Cordelia, Rosalind and Giles have lived safely in the castle at the centre of the forest all their lives. Triplets protected by the spells their mother has woven. The only time Cordelia feels truly free is through her magic. Her magic allows her to turn into a dragonfly or a blackbird, so she can fly beyond the great stone walls. But then one day the outside world comes to them. Two rival dukes and their soldiers have come for the triplets – because whoever is the eldest is the heir to the throne.
But their mother knows that no-one can rule the Raven Throne of Corvenne for long without dying. And she will not give up any of her children to that death sentence. When she refuses to reveal which child is the eldest, she is taken prisoner, and Cordelia and her brother and sister find themselves on the run in a dangerous new world.
The Raven Heir sounds fantastic just from the blurb doesn’t it? A middle grade fantasy full of magic and adventure.
I was offered this book in exchange for an honest review. But these days I’m very picky about the books I say yes to review. I only read a few books a month as appose to the good old days where I’d read a few a week. So I only pick the ones I know will be worth my time. I read about them and think “Would I chose to buy this if I was in a bookshop?” And thats my basis for saying yes or no.
So its no surprise that I absolutely loved The Raven Heir. Its a middle grade fantasy about three children who find themselves on an adventure they never begun to imagine having. Three magical children. Who have lived in one building in the middle of a forest their entire lives. They didn’t know what their background was and they learn so much in such a short space of time. It makes them grow and you as a reader grow with them.
I love adventure stories, and I love them so much more when they are as full of magic as this one is. Theres shape shifting, singing like you’ve never heard it before, and a fierce protection like no other. Theres communication through the land and between family members so far away it should be impossible.
The writing whisks you away into this magic and the relationship between the characters grows with every page. There’s some annoyance in the way that they children are a little naive but heck – they are 11. You can let them off that and I would never have read it that way as a child.
This is definitely the type of book I’m sticking in the pile to give to Spike when she’s older as I know its the most perfect story for any 9 year old to adventure on. I couldn’t recommend it more!
The Raven Heir was published by Bloomsbury Children’s Books on August 5th. My copy was sent to me in exchange for an honest review as part of the blog tour.
If you want to stop by to read any of the other reviews or guest posts as part of The Raven Heir blog tour please do! I’ve included the blog tour graphic below.