The Raven and the Dove by Kaitlyn Davis is the first in an epic YA Fantasy.
“Four fates collide in this avian-inspired, epic fantasy retelling of Tristan and Isolde perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas, Sabaa Tahir, and Leigh Bardugo!
A princess longing to be free…
On the dawn of her courtship trials, Princess Lyana Aethionus knows she should be focused on winning her perfect mate, yet her thoughts wander to the open sky waiting at the edge of her floating kingdom. One final adventure calls. Upon fleeing the palace, the last thing she expects to find is a raven prince locked in a death match with a dragon.
A bastard aching to belong…
Reviled son of a dead king, Rafe would do anything for his beloved half-brother, Prince Lysander Taetanus, including posing as him in the upcoming courtship trials. When a dragon interrupts their secret exchange, he orders his studious sibling to run. After suffering a fatal blow, Rafe is saved by a beautiful dove who possesses forbidden magic, just like him.
Fate brought them together, now destiny will tear them apart…
Unknown to the world above, on the foggy sea ten thousand feet below, a young king fights a forgotten war. He believes Lyana is the queen prophesied to save the world, and with the help of his favored spy, hidden deep in the highest ranks of the dove royal house, he will stop at nothing to have her.
Three shocking betrayals. Two star-crossed lovers. One unforgettable journey. If you like fierce heroines, brooding heroes, forbidden romance, and action-packed magical adventures with twists you’ll never see coming, don’t miss The Raven and the Dove!”
This one was just not a favorite for me.
I did go into it with the expectations that it was going to be this well-developed, epic fantasy, which in a way it was, it’s just that it wasn’t for my taste.
At first, it was a bit confusing. The world-building just wasn’t hitting home, and the fact that it’s a fantasy kind of takes away the whole purpose of reading it. I also couldn’t get into their romance, and ultimately just didn’t care how they turned out.
While it was a fun, interesting concept, I had to give this one 2 out of 5 stars. I think that it has potential to be someone’s favorite, but it just wasn’t mine.
Published: 9 March 2020
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
How I Read It: eARC from NetGalley
*Disclaimer: I requested a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All of my reviews contain my honest opinions only and are not influenced in any way.*
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