ARC Review: The Raven and the Dove by Kaitlyn Davis


“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 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


I was thrilled when my request was accepted on Netgalley and dived straight into this delightful and enchanting book.  It is such compelling reading and I was completely absorbed in the story from the beginning.  The author has a delightful writing style and the plot is gripping and full of twists and turns.  I could not foresee what was going to happen from one chapter to the next and oh my goodness that ending.

Here is a beautifully constructed and mesmerising avian-inspired world, where humans have wings. There is a world above the sea mist and a world below.  This book primarily focuses on the world above the mist, in which magic is forbidden.  Terrifying fire-breathing dragons also make an appearance, adding additional drama and excitement to the story.  The author has put a lot of thought into the concept, it is well written with gorgeous attention to detail.

There are four main pivotal characters, each with their own interesting and diverse characters and backgrounds.  They are beautifully described, have depth and I connected with each of them instantly.  Lyana is inquisitive, energetic and full of life and adventure.  I love the chemistry between her and Rafe, who is the typical dark and brooding male with some historical issues.  I also love the dynamics and the strong bond between Rafe and Lysander and their fierce loyalty to each other.  Cassi let me down big time, what she did at the end was absolutely brutal.  I was stunned, my jaw hit the floor and I couldn’t believe what had just happened.  That being said, every character is engaging and a delight to read about. 

Any book which engrosses me in its fantasy world, is so compelling that I want to read nothing else for days, is a 5 star read for me.  I was completely invested in this page-turning book, it’s characters and the fantasy world.  No downsides for me, except perhaps the ending which finished on such a cliff-hanger it left me begging for more.  I can’t wait until the release of The Hunter and the Mage in September.  I’m on it immediately!

Thank you to Netgalley and Kaitlyn Davis for this ebook in exchange for an honest review.

I hope you enjoyed this review, happy reading.
Karen ~

5 Stars

Published by twistedinpages

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