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Flight of the Raven

(The Novels of Ravenwood #1)

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  76 ratings  ·  34 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 the
Deanne Patterson
Apr 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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 hon
N.N. Light
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 Raven
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 a
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 page ...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 fo
Alyson  L
This fabulous historical romance is full to the brim with dashes of mystery, paranormal fantasy and a whole boatload of action. I loved FLIGHT OF THE RAVEN and the way the magical elements were so well blended into the medieval setting and story.

Judith Sterling always does a fantastic job with world-building and developing her characters and I was totally mesmerized by the story from the very beginning. The more I read, the more my heart was filled with the emotions of the characters and before
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 hurdl ...more
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
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
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.

The n
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.
Jan 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Flight Of The Raven was an exciting romantic suspenseful story that had me mesmerized from beginning to end. How will Lady Emma explain to her new bridegroom that he cannot bed her because of the curse that plagues her family? How can William explain to Lady Emma that he can never love her without revealing secrets about his past that he has hidden for years? And who wants Lady Emma killed? These are all questions that are answered in this exciting, well written romance. I thoroughly enjoyed thi ...more
Deborah Roussety
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
loved this book
Sydney Winward
Apr 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Emma’s family curse has transcended generations, killing the woman in childbirth if the child had been conceived without love. Not a single one of her ancestors had survived childbirth, not even her own mother. Despite marrying William, Emma is determined to keep herself alive by avoiding intimacy with him.

The storyline is intriguing, with a bit of mystery weaved throughout the book. I enjoyed the small bits of magic, and I’m especially curious about Wulfstan and where his own story is headed. G
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, ...more
Patricia Terry
Apr 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Just what a period romance should be. A family curse, an arranged marriage between two stubborn people on different sides of a historical struggle, mysterious forces, and an ancient enemy returning to threaten everything. Well written and presented. I received a free review copy of the audio version of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Iona Morrison
Feb 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my first medieval novel. I liked the premise of the story and the wonderful characters of Emma, William, and their supporting cast. This book was a quick read that kept my interest from beginning to end.
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
Apr 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved the book. I liked that the heroine was fearful of childbirth. I am excited to go on to book 2. I go this book through StoryOrigin and this is my voluntary and honest review.
Jun 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
William wants Emma to "Soar with me to heaven." A well written and well told historical english romance. William marries Emma and will take over her land. But she believes in the curse where women will die in childbirth if their babies were conceived without love. So she will not be giving up her virginity to her husband. William's struggle to change her mind is quite entertaining! There is also mystery, potions, healing, friendship, betrayal, history.
I listened to Audible version of this book
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
Jul 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Having requested Night of the Owl at Netgalley, I was very happy to be able to receive the other Novels of Ravenwood from Judith as well, to read the entire series of The Novels of Ravenwood. So we start with lady Emma of Ravenwood, who is getting married to Sir William the Storm. But lady Emma is struggling with a curse: if she isn't to conceive a child in love she will die in childbirth. Therefore, she doesn't want to consumate her marriage.
Sir William is an honorable man, but he doesn't thin
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 defini ...more
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.
Jodi Price
Apr 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. I loved this story it has a bit of everything! Romance, mystery, magic, paranormal! Narrator does a fantastic job with the story and characters, bring everything to life, you feel your there.
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 ho
Amy Bryant
Mar 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is a wonderfully sweet and sexy story about William and Emma. The king will have them married to bring together Norman and Saxon peoples. Unfortunately there is a curse on Emma the spans back many generations. Only true love can break this curse but William's past makes him unable to love or can he. I loved these characters a lot. Emma is strong. William is protective. His determination to seduce his wife is endearing. There are forces working to destroy what they are building. This is most ...more
Feb 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
A curse that has affected generations results in the death of Lady Ravenswood in childbirth if the heir is conceived in the absence of love. Lady Emma is determined to not succumb to the family curse. This story is enjoyable, reasonably well written and there is a good balance of character development of the main characters. However, the side characters are left as two dimensional villains or heroes. Overall it was a worthwhile read. 4 stars/5. .

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout
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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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