The Raven Song by Luanne G. Smith


Fleeing Victorian London, a witch finds her newfound independence comes with all-new perils—both mortal and immortal.

Forever untangling the branches of her strange family tree, Edwina Blackwood is at a turning point. Her parents’ disappearances still strike her as unaccountably odd. Her sister’s questionable life and untimely death have left her shaken. Spellfire has transformed her home and livelihood to ash. And now a devious stalker is on her trail. With supernatural detective Ian Cameron by her side, Edwina can’t get out of London fast enough.

Gaining safe passage, she finds refuge with Sir Henry Elvanfoot, famed wizard of the north, and is promised protection from ill-aimed curses. But in this unfamiliar city of fair folk and witches, where the veil between Earth and the Otherworld is about to be lifted, something is amiss. How else to explain Edwina’s sudden prophetic visions? Or the fear that surviving whoever pursues her will require the powers of an ancient bloodline she’s only beginning to comprehend?

Whatever destiny awaits, it’s Edwina’s to finally control. Where will it lead? Only time, cunning, and magic—in this world or the Other—will tell.

My thoughts
This is the second book in the Conspiracy of Magic series. I enjoyed the first book very much, but I enjoyed this one more and hope there will be another book. Book 1, Raven Spell, laid a lot of the groundwork with world building and especially the types of magic and those who wield them. The Raven Song built on all of that, rounding out characters and adding more layers.

I really like the main characters, Edwina and Ian. They were both more fleshed out in this book and their personalities came through more strongly. I also liked the side characters, even one who was treacherous had a mischievous charm that made him impossible to dislike.

My only complaint is that I wanted a lot more of Elvanfoot. Fingers crossed for another book with Elvanfoot in a more prominent role.

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