Review of ‘The Raven and the Dove’ (The Raven and the Dove #1)


By Cynthia Bujnicki

The Raven and the Dove by Kaitlyn Davis
Kaitlyn Davis Mosca
Image Credit: Goodreads

Lyana has always wanted to be free, and the courtship trials have finally given her the chance to achieve that. But when a chance encounter gives her heart away to someone she thought was a prince, Lyana and Rafe must find a way out of the trap their ancestors placed for them.

Published by Kaitlyn Davis Mosca, The Raven and the Dove by Kaitlyn Davis is the first in her YA fantasy series that retells the tale of Tristan and Isolde.

It is always amazing when an author nails a retelling, and that is what happened here with Davis’s work. Lyana and Rafe are both great characters and it is evident from the setting that this is a Tristan and Iseult retelling. The fantastical element that has gone into writing this novel gives the novel a fresh new take on the story.

The beginning is a little jarring because it does not connect with the idea behind the novel or with the synopsis in any clear way. It is still a compelling opening, and the way the story alludes to the beginning before the reveal keeps readers on their toes.

The mythology in the story makes the characters and their dynamics fresh. Anyone familiar with the story already knows the characters and the parts they play, but in order to keep the story from feeling like a dull retelling, the fantasy gives it that edge to remain fresh. The added element of the opening sequence also allows the story to be different enough so that it does not feel repetitive. It flows at an incredible pace and keeps the story from losing its edge.

While this is an imaginative story, the characters are also engaging. There is much tension to the roles that they play, and the added aspect of magic and espionage, they make the characters rise to the challenge. Lyana is adventurous and spunky, and flawed in that respect. There are times, admittedly where she seems to perfect, but her need to be spontaneous, to be adventurous, it makes her more relatable. She is the living embodiment of a caged bird, trapped in her power, secrets, and desires. As for Rafe, he is the typical brooding character, but as the story goes along, revealing his past, the pain and turmoil he always feels makes him more than a cliche.

The Raven and the Dove is a unique retelling filled with compelling characters and a well-written story. (★★★★☆)

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Pub Date: Mar. 9, 2020

Page count: 506pp

Age Range: 14 & Over

ISBN: 978-1-0878-1261-8

Publisher: Kaitlyn Davis Mosca

List Price: $24.99

     
 

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