Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The Raven King

+ What's on: Dream Within a Dream, by The Glitch Mob

The Raven King

The Foxes are a fractured mess, but their latest disaster might be the miracle they've always needed to come together as a team. The one person standing in their way is Andrew, and the only one who can break through his personal barriers is Neil.

Except Andrew doesn't give up anything for free and Neil is terrible at trusting anyone but himself. The two don't have much time to come to terms with their situation before outside forces start tearing them apart. Riko is intent on destroying Neil's fragile new life, and the Foxes have just become collateral damage.

Neil's days are numbered, but he's learning the hard way to go down fighting for what he believes in, and Neil believes in Andrew even if Andrew won't believe in himself.

Many thanks to KM, who took my wreck of a summary and finally made it into something worthwhile. ♥


Misteline said...

Just finished the Raven King! Brilliant from start to finish. Cannot wait for the next book. ARRRRGHHH!!! The waiting it hurts.

marynoel said...

Misteline : Thank you so much for reading it! I'm really glad you liked it!

Evalangui said...

I loved it, just have a bit of a problem with the first chapter and all the explanations about who everbody is... made it feel heavy and a bit infodumpy. So you might want to reconsider that in future edits, if there's ever any. The first book is free, why would anybody start reading the second without reading and liking it first? A character index of some kind could be less problematic, maybe?

Trying to be constructive, I promise, I adored it and I'm dying for book 3 :)

marynoel said...

Evalangui : haha, my betas warned me it was too bogged down. I sort of tweaked it, but not enough. It's an ongoing bad habit of mine when doing series, mostly because I don't know how long it'll take from book 1 to book 2 and I don't know how much people will remember. (between having so many characters & them reading other things in-between the books) I'm not a fan of character indexes, unfortunately. :D ♥

lime-yay said...

I finished it! I loved it! I'm ready to read it again, actually. Dying for book 3 already, haha.

I wanted to add my two cents to the character explanations thing, since it's something I noticed too. Obviously because I'm a creepily die hard fan, I sighed through the review because I was well versed in my Foxes knowledge. However, since I'm never usually such a creepy die hard fan, I've definitely been on the other side of the fence, where I've picked up a sequel book years or months later because I kind of liked its prequel and been totally lost because there wasn't an explanation.

I'm kind of doubtful that people'll be able to read The Foxhole Court and NOT become obsessed with it, but you never know. (Also, I gotta say, I understand Evalangui's concern in that I am like SUPER invested in this story and I really want it to do well as well.)

Anyway, thank you SO MUCH for the wonderful read and the world, and the characters and everything <3. I am so excited about All the King's Men, and more updates from this journal, and any future works you're brewing up.

lyranda said...

I stayed up until about 2 am on Wednesday night finishing The Raven King and then stayed up until about 1 am on Thursday night rereading The Foxhole Court since it had been a few months. I don't even regret the lost sleep from those nights because the books were so good (especially The Raven King) that I couldn't put them down.

I've already read The Raven King a second time and will admit to reading the last chapter at least 6 times now because I love that chapter and the impact it has. I usually don't immediately reread books and I don't reread a lot of books in general, but that's how much I'm loving this series.

Will book 3 pick up around where The Raven King left off, similar to how The Raven King picked up after The Foxhole Court? I really want to see The Foxes reactions to what happened.

I hope the edits for book 3 are going well, it's pretty much my most anticipated book right now. Like everyone else, I can't wait to read it!

Lea said...

I love it! Love every version of it, actually. <3 Would you ever consider putting up the other drafts of it? Like that one with that exciting confrontation with Neil and his dad in that warehouse...I know my sister and I have been wanting to read any and all drafts of this series!

marynoel said...

lime-yay : I honestly can't retain any characters between books. When sequels come out I put off reading them because I know I'mma have to reread book 1. I envy people who can actually remember this kind of stuff. Thanks for reading book 2! :D

lyranda : Thank you so much for reading The Raven King! Sorry you lost sleep, though! Sleep is precious. I'm really glad you liked that last chapter. King's Men starts 2 days after the end of Raven King. Unfortunately, edits are going terribly, but I promise I'm trying.

Lea : If you mean the scene from book 3, no, that version is not going to make it into the final draft. Sorry, I'm not planning on posting any of the old drafts. I think it'll interfere with my sense of closer. I'm ready to let go of this story, to put out the best version of it I can and then move on to other things. ♥ Thank you for reading it and for your support! I hope you enjoy the 3rd book as well.

maryvel said...

Good lord, I stayed up all night reading and I have to go to work in an hour. Still worth it! I'm not looking forward to leaving the house today, not just because I'm tired but because I got pulled into this world you created so deeply I actually feel a bit disoriented coming out of it now.

I adore all the characters, how do you create so many different personalities and stay true to them throughout the story? They are so believable and authentic and I never get bored reading about them. I've read a lot of stories with interesting main characters and a boring additional cast where I couldn't wait for the focus to return to the main cast every time it diverged even a little. There's non of that here. You manage to get me invested and excited about every single one of them. I think every fox could have his or her own book and I would take it apart in my haste to read it.

I'm hopelessly in love with Neil by now. He makes me laugh and cry and breaks my heart all in the space of a few pages. I adore him, I never want to stop reading about him.

And just to add my two cents; I didn't even notice the catching up in the first chapter. It's just standard practice to do that in a series I think and for good reason and I wouldn't skip it. Compared to how lengthy this often is in other books I feel like you incorporated it well into the story and it didn't bother me one bit. Great job all around.

To make a long story short: I loved every single line and the characters will probably take up space in my mind for weeks to come and I can't wait for the last book!

PS You're a fantastic writer and I often go back to a passage from a former chapter or from the first book just to reread some of the lines that got stuck in my head anyway. Brilliant!

878MG said...
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878MG said...

Uff, I finally made it (almost losing a night for it). I must say, you have a talent for making stories that are hard to walk away from :)

marynoel said...

maryvel : Thank you so much for reading Raven King! I'm really glad you like Neil; I think this is the first story I've written where I actually like the main character best so I'm really glad/relieved you're taken with him.

878MG : Thanks for reading it! Sorry about the missed sleep. ;D