The Raven Tower

The Raven Tower

Ann Leckie / Sep 23, 2019

The Raven Tower Gods meddle in the fates of men men play with the fates of gods and a pretender must be cast down from the throne in this breathtaking first fantasy novel from Ann Leckie New York Times bestselling

  • Title: The Raven Tower
  • Author: Ann Leckie
  • ISBN: 0356506991
  • Page: 366
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Gods meddle in the fates of men, men play with the fates of gods, and a pretender must be cast down from the throne in this breathtaking first fantasy novel from Ann Leckie, New York Times bestselling author and winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C Clarke Awards.For centuries, the kingdom of Iraden has been protected by the god known as the Raven He watches over his Gods meddle in the fates of men, men play with the fates of gods, and a pretender must be cast down from the throne in this breathtaking first fantasy novel from Ann Leckie, New York Times bestselling author and winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C Clarke Awards.For centuries, the kingdom of Iraden has been protected by the god known as the Raven He watches over his territory from atop a tower in the powerful port of Vastai His will is enacted through the Raven s Lease, a human ruler chosen by the god himself His magic is sustained via the blood sacrifice that every Lease must offer And under the Raven s watch, the city flourishes.But the power of the Raven is weakening A usurper has claimed the throne The kingdom borders are tested by invaders who long for the prosperity that Vastai boasts And they have made their own alliances with other gods.It is into this unrest that the warrior Eolo aide to Mawat, the true Lease arrives And in seeking to help Mawat reclaim his city, Eolo discovers that the Raven s Tower holds a secret Its foundations conceal a dark history that has been waiting to reveal itselfand to set in motion a chain of events that could destroy Iraden forever Get A Copy Kindle Store KoboOnline StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 432 pages Expected publication February 26th 2019 by Orbit More Details ISBN 0356506991 ISBN13 9780356506999 Edition Language English Other Editions 12 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Win a Copy of This Book The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie Author Release date Feb 26, 2019 Gods meddle in the fates of men, men play with the fates of gods, and a pretender must be cast down from the throne in this breathtaking first fantasy Gods meddle in the fates of men, men play with the fates of gods, and a pretender must be cast down from the throne in this breathtaking first fantasy novel from Ann Leckie, New York Times bestselling author and winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C Clarke Awards.For centuries, the kingdom of Iraden has been protected by the god known as the Raven He watches over his territory from atop a tower in the powerful port of Vastai His will is enacted through the Raven s Lease, a human ruler chosen by the god himself His magic is sustained via the blood sacrifice that every Lease must offer And under the Raven s watch, the city flourishes.But the power of the Raven is weakening A usurper has claimed the throne The kingdom borders are tested by invaders who long for the prosperity that Vastai boasts And they have made their own alliances with other gods.It is into this unrest that the warrior Eolo aide to Mawat, the true Lease arrives And in seeking to help Mawat reclaim his city, Eolo discovers that the Raven s Tower holds a secret Its foundations conceal a dark history that has been waiting to reveal itselfand to set in motion a chain of events that could destroy Iraden forever Enter Giveaway Format Print book

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like 16 days ago Add your answer Emily I also have this question flag See all 3 questions about The Raven Tower Lists with This Book Can t Wait Sci Fi Fantasy of 2019 452 books 1,025 voters Can t Wait Books of 2019 1,073 books 2,396 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Jan 26, 2019 Phrynne rated it liked it review of another edition I rushed to Netgalley to get hold of an advance copy of this book based on how much I enjoyed Leckie s science fiction series The Raven Tower is fantasy which I also love, but somehow this one just missed the mark for me.Of course the writing is good and as usual for this author it is presented in an unusual way Very unusual actually since the narrator is a rock who is also a god This god spends a large part of the book philosophising on anything and everything as to be expected since he does I rushed to Netgalley to get hold of an advance copy of this book based on how much I enjoyed Leckie s science fiction series The Raven Tower is fantasy which I also love, but somehow this one just missed the mark for me.Of course the writing is good and as usual for this author it is presented in an unusual way Very unusual actually since the narrator is a rock who is also a god This god spends a large part of the book philosophising on anything and everything as to be expected since he doesn t move around a lot He does however tell the story of Eolo and Mawat and the book brightens up every time he gets back to what is happening to them.I got quite excited as I approached the end visualising some wonderful exciting conclusion but there wasn t one Some people died, some did not and events just petered out If there were to be a follow up I would read it because I am sure there could be great futures for both the rock god and Eolo Alternatively I would like the author to take us back into space and the Ancillary world flag 39 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Fred Riley I agree with your wish that Leckie take us back into the Ancillary world Her Ancillary trilogy, particularly the first multi award winning novel, was I agree with your wish that Leckie take us back into the Ancillary world Her Ancillary trilogy, particularly the first multi award winning novel, was a breath of fresh air in SF and very well plotted, characterised and written, with very interesting gender twists I ll not read this new offering as I really can t be doing with fantasy and I m disappointed that yet another fine SF writer has gone down the fantasy rabbit hole Jan 31, 2019 04 44AM Phrynne Let s hope she comes back with SF Jan 31, 2019 11 28AM Sep 22, 2018 Lizy rated it it was amazing Shelves arcs, read in 2018, sci fi fantasy, siba18 Holy sh t, y all And let me repeat holy sh t.I have to start this review with how I heard about this book I had the amazing opportunity to meet with Ann Leckie twice during SIBA18, both during the Rise of Alt SFF panel and again during the moveable feast of authors, where she had 90 seconds to tell my table about her first foray into fantasy I loved the way she summarized her book and I have no doubt her synopsis will sound