Raven (The Carriena Oracles, Book One)

Rated 4.33/5 based on 6 reviews
A woman without love.
A man without answers.
An Oracle that could kill them both. More

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Language: English
ISBN: 9781465786128
About Laura Eno

Laura Eno lives in Florida with three skulking cats and two absurdly happy dogs. After spending years immersed in English literature courses, she now writes novels late at night with the help of muses from the underworld.

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Review by: Sheila Deeth on March 05, 2013 :
One day space travel might be as simple as guiding a stranger across the plains in the days of wagon trains. Whole planets might guard themselves with secret faith. And a girl called Raven might agree to transport a scientist away from the land where an Oracle dwells.
There’s a wonderful robot, the glorious blackness of space, and a pleasingly authentic feel to Raven’s spaceship. But Raven’s been keeping her heart in check and friend Ben has longed for a plan to set her free.
Revelations, spiritual, natural and informational, come with perfect timing in Laura Eno’s short novella. New characters spring to life on the page. Action, adventure, suspicion, excitement and more make this look like the start of a series well worth following, with hints of Firefly in its distant future and dreams. Highly recommended.

Disclosure: I was lucky enough to find a free copy; sadly it took me a while to find free time to read it.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Cathy Olliffe-Webster on Aug. 19, 2012 :
Laura Eno sure can write and she proves it yet again with Raven, the first book in her terrific Carriena Oracles series. She takes romance and sci fi and mixes it with a good dose of excellent, fast-paced writing and comes up with a genuine page-turner. I flew through this book in a single afternoon. Raven isn't a perfect woman, not by any stretch, which makes her more appealing than most heroines. Her side-kick is a hoot and her love interest has real sex appeal. The action is hot and the plot sizzles. All in all, this one's a keeper.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Christina OW on July 19, 2012 :
i loved it. captivating right from the start.
the ending wasd a bit bla but it must be like that to give the second one an attachment to thefirst.

can't wait to read Wraith!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: mdlagarland on July 18, 2012 :
This is really about 3.5 stars for me, so I rounded up.

I enjoy Laura Eno's writing. Her stories are imaginative and fresh. Raven and Mikael are enjoyable characters who are finding their way in universe. They both have good hearts and try to do what's right.

The romance between Raven and Mikael is light and sweet and the mystery of the oracles puts a little tension in the storyline.

Overall, a good book and I'll definitely read the others in the series as they become available.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Ron Fritsch on June 19, 2012 :
I enjoy reading and commenting upon Laura Eno’s blog. So when she announced that on June 27, 2012, she’d launch Wraith, the second book in her series “The Carriena Oracles,” I decided I’d read the first book, Raven.

Because it’s billed as a “romantic space opera,” I’d ordinarily reject it out of hand. Still, why be so narrow? And if Laura wrote it, why shouldn’t I give it a chance?

So I did—and I’m damned glad I did.

Three thousand years in the future, Raven owns and pilots a spaceship, with the able assistance of her co-pilot Ben, an android she’s bought. How she came to own a spaceship and an expensive android is part of a heart-breaking back-story I won’t reveal in this review. In any event, she and Ben, perhaps the most intriguing character in this series, are mostly alone in space.

Then she picks up a paying customer, Mikael, from an archaic world, Algora. This is his first time in space. He’s looking for stone Oracles like the one on Algora. Many Algorans consider their Oracle a god. But if, as it seems, there are other Oracles on other worlds, what then? Mikael’s quest is to discover what Oracles are. That would be mine, as well.

Mikael is also physically attractive. Ah, perfection—brains and brawn in the same man. What’s Raven, the smart and commanding loner guiding her spaceship with Ben, to do? Hah, what would I do?

I fell in love with Raven, Mikael, Ben, and the other three quirky passengers they pick up along the way. This is a story with sympathetic characters willing to fight to death to know the truth in their universe.

Laura, you took me in. You seduced me.

I anticipate Wraith with open arms and mind.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Helen Ginger on Feb. 03, 2012 :
Raven by Laura Eno is a sci-fi book. (I’m reading more and more science fiction lately – and liking it.) Raven is the captain of her own spaceship. She even has an implant that hooks her up to the ship’s navigational system. Other than her co-pilot, Ben, she’s pretty much a loner. That’s about to change though. She’s picking up a client, Mikael, for transport. She thinks it’ll be an easy job. But Mikael comes with a bit of baggage, and I don’t mean suitcases. ‘Course, Raven has her own past – at 19 she was sold at auction to be a breeder.

The three of them join forces to find the Oracles. They’re not the only ones looking, though.

Eno keeps the action going with enough pauses to let you catch your breath and for Raven and Mikael to develop their relationship.

All three of these main characters are interesting. I liked Raven because she’s something of a loner who realizes she needs to connect with someone. And she’s a strong person. Mikael is the person through whose eyes you get to see the ship and the empty space they travel through. Ben is interesting because he’s not human and may be the key to finding the Oracles.

The story moves quickly with action and questions. Raven and Mikael are attracted to each other, so there’s a bit of a love story included.

This is not the first book I’ve read by Laura Eno – and she hasn’t let me down yet.
I give Raven a rating of Hel-of-a-Story.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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