Title – Raven
Author – Stacey Rourke
Publication Date – September 22, 2014
Series – Legends Saga, #2
An infamous love, destined nevermore,
For death could not claim, the enchanting Lenore.
Cursed by the malevolent spirit of the Headless Horseman, Ireland Crane ventures to Manhattan in search of a way to break her soul crushing bond. Instead, she discovers the lines between fact and fiction are blurring once more. Croaking ravens. Telltale hearts. Could the works of Poe be coming to pass with handsome Wall Street Midas Ridley Peolte as their unwilling target?
She walks the Earth, a plague on mankind,
searching for he, her rotted heart doth pine.
Together, the two unknowingly release a dark force death itself could not tame. Surrounded by the unrelenting violence and mayhem they’ve unleashed, Ireland feels her control over the Horseman slipping. Before the beast within consumes her, she and her crew must follow the clues of the dead to right a centuries’ old wrong. Will it be enough to sate the Horseman’s appetite?
Hell hath no fury like a ghoul scorned.
I love the notion of bringing classic literature to light with a modern twist so I was super excited when I stumbled on Stacey Rourke’s Legends Saga. The first book had me utterly captivated so when I learned that the series would continue on, I couldn’t wait to dive in and see how Rourke would put her own personal spin on Edgar Allen Poe. Though I am less familiar with his background than I am with the Headless Horseman, there was something that pulled me in and made my heart beat faster.
“What does a monster do at night? They live.”
I was pleasantly surprised to see the return of characters that I had come to adore from the first book. Given that it was a different legend, I expected to have the originals disappear. However, I greatly respected how effortlessly the author wove the tales together. She seamlessly pulled Ireland (and her crew) into this book and I think it really helped to invest me in those initial moments. She also drew me in with the addition of Ridley and the connection he came to have with our fearless heroine.
“This angelic beauty was the elixir to his particular ailment. For that, he would be her slave … forevermore.”
Though I appreciated the writing and the ideas in Raven, I had a really hard time connecting to the story despite how much I loved certain aspects of it. I honestly found it to be a bit more scattered than the first book of the series. With scenes jumping quite often, it resulted in surface level dialogue and no real movement. Not only did I have a hard time with the current-day personalities, but the detail and scene building wasn’t up to par with her previous book and it left me wanting so much more.
“Yet, ye be warned, as the raven doth fly, for the rest to live … one must die.”
I wholeheartedly believe that readers will fall in love with Ireland, Noah, Rip, and even Ridley. There is something about the way Rourke writes them that creates these soft spots, leaving you feeling sympathy, empathy, sadness, and happiness right alongside them. They’re hard not to love and see where they will end up. Rourke also dropped a plethora of hints in Raven as to where she will be going in the next book, and I have to say that I am insanely curious to see where she takes it.
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Don’t Miss the Other Books in the Series!
Crane (Legends Saga, #1)
Steam (Legends Sage, #3)