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4.29  ·  Rating details ·  909 ratings  ·  182 reviews
Four years have passed since Nall’s Engine drove the Deep Kings back across the Misery, but as they hurl fire from the sky, darker forces plots against the republic.

A new power is rising: a ghost in the light known only as the Bright Lady manifests in visions across the city, and the cult that worship her grasp for power even as the city burns around them.

When Crowfoot’s a
Hardcover, 1st, 380 pages
Published June 28th 2018 by Gollancz
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Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Dark fantasy fans who like Mark Lawrence, Anna Smith Spark and Peter Newman
Shelves: fantasy, 4-star-reads
Sometimes you just have to give a book a second chance. I read Ravencry back in July and I just didn’t get on with it. And it surprised me because I loved the first book. Maybe I was just in a bad mood or maybe I was dealing with a book hangover. Either way, I read it again and I loved it.

Blackwing was full of dynamic characters with so much potential, but above them all stood an extremely tall dark wizard (or fixer) that was one of the most intriguing things about the book: Saravor. What’s his
James Lafayette
May 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, netgalley
There is a place in the Misery called 'Tiven's Dale' - what's not to love?

I read this a while ago and really enjoyed it. I wasn't in the best frame of mind at the time so my review wouldn't have done it justice. I will go back and re-read it early next year to review it properly. That being said, it's not quite as brilliant as Blackwing but it's still got amazing characters, intense sequences, and a mysterious religious cult. The Misery is one of my favourite places that have been created in all
Hiu Gregg
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
When I reviewed Blackwing last year, I noted that it was a novel that “did everything very well”.

Blackwing was a great book, but I thought it stopped just short of excellent. It had solid characters, an engaging plot, an interesting setting… but I didn’t quite think it was top-drawer.

Then came Ravencry.

When I’d finished, the first words out of my mouth were “Now THAT’S a fucking sequel.”

Too often I read the 2nd book in a trilogy and find myself a little disappointed. Maybe the magic of the first
Petros Triantafyllou
A sequel to the critically acclaimed, award-winning Blackwing, Ravencry raises the bar even higher for modern fantasy.

It's been three years since the Nameless unmade one of the Deep Kings and used his heart to re-activate Nall's Engine and obliterate every drudge in close proximity. Since then there's been an uneasy truce between the two sides, with the Deep Kings too afraid to send their Darlings close to Valengrad. But when a valuable artifact is stolen from Crowfoot's lair, Galharrow knows i
 Charlie - A Reading Machine
Blackwing was one of the most exceptional debuts of 2017 and an amazing example of how grimdark can be a beautiful thing when done in a certain style. We met Galharrow and his band of brothers, watched birds claw their way our of his forearm to deliver instructions from an entity with far greater worries on his mind than these ridiculously messy humans and experienced a truly great finale in his war against the OP invaders.

Ravencry continues the part of the story that really begins with Ezabeths
May 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Faith is a powerful motivator. When the chips are down, belief in an uncertainty can serve as sufficient inspiration to rise to a task of near-impossibility. Faith might stem from a fervent adherence to religious beliefs, or devotion to a sovereign figure, or even from love itself. Ed Donald’s Ravencry explores these themes of faith and religion, as well as the dangers of interpreting and channeling the power they can provide.

Four years have passed since the events of Blackwing: Captain Ryhalt G
Nick T. Borrelli
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When I first read Ed McDonald's debut novel Blackwing back in the Fall of 2017, I remember distinctly thinking to myself that it was going to absolutely detonate onto the Fantasy landscape with a thunderous explosion. As a reviewer, It's always neat to read a book by a new author and just know instinctively that it will leave a huge mark with the rest of the book-buying public before too long. The book had so many elements that m
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Don’t know why, but lately it feels like I’ve been striking out a lot with hyped books. My latest disappointment: Ravencry by Ed McDonald. The praise I’ve been seeing for it has been damn near universal. Most reviews I saw also lauded it for being even better than the first book.

However, this is probably the area where my opinion differs. While Ravencry was a good read, I don’t really believe it lived up to the standards s
Sabrina The Trash Queen

I have absolutely no idea of what will happen in this book.
I hope my favs don’t die.

I loved that the covers combine!
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was ‘I’m crying as I read the last page‘ kind of good. Damn it to all hells, but McDonald truly topped Blackwing with the sequel.

