Raven has an unusual gift, or is it a curse: a nose that can smell almost anything. In magical medieval Ausland, she must defeat a dragon, an army of giants, and evil wizards. When their magic is destroyed, Raven must come to terms with her mistakes, and make amends for them. Raven’s Gift is a complex story that is told frankly and simply. It may deserve an “R” rating, for being earthy.
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on Sep. 20, 2011 :
Raven moves through a crude world with a special gift of smell. The world might be medieval or other-worldly, where survival is difficult and all strangers are suspicious. She’s left her home because people hate her sensory awareness of them, and is called a witch by the one who enlists her talents. The book is cleverly written and fast-paced, for Raven also has a brave heart and a way with a knife, and the times are full of plots, wizards, and warfare.
(reviewed 29 days after purchase)
on Jan. 9, 2011 :
Within the first few pages of Raven's Gift I was struck by the earthiness of the descriptions. Here was a fantasy character and world that conveyed the reality and experience of being poor in the middle ages. Raven is a fascinating character and I was just as intrigued by her personal story and secrets as I was by her adventures. The characters have full personas and depth. The author has avoided many of the pitfall that plague modern fantasy novels to give us an enjoyable read. The story is both interesting as it unfolds and yet we are compelled to turn the page, in the hope of finding a partial answer follow by the revelation that even more depth is waiting to be discovered. Full Disclosure: I am acquainted with the author and this is my review from the US Amazon website.
(review of free book)
on Nov. 5, 2010 :
If you're looking for earthy / gross fantasy (PG-R not in a good way), this may be a good place; I had to stop reading this book, it was too much for me. I usually don't mind rape etc. in a book but I don't need it described in quite that much detail. No stars since I didn't finish this book; it seemed a good story otherwise and I liked the nose/smell idea.