The Broken Raven, by Joseph Elliott

the_cat_whisperer's review

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adventurous emotional tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated


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ARC provided by Candlewick Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Broken Raven is the second instalment in Joseph Elliott’s Shadow Skye trilogy and it is as captivating as the first one, if not more.

Sigrid is a twelve-year-old girl, gifted with phenomenal memory, who’s forced to become the eyes of the evil King of the deamhain who plans to seek revenge on the people of Skye. His hunger for vengeance and an obscure prophecy become the pillars of a vicious alliance between two dangerous kingdoms.
Clann-a-Tuath’s strenuous return to the Isle of Skye is spoiled when they discover that their enclave is in the hands of the Raasay people and that they have to rely on the generosity of their neighbouring ally, Clann-na-Bruthaich, for survival and a chance to retrieve their own home. To add insult to injury, the sgàilean are released from their magical prison and without a master to serve, they are free to destroy everything and everyone on their path. The shadow threat forces Jaime and Agatha to turn to new unexpected allies and old friends to defeat their enemies.

Middle books are usually the most boring in a trilogy, but Joseph Elliott continues surprising the reader with interesting new characters, compelling scenes and a perpetually engaging story. I’m really excited to read what the author has in store for the end of this adventure.