I could spin the usual yarn about how I was gripped from the first page- sucked right back into this world McDonald had created. I could tell you how I LOVED riding in the coat tails of Ryhalt Galharrow again. Because I did… I could tell you how magnificent it was to yet again experience the smooth ride of McDonald’s writing… but, if you’re familiar with this
Petros Triantafyllou
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A sequel to the critically acclaimed, award-winning Blackwing, Ravencry raises the bar even higher for modern fantasy.

It's been three years since the Nameless unmade one of the Deep Kings and used his heart to re-activate Nall's Engine and obliterate every drudge in close proximity. Since then there's been an uneasy truce between the two sides, with the Deep Kings too afraid to send their Darlings close to Valengrad. But when a valuable artifact is stolen from Crowfoot's lair, Galharrow knows i
Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: publisher, reviewed
"Ravencry" is the second book in a grim dark fantasy series featuring Ryhalt Galharrow, a Blackwing captain, and picks up about four years after the end of "Blackwing". Although "Blackwing" is recapped at the beginning of this book, I recommend reading the books in order.

My favorite part of these books is the world building. The war between the Nameless and the Deep Kings continues. Each side is assisted by its own brand of sorcerer. The factions are separated (most of the time) by a desolate t
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved Blackwing. I couldn't wait to put my hands on Ravencry. And when I finally did a strange thing happened. I couldn't get into it. I struggled. I tried hard. All in vain.

I DNF-ed it at 46% of the ebook. I've read three other books and then decided to try once again. A wise decision - this time the story managed to suck me in momentarily.

Life is merciless. She doesn't care if you're old, young, man or woman, loved or reviled. The only thing you can count on is that you're going to be treat
kartik narayanan
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ravencry is a great sequel to Blackwing.

tl;dr: If you liked Blackwing for its gritty noirish feel with its great world building and broken characters who fight against all odds, you will like Ravencry too.

People who are new to this series can consider this to be similar to Joe Abercrombie's or David Gemmel's heroic fantasies. The world building is far more intricate albeit a dystopian one. The characters are brilliantly sketched out with each of them staying in your mind long after the book is
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-own
Love it! Will write a review when I'm back home from Italy...
Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)
You can find my review on my blog by clicking here.

If you thought you’ve seen it all then Ed McDonald has a message for you and he’s put it in the form of what’s sure to be a breathtaking trilogy. With Ravencry marking the second installment in the Raven’s Mark series, but also the halfway point of Ryhalt Galharrow’s misery-filled adventures, it’s safe to say that Ed McDonald is a master story-teller whose understanding of dark fantasy is beyond this world. His very ability to build a grim and s
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantastika
Da nije poslednjih 15%, bila bi ovo vrlo sigurna petica – unapredjenje u odnosu na prvi deo na svakom polju. Medjutim, knjiga se baš tad prepusti baražu sentimentalnosti, klišea i ispunjenih, a neželjenih očekivanja, pa mi je možda malo i gora od prvog, koji je bar imao jedan vraški dobar obrt na kraju. I dalje je super zanimljiv svet, kao i lavkraftovski elementi, te se nadam da će Mekdonald to privesti kraju kako valja.


Feb 04, 2019 rated it liked it
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Jeremy Szal
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Now, THIS is how you write a sequel.

I like my books, regardless of genre, to be fast and dark as tar, character-driven to a tee, the action as brutal and raw as the emotional pay-offs. Blackwing, Ed's debut, had all those things, but Ravencry is even better. Ryhalt is back, and he's darker and snarkier than ever before, and so is the world. Ferociously paced, the first third of Ravencry packs in more world-turning events than some chihuahua-killer epic fantasy tomes do. With moments dark and ble
Rob Hayes
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well, I absolutely loved Blackwing. So much so I actually cheated my own rating system to give it the 5 stars it deserved. It still remains the only book I have done that for. So when Ravencry released I jumped straight on it, expecting another wild and wonderful ride full of despair, misery, nihilism, and hope.

I was not disappointed.

Ravencry picks up a few years after the events of Blackwing and the world has moved on a bit. Ryhalt has, if anything, become more of a belligerent arsehole determi
The Tattooed Book Geek (Drew).
As always this review can also be found on my blog The Tattooed Book Geek: https://thetattooedbookgeek.wordpress...

