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The Raven and the Dove

(The Raven and the Dove #1)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  1,256 ratings  ·  491 reviews
Four fates collide in this avian-inspired, epic fantasy retelling of Tristan and Isolde perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas, Sabaa Tahir, and Leigh Bardugo!

A princess longing to be free...

On the dawn of her courtship trials, Princess Lyana Aethionus knows she should be focused on winning her perfect mate, yet her thoughts wander to the open sky waiting at the edge of her flo
Hardcover, 506 pages
Published March 9th 2020 by Indy Pub
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Kaitlyn Davis Thanks so much for your interest in my new novel, The Raven and the Dove! I don't want to give anything away, so all I'll say is that I'm a big fan of…moreThanks so much for your interest in my new novel, The Raven and the Dove! I don't want to give anything away, so all I'll say is that I'm a big fan of a HEA...but the characters need to work for it! ;)

This is the first book in a planned four book series. The second book will release in Summer 2020, the third in Fall 2020/Winter 2021, and the fourth in Spring/Summer 2021.

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3/5 ⭐

Full review on my Blog: The Dacian She-Wolf 🐺

A raven and a dove – what a yin and yang theme. I have to admit, it is kind of aesthetically pleasing.

I’ve been approved and ARC of this a long time ago and somehow I forgot about its existence until that one day when I’ve decided to pick it up and finally read it. I mean, the cover is super pretty, that was enough to draw my attention (once again).

What got me into actually wanting to read this is the Tristan and Isolde inspired plot. It
Nilufer Ozmekik
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, don’t cuff me even though I’m guilty as charged. I just looked at the cover of the book and pushed the request button without having any knowledge what this book was about, what the genre was, and what I was drinking at that time!

Yes, the cover was mesmerizing and hypnotizing gave me Alice in Wonderful effect. It whispered to my ear: ”Eat me”! Nope, wrong message. It said: “Choose me!” So I did and followed the rabbit. Guess what: there was no rabbit! My sister-in law resembled a rabbit w
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

3.75 Stars

I have an immense fascination with winged creatures and this beauty came into my life like an answered prayer. I don’t get why more people are not reading this book bcs I’m OBSESSED with it, these characters, and this world! Gah, seriously, where in the world have you been?! This book is not perfect, but with the promise of it being a quartet series, I’m hopeful that it will only get better from here.

The story follows Princess Lyana of House of Peace and the bastard son of the dead kin
Kaitlyn Davis
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
1/13/20 Update!

Yikes, I haven't updated this in so long! A lot has happened :) First off, the hard cover and paperback editions are now available to pre-order, woohoo! Here are some links:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository HC | Book Depository PB


If you'd like to see a video of what they look like, I posted one to my Instagram:

And don't forget, if you live in the US and pre-order a copy, I have special goodies for you lik
Renaissance Kate
As a teenager in the mid-late 2000’s, I absolutely loved the 2006 movie adaptation of Tristan & Isolde starring James Franco. Although I haven’t seen that movie in years, the legend came back to me reading this book but with new twists and complex characters in a unique fantasy world. It was so much fun!

With only a few days of freedom remaining before her courtship trials, Princess Lyana “Ana” of the House of Doves longs for one final adventure before she is married off to the prince of another
Jessi ♥️ H. Vojsk
The world will fracture, splinter in two,
One made of gray, the other of blue.
Beasts will emerge, filled with fury and scorn,
Fighting to recover what from their claws we have torn.
Two saviors will arise, one above, one below,
A king born in fire and a queen bred of snow.
Together they will heal that which we broke,
With magic and spirit, with mirrors and smoke.
But only on the day when the sky does fall,
Will be revealed the one who will save you all.

Story 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
A world full of feathers and wi
NAT.orious reads ☾
2.5 raven-black STARS ★★✬✩✩
This book is for you if… ... uhm well anybody got any idea what to put in here? I'm honestly at a loss of whom to recommend this to. TW: very steep cliff hanger.

Although I didn't enjoy you: happy publication day!

There's no way to disguise the fact that I did not enjoy this book. I had high hopes for it, was all in for falling head over heels for this YA fantasy romance. Wanna know what I actually felt like? I imagine (and hope) I looked a little
♠ TABI⁷ ♠
Jan 16, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I gotta come clean: literally only requested this for the cover
Lilith Black Bee
Mar 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
E-ARC provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are my own and are not affected in any way.

