The Raven Tower

The Raven Tower

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Gods meddle in the fates of men, men play with the fates of gods, and a pretender must be cast down from the throne in this masterful first fantasy novel from Ann Leckie, New York Times bestselling author and winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke Awards.
"It's a delight to read something so different, so wonderful and strange."-Patrick Rothfuss
"Absolutely wonderful...utterly brilliant."- The New York Times Book Review
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 god himself. His magic is sustained by the blood sacrifice that every Lease must offer. And under the Raven's watch, the city flourishes.
But the Raven's tower holds a secret. Its foundations conceal a dark history that has been waiting to reveal itself...and to set in motion a chain of events that could destroy Iraden forever.
For more from Ann Leckie, check out: Ancillary Justice Ancillary Sword Ancillary Mercy
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Publisher: New York, New York : Orbit, [2019]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316388696
9780316388702
Branch Call Number: LECK
Characteristics: 416 pages : map ; 25 cm

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SCL_Justin Jun 18, 2019

The Raven Tower is a fantasy novel about an heir returning from the hinterlands to find things are not as he expected. It's also about gods who use their power to make their statements true. It's about sacrifice and mystery and about patience. I really liked it.

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SCL_Justin Jun 18, 2019

The Raven Tower is a fantasy novel about an heir returning from the hinterlands to find things are not as he expected. It's also about gods who use their power to make their statements true. It's about sacrifice and mystery and about patience. I really liked it.

The main thing that could be a little off-putting is that the main whodunnit storyline (as opposed to the backstory of the gods) is told in the second person. I always like that convention, especially done as well as it is here, with real motivation and limitations to the perspective, but not everyone likes being told what "you" did.

I think this is a more accessible book than Leckie's Imperial Radch space opera series, but it still rewards the reader who enjoys some complexity. Highly recommended.

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