Rise of the Raven

Rated 3.50/5 based on 14 reviews
An evil wizard seeks to summon a demon of great power from another dimension,heedless of the fact that this demon will most likely destroy everything it encounters in this world.

The wizards of the Khand, a group of five wizards intent on preventing such actions, set out to prevent this summoning, knowing full well that the fate of all humanity lies in their hands. More

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Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Words: 114,250
Language: English
ISBN: 9781458057785
About Steven R. Drennon

Steven R. Drennon was born in Lawton, OK, where he first started writing poetry at the age of 15. Since then he has collected nearly one thousand poems that he has written over the years. Those poems have recently been released as six separate volumes of poetry. He has also added two anthologies which include additional poems that had never been previously published, resulting in all of his poetry being available to the public for the first time ever.

In addition to this, Steven published an epic fantasy novel titled "Rise of the Raven" in the spring of 2011. Another fantasy novel titled "Three for Avadar" was released in early summer of 2011.

Currently Steven lives in San Antonio, TX.

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Review by: My Chaotic Ramblings Blog on Dec. 17, 2011 :
Rise of the Raven is a good first book for a fantasy author. However, I have to point out that the beginning of the book was rather slow. This would have been a better book had it started at chapter 3. There were lots of instances in the first few chapters of telling what was happening to the reader rather than showing.
The characters were a bit stiff and formal. I found the only one I connected with after having dozens of them paraded before me was Leilani, the king’s daughter. She had an effervescent personality and warmth that exuded from the pages.
Being a fantasy book, I found the length of it to be a bit too long. Had the battle scenes not been so lengthy and some of the character development and dialogue worked out a little better, this might not have been a large issue. Because of the style used in the first couple of chapters, though, it made reading this a little tough for me. There were too many character point of view switches throughout the book that made me go back and re-read to figure out who was doing/thinking what. Sometimes it was so much of a point of view jolt that it took a moment for it to sink in.
However, with all of that being said, the descriptions of this book were very well written and detailed. It served the purpose of projecting the imagery into your mind. Very well accomplished. This is a good start for an upcoming fantasy author and I hope that future books are given a little more consideration in the areas stated above. If these issues could be worked on and developed, this author has the potential of being great.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Martens Girl on Aug. 26, 2011 :
I feel this book is a great effort for a first novel- the author shows real promise. I agree with some othe reviews I have read; this book is very difficult to get through. However, I found the first half of the book easy to read, struggling with the latter half. I forgot the names of all the relevant characters, places and races, so my reading was disrupted as I tried to work out each person's affiliations. Furthermore, I found the battle scenes very lengthy. Other reviewers like these scenes, so perhaps it's a problem personal to me.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Crystal Waldrum on Aug. 25, 2011 :
A great rainy day read for anyone who enjoys the world of magic and medieval warfare
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Arador Araglas on Aug. 16, 2011 :
Free e-book received in exchange for a review.

Rise of the Raven is an enjoyable fantasy book by a new author. The beginning was a bit slow but things sped up after the first few chapters and Drennon really showed his talent. The battles were very well written and Drennon seemed to relax a bit as he got into the flow of writing. The characters could have used a bit more development, but they were interesting nonetheless. I wanted them to succeed in the quest, and felt satisfied with the ending. Overall, a good first novel by a new author.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Eirian Houpe on June 24, 2011 :
Rise of the Raven has all the classic fantasy elements, with an epic, far-reaching plot that was sadly somewhat overwhelmed by 'first novel flaws.'

At first it was very difficult for me to get into the book, which after some consideration may have been easier had book begun at chapter three. Especially in the early part of the book, Drennon's overuse of long passages of exposition make accessing the characters and their stories difficult for a reader, and thereby make it hard to build a relationship with any single character enough to care about him. I feel that some of the exposition could have been delivered the dialogue between characters, helping us to become more familiar with them, and also with the language of the story, which, because it was typical of the pattern of 'quest type' fantasy stories, at times appeared stilted or awkward.

A reader that perseveres however, will be rewarded by a high, (but dark), sword and sorcery type fantasy with gloriously written battle scenes, and even a little romance.

In spite of its issues, Rise of the Raven isn't a bad book overall, and has all the hallmarks of a promising author still learning his craft, and I would recommend that any lover of the fantasy genre would enjoy this book, especially keeping that in mind.

Note: I received a free review copy of this book, but my review remains, none-the-less, unbiased.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Francine Richert on June 06, 2011 :
Rise of the Raven written by Steven R. Drennon is an epic fantasy novel that, as I find in many fantasy novels, starts out slow but is worth slogging through the first chapters to get to the grit of the story. As the novel speeds up I found myself becoming immersed in this dark world of wizards, good and evil and even a bit of romance. A great job for a first novel!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Maria on May 30, 2011 :
I love fantasies, but this one was kind of rough for me. This is a debut novel for the author, and I think he shows promise. The ideas in the book were good, yet I think not quite as fully realized as they could have been. First off, the book is 300 pages long and it was tedious reading for at least the first 100. I found myself confused as to who was evil, who was good, and I had trouble figuring out what was going on.

