Today is my stop on the blog tour for Raven Storm by Emma Miles – A book I have been very excited to share with you all! Big thanks to Emma for providing me with a copy of the book to review, and to Rachel from Rachels Random Resources for inviting me to take part in the tour.
Fear walks with those in power.
Divided, the land of Chem hangs in the balance. In the west the Ravens seek to bring safety to women, and an end to slavery. In the east the remaining covens cling to their power, refusing to give up their way of life to foreign invaders. Across both lands the priests whisper and plot, their gods a shadowy threat hanging over them all.
To protect their young family, Kesta and Jorrun have made their home in the Raven Tower of Elden. Unable to abandon their responsibility or friends, they remain embroiled in the fight to the north. Whilst peace and friendship blossom between the Fulmers, Borrows and Elden, the arrival of strangers turns the court of Taurmaline upside down.
The history of the Fire-walkers is about to catch up with them, and the Fire-spirit’s truth will be revealed.
It’s no secret by now that I am a huge fan of all of Emma’s work, and this is no exception! The previous books in this series (As well as other series’ Emma has written) are all action packed from start to finish – But this book takes it to a whole new level. I was on the edge of my seat for most of it, unable to read fast enough to satisfy my need to know what happens next! There’s just so much going on; drama, action, suspense, and all my favourite characters being their usual badass selves!
This book takes on the same format as it’s predecessors, the chapters switching back and forth between characters to give us the full view of the story – As always this has been done so smoothly, it’s easy to keep track of where you are and who you’re with! And it takes a deeper look at the resident fire spirits, and their origin, which I love! The fire spirits are a huge part of the books and Azrael is my favourite character by far (To the point where I named a pet after him!) so it was great having this book where the fire spirits are so central to the story line.
Though the main action focuses on this fire spirit theme, there is of course plenty going on in the other lands, too. With plenty from feisty young Catya, another of my favourites – She’s changed and grown a lot since her last appearance and it makes for a very interesting, and sometimes frustrating (In a good way!) read.
As always, I will be impatiently awaiting the next publication from Emma Miles so that I can devour that as quickly as I did this one!
About The Author
I often get asked when I knew I was a writer; the answer is always. A writer is what I am, it’s in my soul. There have been times in my life when I couldn’t write, and times when my writing has been the only thing that kept me going. I think I always longed for something deeper from life, something more meaningful, and I found it in my imagination and in the music of words.
It was poetry which first caught my attention, and whilst my younger cousins called for ghost stories it was animals I first wrote of. I think I gravitated toward fantasy because of the freedom it gives, I could create my own worlds and decide my own rules. My Wind’s Children trilogy was born from an image that came to me whilst daydreaming, of a young man sitting alone below a bridge. I didn’t know who he was; it turns out neither did he, but we found out together.
I’m now working on my seventh book and love writing more than ever, it’s an addiction, an obsession, but one I now share with my wonderful writing family. My beta readers, my editor, and you, my readers, having you with me on my journey means the world to me.
I write as much as I can around work, but I also try to squeeze in a ridiculous amount of hobbies! I’m a wildlife photographer and do a little archery. I paint, sculpt with clay, withies and driftwood, preferring to be outdoors if I can. I still have a love for the theatre, having started out in life studying backstage crafts, and a great love for language. I speak a little French, Romanian and Italian, ma non molto bene!
Thanks for reading this. If you read any of my books and love them, please come say hello and tell me, you’d be surprised at how much that means to an author.
Take care of yourself.