Hey all, Sam here.
Oops…sorry for getting around to this post so late today. David and I spent quite a bit of time searching through some of our remaining boxes, trying to find either a USB drive or external hard drive that had a couple specific files on it, or searching for a specific book in our collection…because I’m working on doing a read-through and then one more editing pass through an old book so I can make a publishing attempt.
And we were also getting ready for tonight’s 8-year anniversary/Apogee Solstice episode of Critical Role. But I do want to talk about the book I had scheduled for review today, so I hope you’ll forgive me for getting it up a few hours later than normal.
Let’s get started.
A demi-god who refuses to cohabitate with humans accidentally falls in love with one in the first book of a pulse-pounding teen duology that’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Celtic mythology.
Neve has spent lifetimes defending the mortal world against the legions of hell with her two sisters.
Unfortunately for Neve, in this lifetime, she is the only one of the Morrigan—a triad of Irish war gods—still stuck in high school and still without her full power. She’s been counting down the days until her eighteenth birthday, when she finally gets to shed the pretenses of humanity and grow into her divine power.
But then she meets Alexandria. And Alexandria is as determined to force Neve into some semblance of teenage normalcy as she is haunted by her own demons—both figurative and literal.
As they grow closer, Neve decides that humanity—and, perhaps, love—isn’t so detestable after all. Which makes it all the more dangerous when she realizes that something in Hell wants Alexandria, and it’s be up to Neve and her sisters to save her before Alexandria’s past catches up to all of them.
Rating: 5 STARS
Okay…since most of y’all probably don’t know this, I am very drawn to books with a focus on the Morrigan, and on ravens and crows. I collect crow and raven merchandise. So when I heard about this book, I obviously NEEDED to get a copy in my hands. Thankfully Simon & Schuster via NetGalley granted me access to Ravensong early.
And y’all…I LOVED this book.
If you are a lover of Celtic Mythology, particularly if you enjoy interpretations of the Morrigan, then I sincerely believe that you will enjoy this book.
Neve is so detached and, honestly prickly, in the beginning. Even with both her sisters and the nuns who care for them all telling her to be a part of things, that it is their responsibility to be attached to humanity, as a way to understand what they’re fighting to protect.
And so it was such a joy to watch as she meets Alexandria, tries to continue to keep her distance, but Alexandria (like the library) keeps pushing her way into Neve’s life, and even welcomes others to share in the time as well. Seeing Neve grow attached to her new friend group and start to realize that she feels the same protective urges with them that she used to only feel for her sisters…it was great.
There were funny moments and emotional moments and action packed moments and the bonds of sisterhood all intertwined in such a lovely way. It is a book not just about family by blood but also found family.
Honestly, I want to read this book again already. I absolutely loved it. And this is the first of a duology, so there’s still more story to tell, and you better believe that I’ve got it on my Most Anticipated Releases list already.
I’m absolutely getting myself a finished copy, perhaps multiple copies, as soon as this book is out in the world.
There’s not too long to wait for this one, because Ravensong will be out on March 14th, at least in the US. So get your own copy if it sounds interesting to you.
All right, that is all from me for today. I’m going to get ready for the sure-to-be-insane episode of Critical Role starting soon. Thank you so much for stopping by, and I’ll be back soon with more geeky content.