Saturday, 20 September 2014

Serial: Raven Episode 3 by Pauline Creeden

I received a copy of Chronicles of Steele: Raven Episode 3 in exchange for my review.

With Darius having been stolen by the Woods Witch, Raven has joined forces with the Duke's guards to find him. Though she knows that the guards have been ordered to kill her, she finds herself slowly beginning to trust the Captain, Jack Grant, and even feels a thrill when she comes close to him. But the hunt is on, and trapping an innocent woman could lead to more answers than they first thought. Getting Darius back is the most important thing, but what happens to him then is still playing on Raven's mind.

Oh I want episode 4 already! As with the previous two episodes I found it really easy to get back into Episode 3 and once the story started there was definitely no stopping it.

Much to my excitement this episode showed more interaction between Jack Grant and Raven, and as there is something there between them I do think that that makes an interesting dynamic. There were some great moments between them, including their interactions over what was chivalrous and what was unnecessary. There was also the fact that Jack admired Raven's skills and didn't discount her for being a woman, which went a long way to making him a likable character.

There were some questions answered about the Woods Witch in this episode, though a lot of those answers meant nothing good. As well answers about Darius and what is 'wrong' with him. I'm thinking that this could lead to some interesting outcomes.

The doubts and guilt that Raven carried with her in the last episode also came to the front, with her insecurities surrounding her father's legacy proving a big worry. And the way that that was resolved certainly added another mystery to the mix! I'm excited to see where that reveal is going.

I'm really enjoying Chronicles of Steele: Raven and am excited to see where it goes next.

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Chronicles-of-Steele-Raven3-199x300Human life has value. The poor living in the gutter is as valuable as the rich living in a manor. The scoundrel is no less valuable than the saint. Because of this, every life a reaper takes must be redeemed. Raven has lived by this first tenet since she was trained by her father to become a reaper. But since his death, she’s been spending years redeeming the lives she’s taken. By her count, she’s even and it’s time for that life to end. If she settles down and becomes a wife, she might just feel human again. But on the way to the life she thinks she wants, the baron of New Haven asks her to complete a task which she cannot ignore… Just when Raven decides to give up on her life as an assassin, she’s pulled right back in. The Chronicles of Steele: Raven is a steampunk-inspired fantasy set in an alternate universe.

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Pauline Creeden is a horse trainer from Virginia, but writing is her therapy. In her fiction, she creates worlds that are both familiar and strange, often pulling the veil between dimensions. She becomes the main character in each of her stories, and because she has ADD, she will get bored if she pretends to be one person for too long.
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