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The Legend of the Golden Raven

(The Wicker King #1.5)

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K. Ancrum's The Legend of the Golden Raven novella, part fairy tale and part gritty reality, follows a boy as he descends into madness.

August and Jack weren’t meant to be friends. One is a misfit with a pyro streak and the other a golden boy on the rugby team. But as their relationship intensifies, Jack slowly begins to lose his mind—taking readers on an

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Kindle Edition, 40 pages
Published October 31st 2017 by Imprint
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K. Ancrum Unfortunately no. This was just kind of something the publisher wanted me to write to supplement THE WICKER KING. I had written the fairy tale to be p…moreUnfortunately no. This was just kind of something the publisher wanted me to write to supplement THE WICKER KING. I had written the fairy tale to be put at the end of the original novel back when I completed TWK in 2013, but they felt that it would be better in a separate novella and asked me to write a bit of Jack's perspective as well. (less)

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Melanie
The Wicker King ★★★★★

“There is a difference between being nice and being kind.”

Oh my gosh, I am living my best life thanks to this short story! This month, I also read The Wicker King and fell so in love with Jack and August and how they both were able to give the other one what they needed in a world that wasn’t willing to fill their voids. And The Legend of the Golden Raven is a brief retelling of The Wicker King but from Jack’s perspective, where we really get to dive into the fan
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C.G. Drews
May 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
"You're the love of my life, you know," he said bravely.
August just looked at him and shrugged. "I know."


This wasn't enooooough of a return to the Wicker King world. I NEEDED WAY MORE. (Says me about literally every novella I read.) I absolutely adore the Wicker King (um I Just read it 2 x in 6 months but ok) and it just pains me because I need to know more about August and Jack after the hospital. I just. I juuust. neED MORE OF THIS AUTHOR'S WORDS.

Anyway. This was by Jack's perspective and we
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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: queer
Honestly I think reading this made me MORE confused. What even did I just read???????
may ➹
3.5 stars

this was averagely good. I really enjoyed The Wicker King and thought it was pretty amazing, but this was a mild disappointment. I loved reading from Jack’s perspective, and also reading the Legend of the Golden Raven, but !!! I wish it was gayer!! and had more from Jack’s perspective. and longer. and talked more about WHAT HAPPENED AFTER THE BOOK ENDED
Julie Zantopoulos
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks, read-in-2019
This was such an interesting novella that follows Jack's POV throughout the story told in The Wicker King. I loved getting more of the lore of The Wicker King and his Champion and oh, my heart for Jack and August. It didn't add a ton to the story but it was nice to visit with the characters again and get a look at August through Jack's eyes. ...more
Karla
Mar 15, 2019 added it
3.5 stars!

”You’re the love of my life, you know” he said bravely. August just looked at him and shrugged “I know.”

Finally some POV from Jack, his battles and demons! And of course the beautiful legend of the golden raven. I hope maybe the author will give us more of August and Jack being together I’d really like to see them as a couple already . ♥️

Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
Jack's somewhat disorienting but powerful POV. God, I want to wrap him in bubble wrap.

I can't really say anything more for fear of spoiling The Wicker King but it gives significant context to the events of the novel.

And still has some feels:

"You're the love of my life, you know," he said bravely.

August just looked at him and shrugged. "I know."


If you enjoyed The Wicker King then this is a must read and free.
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destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
#1 The Wicker King ★★★★★
#1.5 The Legend of the Golden Raven ★★★★☆

After that thought, all at once, like a horrible cacophony of sound, the voice that lived behind his teeth whispered:
This is the love of your life.

Ahhh, I've missed you too much, little Jack and August (and Rina!). ♥

This was a lovely glimpse into Jack's side of things, and I enjoyed it so much. I only wish it had been longer and had focused more directly on Jack and August, and less on the (metaphorical?) side story of the brother
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Caidyn (he/him/his)
This review can also be found on my blog! It was originally a joint review for the novel and this.

CW: mental illness, hallucinations, neglect, and codependent relationship


The Wicker King - 4/5

Since I read these books back to back, I thought that I would be smart to kind of review these in the same post. I’m going to talk about The Wicker King first, then get into The Legend of the Golden Raven. All clear? All good? Yeah? Good.

This story is about a codependent relationship between August and Jack
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Romie
I simply loved seeing the story through Jack's eyes! and the mix of the main story line with the fairytale like story was so well done! I have so so so much love for Jack, and getting to read about his feelings made me love him even more! ...more
✧ k a t i e ✧
Jul 31, 2018 rated it liked it
"Being kind is different. Harder. It means doing what is best even when the cost is high."

Actual rating: 3.5/5

Ehh, this was okay. I was hoping for more of post-hospital but I'm not mad about getting more August and Jack.

I did enjoy learning more about the Wicker King and King of the Wood. I liked seeing more of what Jack saw threw Jack's eyes.

I was hoping to get a little more than what what given, but for something that was free, I'm not going to complain too much. I do hope more August an
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Museofnyxmares
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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4.5/5 Stars

I loved The Wicker King with my whole entire being and so it was very bittersweet when it came to an end. When I saw that there was a novella from Jack’s point of view, I was so excited and just had to read it, and it’s actually free, so bonus! Some people have said that this novella was a big disappointment in comparison to The Wicker King, but I have to disagree. However, I can unde
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h o l l i s
I feel this novella is so so necessary because it had some desperately needed Jack POV. I so wish there had been less of the other story and more snippets, though, but that's because I'm greedy. Oh hey it's free. ...more
Dannii Elle
Actual rating 2.5/5 stars.

