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In the Land of Tea and Ravens

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  336 ratings  ·  67 reviews
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Sitting on the porch of a decaying house, an old brown mug sat, the top chipped, a warm breeze brushing against sun-heated ceramic.

"There is nothing more potent than a cup of tea," Old Ma’am once told her.

Twenty-year-old Lyric Mason lifted the mug, her sad eyes drawn to its flaw.
Kindle Edition, 286 pages
Published November 15th 2014 (first published November 1st 2014)
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Nov 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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In the Land of Tea and Ravens is an exquisite story written by R.K. Ryals that stole my breath away. It's hauntingly beautiful and has a dark poetic feel that touches your soul. "Sometimes being broken can be beautiful. If we can't see the beauty in the pain, then we truly do go insane."

Many Folklores are based on true events, but somewhere down the line a part of it becomes forgotten or skewed. For Lyric Mason her life takes on a whole new role as she must secure her families heritage and keep
Vampress Bathory
Aug 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow, man the feels! I am speechless...Extraordinary doesn't even cover this superb book! This is one of those books that takes you into the land of deep feeling, leaves you there, open hearted and then fills you with beautiful and powerful emotions. I'm not saying that this is a sad book, no, it's just emotionally raw and when you're reading it, you realise your humanity, you feel everything, you learn how beautiful living is and how the right person can help you heal. You also learn that love, ...more
Nov 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In The Land Of Tea And Ravens by R.K. Ryals is a unique blend of storytelling from the past and contemporary life. Lyric is a tea girl whose family has an unusual past. Their family history is steeped in storytelling and tea. Grayson has his own issues in the past, including spending time in prison. But the two of them find each other and these two broken souls are able help each other heal.
This is a wonderful story of life and love. It shows how people can overcome their family and their past
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
A solid 3.5 Stars!

I wasn't entirely sure what to expect from this book. It's kind of a paranormal/modern day historical/new adult romance? I don't entirely know how to categorize it. It kind of reminded me of Practical Magic, actually.

It was a really great story. It was intriguing and very gripping. What knocked stars off for me was that I didn't feel like there was enough character development and romantic build up. Everything seemed to happen pretty quickly. I would have liked more interaction
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
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I liked it.
Feb 17, 2019 marked it as to-read
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Feb 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
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What a strange, strange book.

I picked up this story on a whim because I was initially intrigued by the absolutely beautiful cover. And let’s be honest, this one really is a stunner! Unfortunately I have to say I was very disappointed and I’m actually even a little sorry I got the book. Let’s see why …

It began and ended with a cup.

The opening of the book was great – compelling, instantly drawing me in. I loved the Southern setting, but I have to say, that was
Nov 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014-reads, arcs
I had the pleasure of reading an ARC of In the Land of Tea and Ravens by R.K. Ryals. Come and join me for a cup of tea as I tell you about it.

Sometimes we have things in our life that are monumental, sometimes we choose these things, and sometimes they are passed down to us.

For Lyric Mason, "It began and ended with a cup." ... "It was simply a cup."

A cup that was the single most important thing in her life, a cup that connected her to her family. A cup that being tied to made her, in the eyes
Elliot A
Jul 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful story about love, family, relationships and the mysterious art of tea making and drinking. A rather short story with respect to being called a full fleshed novel, but containing more depth and substance than many other, longer novels I have read recently.

The characters were superbly constructed from the protagonist to the secondary characters, each one serving their role without giving the reader the feeling they are present only for the purpose of moving the plot along.

Nov 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal
A really intriguing read.

I’ve read quite a lot of R. K. Ryals’ books and this one is definitely unique. It’s a love story about two broken people set in the middle of an unconventional fairy tale about a girl who makes tea. It sounds really weird but is actually really insightful and thought-provoking. I found the writing compelling and very emotionally gripping. Hearing Grayson’s story and the seeing the way he found understanding and acceptance with Lyric was very moving. I also liked how it
Heather andrews
Nov 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
I'm not used to seeing R.K write like this, this book is very different from her other books, there were some parts I had to force myself to read and others I enjoyed very much. Lyric an Grayson do have attraction but with their pasts it's hard for them to act on it and all the judging the other townsfolk did was just awkward, "Lyric's gaze found his. For a long moment, they simply stood with the yard between them, their eyes locked, and a shared guilt tying them together." Grayson I thought he ...more
Lynn  2 Girls & A Book
Dec 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
R.K. Ryals has done it again. She has written a truly breathtaking piece of art. Her soulful, southern charm caresses you and pulls you into her stories. The woman made drinking hot tea an intimate, sensual act between two people. Hot tea!

This story encompasses Southern folklore, mystery and intrigue with loss, heartache and love as only Mrs. Ryals can. Her writing speaks to me. It takes me to small country towns, farms and decaying buildings. It engulfs me in loss, pain and love. She paints the
Nov 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Such an amazing story, it was very different to what I usually read but I loved it anyways.

