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Raven Speak

3.33  ·  Rating details ·  156 ratings  ·  30 reviews
Asa is the daughter of a Viking chief whose clan is struggling to survive a never-ending winter. All the able-bodied men head to sea in search of food, leaving behind the children, the elderly, the sick—and Jorgen the skald, the wise man who will stop at nothing to take over the clan. When Asa learns the skald wants to kill and eat her beloved horse, she runs away. But the ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published April 20th 2010 by Margaret K. McElderry Books (first published April 2nd 2010)
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Jul 19, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2010
It seemed like the author was trying way too hard and it made the writing sound strained. Every noun was attached to a flowery-sounding adjective and she was just trying to make the writing too pretty and descriptive, and it really distracted me from the story. The story in itself wasn't that great either and was kind of slow. Overall, it was okay, but I wasn't very impressed ...more
Stacey Lucky
May 12, 2011 rated it it was ok
The cover is beautiful!! Thought this book would be so good because its about vikings..but when you read the story you wouldnt really know that..the author described everything way to much!!!! It could have been alot better!
Pebbles Brooke
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you are looking for a book that is fantasy and is filled with adventure, Raven Speak by Diane Lee Wilson might be the book for you. The book is centered around sacrifices a good leader is willing to take. “I traded something that I hold dearly than life itself”-page 220

The Viking Chief’s Daughter, Asa Coppermane, struggles to help fend her clan and sick mother from the never-ending winter and the skald, Jordan, who is thirsty for power over the clan. When Jordan takes action to kill and eat
Ashlee Willis
Dec 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Overall a good and intriguing story, although I found myelf skimming over paragraphs of too-detailed description. Wish I could have seen more of Asa's internal struggle over a couple of the great losses she experienced. It was in the Juvenile section of my local library, although I think it is better suited to YA, personally. The heroine herself does and experiences things that it is difficult to imagine a 14 year old girl doing. Still, a good read and told well, despite the excess wordiness! ...more
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wilson writes in beautiful, often poetic prose. Though the story is mostly told through Asa, the reader also gets snippet told through the antagonist Jorgensen and through Asa’s new friend/mentor Wenda. These different points of view are portrayed in believable ways that really puts the reader in the mind/spirit of each character. At times the novel seems a bit formulaic/easy to anticipate, but it’s tops in such a great way that the journey of reading is worth it.
Jul 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Action packed bildungsroman.
Mar 26, 2019 rated it did not like it
This almost ended up on my DNF list, and i really try to not have things on there. I didn't care enough about Asa to need to keep reading to find out what happened ...more
Oct 14, 2011 rated it liked it
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Ethan Cox
May 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
While I was reading “Raven Speak”, I was reminded that I like, or tend to, read more books based on mystery and suspense. “Raven Speak” is absolutely filled with both of these elements, giving the reader lots of questions to be solved later in the reading. This book teaches you lessons of trust and kindness to others, it’s a good book for anyone who wants to read it.
My favorite quote from this novel is “You didn’t cry, you didn’t shiver, and you didn’t even blink”. This quote is told to them ma
Nov 15, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: teenagers
This novel was pretty intense. Taking place during Viking time in the frozen north, the whole novel has the side story of sacrifice, leadership, starvation, and death. Life as a teenager in that village was definitely less frivolous than life now.

I was really impressed by the fortitude and strength that Asa showed. She could have run away, gone south, to find warmer land and more food, but she stuck around, continually trying to help her people.

I appreciated the distinction the author made in re
Jun 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Kayla Dundon
Mrs. Callies
English 9/B4
4 June 2013

Choice Book Review
Raven Speak by Diane Lee Wilson is about a girl named Asa Coppermane and her horse Rune. Her father and other men left the clan to go find more food because the winter looked really long and they were running low on food. After Asa`s father leaves another person from the clan, Jorgen tried to take over the clan. Jorgen also eats most of the food that is left so Asa plans to go out and find more food. When Asa leaves she meets thi
May 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Cheryl, Jordan, Heather T., Melissa, Nanci, Sarah W.
Winter seems like it will never end for Asa Coppermane and her viking clan. Asa's father (chief of the clan) and all the able-bodied men leave on a boat to find food and perhaps to find another settlement that can supply aid to the village. Unfortunately, Jorgen--the skold (clan's storyteller)--is left behind and he has plans for taking over the clan. Asa and her parents are the only people who ever stand up to Jorgen, but with her father at sea and her mother on her deathbed, Asa is no match fo ...more
I'm having trouble figuring out why this book only got a "58%" on here. It's really quite good.
First of all, it takes place in 854 CE and involves Vikings. Vikings, people! Second, they're female Vikings! Strong, independent, intelligent, tough female Vikings. Finally, it's an interesting, well-paced story based loosely on Norse mythology. What's not to love?
Asa is the daughter of a Viking chieftain who has left the village with most of the other able-bodied men in search of food at the end of
Apr 11, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
Asa Coppermane is 14 years old and the daughter of a Viking chieftain. Her clan is just barely surviving after a brutal winter during which many have died, including all of her brothers. Her father and many of the remaining able bodied men have gone to sea in the hopes of getting some fish to help tide the clan over until spring comes. Her mother is very ill and Asa has been scavenging sea weed to help supplement the clan's dwindling food supplies and help keep the three horses and one pregnant ...more
Feb 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
For such a short book, Raven Speak took me a relatively long time to get through. At first I thought it was because I wasn't particularly in love with the book, but upon finishing it, I realized that wasn't it. I think it took me so long to wade through for a few reasons. First of all, the historical time period it's set in is way outside my norm. I had to adjust myself to that world - the pace of it, the social aspects of it, even the sights and sounds. I think Wilson did a great job of bringin ...more
Nov 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
This was a good read, the book is set sometime in 600 AD in what is now Northern Norway in the dead of winter. I would recommend reading with a heavy blanket and blazing fire, just saying.

