The Raven and the Dove – ARC Review

Synopsis – Goodreads

Four fates collide in this avian-inspired, epic fantasy retelling of Tristan and Isolde perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas, Sabaa Tahir, and Leigh Bardugo!

A princess longing to be free…

On the dawn of her courtship trials, Princess Lyana Aethionus knows she should be focused on winning her perfect mate, yet her thoughts wander to the open sky waiting at the edge of her floating kingdom. One final adventure calls. Upon fleeing the palace, the last thing she expects to find is a raven prince locked in a death match with a dragon.

A bastard aching to belong…

Reviled son of a dead king, Rafe would do anything for his beloved half-brother, Prince Lysander Taetanus, including posing as him in the upcoming courtship trials. When a dragon interrupts their secret exchange, he orders his studious sibling to run. After suffering a fatal blow, Rafe is saved by a beautiful dove who possesses forbidden magic, just like him.

Fate brought them together, now destiny will tear them apart…

Unknown to the world above, on the foggy sea ten thousand feet below, a young king fights a forgotten war. He believes Lyana is the queen prophesied to save the world, and with the help of his favored spy, hidden deep in the highest ranks of the dove royal house, he will stop at nothing to have her.

Three shocking betrayals. Two star-crossed lovers. One unforgettable journey. If you like fierce heroines, brooding heroes, forbidden romance, and action-packed magical adventures with twists you’ll never see coming, don’t miss The Raven and the Dove! 

The Great: I feel like I say this a lot and its mostly because I’m a big fan of character-driven stories but the main characters; Lyana, Rafe, Xander, and Cassi are my absolute favorite parts of The Raven and the Dove. Although, I wasn’t a fan of everything they did, I felt a connection to them. Which I will admit, was easy because the story was mostly written from each of their point of views. Lyana, although a princess, has the spirit of adventure and curiosity, like regular folk. Cassi had honorable traits and for the most part was a good friend. Rafe was everything that I love in the love triangle trope, he was the one who made the most sense for Lyana. But Xander (Lysander) had my entire heart from the very beginning. His dedication to his people and his duty sincerely made me swoon. Getting to know each character made me feel that more connected to the story and pushed me to continue at the end of every chapter. 

I also really enjoyed the pace of the story. Unlike most fantasy reads, it didn’t take long for me to understand the world. And each major and minor moment in the story was well executed. I lived for the tense moments when I had no idea what would happen. As well as those free moments where the story just moved along.

The Good: Although confusing in the beginning, the world-building was well flushed and well thought out. It’s my first time reading an avian-inspired fantasy and once I had a better understanding of the magic system, everything fell right into place.

I also enjoyed Davis’ writing style. When describing settings, places and different houses it felt cinematic. I could clearly envision where I was and who I’m supposed to see and what it all means. I also enjoyed the dialogue between all characters. Each character had a clear and distinct voice and I had many “that sounds like something he/she would say” moments.

The Not-so-good: The ending. Mostly because I need to read the next book in the series (which is a good thing) . But also because so many climactic things happen in the end and the cliffhanger was just a little too cliff-hanger-y, (if that makes any sense) and full of what ifs and what’s going to happen. And also because I believe in no spoilers, i’ll just say something happens that I think went well with the story, that was then reversed in a few short chapters. And it just felt unnecessary. 

Overall, I really enjoyed The Raven and the Dove! In fact, it’s the first new fantasy read in a long time that had me completely enraptured. If you’re a fan of political intrigue, complex magic systems and avian storylines then this is the book for you. 

Publication Date: March 9, 2020

Author: Kaitlyn Davis

Genre: YA Fantasy

Special thanks to the author, Kaitlyn Davis and Netgalley for sending me an E-ARC of The Raven and the Dove in exchange for an honest review.

Receiving this ARC did not affect my rating or review!

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