The book would have been more enjoyable if the characters had been fleshed out more. I needed someone to root for and, though I knew who the good guys were supposed to be - the King and the Khand, I didn't feel anything for them. They seemed flat and one-dimensional. I thought I finally found someone in the young boy Khand, he seemed sweet and I wanted to care about him, but he wasn't taken far enough. Not even his romance with the princess helped, that didn't feel real either. Perhaps the best character development was for the Demon Gaerath. We saw his supreme ego at the beginning move to frustration while fighting for Evindale, to even fear as he took on the Khand.

The author does have a talent for the battle scenes. He made it easy to visualize the castle walls being bombarded, the sagging stones that had been relentlessly battered. I loved the trick used to defend against the wall falling, but I won't tell so you'll be surprised, too.

In total, this being a first novel, I thought the book was okay. I'm sure those who are into lots of battle scenes than I will enjoy it more than I did. I think the author is worth looking into and see where his talent leads him in subsequent novels.

*Disclaimer: I received this book from the author to review for free. I was not required to write a positive review.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Sheryl Calmes on May 27, 2011 : (no rating)
If you are a fantasy fan this is a good book for you. I have just started reading fantasy and I found that I got very engrossed in the story. Good storyline.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Elizabeth Dixon on May 24, 2011 : (no rating)
The Khand is a group of wizards whose purpose is to protect the Surun-Tai, which is in place to guard the dimension barrier and prevent the dark wizard, Dorgaiin from escaping it. The Mage of NorArmen who is Dorgaiin's link with the real world has built an army to wage war on the protectors of the Khand so that they can destroy the Surun-Tai. A demon is brought forth from the Spirit Stream to help lead the army.
It was quite an enjoyable book although the beginning was a bit slow, so it took a while for me to get into it. Once I got into it i really started to feel for the characters. I would reccomend that you read it especially if you like reading fantasy.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: vanessa eric on May 24, 2011 :
For a first book, this novel do has its own flaws. What I immediately noticed while reading was the lack of conversations between the characters even though the whole narration and language used was pretty impressive. I got lost in between lines, trying to catch up on what exactly is going on without many conversations to support the story. At some point, I thought I was reading a mute novel. Nonetheless, the author succeeded in keeping me to read on until the last chapter with fairly engaging characters and striking imaginings. For the first few chapters, everything seemed vague and a bit boring. I was barely holding on until I reached the middle of the novel when everything started to come alive vividly in my head. The plot was rather predictable, but with some twists that I didn’t expect. As the story progressed, readers will find themselves truly engrossed in the battle scene and the rich setting itself.

I was totally impressed that the author inserted a bit of cute teenage romance in the story when other epic fantasies tend to focus on more serious adult romance. I have to admit that it was the teenage romance part that kept me reading, other than my curiosity about the next battle. Younger readers will definitely fell in love with both young characters, the wizard Dainin and Princess Leilani, whose romance initially was a bit like Romeo and Juliet, only with a happily-ever-after.

I would love to give this novel four stars and maybe five, but somehow there’re a few aspects that I found still lacking. Perhaps it’s the lack of conversations, but then again, it’s a first novel. Nobody does perfectly with a first novel.

If you are a fan of epic fantasy, you will find this piece worthwhile and truly a fun read.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: RAVENSWOOD PUBLISHING on May 21, 2011 :

At first I had a little trouble getting into this book but I think it was more my fault for not having read anything in the fantasy genre for so long. As I continued to read however, I began to be unable to put it down. This is a fast paced, vivid and imaginative jaunt into a fantasy world that is dark and rift with demons. Definitely worth the read and very much in the path of some of the greater fantasy writers.

Steven Drennon's book is interesting and contains characters that aren't often used in other novels. I would recommend this to any hardcore fantasy reader!

-Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud Book Club
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: justmax on May 09, 2011 :
In Rise of the Raven, by Steven R Drennon, an evil wizard raises a powerful demon to help him free his master from another dimension where he is trapped. He is opposed by the Khand, a group of five wizards, including a young apprentice who may be the saviour of them all.

First, what I didn't like about the book. At times the prose seemed somewhat stilted and awkward but much of this could have been prevented with a little judicious editing. The same was true of the conversations. which, at times, bordered on the kind of speech you found in old melodramas.

I should say here that I am a huge fan of epic fantasy, especially the dark and gritty stuff and, here, I come to what I liked about the book.

I love great battle scenes and Drennon wrote some brilliant ones. His descriptions were vivid and completely captured my attention. Once they started, I couldn't put the book down. Oddly, as these progressed the stilted language became flowing and vibrant so that by the end of the book, I was a fan. In fact, I look forward to the next installment.

Like most first books, Rise of the Raven was not perfect but it was pretty damn good. Kudos to Mr Drennan!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: sherry hamby on April 16, 2011 :
this is one of the better bookive seen written in a very long time. rivals harry potter and the morcyth saga. i am waiting for the next book this author writes on holding my breath as he has knocked the wind out of me with this awesome book.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: sherry hamby on April 16, 2011 :
this is one of the better bookive seen written in a very long time. rivals harry potter and the morcyth saga. i am waiting for the next book this author writes on holding my breath as he has knocked the wind out of me with this awesome book.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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