way, way better than anything I could pen, so I m going to unapologe Holy sh t, y all And let me repeat holy sh t.I have to start this review with how I heard about this book I had the amazing opportunity to meet with Ann Leckie twice during SIBA18, both during the Rise of Alt SFF panel and again during the moveable feast of authors, where she had 90 seconds to tell my table about her first foray into fantasy I loved the way she summarized her book and I have no doubt her synopsis will sound way, way better than anything I could pen, so I m going to unapologetically paraphrase it below The Raven Tower is a book where anything the gods say becomes true They cannot tell lies, and if they state an impossibility, they die This novel is about a god who gets themselves into a predicament, and they need those around them to get them back out of it but they re surrounded by enemies on all sides That s not an exact quote of what she said, but it was in the ballpark Anyway I was hooked I had to read it And I m so glad I did This book is a friggin masterpiece It s told from that same unique triple perspective that N.K Jemisin used in the Broken Earth trilogy, where there s a you, an I, and a them, all bundled together in the narration, but it s pulled off without being convoluted or bizarre The characters are flawlessly portrayed The intrigues are so good.Most of all, I love the tricks that are pulled I don t want to say too much and inadvertently give things away especially because to the best of my knowledge I m penning the very first review of this book and it just wouldn t be fair to anyone to spoil anything when all y all have to wait until February to read this but there s this running theme of characters that are set up one way but turn out to be another With the gods, especially, I really liked how they re set up as being super trustworthy, and yet depending on who you re dealing with, that may not be a quality they possess in any way.Another thing and this is kind of random that I really loved with this book was the turn of phrase within it It s not anything major, but there s little transitional sentences that fully set the scene This is mainly from the gods having to avoid lies by saying things like Here s a story that I ve heard instead of saying something as a fact For whatever reason, seeing a section start of with that introduction immediately segued me into a being 8 years old again getting tucked into bed with my chapter books, or b popping the popcorn to hear some serious gossip, depending on what else had just been narrated.The only bad thing and I put this in quotes because it s only like a half bad thing that I can say about this novel is that it s a little bit slow to start But that s coming from me, and I think it s important to keep in mind I am a professional book nerd with little to no patience for slowness there s a reason I m still not caught up with the GoT books I m one of those people who gives up on books if they don t have my soul chewed up and spat out in 50 pages This does not follow that formula, and that s OK It does a properly executed slow build It takes a little mental investment to get into, you have to think about it, and I can readily admit I was than a little confused at the 50 page mark The Raven Tower is worth sticking around to the end, though.All in all, this is a fantastic book There s honestly so much I could say about it, but for the sake of spoilers I m going to stop now Suffice it to say, this is a brilliantly executed novel that I d highly recommend reading I can t wait to hand sell it in 2019 flag 20 likesLike see review Nov 18, 2018 Liz Barnsley rated it it was amazing Here is a story I ve heard Ann Leckie has written a highly absorbing, beautifully imagined fantasy novel, with a quirky, atmospheric and highly engaging character voice I probably didn t need to take the third party precautionary measure because I believe this to be true, but care in all things, especially when you pick up The Raven Tower because it will deprive you of sleep and leave you longing for.In a world where God s and human s intertwine, a God cannot speak false One God tells the Here is a story I ve heard Ann Leckie has written a highly absorbing, beautifully imagined fantasy novel, with a quirky, atmospheric and highly engaging character voice I probably didn t need to take the third party precautionary measure because I believe this to be true, but care in all things, especially when you pick up The Raven Tower because it will deprive you of sleep and leave you longing for.In a world where God s and human s intertwine, a God cannot speak false One God tells the tale of history and intrigue that has lead us to the events we are reading about here About Iraden and the Raven God, about treason and political shenanigans , about a prince who returns to find his father gone and his Uncle in stolen power This is an amazing novel, full of vividly imagined communities, historic power struggles, beautifully drawn, vibrant diverse characters and a haunting, intelligently sprawling plot that holds you enthralled until it s final, heart stopping momentsI will give nothing else away.I loved it entirely from the first word to the last Brilliant.Highly Recommended flag 14 likesLike see review Jan 04, 2019 Bob Milne rated it it was ok Shelves 2019 releases, fantasy epic Here is a story I have heard.It is a story that is easy to admire, to appreciate, to acknowledge as something wholly unique within the fantasy genre, and yet it is a difficult one to enjoy You likely have never read a story quite like it, and whether you would like to read another is probably what will divide the fans from the frustrated Here is another story I have heard.It is a story that is technically impressive, told with an unusual point of view, and through an original voice You, for al Here is a story I have heard.It is a story that is easy to admire, to appreciate, to acknowledge as something wholly unique within the fantasy genre, and yet it is a difficult one to enjoy You likely have never read a story quite like it, and whether you would like to read another is probably what will divide the fans from the frustrated Here is another story I have heard.It is a story that is technically impressive, told with an unusual point of view, and through an original voice You, for all intents and purposes, are the main character, and the voice of a god is speaking directly to you That voice tells you what is happening to you, in the present tense It tells you what you see, feel, hear, and know If that sounds awkward and uncomfortable patronizing, even you are not alone, but I have heard that others loved it Here is another story I have heard.It is a story with an intriguing mythology, one that is built slowly, repetitively, over centuries of existence You are witness to a god coming into awareness, idly watching ages pass, as life crawls out of the oceans, humans begin to walk the land, and other gods learn