I’m so thrilled to be part of the Ravencry blog tour! Today is the publication date for this fabulous fantasy novel, so I’m bringing you five reasons you should read Ravencry.
Blackwing was awesome and you want more
Blackwing was one of my favourite books of the 2017. With punchy writing, fantastic world building, and intriguing characters, Blackwing was a great debut novel. While some sequels can suffer from ‘second novel syndrome, this is not the case with Ravencry — McDonald’s talents haven’t dulled. Just as fast paced and intriguing, Ravencry will please fans of the first book. And hey, has it been awhile since you read Blackwing? Ravencry starts with a synopsis of the previous book!
A fast paced and intriguing plot
Blackwing was a pacey page turner, and Ravencry is no different. You fall into the story from the first pages, and it doesn’t loosen its grip. I feel like because we have all the essential world building in place, the plot of Ravencry is even more razor-sharp than Blackwing.
The consequences of war
My favourite fantasy novels show the consequences of The Big Event. Whether it’s war or a siege, I love to see what happens after the battle and how people deal with the consequences of war. Four years after the events of Blackwing, Valengrad is still struggling with the devastation King Shavada wreaked upon the city. I loved the (horrific) descriptions of the canal that so perfectly set the opening scene, the emergence of religious fanaticism in a war-torn city, and the architectural and social changes that have gotten underway after Blackwing‘s final pages.
An expanding world
The amazing world building of Blackwing has really stuck with me. From the streets of Valengrad to the Misery, Blackwing’s world is a fantastic combination of postapocalyptic and grimdark fantasy with a dash of Mad Max. Ravencry of course revisits that world, but we learn even more about the world, the Nameless, and the people who inhabit it. In this book, we get a budding cult. Who doesn’t love a good cult?
New characters fighting alongside the old favourites
The cast of characters was one of the best parts of the first book. From the gruff Rhyhalt Galharrow and Nenn to the mysterious Deep Kings and Nameless, I just found the range and diversity of characters so impressive. The cast has expanded since the events of Blackwing, and McDonald’s characterisation is still on point. There’s new characters to love, old favourites to cheer on, and new character arcs to follow. I personally absolutely love both Davandien and Amaira,
About the Author
Ed McDonald has spent many years dancing between different professions, cities and countries, but the only thing any of them share in common is that they have allowed him enough free time to write. He currently lives in London, a city that provides him with constant inspiration, where he works as a university lecturer. When he’s not grading essays or wrangling with misbehaving plot lines he can usually be found fencing with longswords, rapiers and pollaxes.
Many thanks to Gollancz for arranging this blog tour and sending me a copy of Ravencry. Don’t forget to check out the rest of the stops on the blog tour!
Have you read Blackwing? Are you looking forward to Ravencry? Let me know!