RAVEN’S EYE by Adam Gowans
PUBLICATION DATE: July 3, 2018
PUBLISHER: Scrivener Books
GENRES: Myths & Legends, Asian, Fantasy, Adventure
Ever since magic caused his mother’s death, Ha-Neul hates witches and the powers they wield. As crown prince of Balhae, he has instituted harsh laws against all magic users.
When Lisa, a young witch who hopes to gain freedom for her people, begins working undercover as a servant in his palace, the last thing the two expect is to fall in love. However, when Ha-Neul learns that Lisa is not only a witch but daughter of the prince of Vires, land of witches, he banishes her. Distracted by his heartbreak, he’s caught off guard by a military coup.
In hiding and on the run, Ha-Neul swallows his pride and travels with his siblings to Vires, planning to beg Lisa’s aid, only to learn she has mysteriously vanished.
Now his only hope in reclaiming his kingdom and reuniting with Lisa lies in the remote Northern Mountains, a country no outsider has ever accessed and rumored home of a formidable source of magic. There, Ha-Neul learns that a being powerful beyond comprehension is willing to help him in his quest. But if Ha-Neul can’t let go of his hatred of all things magic and accept the new path offered him, it will mean the destruction of his entire world.
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He suppressed a shudder when her demeanor worsened. “I wasn’t entirely sure for the past couple of weeks, but now I’m convinced. You hate me,” he searched her face, looking deep into her eyes.
Lisa laughed, but it held no warmth, no amusement. “Yes, it is difficult for me to conceal it when you are in front of me.”
“Why?” His voice was a little soft, and his chest felt cold.
“Because you’re a monster.” Lisa spoke in Haeche.
He never believed he could see her countenance sour as much as it did at that moment. She no longer hid the extent of her hate for him, and it terrified him. The degree of it went past loathing and abhorrence. She held him in complete execration.
Geum Ha-Neul—Kim Jung-Hyun
Geum Ha-Na—Park So-Dam
Geum Su—Ko Woo-Rim
Ivan “Vanya” Aleksandrsson—Jeremy Sumpter
Adam Gowans is the youngest of five Air Force brats, out of which his siblings have voted him the weirdest. He loves anything that deals with stories, including movies, novels, television dramas, music, video games, manga/manhwa, and webtoons. In his mid-twenties, he lived and taught English in South Korea for four years before returning to the States to live, like many LDS authors, in Utah. His first novel is On Angelic Wings, which has a planned sequel, but the sequel will be released after two other novels that are calling for his attention.
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“I know you’ve seen my file, and I don’t care what you think of me because I know you will show no respect for me. Your view of what is human is skewed. All who live in the northern territories know it. You are a joke, Wangseja”–she spat his title with such venom he almost recoiled, even much as it did at that moment. She no longer hid the extent of her hate for him, and it terrified him. The degree of it went past loathing and abhorrence. She held him in complete execration. “You call yourself human, yet you seek to totally dehumanize a group of people–no, not dehumanize them, but make them the lowest scum of the planet–untouchable, unworthy to converse with, something to be exterminated.”
Looking back into your past, was there someone that really upset you or frustrated you to the point where you could honestly hate them forever? What about a group of people? Some call this discrimination while others call it fear. Being afraid of others for who they are and what they can do is the number one cause of all misunderstandings and strong feelings like hate. To hate someone so much means that you once loved them or once were fascinated or enamored by them. In this story, Gowans brings a completely new world to readers…one filled with love, hate, fear, joy, and war.
Lisa begins her service with the royal family as a musuri, but soon promotes to nain against her will. Even though she knows the risks she brings to herself by being so close to those who hate her people, she needs to money so that she can go to school. The only one who is somewhat tolerable is the youngest child, Su. Something about him draws her to him–and even after a few reprimands, she manages to find a mutual friendship with him and his sister, Ha-Na. Once their brother returns from a business trip, things begin to change. Lisa grows cold and distant, seething with hatred for this young man, Ha-Neul. He was the one who fired her friend for donating wages to her people. He absolutely despises magic ever since an accident happened in the castle involving a spellcaster and his mother, causing her immanent death. Yet, as he breathes–he cannot deny the growing attraction that he feels to Lisa. Once he gets to know her, he knows that he could never love anyone else, but secrets are everywhere and after she tells him her secret, the revolution begins. In his hatred for magic, he cast her away and then realizes–possibly too late that he lost the best thing in his life when she left. After the death of his father, he and his family have to go into hiding and try to make their way up to the northern mountains for answers on how to stop the war. Will all be lost or can he salvage his kingdom and any peace between both groups? Will he very be able to see Lisa again?
Gowans has a superb story-line and complex characters that are unbelievably creative and strong. They are quite easy to fall in love with as well. The content is truly amazing by the sheer originality and descriptiveness, while the pace is fast and easy to read. There are a few spelling and grammatical errors throughout the read, but this should not hinder enjoyment of the novel at all. If you are a reader of fantasy, myths, and adventure, this may be perfect for you. Since this is not any part of an installment, the reader can jump right in but be prepared to hang onto your seat.
This book was provided to Turning Another Page by Loving the Book and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a five-star rating for Raven’s Eye by Adam Gowans.