to walk alongside them You learn the power of worship and sacrifice alongside the voice of the god, even as it learns the power of language As a prelude or a bit of storytelling within a story, it could be an effective balance to your story, the one being told about you and to you, but it can also be a distraction that holds back a pace that is already crawling Here is another story I have heard.It is the story of you, your friend and Master , his uncle and usurper , and a few other key individuals in your life They talk a lot, and argue a lot They debate a lot, and question a lot They, however, do not do a lot, and neither do you In fact, as much as this is your story, you are not particularly interesting I m sorry and neither are those around you Maybe, if we could see them through your eyes, and get inside your head, everyone might come to life a little better, but as characters narrated by the god s voice, you are flat and colorless Here is another story I have heard.It is the story of The Raven Tower, and the god s voice along with your story is related to us by Ann Leckie An experimental work of meta fiction, her telling is intelligent, complex, and multi layered approach She does an admirable job of capturing the god s voice, which I m sure you can attest to, having heard it for hundreds of pages It s just a shame that your story and the people in it weren t nearly as interesting as her tellingtps beauty in ruins flag 12 likesLike see review Jan 22, 2019 Timy rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves arc, epic fantasy, fantasy, fbr, fiction, have it, magic, mystery, stand alone Actual rating 2.5 starsYou can find this review on my blog with my choice of music I ve got an ARC from Orbit in exchange of an honest review.Ever since I laid eyes on the cover and the blurb, I knew I had to read The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie I was kind of obsessed with it and couldn t wait to get my hands on one Which I did over Christmas and was so happy that I just hugged it to my chest ask James So you can imagine how hyped I was when I could finally crack it open I also have to ment Actual rating 2.5 starsYou can find this review on my blog with my choice of music I ve got an ARC from Orbit in exchange of an honest review.Ever since I laid eyes on the cover and the blurb, I knew I had to read The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie I was kind of obsessed with it and couldn t wait to get my hands on one Which I did over Christmas and was so happy that I just hugged it to my chest ask James So you can imagine how hyped I was when I could finally crack it open I also have to mention here, that this was my first ever experience with an Ann Leckie book.The Raven Tower has two plotlines, both are told by the Strenght and Patience of the Hill, an ancient god In one of the plotlines we learn about its story, how it had met with people and learned their language, we see history through its eyes, or at least the part it saw anyway or heard about through its friend the Myriad Unless other gods, the Strenght and Patience of the Hill never wanted to change its form and so remained a stone Since speaking was hard for it, it invented a language of its own the people, its priests used tokens and learned how to translate them We also learn about the history of Ard Vusktia and Vastai, two cities, part of Iraden, divided by the sea, fighting over dominance Whoever had claim over the strait had the power, because this was the safest place to cross On one side Ard Vusktia was home of several gods either major or minor, living together, being worshipped by humans in exchange of helping them out occasionally On the other side, Vastai is being protected by a god called the Silent Forest, keeping enemies off their borders, preventing fires and sickness to plague the people When the Raven appears he takes control over the land and declares his authority over the strait as well as Ard Vusktia Thus a conflict begins which will lead to consequences neither side can handle.While we learn about the history and the centuries old conflict, we also follow the events in present Vastai, where the main god is the Raven a mysterious being who appeared out of nowhere and took charge , and thanks to an ages old pact his Lease is the ruler When the Raven s Instrument a raven, in which the god reincarnates dies, the Lease has to die as well as a sacrifice His place is taken by the Heir and the cycle goes on The Lease doesn t rule alone, on his side there are the Silent Mother, the Silent Forest s priestess and the head of the Council of Directions At the beginning of the story, the current Lease disappears, his place is taken by his brother Hibal, even though his son and heir, Mawat is already on his way from the border where he tries to keep the Tel in check With him comes his aide, Eolo, to whom the Strenght and Patience of the Hill tells its story.I think this was the first book I ve read that was written partly in the second person Can t say I ve become a fan of this style of writing Kind of makes it even harder to connect with the characters But then, they aren t all that interesting to begin with At one hand, we have a stone without feelings or much knowledge about the world outside of what it can sense or hear from its friends And since its attention is mostly on Eolo, we learn about him, but not enough to make the reader really sympathize with him or root for him or the others We never learn why he is the one who gets the god s attention, what makes him special The world building is also somehow lacking, thanks to the narrow POV Personally I was left with many questions and only a few answers The ending was very sudden and not too satisfying While I understand why things happened and what were the god s motivations, it took forever for the events to pick up and never really gained momentum Everything is rather told than shown and so I couldn t figure out why should I care about these people Mawat, the Heir is angry and acts like a spoiled child whose toy was taken away when he finds out that his uncle took his place First he locks himself away, then decides to protest by sitting naked in the middle of the main square this is a common way of protest for the people of Iraden, though it doesn t makes any sense until Eolo s investigations prods him to take actions Eolo is constantly asked if he is the partner of Mawat besides being his aide which is a big honor for someone whose ancestors are farmers Anyway, Eolo sexual life has absolutely nothing to do with the plot, and not even relevant, but this is the only thing people of Vastai can come up when it comes to him I guess understanding friendship must be hard for them Tikaz, the daughter of the head of the Council of Directions, is the childhood friend of Mawat, and everyone expects them to get married She refuses, because, I ve no idea why Because she has to appear as a strong and independent female character