Title: The Raven Trilogy: The First Journey
Author: Melka Stansah
Raven is an outcast in an dystopian medieval world at war. He embarks on a journey to avenge his father’s death then he meets someone that turn his life upside down and discover the truth of his origins. Will Raven find the answers he is looking for?
The Raven Trilogy: The First Journey has an interesting basis. I enjoyed Raven and his lone wolf attitude; however, I was confused by the mix of present and past tense that Melka Stansah switched between. In the beginning of the book the writing was written in standard past tense style, but later on it switched to present tense which made the writing read a bit awkward. For example:
“Chavet looks at his troops in dismay, whatever happened is beyond his comprehension.”
By writing the story in this manner, Stansah seemed to keep the reader outside of her story instead of letting them completely in. But that being said, if the tone of the story were fixed, this story would be highly enjoyable.
Stansah molds together a word of mythology and dystopia all in one. She brings to surface elements of the old world, while making it clear that her story and setting are thrust into the future. Watching the characters in this novel unfold was enjoyable, and I found myself growing attached to Raven by the end. He was a true warrior, and seeing his strength grow despite the setbacks of his past made me feel hope for the future of us all. Raven is a true role model for readers of all ages, and I think that young adults would benefit the most from this novel. It is a great mix of fantasy and real life lessons within an original storyline.
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