The Raven's Shadow (Wild Hunt)
by Elspeth Cooper
Cover Artist: Dominic Harman
Review by Bill Lawhorn
Tor Books Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765331670
Date: 11 March 2014 List Price $27.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
When the wild hunt rides, the world is in trouble. The veil is breeched and that which was exiled, wants to return. The forces that must try to stop the Nimrothi clan invasion are ill-prepared. All seems to be in disarray and the one thing that can prevent the worst from happening is missing.
Teia is trying to get her people to the Empire's lands to warn of the coming invasion. Freezing lands and dangerous magic lay in her path. Her magical strength will be needed in the end if she can make it to where it will be most effective.
Ytha wants power and is willing to risk betrayal to get it. She makes a pact that she aims to keep, even if it brings the end to the world. Her promise to Maegern offers a great power, but the price may not be worth it.
Tanith has turned her back on her people to try to help the humans stop the Nimrothi invasion. Her magic is needed on the front lines. She steps forward to help. She has an old friend at her side, but that friend's goals are not her own.
Gair was wounded more deeply than he thought during the attack he faced in El Maqqam. Old wounds were reopened that limits his ability to control the Song. He tries to use his anger and hate to push forward and find Savin who has taken everything from him. The path he sets may be his undoing.
This is the third entry into the series The Wild Hunt. It is not the best entry point for new readers. Readers should start with Songs of the Earth. The action is picking up. As the novel continues, the main characters begin to come together and their stories become intertwined. But some things remain unknown to them, only to be revealed in the closing moments of the novel.
I have been enjoying this series. The world is a little more fantastic than some of fantasy's big current hit series. But the fantasy takes from the stories of a variety of different source works.
The interior workings of the church play a smaller role here. Although, to be fair, the church's actions have led to the problems that the Empire faces. The policies that have been established weakened the very people that are needed at this time.
The series will conclude with The Dragon House. There are a great many plotlines that will need be closed. I look forward to the final confrontation with the Wild Hunt. I appreciate that the story will be completed in a defined arc. Too many series seem to be never-ending.