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When Ravens Fall by Savannah Jezowski
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When Ravens Fall is a marvelous novella with an old Norse setting. If you love stories like Beauty and the Beast, How to Train Your Dragon, and feisty heroines like Cimorene in Dealing with Dragons then you will love this book. Follow Astrid, the daughter of the town dragon-slayer as she takes it upon herself to change her own fate and attempt to change the fate of her entire town. A curse has been laid upon her village, and each year, one girl is chosen to attempt to break the curse… but each year, the girl is sent home in disgrace. Astrid’s name is not eligible to be entered into this trial, due to the fact that she is not a servant, but when she willingly throws her marker in with the others, fate appears to twist to her whim.
Like everything I’ve read by this author so far, the story started out right in the middle of the action. This can be a little disorienting and confusing at first, but I enjoy that the set-up is sort of skipped and left for later. Immersed in the moment with each character, I had to let the backstory surround me and figure things out as I went. But Ms. Jezowski unwraps her stories so well, that the mystery and lack of immediate understanding of what all is going on is well worth the read and the wait, and she ties up most of the mystery by the end of the story, so don’t worry that you’ll be left still wondering what in the world is going on. You will be left wanting more… but that’s not a bad thing!
I loved the characters. I loved the story. I loved the writing style. There are princesses and dragons and questions about true love: what is it? Can it truly triumph over all?
This is a beautiful tale. A coming-of-age. A fairy tale romance. A tale of self-discovery for many of the characters. And all of these elements are woven together into a veritable tapestry of words. It is a short, quick read, and will keep you on the edge of your seat all the way to the end.
The only negative remark I have to offer is that because it is so short, there are a few things I still don’t really understand. I wish that more pages could have been devoted to the dragon and how he played into the entire story, and maybe a little bit more backstory for Baldur and Kenna so that I could understand them a bit more. But even without those things, I loved this novella and I definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys fairy tales and dragons.
Books and movies you would compare this to:
Beauty and the Beast, Dealing with Dragons, How to Train Your Dragon
Did you have a favorite character or least favorite character?
I really liked all the characters, but Astrid was my favorite.
What mood did this book leave you in?
Wanting to spend more time in this world/with these characters
Fairy tale, Princess, Young Adult
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