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Flight of the Raven

(The Novels of Ravenwood #1)

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  49 ratings  ·  21 reviews
How eager would the bridegroom be if he knew he could never bed the bride?

Lady Emma of Ravenwood Keep is prepared to give Sir William l’Orage land, wealth, and her hand in marriage. But her virginity? Not unless he loves her. The curse that claimed her mother is clear: unless a Ravenwood heir is conceived in love, the mother will die in childbirth. Emma is determined to
Paperback, 292 pages
Published September 30th 2016 by Wild Rose Press
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Audiobook: Narrator - Rebecca McKernana

I often have a difficult time following/understanding a narrator with an accent, but not so this time around with Ms. McKernana. Her voice was very clear and precise and I never had to rewind or slow the speed down in order to follow along with this story. She does some amazing accents for the servants that felt one hundred percent authentic and that I loved. The overall tone of the recording was not amazing (I actually heard a siren in the background a few
Loved the witty and droll touches.

Judith Sterling has penned a medieval romance that had me chuckling with the droll, at times ribald, sense of humor displayed by many of the characters. It isn't a comedy. This book has its feet firmly set in the trenches of medieval romance, complete with a dastardly villain and a witch-like wench. But at times the subtle interactions and everyday conversation between the knights and ladies and their servants would have that risque little wink, evocative of
Deanne Patterson
Apr 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
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A very fast paced book! A medieval era paranormal romance that had me reading from cover to cover very quickly. I couldn't help myself, the words just flowed so smoothly. I was not familiar with this author but will now be seeking out more of her books in the future. Though I don't read much in this genre I am glad I read this one! A must read for lovers of medieval era paranormal romance.
Pub Date 30 Sep 2016
Thank you to NetGalley and The Wild Rose Press for a review copy in exchange for my
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If you had the choice between celibacy and death, which path would you choose? For Lady Emma, the choice is simple: celibacy. Every woman in her family has died in childbirth thanks to the Ravenwood curse. Unless an heir is conceived in love, the woman will die in childbirth. All is going according to plan, that is, until William the Storm arrives to claim what is rightfully his.

William the Storm is a fierce warrior and when he arrives at Ravenwood, he’s ready to be all things to Emma and
Carole Burant
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
From page one, I was completely mesmerized by this story. The more I read, the more my heart was involved and the way Judith Sterling writes, you can't help but immerse yourself completely in the story. Between the characters, the touch of the paranormal, the curse, the passionate and deep emotions, the danger and the suspense, it all makes for a book you just can't put down until you're finished reading it.

William is such a strong hero and he's also an emotionally and physically wounded hero
Penny B. Ewing
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book with the magical elements blended into the medieval setting and romance. Ms. Sterling does a fantastic job with characterization and world building. I could imagine wandering the halls of Ravenwood. I also loved all the scenes with Emma in the Woden's Circle with her raven guardians watching from the ancient stones. The heroine, Emma, was engaging and interesting and I enjoyed her journey to true love. The hero, William, was note-worthy and sexy as all get out. If you love ...more
C.M. Truxler
Flight of the Raven by Judith Sterling

Flight of the Raven is a tapestry of historically dated romance with a touch of magic. Readers are treated to an unlikely couple of heroes. William, a battle worn and weary warrior, and Emma, a woman who’s battled throughout her life on different levels. She is quick witted and every bit as strong as William when it comes to her will and beliefs.

Intrigue, action, power—both natural and physical abound in this wonderful tale of a woman who will not settle
Erin Anfinson-pirani
I really enjoyed this book as a whole. The heroine is strong willed and spirited for a woman of her standing. Especially during an age where it was dominantly male. Emma eventually overcomes her dilemma, with the help of a few friends. And, I really enjoyed the ending, via the help of those friends/ allies. The hero of the story, ‘William the Storm’ is a name that strikes fear into the souls of many, but when it comes to his wife’s desires, he’s nothing but a sweet heart. Even with his own ...more
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

"Flight of the Raven" is a sweet and yet spicy historical romance with a dash of paranormal fantasy thrown in for good measure. If that's not enough for you, there's also some mystery and plenty of action.
The writing is superb, but then I've come to expect that from Judith Sterling.
The characters are so well-developed that you can truly believe they may have existed (and maybe they really did!).
The plot is thoroughly enjoyable, with
Anna Swedenmom
Apr 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A book to be totally enjoyed! A medieval era paranormal romance that had me reading from cover to cover without stopping. I am not familiar with this author previously but I shall be getting familiar now. I must say this book had so many elements of complexity that I was truly enthralled by them. A super plot line, characters that were complex, paranormal elements, passionate, romance, curses and more. I can only say this is a definite buy buy buy buy buy book! A truly great read... and just all ...more
Leigh Ann
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Medieval romance and paranormal romances. What's not to love? Judith Sterling did a great job combining the medieval elements and the paranormal elements in a very believable way by basing them in beliefs of the time.

