The Raven Tower

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 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...

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Title:The Raven Tower
Author:Ann Leckie
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Genres:Fantasy
ISBN:0356506991
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:416 pages pages

The Raven Tower Reviews

  • karen
    Feb 20, 2019
    NOW AVAILABLE!!! BOOK SCHWAG!! i had high hopes for this book. leckie?s imperial radch trilogy has been so celebrated by the SF kids that even i wanted to read it, and SF books have always had very limited appeal to me. when i heard she was doing a fantasy novel this time o...
  • Cathy (cathepsut)
    Mar 10, 2019
    Unusual second-person narrative. A little odd at first, but it grew on me. Strange that a main character does not have an inner voice. The book alternates between two stories. There is the present day plot and a back story. I don?t want to give too much away, I think it is more fu...
  • Thomas Wagner
    Mar 19, 2019
    The Raven Tower is one of those impeccably crafted epic fantasy novels in which characters we?re given no particular reason to root for fight for stakes we?re given little reason to care about. This might be a thoroughly unremarkable thing if the book was yet another mid-list debut...
  • Bob Milne
    Jan 04, 2019
    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...
  • Tatiana
    Mar 14, 2019
    I found The Raven Tower to be both conceptually intriguing and boring. I wonder if my general indifference to the novel has to do with the fact that this story's narrator is a rock. A rock that is a god, but still a rock that likes to just exist. Or be rolled around by someone. ...
  • Emily
    May 09, 2019
    I really enjoyed this book, but it fell short of a 5 star read for me - I don't think it's anything I would re-read, but I flew through in two days and liked the story although I didn't really feel attached to any of the characters. The weird second person POV didn't put me off like it...
  • Bradley
    Feb 28, 2019
    Cue up Simon and Garfunkle for this ride. Just a single song on endless repeat. "Don't talk of love, Well, I've heard the word before. It's sleeping in my memory; And I won't disturb the slumber Of feelings that I've died. if I never loved, I never would have cried. I am...
  • Spencer Orey
    Mar 25, 2019
    This is a smart, easy to read Hamlet-inspired fantasy novel with some great moving pieces. I'm starting to appreciate fantasy books that stay tightly focused on a single situation rather than over-expanding out. This one is a real case study in how to do that. The system of Gods and...
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    Feb 20, 2019
    2 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/02/28/... I am but a simple reader, with simple tastes. I can appreciate when an author tries different things, or when a novel tries to break out of its genre and stylistic norms. But at the end of the day, all I want...
  • Christopher Buehlman
    Jun 08, 2019
    You became aware at the bottom of a prehistoric seabed. The ocean dried out around you and in time you found yourself worshipped by humans who called you The Strength and Patience of the Mountain. Congratulations! You?re a god! But don?t let it go to your head, if you have a head?...
  • Audrey
    May 12, 2019
    I think the blurb here on GR gives too much away, but I don?t want you to go in completely blind because this is a different book. The book alternates between first person narration and second person. The second person is Eolo, an aid to a prince (only he?s not called that) whos...
  • Bentley ★ Bookbastion.net
    May 28, 2019
    See this review and more like it on www.bookbastion.net! __________ I was in the cutest little local bookstore earlier this month when I came acrossThe Raven Towerin the employee recommendations section. To be honest, the cover was so striking and gorgeous that it caught my e...
  • Phrynne
    Jan 26, 2019
    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 i...
  • Lindsay
    Mar 31, 2019
    So far, this is my second favorite fantasy book this year with only the amazing conclusion of the Winternight trilogy beating it. We start the story with an unseen narrator speaking to the main character Eolo, describing Eolo's actions in the second person. Eolo is the loyal and res...
  • Lata
    Mar 21, 2019
    Holy crap, this was good. With its unusual structure: 2nd person narration coupled with two stories alternating through the book, this is not the easiest story to get through. But Leckie doesn't disappoint. Either of the two tales would be fascinating, but each has their own interesti...
  • Holly (The Grimdragon)
    Feb 18, 2019
    "There will be a reckoning." This.. is a DNF for me. I tried. I really did. I made it to page 137 and just.. I couldn't go on. You know I believe in being completely honest in my reviews. Whelp.. The Raven Tower will probably tick the boxes for most people, but that just wasn't t...
  • Allison
    Jan 06, 2019
    Oh how I love fantasy novels about GODS and the nature of DIVINITY and oh HOW THIS BOOK DELIVERED. ...
  • Liz Barnsley
    Nov 18, 2018
    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, b...
  • Lizy
    Sep 22, 2018
    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 ha...
  • Rachel (Kalanadi)
    May 21, 2019
    In this world, there are many gods, many with their own specialties. Gods can gain power from humans worshiping them and sacrificing to them. They can work out deals where gods use their power to "effect change" in a beneficial way for humans. A really, really important point in thi...
  • Adah Udechukwu
    Feb 26, 2019
    The Raven Tower seemed weird at first. The first 30 or so pages had me confused but soon the novel picked up. It started making a lot of sense. I loved the world building. I loved the characters. The entire concept of the novel was fascinating and oddly compelling. ...
  • Choko
    Jul 01, 2019
    *** 3.33 *** I need to explain my rating... I hated giving this author's work anything below a 4 star, but I couldn't and stay honest with myself. I think I tend to be tougher on authors of which I have high expectations and I already know that they are really, really good at what t...
  • Timy
    Jan 22, 2019
    Actual rating: 2.5 stars You 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 ...
  • Sarah
    Mar 09, 2019
    I?m giving it three stars and splitting it down the middle because I didn?t really give it a fair shake. I skipped large chunks of this book. Do you want to hear the story of a billion year old rock god that does nothing but sit on a hill and watch the world go by? Well I su...
  • Acqua
    Mar 29, 2019
    This is, without any doubt, the most interesting book narrated by a rock I've ever read. 3.5 stars The Raven Tower is a really interesting novel. It's a story about political intrigue in a coastal city, but unlike most books about political intrigue, it's narrated in second perso...
  • Quartzen
    Feb 27, 2019
    It's been a while since I stayed up late to finish a book on the day it came out, but I couldn't put this one down. I went into it not knowing anything more than the blurb, and knowing I'd enjoyed Leckie's previous novels a great deal, and I couldn't put it down. I don't have much t...
  • Nils | nilsreviewsit
    Feb 18, 2019
    After hearing such praise for Ann Leckie?s Ancillary Justice series, but having never read it myself, I was really excited to try her fantasy debut, The Raven Tower. The premise sounded just my kind of story; I mean the idea of a Raven god and a Raven?s Lease who?s duty is to sac...
  • The Captain
    Mar 06, 2019
    Ahoy there mateys! I absolutely adore this author?s work and love, love, love her Imperial Radch books. The first book of the trilogy is one of me favourite books of all time. To say I was excited about this newest book was an understatement. And it delivered. Now to be fair, I th...
  • Sepani
    Apr 27, 2019
    DNF A very unpopular review when considering the ratings of the other book reviews. When I first saw the cover of the book, I was very tempted to try out the book. I was as nervous before reading as to what the story narrates about. But unfortunately, I couldn?t understand a s...
  • Libertie
    Oct 08, 2018
    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...