The author did a good job describing the scenes and making you feel a part of the desperate hunger of the people, but she sometimes used so many adjectives that I wasn't really sure what was actually going on anymore. There were times when it felt like the author spent more time worrying about her alliterations
May 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Nanci, Deborah, Joany, Cheryl
As usual the author's love and appreciation of horses is imminently obvious in this haunting tale of a strong, intelligent Viking girl who must save her dwindling, sickly clan after her chieftain father and the only able-bodied men take sail on the winter seas to seek food and help. The perilously long winter has resulted in near starvation, illness, and strife--stoked higher by the twisted, disgusting skald Jorgen, who madly covets Asa and the chieftain's seat of power. Asa and her beloved hors ...more
Carro Herdegen
Dec 21, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: kiss-the-book
Language - PG (1 swear, 0 "f"), Sexual Content - G; Violence - PG-13
Asa is the chieftain's daughter and the last of his children since her two brothers passed on. This winter has been long and hard, everyone is ready for summer. The food is just shy of gone, so Asa's father takes most of the men and goes on a journey overseas to try and find food. When your clan is dying, what will you give up to save them?
This story is excellent. I love Asa; her leadership skills are unfailing because she is ju
Sep 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
Asa Coppermane is a 14 year old proud daughter of a viking chief and she is the only strong willed person left in her clan when her father and the rest of the able bodied men leave to find food in the harsh winter. Except Jorgen the skald. He persuaded Asa's father into leaving with everyone and he is inching himself towards the chief clan's chair. Barely alive after a fight with Jorgen, Asa runs away and meets Wenda, a mysterious woman with two ravens. Is running away the best choice after all? ...more
Lucero Duarte
Apr 10, 2015 rated it it was ok
In the book the "Ravens Speak", its about vikings, and a girl that's named Asa. She has to figure out if she would want to live or die. Being honest I didn't like the book that much. It wasn't my kind of book that I would like to read. People who like old time books, like with vikings and making the right thing happen. Then you might want to read the book. I give the book at 2 star, because like I said earlier I didn't like it as much as I thought I would like it. So I hope the people who read i ...more
Dec 30, 2010 rated it liked it
Viking daughter Asa Coppermain finds herself in charge of her small community when her father and men leave on a fruitless quest to find food and her ailing mother dies. Asa runs away to avoid a corrupt shaman when she is stopped/helped/challenged by a strange woman. I loved all the detail of magic and harsh living conditions. It felt real.
Leslie Zampetti
Aug 26, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
Wilson's novel has an intriguing premise and a different setting - the Nordic coast in Viking times. Heroine Asa is believable and sympathetic, the coastline and village is realistic and well-imagined, but the story feels sparse. Despite the thin plot, Wilson's writing is well worth the read - and her ending twist is all the better for being fairly unexpected. ...more
Te'a Olmsted
Sep 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wjhs, fantasy, vikings
I really love this book. I recommend it to everyone! This book shows to never give up. The girl, Asa Coppermane, was determined to find food for her clan through-out the never ending winter. Asa is a intelligent, strong, fierce, fearless, and independent young lady. So, make sure you read this book; it could change your decision whether to give up, or stay determined, through thick and thin.
Eileen Charbonneau
Jun 09, 2011 rated it liked it
Asa’s journey is eloquently told and touched with wonder. The depiction of the harsh realities of the terrible winter, the bond between Asa and her horse, and the troubled young mind seeking clarity are this novel’s strengths. But a little grim for my taste.
Aug 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
I had just picked up this book and thought it would be a good horse story, but noooooo... I didnt even know about the viking part and that made it so much better. I thought this was a really good book about girl and horse and guy who tried to take over the clan. He was really creepy by the way.
Erika Bresee
Nov 08, 2012 rated it liked it
I chose a book by it's cover again... I was disappointed again.
I kept waiting for something to happen and I felt like it never did. Maybe I didn't see the fine print for the reading level or something, but I feel like that whole book's story could have been told in four chapters.
A wonderful read, playing on the myth of Odin and his ravens, and a 14yr old girl and her love of her horse to save her village. Snagged me right in, and thoroughly enjoyed it!
Feb 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
It was really goood
Jun 18, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: didn-t-finish
I was so excited by the synopsis, but just felt uncomfortable throughout, and never managed to get attached to the main character.
Anya Kawka
May 26, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: childrens
Reading this was slow and tedious. I do not recommend.
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Diane Lee Wilson has always ridden horses and has an extensive collection of horse books in her home in Escondido, California. She is the author of Black Storm Comin', a Booklist Editors' Choice, a VOYA Top Shelf Fiction Pick and a Book Links Lasting Connection, and Firehorse, which received a starred review in Booklist, is a Booklist Top Ten Mystery/Suspense for Youth, and a winner of the ALA Ame ...more

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