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Sisters of the Raven Book Review Summary

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Warner Aspect, Aug 2002, 13.95, 368 pp.
ISBN: 0446677043

In the Yellow City, women are second class citizens since only men can perform magic. However, rumors abound that the Mages no longer can do what has traditionally been their gift as evident by calamities such as the drought that wrecks Yellow City as magic fails to alleviate the problem. The empire is in trouble with collapse seemingly imminent.

Shockingly, as the males lose the ability, women begin to surface with the talent though lacking the education and experience of performing magic. These female mages struggle to bond in order to bring the needed rain, but someone is killing them one by one using a new form of magic. As Raeshaldis, Summer Concubine, and Pomegranate Woman struggle to unite and utilize their abilities to save their country, the male mages are outraged, jealous, and impotent leading to assaults on women with power. However, the real challenge resides in stopping the deadly, but unknown individual killing these women if Raeshaldis, Summer Concubine, and Pomegranate Woman are to survive.

SISTERS OF THE RAVEN is an exciting fantasy tale that contains a strong morality subplot involving the role of women in society. The story line engages the audience from the beginning when the scorned Raeshaldis escapes death by fleeing into the night. The tale never eases up until the climax. The three heroines have distinct characteristics that enable the audience to appreciate their burden even more as each reacts differently. The killer is shrouded in fog with clues slowly passed onto the reader so fans of a fantasy with a bit of a who-done-it will feel they received a treat from a master magician.

Harriet Klausner
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner








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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 10% Tone of book    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy world/fantasy past Repressive society story    -   Yes Mental/magical powers focus    -   Yes magical powers:    -   magical powers (general) Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Who's a slave/repressed?    -   women are slaves

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   mage/magician Age:    -   20's-30's

Setting

Earth setting:    -   during "Tolkien" (fairytime) times Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment How much dialogue?    -   mostly dialog

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