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 territory from atop a tower in the powerful port of Vastai. His will is enacted through the Raven's Lease, a human ruler chosen by the god himself. His magic is sustained via the blood sacrifice that every Lease must offer. And under the Raven's watch, the city flourishes.

But the power of the Raven is weakening. A usurper has claimed the throne. The kingdom borders are tested by invaders who long for the prosperity that Vastai boasts. And they have made their own alliances with other gods.

It is into this unrest that the warrior Eolo--aide to Mawat, the true Lease--arrives. And in seeking to help Mawat reclaim his city, Eolo discovers that the Raven's Tower holds a secret. Its foundations conceal a dark history that has been waiting to reveal itself...and to set in motion a chain of events that could destroy Iraden forever.

Title:The Raven Tower
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780356506999
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  • Spencer Orey

    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-exp...

  • karen

    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 li...

  • Bradley

    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 fee...

  • Mogsy (MMOGC)

    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...

  • Lizy

    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 ...

  • Phrynne

    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 m...

  • Bob Milne

    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...

  • Nils | nilsreviewsit

    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...

  • Tatiana

    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 g...

  • Rebecca Roanhorse

    Most novels are straightforward things, a linear story with a single POV that entertains and, if you, the reader, are lucky, it makes you think, too. And if you, the reader, are also a writer, there i...