The Raven Queen

The Raven Queen : A Novel

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In this dazzling retelling of one of Ireland's most stirring legends, acclaimed author Jules Watson brings to life the story of Maeve, the raven queen, who is as fierce as she is captivating. She was born to be a pawn, used to secure her father's royal hold on his land. She was forced to advance his will through marriage--her own desires always thwarted. But free-spirited Maeve will no longer endure the schemes of her latest husband, Conor, the cunning ruler of Ulster. And when her father's death puts her homeland at the mercy of its greedy lords and Conor's forces, Maeve knows she must at last come into her own power to save it. With secret skill and daring, Maeve proves herself the equal of any warrior on the battlefield. With intelligence and stealth, she learns the strategies--and sacrifices--of ruling a kingdom through treacherous alliances. And to draw on the dangerous magic of her country's oldest gods, Maeve seeks out the wandering druid Ruan, whose unexpected passion and strange connection to the worlds of spirit imperil everything Maeve thought true about herself--and put her at war with both her duty and her fate.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 544 pages
  • 139 x 209 x 30mm | 397g
  • Random House Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1 MAPS
  • 0553384651
  • 9780553384659
  • 283,317

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Fans of Watson's previous volume of fictionalized Irish mythology The Swan Maiden will love this - it's even better! Once again Watson brings Irish lore to life with characters and issues that resonate with contemporary readers. Don't miss this one, it's a keeper. --Romantic Times, Top Pick, 4-1/2 out of 5 stars
The Raven Queen is a fine, beautifully crafted rendition of a very exciting and magical legend. While based on a Celtic fable, Ms. Watson manages to show Maeve as a marvelous leader who just happens to be a woman. Maeve is strong, brave, and fearless, but doesn't lose the side of her that makes her all too human, able to love and to make difficult choices that could damage that love. All of the characters are richly presented, the historical research impeccable, and the writing is brilliant. Readers will find themselves totally immersed in the ancient Celtic world and will be cheering for Maeve. The Raven Queen is a Perfect 10 all the way. --Romance Reviews Today
Make sure you take plenty of me time to read this book. Because once you start you will not want to pull yourself out of this land rich in history and danger. I thoroughly appreciated Ms. Watson's additional information included with this read, everything from pronunciation of names to the myths and legends behind Maeve's story. The vivid detail that is used to describe scenery transports you; the description of characters help you understand each one for who they are and what they bring to the story. All these great qualities make for a great read for fans of history, romance, and fantasy. --Coffee Time Reviews: 4 cups
And Praise for Jules Watson's The Swan Maiden "Fascinating and unforgettable . . . Jules Watson has conjured up the mythic past, a land of Celtic legend and stark grandeur."--Sharon K. Penman, author of Devil's Brood
"A tour de force . . . magical and compelling. . . Watson does not tell the story, she lives it." --Rosalind Miles, author of The Lady of the Sea
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324 ratings
3.67 out of 5 stars
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4 34% (111)
3 29% (94)
2 10% (31)
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