Snowraven

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The world is shattered. A war of god-like wizards has destroyed the Blue Kingdoms and remade them with chaos and wild magic. Across this apocalyptic landscape strides an avenging angel: Snowraven. Her flashing blades cut a swath through the darkness, destroying the minions of evil and their wicked masters. In later times, her name will become legend - but this is the story of how she came to be. More

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Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Words: 19,090
Language: English
ISBN: 9781465809957
About Stephen D. Sullivan

Steve has a whole lot of books here, so where should you start? Here are some suggestions:

NEW! White Zombie - Daikaiju Attack
HORROR: Monster Shark, Zombie Shark, Frost Harrow series (2013)
FANTASY: Tournament of Death novels, Crimson stories
SCIENCE FICTION: The Last Ranodon, Heart of Steam & Rust
ADULT: Elf Erotica (Elf Princess on Mars)
OVERVIEW: Martian Knights & Other Tales

But, of course, he's written lots of books for lots of different tastes, so feel free to browse and find one that's right for you.

A BIT ABOUT STEVE

Since 1980, as a writer, artist, and editor, Stephen D. Sullivan has worked on some of the best known and most influential properties in the world, including: Dungeons & Dragons, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Star Wars, The Simpsons, Middle Earth, Fantastic 4, Speed Racer, Thunderbirds, Dragonlance, Legend of the Five Rings, Iron Man, Darkwing Duck, Mage Knight, and many others.

He has written (and published) more than 50 books and numerous short stories. He’s won the Origins Award, gaming’s highest honor, for his fantasy fiction twice: first for The Lion (the final book in the original L5R series), and then for his Mage Knight short story, “Podo & The Magic Shield.” He created, wrote, colored, and did much of the art for The Twilight Empire graphic novel, which ran as a serial in Dragon magazine for more than 4 years. He has worked on more comics and game projects than can easily be counted.

Steve insists, though, that what really matters to him is that readers enjoy his stories and art. He hopes you’ve had a great time reading this book and will recommend it—and the rest of his work—to your friends.

If you have questions or suggestions, you can contact Steve by writing to fanmail@stephendsullivan.com.

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Reviews

Review by: Jehane 13 on Feb. 18, 2011 :
Snowraven is a novella set in Sullivan's Blue Kingdoms universe, although that is where any similarity to Crimson and Dragons (see previous post) ends. It is a serious coming-of-age story that reads well as a prequel to a longer work.

It begins with a prologue, which is unusual in a novella, but unlike some readers I know, I like a prologue when appropriate. The prologue shows the child Yanna of the Wind Raven tribe escaping slavery and a shipwreck, but losing her family in the process. The story proper then begins, with the young adult, now Katyana Ravenlocks, on patrol with her foster mother Stacia Flamelocks when they are ambushed.

The story is well-written, clearly showing Katyana's transition to maturity. Katyana's character is well fleshed out. There is less depth to Stacia, but sufficient for the purpose of the story. If anything, a couple of paragraphs of Stacia's backstory - where she describes how she became a warrior - could be cut without losing any impact. The villains are mostly typical villains, although one shows a flash of humanity when his partner gets cut down.

The plot is a little contrived - the ambush was too well constructed to be opportunistic and there was not sufficient indication that Stacia and Katyana had been specifically targeted or for what reason. However the action flowed well and followed a logical sequence.

There is one minor thing which bugged me personally, which is the horses' names. One is called Elsinon, which made me think of Elsinore, and the other is Brunhilde, both of which carry a lot of literary baggage. It's a minor thing, but I did find it distracting. YMMV.

Overall I enjoyed this story, although in parts the writing could have been tighter. It introduces a very promising character with strong hints to undeveloped talents to be explored in future stories. 3.5/5
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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