Princess Lyana Aethionus longs for adventure but knows she must do her duty in the courtship trials. Rafe would do anything to help his half brother including impersonating him in the courtship trials. Both Lyana and Rafe have secrets including their growing attraction. But neither of them know that there our outside forces at work.
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The Raven and the Dove has some amazing world-building. It was extremely original, which I have to admit is hard to do with fantasy. The majority of this book is character and relationship building. You can certainly tell a plot is building, but you don’t really find out what’s really going on until the end.
The characters in this book are extremely well written. Though this book is written in the third person, it does a good job of almost seeming like it’s written from each character’s point of view. The Raven and the Dove is really the story of star-crossed lovers and honestly, that was my favorite part. Seeing Rafe and Lyana’s connection grow was great. If you like those broken male leads then you will love Rafe. Lyana is strong and adventurous and so fun. There are a lot of other side characters, and while I can’t say that I really like them, they were extremely interesting and I can’t wait to see where they end up in book two.
There were a lot of things that were set up in this book. I don’t feel like anything was actually tied up in this book, which was slightly annoying but I understand it. I have a lot of theories about what will happen in the next book. A book I will definitely be reading.