Book Group Read Along ~ The Raven Ring

The book group will be starting this year with an old favorite of mine, Gentle Reader, finally made available in eBook form: Patricia C. Wrede’s The Raven Ring.

The Raven Ring is set in Lyra, a world in which Wrede has written many stories, but with which it is not necessary to be familiar. This particular novel stands entirely alone. It features a tough mountain lass, who just happens to be a fantastic warrior. Eleret must figure out who murdered her mother and what that has to to with the magical Raven Ring that is her only inheritance. There are also two marvelous love interests without resorting to the ubiquitous triangle, and a fun ending. The plot is basically a murder mystery with magic, in the style of Tamora Pierce’s Beka Cooper series.

I’d say The Raven Ring is suitable to YA readers, although I was about 17 when I read it. There is some violence but nothing too graphic, and only a kiss or two. 

{Gail’s monthly read along for January is The Raven Ring by Patricia Wrede. You do not have to have read any other Lyra books.}


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  1. Tracy Faul said:

    <3 this book! Really all the Lyra novels. Really really, you can pretty much point me at something and put Patricia Wrede's name on it, and nine times out of ten, I love it. *happy sigh* Now where did I put my copy?

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