Welcome to my stop on the TBR and Beyond Tours Book Tour for The Raven Heir by Stephanie Burgis. I was so excited when we scheduled this tour and couldn’t wait to start. Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to see the tour schedule for other content creators.
Thank you to Stephanie Burgis and Bloomsbury Children’s Books for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Stephanie Burgis grew up in East Lansing, Michigan, but now lives in Wales with her husband and two sons, surrounded by mountains, castles and coffee shops. She writes fun MG fantasy adventures and has published six so far, most recently the Dragon with a Chocolate Heart trilogy. She also writes wildly romantic adult historical fantasies, most recently the Harwood Spellbook series. She has had over forty short stories for adults and teens published in various magazines and anthologies.
About The Book
Title: The Raven Heir
Series: The Raven Crown #1
Author: Stephanie Burgis
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s Books
Publishing Date: August 5, 2021
Page Length: 272
Age Range: Middle Grade
A set of magical triplets, two warring dynasties, and a broken crown waiting for its rightful owner…
Deep within an enchanted forest lies a castle where a set of triplets and their sorceress mother have lived for years — safe from the decades-long war for the Raven Throne that rages in the kingdom beyond. Cordelia, one of the triplets, has the power to become any animal with just a thought, and she yearns to discover more about the world outside her castle.
But one day, the world comes to her, when the eldest of the triplets becomes the newest heir to the throne. Knowing that being named heir means certain death, Cordelia’s mother hid the truth about which child is the eldest when she hid them in the forest. When her family is captured, it’s up to Cordelia to use her powers to keep her siblings hidden and discover the truth about the Raven Heir — before it’s too late.
A thrilling new fantasy full of magic, adventure, and the power of family.
This was a fun, fast paced adventurous middle grade that I’m so glad I was able to read. I found Burgis’ writing to be engaging and never felt like it was patronizing the younger audience. The magic system felt unique to this world, while still feeling familiar. However, the magic was never truly explain – we did get a little backstory on the world and that magic existed, but nothing explaining its limits.
We follow the triplets, although our POV is through Cordelia only. I found Cordelia to be an interesting child – showing loyalty and care for her siblings, but at the same time having the familiar feeling of sibling annoyance. She really connected with me. I love that we see the conflict within Cordelia to wanting to be free and embrace her magic. I loved the snarky thought Cordelia would think and the feelings she would describe while using her magic. I’m being vague because I went into the story not knowing what Cordelia’s magic is and it was a nice surprise to find out just how much she can do. We learn a little bit about her family, but we learn a lot about the past of the world at the same time as Cordelia – writing it this way, I felt was more authentic and felt less like telling me the world’s history.
Cordelia’s triplets (as she refers to them as – she is part of the triplets) were interesting, but didn’t feel very flushed out; however, the did have a nice character arc. We learn more of them as the three of them do – I was surprised by the amount of growth between these three actually. The other members of Cordelia’s family are less focused on. We learn a little bit about them, have a couple of interactions, and then we’re off again. I’m hoping we learn a little bit more about the other characters in future books in this series.
The Raven Heir focuses a lot on family and how family is a feeling more than our blood. I loved that this was the main focus but not the only one. There is a nature element that I found rather interesting and loved how it was integrated into the story. I believe this would be a great read for middle graders who enjoy stories that have magic connecting directly with nature, but enjoy the faced paced adventures. Overall, I found this delightful middle grade to be a comforting 4⭐.
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