Grayson and Lyric are two broken souls who find each other and bond over a cup of tea.

She laughed " Tea is never simple "

Lyric is a very strange but intriguing girl and Grayson just can't stay away despite the rumours he's determined to keep coming back and I loved that about him, he never once failed on his promises, he listens to her.

It's a must read, one that will leave you wanting more of their
Ashley Ubinger
Nov 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I found myself pleasantly addicted to this one! Grayson and Lyric have one heck of an attraction. Lyric has a family that is full of storytelling, heartbreak and tea. A simple cup of tea! Grayson is from a family that is very well known in old money. Grayson made some wrong choices in life and is still battling those wounds. Lyric and Grayson come together and build quite the bond. Between the family history and the bonds the townfolk are not to happy and take some extreme measures. unique read ...more
Jun 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Aug 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
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I loved it. It was raw, imperfect and crazy, but also lovely, warm and beautiful.
Bee Tay
Oct 04, 2017 rated it liked it
***3.5 Stars final rating***

I feel so bad, as on paper, this book like is my soul penned down - tea/moonlight/eerie house/speaking with the dead etc - but I can't quite give it the 4 stars that I'd like to! It was still a good read, though!

The writing is stunning, I like Lyric and Grayson together (such great names!) and give me any kind of spooky/mysterious story and I'll lap it up. Maybe I need to give this another read at some point (and I'm totally going to, the words were pretty af), but
May 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Beautifully haunting story

A beautifully sweet and yet very mysterious haunting story about two people dealing with the guilt in their past, and how learning to trust each other is as important as a good cup of tea. Loved the story of the Tea Girl that started each chapter, so glad to have found this author
Crystal Gray
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Goodness! This book. Wow!

I have had this book and author recommended to me a few times, and I was in a bit of a rut, so I picked it up. Little did I know that I would NOT put it down. I swear the longest I did was to crawl into bed to finish it. The mystery behind Lyric and her family, just wow! Amazing read. One of my top 5 of 2019.
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I found and purchased this book on a whim, I was so impressed by the plot, writing style and the thematic concerns communicated by the author. I have re-read this book twice since purchasing it and enjoy it each time. Looking forward to reading more from Ryals in the future.
Vickie Walters
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing

As always RK has written a book that I have absolutely fallen in love with!! She is my all time favorite author and I can’t wait until they start turning her books into movies!!
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Maybe 4.5?
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
It was ...okay? I guess. Cool story idea, but could have used some tighter editing.
Jun 26, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
I got over 60% done and could not go on. Every page has the word gaze or glance multiple times and I just couldn’t.
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am totally in love with this story. Lyric and Grayson’s story is beautiful in the way it started to the way it came to be. I loved reading this story from beginning to end.
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
It began and ended with a cup.
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Amazingly beautiful and mesmerizing story. Very original. Loved the characters and the story itself. Wish i had this in paperback because the cover is as beautiful as the story. Older characters. No love triangle.
My review for: In the Land of Tea and Ravens by R.K. Ryals
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Shanna Harris

‘Wow’ is usually the first thought I have after finishing one of R.K’s books. Just wow. In the Land of Tea and Ravens was powerful and hauntingly beautiful. I haven’t grown this attached to a book couple since Haven and River from Singing River. The pull between the main characters, Lyric and Grayson, stole my heart in such a way that I found it hard to let the characters go. It’s one of those
Jacqueline Alcarese
Wow. Couldn't put it down. This book was poetic and musical. It was emotional and tormenting and tragic and uplifting all at once. These two people who are so tortured by their pasts who are able to find more than simple understanding in each othe
A town that thinks it knows it all. Families that think they know best. It makes for a relationship that should be impossible but it isn't. If you're someone who has ever felt like you didn't belong. This is for you. If you have felt misunderstood, like
Nov 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
In the Land of Tea and Ravens was beautiful. Lyric and Grayson were sad, broken characters. Neither of them were bad people but had tragic pasts that would haunt them for the rest of their lives. The story wasn’t depressing; it was about hope and acceptance although there was a pervasive feeling of melancholy throughout.

Grayson and Lyric were both outcasts. Many people did not like Grayson for what happened in his past, but it was his family that had the strongest resentment towards him. Lyric
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R.K. Ryals is the author of emotional and gripping young adult and new adult paranormal romance, contemporary romance, and fantasy. With a strong passion for charity and literacy, she works as a full time writer encouraging people to "share the love of reading one book at a time." An avid animal lover and self-proclaimed coffee-holic, R.K. Ryals was born in Jackson, Mississippi and makes her home ...more
“There’s guilt, and then there’s a lifetime of fear and regrets. Guilt hurts. Fear makes us too cautious. Regret tears us apart. Sometimes, being broken can be beautiful. If we can’t see the beauty in the pain, then we truly do go insane. ~Lyric Mason” 1 likes
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