Book Review: Raven by Pauline Creeden


This is the complete Steampunk Fantasy novel – all four parts of the serial in one volume!

Human life has value.
The poor living in the gutter is as valuable as the rich living in a manor.
The scoundrel is no less valuable than the saint.
Because of this, every life a reaper takes must be redeemed.

Raven has lived by this first tenet since she was trained by her father to become a reaper. But since his death, she’s been spending years redeeming the lives she’s taken. By her count, she’s even and it’s time for that life to end. If she settles down and becomes a wife, she might just feel human again. But on the way to the life she thinks she wants, the baron of New Haven asks her to complete a task which she cannot ignore… Just when Raven decides to give up on her life as an assassin, she’s pulled right back in.

About the Author:

In simple language, Pauline Creeden creates worlds that are both familiar and strange, often pulling the veil between dimensions. She becomes the main character in each of her stories, and because she has ADD, she will get bored if she pretends to be one person for too long.

Pauline is a horse trainer from Virginia, but writing is her therapy.

Armored Hearts, her joint effort with author Melissa Turner Lee, has been a #1 Bestseller in Christian Fantasy and been awarded the Crowned Heart for Excellence by InDtale Magazine.

Her debut novel, Sanctuary, won 1st Place Christian YA Title 2013 Dante Rosetti Award and is now available as an audiobook. #1 Bestseller on Amazon in Christian Sci/Fi and Fantasy (October 2013)

One of Pauline’s short stories has won the CCW Short Story contest. Other short stories have been published in Fear & Trembling Magazine, Obsidian River and Avenir Eclectia. An urban fantasy short will appear in The Book of Sylvari: An Anthology of Elves from Port Yonder Press, and a vampire short will appear in Monsters! from Diminished Media Group. | |

My Review:

A nice lovely slice of Steam Punk, yum! This book had an amazing premise of a Reaper/ Assassin that, although kills people, has to keep a balance by saving a person for every one she kills. There’s lots of action in there, which I love, and Raven is a great leading character (can you feel a ‘but’ coming?) but I read a lot of Steam Punk and kind of felt that the world building was a little blah. Don’t get me wrong, it ticked all the right boxes, but it kind of felt like any other Steam Punk world, rather than being one specific to this book – which is a shame as, if they’d been a few more ‘outside the mechanical box’ ideas in there, it would have been perfect.

From a writer’s perspective, this book had been set out into episodes online – kind of like a literary TV show – which I think worked really well as a marketing tool. And made it much accessible to any TV produces reading it – fingers crossed as I’m not sure we’ve had much decent steampunk on our screens since the untimely death of Firefly. Along this line of thought, I’d be very interested to hear the author’s dream cast for this if it was to be made into a TV series.

The front cover is nice, but doesn’t scream Steam Punk to me. When you look at the likes of Cherie Priest’s Boneshaker and Liesel Schwarz’s Chronicles of Light and Shadow series – you can instantly see that they belong to this niche genre.

Overall, I’d give Raven 4 out of 5 stars – a great concept and a solid steam punkish read for both newcomers to the genre and long-term fans.



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