Book Review: Apollo's Raven by Linnea Tanner
Today, I will be reviewing Apollo's Raven by Linnea Tanner, which was an OnlineBookClub.org Book of the Day for June 6th, 2017!
About the Book
Can a Curse Control Ancient Britannia?
The world is in turmoil. Celtic kings hand-picked by Rome to rule are fighting each other for power. King Amren's former queen, a powerful Druid, has cast a curse that foretells Blood Wolf and the Raven will rise and destroy him.
King Amren reveals to his daughter, Princess Catrin, the grim prophecy that his former queen pronounced at her execution for treason to him:
The gods demand the scales be balanced for the life you take. If you deny my soul's journey to the Otherworld by beheading me, I curse you to the same fate as mine. I prophesy your future queen will beget a daughter who will rise as a Raven and join your son, Blood Wolf, and a mighty empire to overtake your kingdom and to execute my curse.
Catrin is trained as a warrior and discovers she is the Raven and must find a way to block the curse of the evil former queen. Torn between her forbidden love for her father's enemy Marcellus, and her loyalty to her people, she must summon the magic of the Ancient Druids to alter the dark prophecy that awaits her.
Will Catrin overcome and eradicate the ancient curse? Will she be able to embrace her forbidden love with Marcellus? Will she cease the war between Blood Wolf and King Amren? Will she save Ancient Britannia?
Apollo's Raven sweeps you into an epic Celtic tale of love, magic, adventure, intrigue, and betrayal in Ancient Rome and Britannia.
The strongest part of this book for me was just how well put together the Celtic ideas and the representation of the lead women. Catrin was really well defined and had a lot of personality, which isn't something we might have seen in similar books like this. The author does a great job of creating the rich world as well, and the choices Catrin is forced to make bring the story to life.
There were some parts of the story I didn't enjoy, and I felt like it dragged on at times, but the fight scenes were incredibly well put together and easy to read. They were all fast-paced and full of action, and they helped keep the story moving forward in a clean and interesting way. It felt very unique at moments and I appreciated the attention to detail.
I'll rate this book 4 out of 5 stars because of the fact that it felt like certain sections weren't necessary, and I can easily recommend this to people who like stories about Romans and Celts and clashing cultures. It is also great for anyone who likes strong female leads that jump off the pages.