• Amazing world building! I loved loved LOVED the world building! One of the most beautiful and vivid so far. I had no problem to picture in my head the written images. Just hands down. Loved it!
• Magonia vibes! As you may or may not know, Magonia series it's one of my favorite ever! Like, it's in my top 10! And this book, giving me Magonia vibes, it
☆ Anneli ☆
Jun 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
The Raven And The Dove

Okay, I have to admit it was the cover that initially caught my interest! It’s so pretty I can’t😍 I truly loved the writing style, amazing✨ The world is so aesthetically pleasing and beautiful too. Winged people living on seven floating islands high above the sky, I could never say no to that.
But (and isn’t there always a but) I did not like how the story developed. I was so into it the first half, but I hated (yes, I know, a strong but necessary word) how it turne
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher and the author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Full review HERE

I'm not gonna lie, at first I was interested in this book because I was drawn in by the beautiful cover. But then the plot sounded very intriguing and so I decided to request an ARC and I got approved!
I'm so glad to say this was such a nice read, it wasn't a 5-star read but it's definitely fully deserving of 4 stars in my opinion.

The retelling aspect of the story of
Sol ~ TheBookishKing
that ending was PHENOMENAL! holy crap i cant wait til the sequel 😵😩😵

pls i need it now 😔😔

rtc (hopefully lOl)
Valkyrie ✨
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: faves
I saw this being recommended to fans of Sarah J Maas and decided to give it a go without expecting much. Man, was I wrong.

I wasn’t ready for such a complex, fast-paced, character-driven work of art.


I loved every single POV, every conflict, tangled relationship, unexpected development... I can’t praise this enough. How this isn’t more popular is beyond me.

One thing I absolutely loved were the “villains” in this book. And I’m using quotation marks because rationally I understand th
Alexia | Right Writing Words
You can find this review on my blog: 🌺💫

Title: The Raven and the Dove

Author: Kaitlyn Davis

Release Date: 09 March 2020

Rating: 3.75 stars out of 5

To be honest, when I saw this arc on Netgalley, I didn’t think I would get it. It made my day when I got the notification that this arc was approved for me! I was so hyped to read this book; the cover was gorgeous, the story was intriguing, and most important of all:

The main characters had wings. And there were
Jan 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
This wonderfully complex world featuring different birds (humans with wings) was beautifully detailed and reminded me of Sarah J Maas in the different houses and beautiful descriptions. It’s time for the young princes and princess of the kingdoms to be matched and mated, for the first-borns to get to stay in their kingdoms and choose partners from other kingdoms, and for the second- and third-borns to be picked and leave home forever.

This tale follows the story of several young royals, a second
May 07, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
HHhmmm mixed feelings.

Here are some of my thoughts:
• For the most part, I found the plot intriguing with the magic, politics, and romance.
• I also found Lyanna charming in her assertiveness and vivaciousness. She was selfish at times, but I understood her yearning for freedom.
• I liked that Cassi saw Lyanna as a friend, but she had her own agenda as a ruthless spy. Related to her, I liked that there was a bigger plot besides the courtship trial and the forbidden romance b/w Lyanna and Rafe. It
Cindy ✩☽♔
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, fantasy, arc
If you're looking for a tale of love, friendship, brotherhood and destiny that is going to rip your heart out, here it is.

Ana: Strong, determined and a heart for adventure, she is a girl who refuses to let her future be decided to her. She knows what she wants and she goes for it. All or burst.

Rafe: Loyal, fierce and stubborn, he is bastard son no one cares for. No one but his brother. So when his brother asks him to do the unspeakable he does. Everything he does he does for Xander. But that i
Abbie | nerdyabbie

Three shocking betrayals. Two star-crossed lovers. One unforgettable journey in this Tristan & Isolde avian-inspired fantasy retelling.


Okay, let me start again.


Nope. Can't do it. I'm utterly shell-shocked.

But then she remembered the raven, the cave, and the adventure ahead, and a smile widened her lips. "Let's go."

This was wholly unique, and completely enthralling. I loved reading about each House of Bird's, and the society in which they lived. The r
Apr 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
”Love is when you find a piece of yourself in someone else, a piece you never knew was missing, but without which you’d be broken”

*sighhhhhh* Ok I am so incredibly pissed off by this book but it was also really good. I really don’t know how I should rate this but hopefully I’ll know after my rant hahaa

Ok I’m just going to start off with what pissed me off the most. XANDER DESERVED BETTER! I felt so sad whenever he felt self conscious or insecure about his hand. The scene where he took off hi
Tiffany Miss.Fiction
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
Truth time. I requested this one because the cover made me laugh so hard. Rhysand and an average beautiful girl in a beautiful gown, I had to read that.
This book is not that bad but its not even good. Tristan and Isolde? Lamely.
It's so senselessly complicated, there's insta love thrown at your face, the romance is boring, the whole narrative looks so much like an infinite prologue of facts, things and introduction that it's all I hate in a fantasy book and if I ever read again the word MATE I'll
Laura ☾
I had high hopes for The Raven and the Dove as a Tristan and Isolde retelling, but there were just too many plot elements in too little time, making it feel both rushed and all over the place. The narrative just didn’t flow.