Which is fine, but she is not Or at least this doesn t make her appear that We don t learn much about her, except that her mother lives far away and she could go live with her if she wanted Oh and she also fancies Eolo No idea why, the guy is shy and has absolutely no appeal whatsoever or if he does, we don t know about it anyway.The villains in this book are supposed to be Hibal who took the position of the Lease and a pair of twins, Okim and Oskel According to some legends, twins are considered evil, and though they are not left in the forest any, the people of Vastai still superstitious against them and treat them badly And so, Okim and Oskel had become hard and bitter, the typical prototypes of bullies It s not clear if they know or suspect their true heritage which is the topic of rumors, but anyway their motivation for following Hibal is rocky at best.I had really high hopes for The Raven Tower I expected to be swept away by mystery, magic and an intriguing plot What I ve got was a disappointing tale of a stone and a mystery unfurling ever so slowly and without much surprises It s a shame, because I wanted to love this book, but almost nothing worked for me Maybe it was because of the narrative, being told the events by a mere bystander, the fact that there aren t any chapters even though the narrative between present and past are divided , or because the pace was too slow for my taste But the fact that I couldn t care about any of the characters remains, and that s a flaw I can t look over Even so, don t let my dissapointment affect you, I advice to make your own judgement It actually has some cool ideas like the army the Forest sends to defend Vastai, or the way the gods communicate with people, even the Raven s pact to have a Lease and a Heir at all times It s just a shame it couldn t deliver the way I expected.If you like your epic fantasy to be less action packed and focused on the events that lead to the main plot, you might find this one in your favor The Raven Tower offers the tale of slow burning revange, sacrifice and tragedy flag 10 likesLike see review Oct 08, 2018 Libertie rated it it was amazing Ann Leckie seems to enjoy writing books in which the main characters are big, sentient objects.I m a bookseller who received an advance reader copy of the book after having the pleasure of meeting Ann at the SIBA Discovery Show I was extremely excited about the work, having been a fan of Ancillary Justice Well, The Raven Tower lived up to my lofty expectations Like the Ancillary Trilogy, this work showcases Ann s incredible skill for building fantastical realms The central trope is a sort Ann Leckie seems to enjoy writing books in which the main characters are big, sentient objects.I m a bookseller who received an advance reader copy of the book after having the pleasure of meeting Ann at the SIBA Discovery Show I was extremely excited about the work, having been a fan of Ancillary Justice Well, The Raven Tower lived up to my lofty expectations Like the Ancillary Trilogy, this work showcases Ann s incredible skill for building fantastical realms The central trope is a sort of modified be careful what you wish for in which the power of gods is projected through words and these words must be used carefully because false statements can be fatal One of my favorite things about the book is its masterful narration Sliding between second and first person, the highly stylized voice of the narrator who is a god, no less pulls off a sort of hedged omniscience in which much cannot be said with certainty lest the narrator risk making an untrue statement Two interwoven storeylines, one present and one past, make for a well paced tale with a good bit of suspense and political intrigue.As an aside, I was very pleased by the queer and trans representation in this work The human protagonist s gender is entirely secondary to the plot this is not a book that will be pigeonholed as LGBTQ or feminist fantasy but the author presents a world in which queerness is neither vilified nor normalized to the point of invisibility, and the strongest characters are not cisgender men flag 9 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jan 06, 2019 Allison rated it it was amazing Shelves hachette, winter spring 2019 Oh how I love fantasy novels about GODS and the nature of DIVINITY and oh HOW THIS BOOK DELIVERED flag 8 likesLike see review Dec 02, 2018 Alex rated it really liked it This was a funny little story More Ancillary than Provenance, but I found myself wanting plot There is a lot of Hamlet here, complete with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.I love the narrator, but it almost feels like this started as short fiction about the Strength and Patience and then she s added a story to fill it out I m curious to see how this lands with the rest of the fantasy spec fic world, because I could really see it going either way But I ll end by saying that I really love tha This was a funny little story More Ancillary than Provenance, but I found myself wanting plot There is a lot of Hamlet here, complete with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.I love the narrator, but it almost feels like this started as short fiction about the Strength and Patience and then she s added a story to fill it out I m curious to see how this lands with the rest of the fantasy spec fic world, because I could really see it going either way But I ll end by saying that I really love that Leckie keeps playing with different stories, characters, and hard to approach ideas It would be so easy to keep producing what works but I m happier with this 4 star effort than I d have been with anything safe flag 6 likesLike see review Dec 06, 2018 Tucker TuckerTheReader marked it as not released tbr More ravens Why am I not surprised flag 5 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jan 06, 2019 Charlotte rated it it was amazing Shelves 2019 release Oh my god I am obsessed with this A masterful fantasy novel which is a mystery novel about politics and deep history and religion, kind of, and It s beautiful and lyrical and surprising and queer and full of characters I love and characters I hate In the best way flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 18, 2019 Mike rated it it was amazing Shelves netgalley, 2019 years best I always seem to begin my reviews of Ann Leckie s books by remarking that she has the fortunate unfortunate situation of having written a first book so amazing that all her others will be compared to it and that so far, for me, none of her other books have quite equalled it That s the case again with this one, her first fantasy novel It s good I d even say very good but in the shadow of her first book, not quite as outstanding Once again, it plays with point of view This time, Leckie ha I always seem to begin my reviews of Ann Leckie s books by remarking that she has the fortunate unfortunate situation of having written a first book so amazing that all her