Raven's Strike (Raven Series #2)

Raven's Strike (Raven Series #2)

by Patricia Briggs

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Overview

Seraph must use all her skills as a Raven mage to stop the force of destruction known as the Shadowed in the second novel in this thrilling fantasy series.

Seraph is among the last of the Travelers, those who strive to destroy the dark magic released by their ancestors’ mistakes. Seraph tried to escape her people’s duty and live a quiet life, until evil found her…and her family.
 
A cunning new force for darkness called the Shadowed stalks the land, feeding on death, destruction, and the sleeping Stalker’s power. He plans to wake the Stalker, wreaking untold havoc, but he needs those who bear the Travelers’ magic to release the dark god…and he has his sights set on Seraph and her family.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780441013128
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/26/2005
Series: Raven Series , #2
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 135,235
Product dimensions: 4.25(w) x 6.72(h) x 1.05(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Patricia Briggs is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Mercy Thompson urban fantasy series and the Alpha and Omega novels.

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Raven's Strike (Raven Series #2) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 93 reviews.
songbirdsue More than 1 year ago
This is a Great second half of Seraph’s story. I always love Patricia Briggs’ characters. They seem real to me with all of the emotions and interactions in a positive rather than negative feeling. I love the way each family member has something to contribute, that they specialize in. All are needed in the end in order to take down the bad guy. I love the relationship between Seraph and her husband Tier. They stay true to each other in every way and would do anything for each other, even though they do not always agree. It feels real and is a good example of what a good relationship should be. There is a wonderful combination of clean romance, wit and action. Even though it did have a good ending, I felt that there could have been more to wrap it up a bit more. There is still left to build other stories from. I would like to have some side stories with some of the children, see what happens down the road.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Had trouble putting this down. The first book as well. Enjoy!
Stewartry on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Well written and fun; natural dialogue and well-made worlds for interesting characters to play in. The duology of Raven's Shadow and Raven's Strike, with a really interesting and I think unique structure of magic. My only issue with these books at all is that she always uses the word "quit" - "He quit talking"; "She quit asking". It always seems too modern an idiom to me, and nudges me out of her world a little; just once I'd love her to say "stopped" or "ceased" or anything else in the thesaurus... Regardless, I love Patricia Briggs.
wyvernfriend on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Seraph is one of the last of the Travellers, people who try to destroy dark magic and she thinks she's done with the job until the evil comes to vist her and her family. She's back to work trying to defeat the evil and it's an interesting ride.I enjoyed the read and I'm looking forward to reading it again.
jjmcgaffey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I don't like it quite as much as Raven's Shadow - it gets to be a bit too big, too world-saving. But even while they're saving the world the characterization is spot-on and fascinating. The first parts are no more major than Shadow - like saving Tier, they have to deal with monsters on the way home and invading Redern. Tier finds he's got after-effects of the Path's spells. Then Phoran shows up - his problem wasn't as solved as he thought, either. A lucky find tells them where the next steps are; after a well-written journey, they find a lot more than they bargained for. But even in the climactic battle, Tier and Seraph's feelings for their family and the reciprocal feelings (especially from Jes) play a major part in determining the action. And the Shadowed's lack of understanding of that is the best weapon they have. I don't know if it's a permanent solution - the Stalker still wants free - but with the Orders freed the leaks will be less. I wonder if destroying the mermori would help, too? And without a teacher in the city - I don't know if he needed that as a starting point or if he could have touched the Stalker without help. Dunno - but even if that particular danger is gone, there are still lots of interesting stories in that world. Stories I'd love to see, someday.
SunnySD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Seraph and Tier saved the the Emperor, the empire and the world in Raven's Shadow.... Except they didn't. Their battle with the Shadowed was simply a skirmish. They succeeded in delaying him and saving the Emperor, but they don't get long to bask in the afterglow. Returning home the family discovers that the Shadowed has preceded them bearing plagues and calling dark creatures to threaten the townsfolk. The Emperor's Memory still haunts him, which may cause him to lose his head - literally, and if that isn't enough, Tier's Order is disintegrating. If they are to really save Tier, the Emperor, and the world, they'll have to find the lost city of Colossae, identify the Shadowed, and face the stalker for once and for all.Briggs ties up a lot of loose ends and while the plot still winds around and threads don't always tie together perfectly, once again, the action makes up for most of the holes and her characters are great.
hjjugovic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The second half of Brigg's duology gives a big payoff for all the (somewhat slow) world building she does in Raven's Shadow. The action picks up and the characters start to "pop" a lot more. I've read Brigg's later works, and I think that she's gotten more skilled at telling tight stories - this one feels like some of her later work. Recommended.
therhoda on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Taking up where Raven shadow left off we begin the quest to stop the villian.
lewispike on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Follow up to Raven's Shadow and finishing the story.Tier and Seraph et al go to Colossae, kill the shadowed, save the day and they mostly get to live happily ever after. There are a few nice twists and turns, but some are a little laboured and obvious. Still a fun, light read and worth the time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Worth it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book provides excellent world building, mythology, and character development. Nothing was predictable in either this book or the first in this series. This is perfect for lovers of high fantasy with a solid romance at the center. However, the romance does not over power the rest of the story. Characters growing into their Traveler heritage and addressing the legacy of their people is the lynch pin holding this novel together. This books is as much about family and growing (no matter how old you are) as it is about romance.
PollyBennett More than 1 year ago
A fitting conclusion to a great epic fantasy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series is one of my favorites! I love the characters, the adventure, and all the plot twist!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Okay
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed that the story picked up where the first book ended. The characters were bold and loyal, kind and fearless, inspirational. I wanted to belong to the family, be invited in for some tea and a song. I hope a third book is in the making!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent reading
SmalltownSR More than 1 year ago
Wonderful
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyed. Wish book 3 was out.
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kleokatra More than 1 year ago
Still not my most favorite series by Briggs. It was highly entertaining and I enjoyed the history and adventure the characters went on. The ending was extremely predictable which was kind of annoying. I was hoping the nemesis would've been someone not so obvious. Oh well. On the whole, this is a nice ending to Briggs' two book fantasy series. It was a good series to read if you're looking to kill time in between other book releases.
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