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The Raven Heir by Stephanie Burgis

Updated: Aug 16, 2021

Cover artwork by Petur Antonsson

Lettering by David Dean

A set of magical triplets, two warring dynasties, a perilous quest across an enchanted forest, and a broken crown waiting for its rightful owner… The Raven Heir is an irresistible slice of fast-paced fantasy fiction to truly get lost in. I loved every minute I spent in Corvenne and I'm already desperate to return for more.

Cordelia and her triplets Rosalind and Giles have lived safely in the castle at the centre of the forest all their lives, protected by the spells their mother has woven. The only time Cordelia feels truly free is when she turns into a dragonfly or a blackbird and can fly beyond the great stone walls. But then one day the outside world comes to them. Two rival dukes and their soldiers have come for the triplets - because whoever is the eldest is the heir to the throne.

But their mother knows that since the Raven Crown was broken, no one has been able to rule the kingdom of Corvenne and live, and she will not give up any of her children to that death sentence. When she refuses to reveal which child is the eldest, she is taken prisoner, and Cordelia and her brother and sister find themselves on the run in a dangerous new world. And as they set out across Corvenne to rescue their mother, Cordelia begins to see that there is a deep magic at work, driving her towards a destiny that could tear her family apart, take away her freedom forever or, just maybe, heal a kingdom devastated by a war that has raged for generations.

Richly atmospheric and breathtakingly thrilling, The Raven Heir definitely gave me Disney's Brave meets The Wizards of Once vibes but with a gorgeous medieval twist. Inspired by the War of the Roses and the wild British landscapes, Burgis's storytelling pulses with a warm, classical charm whilst still boldly exploring the double-edged sword of power, politics and freedom. I adored Cordelia and her triplets Rosalind and Giles, each beautifully different from the other but connected by a love much deeper than magic and blood.

Bring on book two!



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