others will be compared to it and that so far, for me, none of her other books have quite equalled it That s the case again with this one, her first fantasy novel It s good I d even say very good but in the shadow of her first book, not quite as outstanding Once again, it plays with point of view This time, Leckie has chosen to write much of it in the difficult and much despised second person That can easily be a gimmick, and while reading I was never 100% convinced that it wasn t, but thinking about it, and especially reflecting on the ending, I ve decided it was justified The narrator is a god, who fills in a lot of important historical backstory in first person backstory that isn t available to the protagonist in any way But for most of the book, the god is largely passive, participating in events but not obviously driving them it s the you character who is the protagonist, speaking to people and doing things and taking risks Once again, it plays with gender the protagonist is a trans man, which is fairly incidental as far as the plot goes, but important to him Once again, it manages to both be personal and also have epic scope, which is a difficult balancing act It can all too easily drop into a Great Man version of history with a full on Chosen One whose every action is fated and bears vast significance yet Leckie manages to hold it back from that precipice, to show us people with flaws and insecurities who are nevertheless able to participate in momentous events In this case, the twist at the end gives rise to doubts about who was actually the protagonist after all On the face of it, it s a relatively simple story The protagonist is a soldier, aide to the heir to the position of Raven s Lease, a kind of proxy of the god known as the Raven They arrive back from the disputed southern border, whence they have been recalled because the current Raven s Lease, the heir s father, was unwell, to discover a Hamletesque coup has been enacted and the heir s uncle has taken over as Lease For the good of everyone, he assures anyone who will listen The heir is petulant and brooding, the aide Horatio, presumably patient and effective, the Ophelia character sensible and competent and very sane While the Hamlet parallels are obvious the Ophelia s counsellor father even gets stabbed, and the heir is blamed , they aren t followed slavishly each element has a twist to it, and the ending is quite different Interwoven with all of this is the millenia long backstory of the struggles and conquests of the gods, which turns out to be a lot significant than I initially realised to what seems to be the main plot It s a clever, complex idea, well executed, which is to say that it s an Ann Leckie book I dithered about whether to give it five stars, because the ending subverted my narrative expectations so thoroughly as to be a kind of disappointment, but for sheer quality I m going to award the fifth star I received a pre release copy from Netgalley for review flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 27, 2019 Scout Maria rated it it was amazing It s 1 14 AM since I couldn t go to sleep until I d finished, so full review to come In the meantime flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 28, 2019 Christina A Reader of Fictions marked it as dnf Shelves egalley FYI this novel is written in second person Not my thing ever, so just putting it out there Wouldn t have downloaded this if I d known flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 24, 2018 Sarah CoolCurryBooks rated it really liked it Shelves 2019 release, fantasy, lgbtq protagonists, other world, protag male Loved it Full review pending until closer to the release date flag 2 likesLike see review Jun 28, 2018 jaypee marked it as to read That blurb Hot damn flag 2 likesLike see review Jun 16, 2018 Ash marked it as i need 2019 What IS this book The blurb has me so mesmerized flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 15, 2019 Pile By the Bed rated it it was amazing Ann Leckie practically redefined what space opera could be with her debut Ancillary series And in The Raven Tower she does a similar thing for fantasy Using a Shakespeare meets Homer scaffold she brings a new twist on the relationship between humans and divine beings.The Raven Tower opens in second person Writing in this way is always a bit of a high wire act NK Jemisin used it to great effect in her Hugo winning Broken Earth trilogy But there is method to Leckie s madness and great litera Ann Leckie practically redefined what space opera could be with her debut Ancillary series And in The Raven Tower she does a similar thing for fantasy Using a Shakespeare meets Homer scaffold she brings a new twist on the relationship between humans and divine beings.The Raven Tower opens in second person Writing in this way is always a bit of a high wire act NK Jemisin used it to great effect in her Hugo winning Broken Earth trilogy But there is method to Leckie s madness and great literary skill For a start, this technique avoids gendered pronouns and, as with the Ancillary series, Leckie plays with gender and the reader s and characters understanding of it Secondly, it gives an immediate, almost omniscient feel which is appropriate given the book is narrated by a god.The main plot is taken straight out of Hamlet Mawat, heir to the throne of Vastai known as the Lease of the Raven returns from the front with his aide Eolo to find his father, the former Lease, missing and his uncle in power The Raven is one of the gods of Vastai and protects the Lease from harm on the understanding that they will sacrifice themselves at the end of their reign Mawat s father has failed to do that, instead mysteriously disappearing To continue the Hamlet analogy one of the city s key officials wants his daughter Tikaz aka Cordelia to marry Mawat and at one point Mawat s uncle brings two of Mawat s old acquaintances aka Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to bring him round But the analogy is fairly loose, and none of the characters act as they do in the Shakespeare play, Tikaz is particularly kick arse at one point.In the background is the story of the gods and a great war that they engaged in through their human worshippers This story is told from the point of view of an ancient stone god who also explains the complex rules that govern these beings It becomes clear fairly quickly that it is this god who is narrating by talking to Eolo although Eolo cannot here this commentary In the relationship between gods and humans as instruments of war, The Raven Tower starts to resemble The Iliad, just a little, but again, this is really only as a reference point.In an age where epic fantasy still seems to mainly consist of doorstops about quests and dragons and mighty houses and prophecies, The Raven Tower stands out The characters are complex, the gender politics is subtly handled and the belief system is fascinating The god s narration has echoes with the real