This book was basically a drawn out introduction but I still kind of enjoyed it – The Raven’s Head by Karen Maitland

Book Reviews, Book Thoughts, teen book reviews, Uncategorized

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A little boy is removed from his family and renamed, forced to live in a monastery with other boys in fear and horror at the secret rites they are submitted to. A scribe, angered by his lowly status, tries to trick his way to power, but finds himself on a long journey carrying a precious and treacherous silver ravens head. And a young girl is drawn unwillingly into the spells, potions, schemes and obsessions of the evil Lord who her village shunsAs their stories weave forward the three are drawn closer together by forces they cannot explain or escape.

I quite enjoyed reading this book. The world and mysteries created were interesting and fairly enjoyable to spend time in, but the action seemed too slow, and the characters not sufficiently fleshed out to sustain my attention any further. So I’m glad to read this one… but despite it being the set up to a whole series, I’m not tempted to embark on the rest of the journey.

Seven books I forgot about: what I’m reading next!

Book Reviews, Book Thoughts, teen book reviews

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Many of these books arrived in my house in quick succession by post last week! (Thanks Bookbridgr!) Without exception I had forgotten requesting them, but I am nevertheless excited to get stuck in. I’m currently in the calm of having finished several books, so have to select which one to start with…