Review: The Raven’s Banquet – Clifford Beal.

ravensGermany 1626: A War, a Witch, a Reckoning…

Richard Treadwell dreams of glory in battle and the riches that follow, bringing with him a secret. War and conflict destroy his romanticised dreams of adventure, and his life takes an even darker turn after he flees.

As a prequel to Gideon’s Angel, it works for those who’ve read Beal’s previous work and haven’t. It feels a book of two distinct sections – grisly battles vs. rural setting with a coven. And it’s all well done – suited for those who like historical fiction.

It feels well-researched, or that the person behind it is comfortable with the eras he tells of. Magic is interwoven nicely into history, playing a neat backdrop to Treadwell’s slow decay from ambitious soldier someone hardened by atrocity.

It’s a good book, nice enough. It just didn’t have that punch, you know? It was well-written, well thought out and researched, and enjoyable to those with a flavour for history, but it just lacked something. The antagonists didn’t have their usual power, the protagonist was easy to fall in and out of backing, and it just needed something cranked up somewhere to make it really click.

The Raven’s Banquet is a good book – likely to be preferable to those who’ve already read Gideon’s Angel, and solid enough to grab enough interest from newcomers into exploring this tale a little bit more.

Pub: 13th May 2014 | Rebellion

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