Title: The Raven Tower
Author: Ann Leckie
Country: United Kingdom
Genre: Adult Fantasy
Synopsis: When a usurper claims the title of Raven’s Lease, border skirmishes threaten the safety of Iraden and the Raven god. Mawat, the true heir, and his aide Eolo, aim to reclaim the throne and return safety to the land. However, new and old gods are at war and buried secrets threaten to emerge.
What I liked: The story was pretty interesting and I enjoyed the mythology parts. There are several perspectives, including that of an unnamed god, and a story-like portion (in 2nd person) that follows Eolo and Mawat. There are time jumps that bring past and present together to build a bigger picture of what is happening and which gods are at war, and why. It also tells the story of the Raven Tower, the Raven’s Lease and how it all works. I love stories with gods, magic, and betrayals so this definitely spoke to me on those levels.
What I didn’t like: There are no true chapters so it took a little while to catch on when there was a time jump or perspective shift. Additionally, the 2nd person narrative doesn’t work for a lot of people and I found it a little annoying. I also thought the book was a bit long for the story and had a lot of slow and boring parts that don’t necessarily enhance the overall narrative. I also thought it would be a little darker, as blood sacrifice is mentioned, but there’s not a ton of it included. I also thought the communication between the gods and priests was a little weird and not well explained, making it more confusing and unbelievable for me than I had hoped.
Overall, it wasn’t a bad book. It’s received good ratings and the author is well known in the sci-fi genre, which probably helped. I don’t think it was great and I will caution that it is very confusing and a little weird at times, which distracts me and annoys me. However, if that’s your thing, go for it!