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The Tower of Ravens by Kate Forsyth
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The Tower of Ravens reintroduces the magical world of Eileanan, some 25 odd yearsafter the end of the Bright Wars. In that time, peace has reined under the rule of Lachlan the Winged, the witches are slowly rebuilding their towers and schools, and both witches and Faerie are finding acceptance amongst the populace, who had once participated in the witch-hunts that had decimated their kind.

The Tower of Ravens begins high in the mountain ranges that are home to some of the wilder faerie and to Rhiannon, the half-human daughter of the satyricorn, One-Horn. Born with human features, Rhiannon is an outcast in the herd and living on borrowed time. If she fails to grow the horns that mark her a satyricorn proper, her life is forfeit to the Hunt. As time runs out, Rhiannon becomes desperate to find a way to escape. Taking the clothing of a dead Yeoman, a victim she had tried to help escape the herd's clutches, she attempts what only human Horse lairds have done in the past and tames a Winged Horse. So begins Rhiannon's ride.

In a wild flight, Rhiannon and her winged stead leave the peaks of the Dubslain and crash-land in Kingarth, home of the Treeshifter Lilanthe, her husband Niall the Bear and their children. Thrown amongst the vastly different culture of humankind, Rhiannon struggles to accept the assistance that is offered to her from strangers who want nothing in return.

With Lewen, Lilanthe's son, Rhiannon joins a travelling group of apprentice-witches, led by Nina the Nightingale and heads for Lucescere, with a letter of introduction to Isabeau, the legendary Keybearer of the Coven and an obligation to explain to the Righ the death of his Yeoman. Needing to reach the capital quickly, Nina and her husband, Iven Yellowbeard, decide to risk cutting cross-country and passing under the shadow of the haunted Tower of Ravens. But it is here that dead walk the land and the band of witches faces grave danger as they come across a circle of necromancers. In a battle of pride and confusion, brought on by the newly experienced emotions of friendship and love, Rhiannon fights to gain the trust of her companions, as the dark forces that stalk them grow in strength and a member of their party goes missing.

Kate has delivered another enthralling instalment of magic and adventure in the world she brought to life with Celtic myth and legend in the Witches of Eileanan. With humour and deft hand, she convincingly draws a variety of characters whose similarities and differences suggest a writer of consummate skill who still knows how to have fun. In Rhiannon she has created a strong, believable heroine and an intriguing character to write a story around. I really enjoyed this tale. It's a light, easy read and I fairly flew threw it, such is Kate's ability to catch her audience.
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