world development of religion and both stories being told work and come together cleverly and consistently with the alternate but very familiar world that Leckie has created.Leckie s Ancillary trilogy built itself on a number tropes established by other great authors but used them to change the ground rules of space opera It also gave her a platform from which she could branch out into the equally enjoyable Provenance The Raven Tower does the same, building on some giants of literary tradition and some of the standard fantasy building blocks but re imagining them in a way that respects the genre builds on it in a new and intriguing way flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 30, 2018 Katharine Ventureadlaxre rated it it was amazing Shelves read 2018 Strong book to end 2018 with, yay As a preamble I haven t read Leckie s Imperial Radch series I tried and didn t manage to get through the first book simply because I didn t get it though I appreciate that it exists, for sure I simply didn t feel smart enough to read it, like how some may struggle to read Shakespeare.This is Leckie s first fantasy novel a genre I m comfortable in than science fiction as much as I love it so I thought I d give it a go Leckie is an amazing writer, Strong book to end 2018 with, yay As a preamble I haven t read Leckie s Imperial Radch series I tried and didn t manage to get through the first book simply because I didn t get it though I appreciate that it exists, for sure I simply didn t feel smart enough to read it, like how some may struggle to read Shakespeare.This is Leckie s first fantasy novel a genre I m comfortable in than science fiction as much as I love it so I thought I d give it a go Leckie is an amazing writer, after all Immediately upon starting the book you see that she s still doing clever things, writing in the usually avoided second person narrative, usually reserved for Choose Your Own Adventure books It soon becomes apparent that that s not what this is at all this is a God, who is omnisciently witnessing everything that comes before it By page six I was hooked.There are two interwoven storylines, one present and one past, one where the God is talking about their very early days and the trials and tribulations that come with having anything and everything you say becoming immediately true and one where the God is following young Eolo, who has come with his Lord Mawat basically a Prince who has returned home from fighting on the border to be told that his father has disappeared, and the power hungry uncle has taken over the leadership for the good of the people Eolo sounds like a farmer s boy which lends people to underestimate him, giving chance for Eolo to hopefully discover what really happened to Mawat s father.This book is really very gripping political intrigue aside as it explores many different Gods and what takes up their time as hundreds and thousands of years pass by The human characters, too, are interesting I especially liked Tikaz who has been friends with Mawat since they were children, yet certainly is not in love with him Daughter to one of the powerful advisors to first Mawat s father and then his uncle, she is not without her own power which was excellent to see.A very, very satisfying ending, too flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 20, 2019 Fae Crate rated it it was amazing review of another edition Wonderful world building and writing Well developed and strong character growth and descriptions The cover is very enticing and the description teases you to figure out what the book is actually about I read this book in roughly a week and highly enjoyed it Fans of Brandon Sanderson and Patrick Rothfuss will enjoy this book flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 21, 2019 Bryn Hammond rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves imagined fiction Notable for its gods doing science figuring out scientific principles as they exist over the ages and watch the human species crawl out of the water and make societies.I definitely felt the gods past set story the most inventive part of this book The human story that ran in tandem, present day, seemed a bit simple for its size, so there was repetition, and standard fare In all, ideas fantasy and most welcome ARC through NetGalley flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 30, 2018 Andrew rated it it was amazing Shelves fantasy Here s a story I ve heard Ann Leckie has mastered dominos She chooses tiles of many colours raven black, stone grey, eggshell white Those she chooses are placed in intriguing patterns, patterns that grow slowly The tiles are never put down in order from first to last, and sometimes take all morning and most of the afternoon to place But the placement itself is part of it You ll be glad to watch the dominos go up Even gladder when she knocks them down It only takes the slightest nudge Th Here s a story I ve heard Ann Leckie has mastered dominos She chooses tiles of many colours raven black, stone grey, eggshell white Those she chooses are placed in intriguing patterns, patterns that grow slowly The tiles are never put down in order from first to last, and sometimes take all morning and most of the afternoon to place But the placement itself is part of it You ll be glad to watch the dominos go up Even gladder when she knocks them down It only takes the slightest nudge The tiled paths have all connected somehow, most without you quite noticing They flow outward in many directions as they fall When they ve all collapsed, borne down inexorably, you ll realize you re looking at mosaic A final image that you couldn t expect that shows you something different, something new.The image will stay with you until it s time to set up the dominos again I received this ebook for free in exchange for an honest review flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 20, 2018 Clara rated it it was amazing Such a strange, riveting, unsettling, wonderful book The main character, the god telling the story, is someone I will remember for a long time, a very unconventional character that I managed to get extremely attached to I ll be thinking about this one for a while flag 1 likeLike see review Oct 12, 2018 Matthew Burris rated it liked it Three stars because it took me a while to get into the style and the end seemed rushed But that said, I enjoyed the main characters and world building Fantasy isn t really my thing but sign me up for whatever Ann Leckie puts out next flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 31, 2019 Tsana Dolichva rated it it was amazing The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie was not at all what I expected When I first heard that there would Leckie had written a fantasy book, I was ambivalent I like her SF, but haven t recently felt the need for new fantasy series in my life But then some friends with early review copies started gushing about and I figured I might as well join their ranks.There