Ed McDonald burst onto the fantasy scene in 2017 with the first book in The Raven’s Mark series Blackwing. He was amongst a plethora of debut fantasy authors who all wrote absolutely killer books last year with Blackwing being amongst the best of them and come the year’s end Blackwing graced if not all then many (the only reason I can think that it wouldn’t make a list is because th
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Still good, but a little too predictible to give it five stars.
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Segunda parte de la serie Raven's Mark, tras el debut de Ed McDonald en "Blackwing" y sorprendentemente no solo está a la altura si no que es un paso adelante en atrevimiento y ambición respecto a la primera parte. Aun así se nota cierta lentitud en escalar la trama. El primer tramo es algo mas tibio, como si el autor no se creyera capaz de superar un cierto titubeo. Es una vez que se lo cree, que se dice a si mismo "a tomar por culo", que se desmelena y hace lo que ya se veía en la primera part ...more
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Real, Dark and Gritty.

Real in the way that makes you forget you're reading.

Dark in the way that keeps you from escaping.

Gritty in the way that sticks to your teeth*

*please don't eat the book.

I'll admit this isn't normally the type of story I'm overly keen on, this type of world, this type of grimness, but McDonald has somehow managed to find beauty in his filthy world and that has me hooked. Somewhere between its bleak harshness and the curious characters that do what they can just to carry on,
Alice at Raptureinbooks
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Many thanks to the publisher for providing me a copy if this book in exchange for an honest review

Whooowheeee. What a story!
Last year when Blackwing was released I said that Ed McDonald was going to crash onto the fantasy scene and show that there’s new blood out there. He exploded onto the fantasy scene along with many other debut authors – all of whom released great debut novels.

Ravencry has solidified this in my mind even more. Ed crashed onto the scene, proved he is the man to watch out for
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
To me, reading the sequel to a debut novel I loved, is always equal parts anticipation and trepidation. Some times an author just doesn't manage to capture lightning in a bottle the second time around. Ed McDonald's Blackwing was my favourite debut novel of 2017, beating out other strong entries like Godblind by Anna Stephens and perennial fan favourite Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames, so I was REALLY hoping Ravencry would be good. Thankfully Ravencry isn't just good though, it's jaws-on-the ...more
Mark Romero
Aug 29, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked the story, didn't love it. Was a bit slow in some parts but managed to finish strong.

I have to say, getting a story like this as a follow up to Blackwing is a bit confusing. Typically, book 1 in a series has the slower introduction but ends strong which then gives book 2 the opportunity to hit the ground running and really wow the reader by expanding the world and scope of the story. I think this book was a missed opportunity to do just that.

I feel like this was just a side adventure an
Peter McLean
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
When I reviewed Blackwing last year, I called it magnificent ( ), and I stand by that. It was a magnificent debut novel. Ravencry is simply a magnificent novel.

Returning to the howling sky of the Misery, to Valengrad with its citadel and neon lights and wonderful blend of magic, matchlocks, and dieselpunk technology, feels like coming home. Galharrow is just as I remember him – mourning for Ezabeth, drinking too much, unable to see when a woman loves him
Jeremy Jackson
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 well-earned stars. I had to adjust to a slow start, but it gave me time to reacclimatize to Valengrad, the Range, and the cast of characters I grew so fond of last year. The action really hits home at the midway point, and I was doubly reminded of every reason I fell in love with Blackwing and the Misery.
Ryhalt Galharrow is a sympathetic and fully-characterized protagonist, recalling my favorite aspects of Glen Cook's Croaker from his Black Company series and the Warden from Polansky's Low
I could understand how some of the readers didn`t really liked this one, because the first volume had a lot of things mixed in, and here, the tone was more personal and the story hadn`t such a big role in the giant plot of the war between the Gods of one race and the Sorcerers of other.

But still, we have a nice story, some of the old characters are back, and the tone of the writing it`s in the same league with the one from the first volume.

Four deserved stars.
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Ed McDonald is a UK born fantasy writer. He writes dark, fast paced, action fantasy with a focus on well developed characters.

Ed is a medieval historian and swordsman by training. He currently lives in London, UK.

Other books in the series

Raven's Mark (3 books)
  • Blackwing (Raven's Mark, #1)
  • Crowfall (Raven's Mark, #3)
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