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Raven Flight

(Shadowfell #2)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  6,802 ratings  ·  604 reviews
Neryn thought she had lost everything and could trust no one, not even her mysterious companion, Flint.

But when she finds refuge at the rebel base of Shadowfell and discovers her canny gift as a Caller, she feels the first stirrings of hope.

Now she faces a perilous journey with the rebel Tali and the Good Folk, who shadow her steps. She must find the three Guardians who ca
Kindle Edition, 418 pages
Published July 1st 2013 by Macmillan Australia
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⋆☆☽ Kriss ☾☆⋆ I'm only about 120 pages in and I personally feel like it's doing better! There's much more to the plot than just endless amounts of traveling and so …moreI'm only about 120 pages in and I personally feel like it's doing better! There's much more to the plot than just endless amounts of traveling and so far I have a good feeling regarding the romance aspect!(less)
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Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

4.5 stars

I wasn’t very impressed with the first installment of this trilogy . . . But I’m a big enough Marillier fan, and I saw enough glimpses of the excellence I’ve come to expect from her that it wasn’t difficult to make myself continue with the series.

I am so glad.

RAVEN FLIGHT was everything I expected SHADOWFELL to be and then some. Ominous foreshadowings, beautifully imagined Fae creatures (and by “beautifully” I don’t mean pretty—I mean convincingly alien creatures
Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
"Let there be a time in the future, I prayed, when he laughs with his children, and plays on the shore with them, and spends all his nights in loving arms. Let us have that. To whom I was praying I did not know. The future was in our own hands. If we wanted a world where such things were possible, it was for us to make it."
I have read a number of sequels this year that have let me down. Second book syndrome, third book syndrome, you name it. Generally, if I like the first book in the series,
Carla *Jen7waters*
*waiting, waiting, having lots of anxiety attacks in the meantime*
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1.) Shadowfell ★★★★

Um, did that ending just happen?

Can I sue for emotional distress, because this book just sort of ruined me?

Well, before the heartbreak, this book starts off where Shadowfell left off; Neryn is at Shadowfell, but needs to leave to start seeking out the other three Guardians before the impending war.

She has already encountered the Master of Shadows (located in the south) in Shadowfell, but she still has the Hag of the Isles (located in the west), the Lord of the North (locate
Robin (Bridge Four)
This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart

Review copy was received from Publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Raven Flight is the second book of the Shadowfell series, recently released on audio. I liked the first book of the series Shadowfell enough to give the second book a try, plus I’ve loved most things I’ve read by Juliet Marillier so chances were high this book would work better for me and it did.

Neryn has figured out what she
Feb 24, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m a huge fan of Juliet Marillier. I love her Celtic/Gaelic inflected epic fantasy with its deep dives into captivating characters, great storytelling, wonderful world building, magic and uncanny creatures, and heartfelt romance.

That said, this series and its characters have been growing on me slowly. I found this to be true in other series of hers that I’ve read. She slowly reveals characters and their backstories like layers of an onion.

I liked this book much better than the previous one, S
Oct 31, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, read-in-2015
Dear Juliet,

I hope you don't mind me addressing you like this. I have been reding your books for more than ten years, so I feel like we have this kind of bond. Not quite like friends, something that can only exist between the writer and his/hers readers.

So, my dear Juliet, I have to ask you: what was this?!

I still remember a time when your books told breath-taking, adventurous, stories, with female characters full of courage, ready to sacrifice themselves for their families and their beliefs. I
Ashley Daviau
Nov 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I quite enjoyed the first book in the series but this one lacked a bit of the spark that the first one had. I can't put my finger on exactly what it was, but there was just some oomph missing. I did still very much enjoy this book though, it was just a bit of a slower read for me. I really enjoyed the progression of the story and seeing Neryn explore and learn about her gift. I also thought the character growth from the first book to this one was excellent! I loved seeing how they changed and gr ...more
August 2014 Re-read: Just as good as last time. I'm so freaking invested in these characters and this world. Gah! I need the next book! Thank goodness I finally have it.

Be warned, spoilers for Shadowfell abound below.