This is a short story that accompanies The Wicker King and is told from Jack's perspective. The story serves two distinct purposes. The first is to detail the events that occur in the previous full-length novel and provide the reader with Jack's intimate thoughts and feelings during this time. The second purpose is to allow the reader to fully experience Jack's creations, through more fantastical fragments set in his own altered reality. These snippets from Jack's conte
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Cassie
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
“The Wicker King and his raven brother were forgotten by the people, but the land is not so frail as man. Their triumph over the darkness and the legend of their sacrifice would ring out in story and song, still: in the rocks and streams, in the wind and soil, anywhere there were trees that grew tall in the golden light. Forever, until the end of time.”

this was an interesting novella! while it was heartbreaking, it was interesting to see the world through jack’s eyes. we got a little more insi
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Mariah
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
“A champion is not a who. It is a what. It is the king’s lionheart. It must be faster than the king but always caught, smarter than the king but always humble; it must never question and only act. Build a challenge and the Champion will come. Fail … and the darkness claims us all.”



*INCOHERENT SCREAMING*
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Mona
re-read it on July 2020: Yup. My thoughts are still the same. I'm so emotional, please don't touch me.

1st read on August 2018:
LISTEN I'M JUST SO FUCKING SOFT FOR EVERYTHING THE WICKER KING RELATED.

How am I supposed to give a detailed review when I don't seem to be able to form any words? I loved the Wicker King and I loved this novella just as much. I loved to hear about the Legend of the Golden Raven and also having Jack's pov melted my heart.
Now I just want to reread The Wicker King.
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Emma
Mar 30, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5/5 stars

I read The Wicker King just yesterday and really liked it, so today I obviously had to also read the novella. I think it was a nice addition to the storyline, I liked how the other world was described and the story that was told about it. I also really enjoyed seeing more scenes from Jack's point of view and having some kind of extended ending.
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Kyle
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, lgbtqia
A great little companion novella to an already great story.
Sierra
Dec 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Actual Rating: 3 - 3.5🌟

When I said I wanted more, I don't think this is what I meant.
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Laura (laurascozyreads)
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
“You like the taste of freedom?” Jack joked.
“Second best thing I’ve ever had.” August grinned.
“What’s the first?” Jack asked, blushing.
“Don’t ask stupid questions.”


WELL GOODBYE, IT WAS NICE KNOWING YOU ALL
Nidofito
Jan 24, 2018 rated it liked it
The novella has deleted scenes taken from the few key moments of the novel. They’re from Jack’s POV, which was what I wanted at the end of the novel, so getting that here was nice. The novella also featured the legend of the golden raven featuring the two kings aka Jack and August, which I suppose was a sort-of parallel fantasy life that Jack was living.

Really enjoy the author’s writing. It kinda reminds me of Maggie Stiefvater, with the mention of black birds and kings how could it not, but it
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Mac (bookshelfpalace)
Aug 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I knew nothing going into this. Just that it was following Jack and August. Turns out if was just scenes from The Wicker King in Jack’s POV, which I was happy about. In The Wicker King we don’t get to really see everything Jack is seeing. We only get to see what he tells August, so I liked how we got to see more of everything he was seeing and thinking.
Kristalia
full review to come later. not as good as the main story, but tells a lot about Jack's state of mind and the "true" story of the wicker king. in the main book i went through a lot of feelings and this just served to fill the void that was left. ...more
Natasha
Jul 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
40 pages of Jack yearning for August
Lucy Lowe
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, read-in-2018
“Take my eyes; take my voice; take my hands; take it all. If the stars exist behind the night and there is a king who grants the wishes of kings, if hope is a tether that binds to the light, I'd pay all the years I have left in darkness, please don't take him.”
― K. Ancrum, The Legend of the Golden Raven: A Novella of The Wicker King

This book was really interesting in seeing more of the wicker kingdom, but also seeing Jack's perspective on his friendship with August.
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fang
Jan 11, 2021 rated it liked it
no idea what happened I'm jared 19<3 ...more
Rebecca Crunden
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbt-fiction
Once upon a time, August Bateman walked out into the sun. Jack watched as he tilted his head up and took a deep breath. There were no more silver birds, no more butterflies, no more gore crows, none of it. But as the light played with August’s dark hair, Jack could swear he heard singing.

A perfect companion novella with lyrical writing.
Jane (It'sJaneLindsey)
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-read
3.5 stars. I loved that we finally get Jack’s perspective (much needed in my opinion), and the full Wicker King/Champion back story. But it was simply way too short.
Kay
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love!

“You’re the love of my life, you know,” he said bravely. August just looked at him and shrugged. “I know.”
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K. Ancrum, is the author of  the award winning thriller THE WICKER KING,  the interstellar lesbian romance THE WEIGHT OF THE STARS and the upcoming Peter Pan thriller DARLING. K. is a Chicago native passionate about diversity and representation in young adult fiction. She currently writes most of her work in the lush gardens of the Chicago Art Institute. 

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