While the language itself was very eloquently written, but the worldbuilding was very lacking, which had the potential to be so much more if it was more explored.

On top of this, I didn’t really connect much to the characters, and it all just seemed too superficial.
Victoria BookLover
(Thank you Kaitlyn, for a copy through Netgalley!)

Okaaaay, so I definitely wasn’t prepared to care about this book by the end, but holy crap, it was so GOOD. I care. And I definitely will be reading the rest of this series, no questions.

Basically different houses (different courts) come together and chose mates who will rule the different kingdoms through a showing of strength and other various tasks. After meeting each other under dangerous but memorable circumstances, Lyana is set out to chos
Becca & The Books
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
I thought that The Raven & The Dove was very promising but fell short in it's execution in a lot of places.
I felt that the magic was underdeveloped - however with this being predominantly a Tristan and Isolde retelling, I was willing to forgive that in lieu of a compelling romance which is something else I felt this novel did not have.
I didn't particularly like Lyana as a protagonist, I felt like her motivations were weak in comparison to Rafe, who I thought was executed perfectly, his back stor
♡ Dakota ♡ (Sarcasm is my middle name)
I better be reading this day it comes out or I will cry. It sounds so good!
4.5/5 ✨✨✨✨

There’s was something about this book that captivated me. After page 50 I couldn’t put it down. First off...the cover. Is. STUNNING. A dark skin black girl as a main character?!?!? Also her hair is in small braids (as described in a scene from the book.) Let’s talk about Lyana.

It was such a breath of fresh air to see a female protagonist that wasn’t “badass” and “hard.” Too often when trying to reject gender norms, female protagonist are often written very one sided and almost robotic
Bookphenomena (Micky)
2.5-3 stars

I'm sorry to say that this book didn't work for me like I wanted it to. It had all the promise and makings of a good YA fantasy but I knew early on that it wasn't 'biting' for me. THE RAVEN AND THE DOVE was a fantasy built around human/bird beings of different species. The characters were inviting in their description and there was nothing I particularly disliked about the main characters apart from Cassi (who made me smell a rat) and the sea king. Rafe, Xander and Lyana were interest
Vanessa (bookfairy95)
Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, 2020, fantasy
***I received an arc of this book in exchange for an honest review.***

This book!! It was fantastic!

It did take me a little while to finish it and I wanted to finish it for release day originally, but then I got into a slump, so I’m a little late now.

Anyhow, this did not belittle my enjoyment of „The Raven and the Dove“.

This is a Tristan and Isolde retelling, which I only realised after someone told me about it, but I see it now. It is a wonderful story of two people who fall in love with each
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Magical beings, birds of prey, birds of peace, political marriages, a feisty heroine, two heroes to choose from and dragons! Kaitlyn Davis had me from the first page of THE RAVEN AND THE DOVE!!

A princess knows her time has come to choose her prince from the powerful houses of the land, but sh is determined to do things her way, resenting the lack of control she has over her life. Lyana did NOT expect to fall for the mysterious raven prince as she watched him battle to the death with a dragon. If
Feb 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-read
ARC received by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

What an exciting read!

Rating: 4⭐️
This book follows a girl named Lyana who the princess of the doves, one of the many kingdoms of the sky. Now during the courtship trials that are held once in every generation of princes and princesses, she meets a raven boy named Rafe in the most unlikely of circumstances. Now what all these sky people don’t know is that there is war brewing below them and that the young king caught in the middle o
Patricia Crowther
Dec 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5* - eARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for honest review.

I actually don’t have a whole lot to say other than that I really enjoyed it. It was a really easy read, a unique and interesting retelling of Tristan and Isolde. A love story. A betrayal. A tragedy. All as you would expect but all with a distinctive and compelling avian twist. The characters were likeable, the plot was intriguing and the pace was spot on, the pages literally flew by.

My only criticism, which is relatively minor in
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Bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis writes young adult fantasy novels under the name Kaitlyn Davis and contemporary romance novels under the name Kay Marie. Publishers Weekly has said, "Davis writes with confidence and poise," while USA Today has recommended her work as "must-read romance."

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