Chronicles of Steele: Raven (book review)
Chronicles of Steele: Raven was written by Pauline Creeden. This post has been organized by N K Author Services. I was provided with a copy in exchange for my honest book review. All opinions are my own.
About the book:
The poor living in the gutter are as valuable as the rich living in a manor. The scoundrel is no less valuable than the saint. Because of this, every life a reaper takes must be redeemed.
Raven has lived by this first tenet since she was trained by her father to become a reaper. But since his death, she’s been spending years redeeming the lives she’s taken. By her count, she’s even and it’s time for that life to end. If she settles down and becomes a wife, she might just feel human again. But on the way to the life she thinks she wants, the baron of New Haven asks her to complete a task which she cannot ignore… Just when Raven decides to give up on her life as an assassin, she’s pulled right back in.
I didn't realize when I started that this was the "complete story" which included 4 "episodes". I'm so glad to have read it in full, all at once. I don't think I would have liked it as much if I had needed to wait in between episodes. So... it was a little long... but it felt like a more epic tale read in full I think.
I want to almost compare the feel of it to The Dark Tower (Stephen King) although I'm not sure that's right. (It's been a while since I read that.) I found myself just thinking about how Raven, like the gunslinger, had to travel across the lands... and had a small group of people join her on her journey, like the gunslinger. The addition of characters to her solitary life was just really interesting... seeing how they all changed her.
I really loved watching Raven develop and change through the story. I know we've joined her at a point in her life that she's already done a lot of growing... but in the weeks/months that we follow her story she really learns so much about herself.
I'm really looking forward to where the series might go next.
About the author:
Pauline Creeden is an award-winning author, horse trainer, and overall book ninja. She becomes the main character in each of her stories, and because she has ADD, she will get bored if she pretends to be one person for too long.
Armored Hearts, her joint effort with author Melissa Turner Lee, has been awarded the Crowned Heart for Excellence by InDtale Magazine. It is also the 2013 Book Junkie's Choice Winner in Historical Fiction. Her debut novel, Sanctuary, won 1st Place Christian YA Title 2013 Dante Rosetti Award and 2014 Reader's Choice Gold Award for Best YA Horror Novel.