The Raven Song, Luanne G. Smith

A book is open on a table, with green smoke rising from it. Bookshelves are in the background but blurred. The title is slightly golden.

Someone wants Edwina to know she’s being watched. So much so that she needs to flee London for her safety. But her new location isn’t all that safe either. But Ian, Hob, and Elvanfoot have her best interests in mind. While Ian is on a case, Edwina can’t help being drawn into it. In a slow, unraveling mystery, many secrets come to light.

Even though I figured out our suspect early on, it didn’t deter my enjoyment of the book. There were a few discrepancies, such as Edwina rereading a note after it had dissolved and disappeared. But this is an ARC, so I imagine they will fix those things before release day. I enjoy how this slowly came together; we didn’t need it to be at breakneck speed, which worked well here. I love the world Smith has created, and the inclusion of magic and varying Fae creatures makes this a fun world to read. Thank you, 47North, for sending this along!

Book Links (releasing October 11th)


About the Book

Fleeing Victorian London, a witch finds her newfound independence comes with all-new perils—both mortal and immortal.

Forever untangling the branches of her strange family tree, Edwina Blackwood is at a turning point. Her parents’ disappearances still strike her as unaccountably odd. Her sister’s questionable life and untimely death have left her shaken. Spellfire has transformed her home and livelihood to ash. And now a devious stalker is on her trail. With supernatural detective Ian Cameron by her side, Edwina can’t get out of London fast enough.

Gaining safe passage, she finds refuge with Sir Henry Elvanfoot, famed wizard of the north, and is promised protection from ill-aimed curses. But in this unfamiliar city of fair folk and witches, where the veil between Earth and the Otherworld is about to be lifted, something is amiss. How else to explain Edwina’s sudden prophetic visions? Or the fear that surviving whoever pursues her will require the powers of an ancient bloodline she’s only beginning to comprehend?

Whatever destiny awaits, it’s Edwina’s to finally control. Where will it lead? Only time, cunning, and magic—in this world or the Other—will tell.


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