Lady Emma is a feisty young woman who's story is interesting and engaging. I often found myself giggling at her witty comebacks to her husband. In many ways she reminds me of Claire in Outlander, which is great, since she is one of my favorite modern literary female heroines.

Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A storm and a raven

A dark Norman knight marries a Saxon lady for her property by order of the King. Only a curse prevents them from consummating their marriage. If she conceives without love, she'll die in childbirth. He doesn't believe the curse and tries to works his way around her objections, until a dark menace tries to take her away. Except for a few modern terms/ phrases, I really enjoyed it. I plan to read more of Sterling's books.
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A new author for me, but one I will watch for now. A Saxon woman fearful of the curse that killed her mother, grandmother and generations of women before that. A Norman man unwilling to care for any woman. The Saxon gifts of Sight, one of the past, one of the future. Betrayal from an unexpected person. Avery good book.
Deborah Roussety
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
loved this book
Pat Cavill
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I don't normally care for period fiction but I enjoyed this one from start to finish. Well written and believable, I recommend that you give it a try,
Amanda Richardson
4.5 stars! I really, really liked Judith Sterling's "Flight of the Raven," and I hope this is a beginning of a return to more medieval era romances. Emma is the mistress of Ravenwood and all the women in her line are cursed. If they are doomed to die in childbirth if the child is not conceived in love. Emma has the Sight and is plagued by visions of her own death, she believes fully in the curse and doesn't want to consummate her marriage until her husband falls in love with her. When she meets ...more
D. Messing
Dec 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I voluntarily reviewed this ARC for Netgalley and am so glad that I did!! I devoured this entire story in a couple of hours, it really alleviated the ennui I've been having lately with reading!! I'm not really a romance fan, I more like things that go bump in the night, but even though this was a romance, it had paranormal leanings, and was set in one of my favorite time periods/locations. It is a fast paced, well researched story that comes to life the more you read. I loved it, and will ...more
Judith Sterling
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
When a Saxon lady denies her Norman bridegroom’s right to the marriage bed, sparks fly. He’s bent on founding a dynasty. Her life depends on her refusal. Together, they face a centuries-old curse and learn the alchemy of love.

While writing this story, I fell in love with both the hero, Sir William l’Orage (William the Storm) and heroine, Lady Emma. They’re passionate characters, and I reveled in my research into their world and their languages. Interestingly, my heroine’s name and that of her
Jessica Squires
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is what I would consider a staple story to have in your collection. I have now finished the series and this is on up there in my list of favorite series! They can be standalone but I'd highly recommend doing the whole series as this is a WONDERFUL addition to your library!! . This was beautifully written and so much detail and thought went into each scene. Its almost hard to believe this is a paranormal romance and not just romance but Judith Sterling adds just enough to make it so! I loved ...more
Donna Simonetta
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book! It is well-written and the characters are fully developed people. I loved the hint of magic within their world as well. I will definitely be reading book two in this series. Soon.
Dec 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book from net galley for an honest review. Thank you!!

I enjoyed this book and it was better than I expected. The author wrote very well and kept me in suspense. Lady Emma is the mistress of Ravenwood and by order of the king is to marry a Norman, Sir William l"Orage. He is a warrior and has seen much battle throughout his life. He intends to marry Emma, even though Aldred the Merciless wants to marry Emma, but Aldred has evil intentions. The Ravenwoods have a curse, and it can
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Judith Sterling is an award-winning author whose love of history and passion for the paranormal infuse everything she writes. Whether penning medieval romance (The Novels of Ravenwood) or young adult paranormal fantasy (the Guardians of Erin series), her favorite themes include true love, destiny, time travel, healing, redemption, and finding the hidden magic which exists all around us. She loves ...more

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