RAVEN by Dean Whitlock


Age Range: 11 - 13
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After the society-changing events of Sky Carver (2005), shapeshifting Raven returns home to find a world that has not been touched by the distant revolution she helped orchestrate. In her home valley of Cutter’s Landing, her people are still mistreated bondservants with no opportunity for freedom. There has been one change, though: Raven’s mother Roxaine has borne a child to her new lover, Baron Cutter. Raven is infuriated with what she sees as Roxaine’s betrayal, but when Baron Cutter dies and the cruel Steward sells Roxaine into the mines in order to maintain his own power, mother and daughter must work together to save themselves and their fellow serfs. The fantasy quest is painfully touched with the disagreements between Raven and her mother, as Roxaine comes to terms with Raven’s independence and magical powers, and Raven learns to accept her mother as a fallible woman with an independent life. Flat supporting characters don’t keep this offering from being a fast-paced, heartwarming adventure. (Fantasy. 11-13)

Pub Date: May 21st, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-618-70224-4
Page count: 240pp
Publisher: Clarion
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 2007