are two main storylines in this book and both are told from the point of view of a god, in a world where there are many gods of different powe The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie was not at all what I expected When I first heard that there would Leckie had written a fantasy book, I was ambivalent I like her SF, but haven t recently felt the need for new fantasy series in my life But then some friends with early review copies started gushing about and I figured I might as well join their ranks.There are two main storylines in this book and both are told from the point of view of a god, in a world where there are many gods of different powers One story tells the god s history first awareness, how the world has changed since then, learning to communicate with humans, etc while the other story follows a human in the present day The latter story is also told by the god so it s actually I second person as though the god is speaking to the other protagonist.At first I was happy to go along with the interesting premise, before I had a clear idea of where the story was going But then, once the threads started to come together, it became rather difficult to put the book down Especially as it ramped up towards the end because gosh was that a dramatic ending that I m not going to spoil.The easiest book to compare The Raven Tower to is Terry Pratchett s Small Gods, but only really because of the shared subject matter The ideas of small gods are very similar, but aside from that the two books have little in common I m not sure I ve read anything else similar to The Raven Tower The intertwining of the two stories was expertly done, with many of the transitions leaving me wanting , only to start reading the next section and be reminded that I had wanted of that one too I highly recommend The Raven Tower to fantasy fans, especially those who enjoy reading about different types of gods and different systems for the existence of said gods I also recommend it to readers who are looking for standalone fantasy books While it s possible stories could be written in this world in the future, I think it s unlikely and would lessen the impact of this one.4.5 5 starsYou can read of my reviews on my blog flag Like see review Jan 21, 2019 Jessica DiFelice thefanaticreader rated it liked it Shelves read 2019, netgalley arcs I was very excited for this book, I love Ann Leckie s Imperial Radch trilogy and the world she created there, this however, fell a little short.I loved the world and the perspective we saw it through, I just felt detached for most of the story We are told the story from a god s perspective, and then in second person about Eolo The fact that we didn t actually get Eolo s first person narrative just didn t work for me I didn t come to care about the characters, and what happened to them It fel I was very excited for this book, I love Ann Leckie s Imperial Radch trilogy and the world she created there, this however, fell a little short.I loved the world and the perspective we saw it through, I just felt detached for most of the story We are told the story from a god s perspective, and then in second person about Eolo The fact that we didn t actually get Eolo s first person narrative just didn t work for me I didn t come to care about the characters, and what happened to them It felt very detached, and cold This actually makes sense as you get further along in the god s story about how he came to be where he is, and the things that happened to him, but for most of the novel, it just made me a little uninterested The storytelling and writing was great, I appreciate what Leckie was doing with her perspectives and why she did it, but ultimately, it didn t necessarily work for me I will still keep reading the books she puts out, but this wasn t a favourite I received this as an e ARC from the publisher for a free and honest review on Netgalley flag Like see review Jan 01, 2019 Mariana Calderon rated it it was amazing Shelves fantasy, read liked need to buy Ann Leckie has brought her talent for writing exquisitely crafted societies to a fantasy setting, and we are all better for it.Take a city state of rigid expectations but not of gender, no, because Leckie never wants us to be so small minded as that and complex politics, and throw in a number of gods of varied power and patience, and then you could craft a story you once were told, one of a man denied an inheritance, an aide with a clever mind, and a land with a long and untold history of gods Ann Leckie has brought her talent for writing exquisitely crafted societies to a fantasy setting, and we are all better for it.Take a city state of rigid expectations but not of gender, no, because Leckie never wants us to be so small minded as that and complex politics, and throw in a number of gods of varied power and patience, and then you could craft a story you once were told, one of a man denied an inheritance, an aide with a clever mind, and a land with a long and untold history of gods and promises and carefully hoarded power.Let a strong and patient god tell the story, its own story and the land s story and the man s story and the aide s story but mostly its own story , and you would maybe ended up with a pale facsimile of the brilliant story Leckie has gifted us.Completely engrossing, with a narration style reminiscent of N K Jemisin and wonderfully clever, with themes surrounding the power of language and religion and the power humans give it, The Raven Tower is a fantastic debut into fantasy and I cannot wait to see what comes next in this series flag Like see review Jan 26, 2019 Lizz rated it liked it Shelves 2019 reads, arcs Listen A god is speaking My voice echoes through the stone of your master s castle This castle where he finds his uncle on his father s throne You want to help him You cannot You are the only one who can hear me You will change the world I won t lie, the cover and the blurb intrigued me with this book I haven t read a book written by Ann Leckie before so i wasn t really sure what to expect, but i didn t expect what i got.The book started slow for me, and while i enjoyed the descriptive Listen A god is speaking My voice echoes through the stone of your master s castle This castle where he finds his uncle on his father s throne You want to help him You cannot You are the only one who can hear me You will change the world I won t lie, the cover and the blurb intrigued me with this book I haven t read a book written by Ann Leckie before so i wasn t really sure what to expect, but i didn t expect what i got.The book started slow for me, and while i enjoyed the descriptive writing, the rest was a bit of a blur We are told the story through a god s raven perspective, and then it jumps into a second person narrative.I didn t feel connected to the characters or the story, so all in all this book wasn t it for me.A huge thank you to Netgalley and Hachette Australia for approving me for this book to read