Map of Alban from Juliet Marillier's website

Last year I read my very first Juliet Marillier book, Shadowfell. It was one of my favorite books of the year and single-handedly saved the YA genre for me. Immersive, smart, peopled with characters I cared about – it drew me in and ke
Dec 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book takes us into the heart and meat of the story. I loved all the different fae folk and really enjoyed the progression of friendship between Tali and Neryn. Things have changed dramatically for the Rebellion by the end of the book and time is not their friend in terms of fulfilling their plans. I loved everything about this book and am excited to be on to the culmination of the story.
Renu (The Page Turner)
[3.5 stars] Raven Flight follows Neryn and Tali as they venture across Alban to seek out the elusive Guardians that are essential in Neryn's training as a Caller. The unlikely duo are opposites, but both are admirable in their own right. Neryn has a sort of quiet strength about her, she never complains or whines when things get tough. Tali on the other hand is tough and outspoken. They are the epitome of strong female characters, and the blossoming friendship between the pair is beautiful.

Second books are always hard for me. I just have issues with series, the second book always feels like more of a time filler. This one felt like that for a minute but that might have just been my attitude. The beginning could have been shortened a bit, but I enjoyed it. Marillier is such a good storyteller that it is hard to fault her movement. More journeying for Neryn and her band. More danger and learning. This book had more of a different feel then the first. The first book was so much sadne ...more
Kate Forsyth
Juliet Marillier is one of my all-time favourite authors and a new book from her is always reason to celebrate. So when Raven Flight appeared in my mailbox, I gave a little jump of joy and read it straightaway. Raven Flight is Book 2 in the Shadowfell series. I loved Shadowfell and it made my List of Best Books 2012 - the books are classic old-fashioned high fantasy with a quest at its heart. The writing is beautiful and limpid, the setting is an otherworldy Scotland, and the story mixes danger, ...more
Leonor (Ner)
Jul 22, 2012 marked it as wishlist  ·  review of another edition
EDIT (21/12/2012):

PS: The world cannot end today 'cause I still need this book!
Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: witches-magic, travel

“Cherish what you have, for in an instant it can be gone. And when it’s gone, let the memory not be a weight that drags you down, but a bright light leading you forward.”
There is a long winter to be spent at Shadowfell for Neryn to figure out who she will be to the people there and their rebellion. A long winter to become something more than the waif of a girl she arrived as and bring the Good Folk to Regan’s cause. A long winter followed by a very short few seasons in which Neryn must travel to the far reaches of her land to gain the training necessary to succeed as a Caller.

If I was disappointed in the first installment of Shadowfell, I can no longer say it wa
Mar 18, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, samrecs
Raven Flight was a disappointment, there was minimum action, the plot was very-slow paced and unnecessarily repetitive, there was too much telling and little showing, serious issues were being resolved too easily, and Neryn’s training was a farce.

Neryn wasn’t a strong enough character with exciting enough adventures to carry this book on her own. She is in constant need of help and carrying, her overwhelming angst over killing was annoying and hypocritical, she’s joined the rebellion for God's
Aug 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an incredible book. I have no words but those to say. Juliet Marillier always entertains, evokes emotion and delights her readers. There is no second book woes here. In fact, I think I like this one better than the first one. The first one built a perfectly wonderful world, but Raven Flight added so much more to the world. I have been raving to anyone who will listen about this author since I picked up Daughter of the Forest by accident at the library. I very rarely make purchases of boo ...more
Apr 09, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
3.5 stars. I love Juliet Marillier, and have read all her books. I appreciate how she writes fantasy, but includes real issues and real emotions. I also like the fact that she always creates strong female characters, unlike many other fantasy books. Although I really enjoyed this book, I thought it was not as strong as the first in the series. I can't wait for the final installment coming early 2014. ...more
Raven Flight is the second in Juliet Marillier's Shadowfell trilogy. In book one, Neryn discovered she was a Caller, one who possesses the gifts to call the Good Folk forward to fight on the side of the humans. It was a rough go for Neryn. She didn't know who to trust or even if she wanted to be the Caller.

