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Ravencry

(Raven's Mark #2)

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4.26  ·  Rating details ·  2,173 ratings  ·  300 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
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Hardcover, 414 pages
Published June 28th 2018 by Gollancz
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Sean Barrs
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
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James Tivendale
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, fantasy
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
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Edward
Mar 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews, fantasy
Ravencry is a dark and unique novel that continues from the fantastic Blackwing and thrusts the reader back into the horrific land of the Misery to face the horrors of the creatures and broken men.

“Nothing makes you feel more powerless than failing a child.”

It’s been four long and bleak years since the end of Blackwing and Ryhalt Galharrow is still his ferocious, cold self. There is still the looming threat of the Deep Kings returning, the Drudge and demonic creatures within the Misery returni
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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
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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
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Emma
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 oh-I-seriously-loved-this stars

Where to start with this one??? Well, I didn't know what to expect from Ravencry. Often in fantasy series, there's a clear overarching pattern, an obvious direction that allows the reader to guess, at least in part, where the author will be taking it. Things were so wrapped up in Blackwing, that it could almost have been a standalone, so other than the ongoing war between the Deep Kings and the Nameless and the tantalising suggestion of a 'ghost' within the light
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 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
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Adam
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
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Faith
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, publisher
"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
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Nicholas Eames
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another excellent entry in this series. As good or better than the first (though the first has a very, very shocking ending that's hard to rival!).

Very much looking forward to the final instalment when I finally find time to tackle it.
Nick Borrelli
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Click here for full review:

http://outofthisworldrev.blogspot.com...

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
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Mike Everest Evans
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Good: Compelling characters (and creatures!), plot twists aplenty, and a return to one of the most nightmarish landscapes in fantasy, this time cranked up on the creep-out factor.

The Bad: After a strong start, I personally felt that the foot came off the gas pedal while some of the investigative meandering got underway, but once that was done and dusted, it certainly picked up again.

The Ugly Truth: No sane person would ever go into the Misery without good reason, let alone go back again, but
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Mili
Dec 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: own-the-book
Enjoyed Ravencry which is the sequel to Blackwing. There were parts that were neat and gritty with a western ish feel to it all. I love the Misery and its dark twisted magic that fouls the air. It continues with one POV as in book one. Galharrow is the MC and I like him as a character, flawed in many ways. Doing his duty in this grim world with fading hope. The atmosphere comes over quite well through his thoughts, views and interactions. This sequel didn't spark as much interest as Blackwing di ...more
Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I have such a good time with this book! After reading and enjoying Blackwing, I wanted to continue with the series before letting too much time elapse. After listening to a sample of the audiobook, I decided to go that route. I was enjoying myself but somewhere around the midpoint of the book, I admitted to myself that some of the details of the story were getting past me. I continued with the book but decided that I was going to hav
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Sabrina
May 04, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition

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!
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/10/06/...

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
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Lukasz
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 tre
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Liz
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
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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
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Shae
Apr 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
We run when we can run, and we fight when we have to, and sometimes the dawn comes and there's no choice but to grit your teeth, draw steel and scream against the night. - Blackwing Captain Ryhalt Galharrow

McDonald's excellent world building continues in this second installment in the Ravens' Mark trilogy - I would never wish to visit the Misery with it's grim, harrowing landscape and disturbing creatures, but I sure enjoyed reading about it!
Marielle
Dec 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-own
Love it! Will write a review when I'm back home from Italy...
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
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David Firmage
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-star
Brilliant sequal.
FanFiAddict
Dec 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Rating: ★★★★☆

Synopsis

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 arcane vault is breached, an object of terrible power is stolen, and Galharrow and his Blackwings must on
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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
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Peter McLean
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
When I reviewed Blackwing last year, I called it magnificent ( https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... ), 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
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Ian Hall
Apr 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bloody good book this. Full review to come
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
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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
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Sharkie
Feb 04, 2019 rated it liked it
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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.

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Raven's Mark (3 books)
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