in exchange for an honest review flag Like see review Dec 19, 2018 Jenn added it Shelves own, arc, dnf I received a digital ARC of this title from Edelweiss for an honest review.I m not going to do an official review for this one, nor am I going to rate it I didn t get very far into it This style, while many like it, is just really not for me The story is told like the narrator is telling someone who has amnesia about EVERYTHING in their world, including the story of something that happened to that amnesia victim It s odd and feels awkward The world building I got in just the beginning wasn I received a digital ARC of this title from Edelweiss for an honest review.I m not going to do an official review for this one, nor am I going to rate it I didn t get very far into it This style, while many like it, is just really not for me The story is told like the narrator is telling someone who has amnesia about EVERYTHING in their world, including the story of something that happened to that amnesia victim It s odd and feels awkward The world building I got in just the beginning wasn t very interesting to me, nor were the characters I d previously tried this author s Ancillary Justice and didn t care for that one either, so I m thinking it s just a me thing Plenty of people love her flag Like see review Jan 28, 2019 Asher rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves fantasy sci fi, queer themes, arc not netgalley This book took me a long while to get into it, but once I was, I was hooked It came very late for me, I wasn t attached and I wasn t attached and then I couldn t tear myself away from the screenand then it was over The books is largely told in second person, which was part of the stumbling blocks I never adjusted to the voice of the narrator and I don t think it is going to be for everyone Still, the world is rich and the conclusion is mighty I can t wait to see of the the gods of t This book took me a long while to get into it, but once I was, I was hooked It came very late for me, I wasn t attached and I wasn t attached and then I couldn t tear myself away from the screenand then it was over The books is largely told in second person, which was part of the stumbling blocks I never adjusted to the voice of the narrator and I don t think it is going to be for everyone Still, the world is rich and the conclusion is mighty I can t wait to see of the the gods of this world, and see what is in store for Iraden The Raven Tower sets a strong foundation for a bigger picture series flag Like see review Dec 26, 2018 Joe Jones rated it it was amazing Shelves fiction, fantasy, gods We start out slow with two competing storylines that jump back and forth in time Fortunately, we have strong characters to keep us turning the pages The god Strength and Patience on the Hill in the one storyline and Eolo in the other Eventually the two storylines come together in a very satisfying way that I did not see coming A book that makes you stop and think but also laugh at the absurdity of things at times The author has shown she is already a master at writing Science Fiction and wi We start out slow with two competing storylines that jump back and forth in time Fortunately, we have strong characters to keep us turning the pages The god Strength and Patience on the Hill in the one storyline and Eolo in the other Eventually the two storylines come together in a very satisfying way that I did not see coming A book that makes you stop and think but also laugh at the absurdity of things at times The author has shown she is already a master at writing Science Fiction and with this book I think we can safely say Fantasy is something she excels at as well flag Like see review previous 1 2 3 4 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed

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    1. I rushed to Netgalley to get hold of an advance copy of this book based on how much I enjoyed Leckie s science fiction series The Raven Tower is fantasy which I also love, but somehow this one just missed the mark for me.Of course the writing is good and as usual for this author it is presented in an unusual way Very unusual actually since the narrator is a rock who is also a god This god spends a large part of the book philosophising on anything and everything as to be expected since he does I [...]


    2. Holy sh t, y all And let me repeat holy sh t.I have to start this review with how I heard about this book I had the amazing opportunity to meet with Ann Leckie twice during SIBA18, both during the Rise of Alt SFF panel and again during the moveable feast of authors, where she had 90 seconds to tell my table about her first foray into fantasy I loved the way she summarized her book and I have no doubt her synopsis will sound way, way better than anything I could pen, so I m going to unapologe Hol [...]


    3. Here is a story I ve heard Ann Leckie has written a highly absorbing, beautifully imagined fantasy novel, with a quirky, atmospheric and highly engaging character voice I probably didn t need to take the third party precautionary measure because I believe this to be true, but care in all things, especially when you pick up The Raven Tower because it will deprive you of sleep and leave you longing for .In a world where God s and human s intertwine, a God cannot speak false One God tells the Here [...]


    4. Here is a story I have heard.It is a story that is easy to admire, to appreciate, to acknowledge as something wholly unique within the fantasy genre, and yet it is a difficult one to enjoy You likely have never read a story quite like it, and whether you would like to read another is probably what will divide the fans from the frustrated Here is another story I have heard.It is a story that is technically impressive, told with an unusual point of view, and through an original voice [...]


    5. Actual rating 2.5 starsYou can find this review on my blog with my choice of music I ve got an ARC from Orbit in exchange of an honest review.Ever since I laid eyes on the cover and the blurb, I knew I had to read The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie I was kind of obsessed with it and couldn t wait to get my hands on one Which I did over Christmas and was so happy that I just hugged it to my chest ask James So you can imagine how hyped I was when I could finally crack it open I also have to ment [...]


    6. Ann Leckie seems to enjoy writing books in which the main characters are big, sentient objects.I m a bookseller who received an advance reader copy of the book after having the pleasure of meeting Ann at the SIBA Discovery Show I was extremely excited about the work, having been a fan of Ancillary Justice Well, The Raven Tower lived up to my lofty expectations Like the Ancillary Trilogy, this work showcases Ann s incredible skill for building fantastical realms The central trope is a sort Ann Le [...]



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