUSTRATOR: Kristin Smothers/BluDoor Graphics

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Love is something everyone longs for at the deepest level—but for some, love is a curse. This is most certainly true for Asher Lake, the Keeper
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Theresa
Mar 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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I've never read a book about shape-shifters before and wasn't too sure but I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone! Can't wait for book two to come out, and glad I only have to wait a month!

This story is about the Lake family lead by Asher Lake who is a wolf. He is the leader or "keeper" of shape-shifters called the Union. He is not well liked by some and hated by others. He was thrust into this position by the "keeper" before him early in his life due to a curse over tha
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Vichy
It took me a while to get used to the writing style and become conscious of the world, the characters and the happenings. That wasn't a problem though, as soon as I got into the dark climate of the novel. I grew to love the mysticism, the peculiarities and the way the heroes moved around, emitting powerfulness and knowledge. Elle's story saddened me and made me angry at her at the same time for not breaking her misery sooner. I found excuses to justify her passiveness for tolerating abuse for fi ...more
Ali (Our Book Boyfriends) Flores
First, I’ll comment on the plot. I am so impressed at how Shawn weaved this amazing plot together. There are constant twists and turns that you just don’t know are coming, and it all blends so nicely together. There was only once that I got confused, but then I believe I was meant to be, and the whole thing was explained clearly later. There were several “I didn’t see that coming!” moments, and a few times I found myself holding my breath. One moment I would be laughing out loud, and the next te ...more
Kathy Roberts
Jan 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
First of all, let me say I'm a slow reader, but I didn't have any trouble reading 3 chapters a night. I really liked it. Characters were very interesting and meshed well. I like the setting and idea. Shawn is very descriptive so her characters come alive. She has unlimited potential for the stories to progess and remain extremely interesting. I'm ready for book two in the series! Check it out, I don't think you'll be disappointed!
Dawn Ramage
Mar 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
I got this one on the free list on Amazon. Loved it! I was really disappointed when it ended. Wonderful world building and a very unique concept.
Kelly Hawkins Solomon
Don't resist. Fate is fate and things are meant to be. Or so they say.....

First, I must say that paranormal is one of my favorite genres. I love shifter books but sometimes things get a little redundant when they are all similar. Call of the Raven is so much more. There is a lot of world building and the author does a fantastic job. And some of the characters, well, they are a little intense but soooo relateable. Definitely not your normal shifter story.

Asher is the Keeper and is destined to die
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Melvina
Jan 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Call Of The Raven is the first book in the Union Series by Shawn Reilly. This is a story of a secret society of Ani-shifts (shape shifters), known as The Union, led by Keepers, who are born as wolves. Asher Lake is thrown into the role of Keeper and protector of the protégé heirs at a young age due to the death of Grant, the previous Keeper. Throughout history ravens had been considered a bad omen. There is a curse that affects all the Keepers...the Call Of The Raven. Dying young is their destin ...more
Nancy
Feb 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This first book of the Union Series was a very pleasant surprise to me because this is not a genre I usually read, but I cannot wait for Volume Two. I enjoyed the way Ms. Reilly writes and I am impressed this is her debut novel. Bravo Shawn!

Elle Ison is a (rather pathetic) lost soul. Brought up by her Grandmother, she never learned her self worth. She became entwined in an abusive, co-dependent relationship, she needed a home and security and he needed a maid and punching bag. That all changed t
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Candice
Jan 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Call of the Raven
By Shawn Reilly

The plot is intense, the characters seep emotion… all happening in a mystical shifter world.

Author Shawn Reilly has created a world filled with mystery and struggle; you never know what will happen next, who really cares for whom or why secrets were kept for so long. The main focus of this story is of Asher, the powerful keeper that is destined to die when he loves. He has spent his life keeping people a way for fear of his fate, once he lets them in. I found his
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Rachel
Apr 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
I love shape shifter books when they are done well, when they are done badly they can totally cringe you out! Luckily this one is extremely well written, especially for a debut novel and I really enjoyed the mystical tale. I love the storyline of a lost soul entering a fantasy adventure and empowering themselves. I am looking forward to seeing what Book 2 in the series brings.
Kelly Hawkins Solomon
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Don't resist. Fate is fate and things are meant to be. Or so they say.....

First, I must say that paranormal is one of my favorite genres. I love shifter books but sometimes things get a little redundant when they are all similar. Call of the Raven is so much more. There is a lot of world building and the author does a fantastic job. And some of the characters, well, they are a little intense but soooo relateable. Definitely not your normal shifter story.

Asher is the Keeper and is destined to die
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Michelle Randall
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In the middle of Indiana, tucked away outside of Indianapolis sits a manor house where the Lake family lives. It's not your normal family. Grant Lake is the Keeper of the family, and an ani-shifter, a wolf precisely. But Grant has heard the call of the Raven, which according to longstanding family tradition means his life is about to end and Asher will have to take over. Asher doesn't want to take over, and he makes a mess of things, almost to the point of destroying
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Kenneth Morris
Nov 01, 2015 rated it liked it
This is not your usual werewolf story. This book it dark, gritty and you feel a part of it. It moves slow to start, then shifts noticably, almost 2 books in one. Then, just when things start to come together and life makes a turn in the story, the book ends and you are left with... NNNNnnnnnoooooooo!!!!!! Trust me when I say i will be reading the rest of the series.
Sadly, this is the part when all my love for the book ends. The story is wonderful, characters are fleshed out, scenes are described
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Wati
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Re-read : 2017/10/31 - 2017/11/3

This book is still amazing! Shawn Reilly is a genius for creating this great fantasy, great characters and awesome story-telling too!

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What a great story! I love every second of it!
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Other books in the series

The Union (5 books)
  • Legend of the Raven (The Union Series #2)
  • Pursuit of the Raven (The Union Series #3)
  • Sacrifice of the Raven (The Union Series #4)
  • Curse of the Raven (The Union Series #5)
“Before the cock crows
The Raven will call
And you will be no longer.”
~Asher Lake”
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“Oh you will die and soon
because you made the
choice to fall in love.”
~Asher Lake”
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