The Raven Tower
For centuries, the kingdom of Iraden has been protected by the god known as the Raven. He watches over his ...more
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Of course the writing is good and as usual for this author it is presented in an unusual way. Very unusual actually since the narrator is a rock who is also a god. This god spends a large part of the book philosophising on anything and everything as to be expected since he does ...more
I have to start this review with how I heard about this book. I had the amazing opportunity to meet with Ann Leckie twice during SIBA18, both during the Rise of Alt SFF panel and again during the moveable feast of authors, where she had 90 seconds to tell my table about her first foray into fantasy. I loved the way she summarized her book and I have no doubt her synopsis will sound way, way better than anything I could pen, so I'm going to unapologe ...more
It is a story that is easy to admire, to appreciate, to acknowledge as something wholly unique within the fantasy genre, and yet it is a difficult one to enjoy. You likely have never read a story quite like it, and whether you would like to read another is probably what will divide the fans from the frustrated.
Here is another story I have heard.
It is a story that is technically impressive, told with an unusual point-of-view, and through an original voice. You, for al ...more
Ann Leckie has written a highly absorbing, beautifully imagined fantasy novel, with a quirky, atmospheric and highly engaging character voice…
I probably didn’t need to take the third party precautionary measure because I believe this to be true, but care in all things, especially when you pick up The Raven Tower because it will deprive you of sleep and leave you longing for more.
In a world where God’s and human’s intertwine, a God cannot speak false. One God tells the ...more
At first I did like the unique narra ...more
This.. is a DNF for me. I tried. I really did. I made it to page 137 and just.. I couldn't go on.
You know I believe in being completely honest in my reviews. Whelp.. The Raven Tower will probably tick the boxes for most people, but that just wasn't the case for me. At all. Clearly.
I was pleasantly surprised to have received this. When I first opened it up, I couldn't get over the gorgeous cover, the beautifully detailed pages in the front and the map. HELLO. What read ...more
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I've got an ARC from Orbit in exchange of an honest review.
Ever since I laid eyes on the cover and the blurb, I knew I had to read The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie. I was kind of obsessed with it and couldn’t wait to get my hands on one. Which I did over Christmas and was so happy that I just hugged it to my chest (ask James). So you can imagine how hyped I was when I could finally crack it open. I also have to ment ...more
I'm a bookseller who received an advance reader copy of the book after having the pleasure of meeting Ann at the SIBA Discovery Show. I was extremely excited about the work, having been a fan of "Ancillary Justice."
Well, "The Raven Tower" lived up to my lofty expectations! Like the Ancillary Trilogy, this work showcases Ann's incredible skill for building fantastical realms. The central trope is a sort ...more
I love the narrator, but it almost feels like this started as short fiction about the Strength and Patience and then she's added a story to fill it out.
I'm curious to see how this lands with the rest of the fantasy/spec fic world, because I could really see it going either way. But I'll end by saying that I really love tha ...more
Gods interfere di ...more
*Thank you for the ARC, HBG Canada!*
What I Liked:
Very Shakespearean…I see you Hamlet
It’s not that hard to tell that this book draws heavily from Hamlet. Of course there are several key differences in the narrative and the “Hamlet” character is not the star of the show, it’s Horatio a.k.a. Eolo. I really enjoyed the similarities I could pick out (I drew all the parallels to the play on my own *feels gassed*), but the politics of it all was very different. So while the story had loose threads c ...more
Thanks to Paola Crespo and the lovely people over at Orbit for an advanced reading copy of The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie in exchange for an honest review. Receiving this ARC did not influence my thoughts or opinions on the novel.
For centuries, the kingdom of Iraden has been protected by the god known as the Raven. He watches over his territory from atop a tower in the powerful port of Vastai. His will is enacted through the Raven’s Lease, a human ruler chosen by the go ...more
Once again, it plays with point of view. This time, Leckie ha ...more
There are two main storylines in this book and both are told from the point of view of a god, in a world where there are many gods of different powe ...more
The Raven Tower opens in second person. Writing in this way is always a bit of a high wire act. NK Jemisin used it to great effect in her Hugo winning Broken Earth trilogy. But there is method to Leckie’s madness (and great litera ...more
Ann Leckie writes books with characters and perspectives that are so very different from anything else out there. She often goes weird and it works. The Raven Tower alternates between first and second person (seriously!), the story told from the perspective of a god. The world Leckie creates is so interesting, I could have read thousands of page ...more
I definitely felt the gods' past-set story the most inventive part of this book. The human story that ran in tandem, present-day, seemed a bit simple for its size, so there was repetition, and more standard fare.
In all, ideas-fantasy and most welcome.
ARC through NetGalley.
As a preamble I haven't read Leckie's 'Imperial Radch' series; I tried and didn't manage to get through the first book simply because I didn't get it though I appreciate that it exists, for sure. I simply didn't feel smart enough to read it, like how some may struggle to read Shakespeare.
This is Leckie's first fantasy novel - a genre I'm more comfortable in than science fiction (as much as I love it) so I thought I'd give it a go - Leckie is an amazing writer, ...more
I read this book in roughly a week and highly enjoyed it. Fans of Brandon Sanderson and Patrick Rothfuss will enjoy this book.