In Raven Flight Neryn has come to terms with her role as the Caller and it's now time for her to hone her gifts. She's used her ability in the past, but her lack of training makes her a danger
Steph Su
Apr 29, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aussie-nz-lit
RAVEN FLIGHT was not as engaging for me as Shadowfell—but the thing is, they’re not all that different from one another. Neryn is still this can-do-no-wrong protagonist who, if not liked instantly by all she meets, at least can quickly win them over with her earnest naivete. The plot is straightforward quest involving long distances traveled and new characters met.

In RAVEN FLIGHT, we learn more about what exactly makes Keldec so evil. And boy is the man frightening! In one of the most riveting s
Sep 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-reads
Yeah, so enjoyable to reread this, I'd forgotten about Regan's death, and that Hollow was fine, and yeah, now to read The Caller!

*First read May 24th 2013*
Man, oh, man, I loved this book! I wish there'd been more Flint and Neryn time together, but the times that were were in Flint's head! Can't wait for Caller!!!
Feb 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-stars, read-in-2015
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Oct 16, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good, but nothing to write home about. While Raven Flight takes leaps and bounds in terms of Neryn's development it fails to entrance and enthrall the way that Marillier's previous works are so well known for.

I've spoken many times about the quiet that Marillier is able to instill within the core of her books. How introversion and introspection breed beautiful landscapes and expressive characters. While that is not exactly missing in this series, Raven Flight is definitely missing some quality
⋆☆☽ Kriss ☾☆⋆
Raven Flight is indeed a step up from book #1, Shadowfell. While this book is also pretty slow and could have been edited down, there's much more accomplished and the slow pace is balanced out with better scenes of action and character development. We have ample time given to the friendship between Neryn and Tali and we even get some worthwhile time with Flint. The goals of the story, overall, feel more effective in projecting the plot and feeding into something worthwhile. Book #1 was just "got ...more
Aug 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like all sequels, Raven flight begins by building a bridge from the first book in the series but then quickly moves into the direction we knew had to happen because Neryn has a new quest to follow if she is to fulfill her destiny of using her Caller gifts to help save Alban from the evil king Keldec. The beginning seemed slow compared to the immediate action that opens Shadowfell. While the pace is different, the growth and trials of Neryn are much greater here and her developing relationships w ...more
Jul 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Juliet Marillier's fantasy novels have long had a crossover audience. Unlike some adult authors, she seemed like a perfect fit to write YA. SHADOWFELL, the first novel, was mostly well received and beautifully written. Common complaints were that it was a bit slow, not much happened, and somewhat generic.

Much the same could be said about the recently released RAVEN FLIGHT. Marillier's writing is wonderful. She lays out the setting and the action beautifully. But while I would defend SHADOWFELL f
May 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, netgalley
Raven Flight
By Juliet Marillier

Summery courtesy of
Neryn has finally found the rebel group at Shadowfell, and now her task is to seek out the elusive Guardians, vital to her training as a Caller. These four powerful beings have been increasingly at odds with human kind, and Neryn must prove her worth to them. She desperately needs their help to use her gift without compromising herself or the cause of overthrowing the evil King Keldec.

Neryn must journey with the tough and steadfast
Mar 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Neryn is now the secret weapon for the rebel army against King Keldec. The army plans to strike a surprise attack against the king in midsummer, and Neryn must be ready. To help the army, Neryn must find the Guardians of Alban to complete her training as a Caller. She is accompanied by a female guard named Tali. During her training, Neryn realizes the true cost of what it means to be a Caller.

Neryn is a girl who still has little self-confidence in herself. She has not fully come to terms with h
Mar 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
10/4/14 - READ IT AGAIN. And enjoyed this sequel just as much!

Wow, I don't think I've read a sequel that has been this strong since Catching Fire and Insurgence! The editing in this book was manifique and kept the plot moving, where in less experienced hands it might have dragged. I enjoy spunky fighter Tali as a rising character and it was great to see the creative variety of Good Folk, something which has always been so fun for me in this series. It was interesting to learn about the two Guard
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Juliet Marillier was born in Dunedin, New Zealand and grew up surrounded by Celtic music and stories. Her own Celtic-Gaelic roots inspired her to write her first series, the Sevenwaters Trilogy. Juliet was educated at the University of Otago, where she majored in music and languages, graduating BA and Bachelor of Music (Hons). Her lifelong interest in history, folklore and mythology has had a majo ...more

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