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In The Third Gritty Installment Of The Raven S Mark Series, Blackwing Captain Ryhalt Galharrow Finds That All Power Comes With A PriceA Sorcerous Cataclysm Has Hit The Range, The Final Defensive Line Between The Republic And The Immortal Deep KingsTormenting Red Rains Sweep The Land, New Monstrosities Feed On Fear In The Darkness, And The Power Of The Nameless, The Gods Who Protect The Republic, Lies Broken The Blackwing Captains Who Serve Them Are Being Picked Off One By One, And Even Immortals Have Learned What It Means To Die Meanwhile, The Deep Kings Have Only Grown Stronger, And They Are Poised To Deliver A Blow That Will Finally End The WarRyhalt Galharrow Stands Apart From It AllHe Has Been Deeper Into The Wasteland Known As The Misery Than Ever Before It Has Grown Within Him Changed Him And Now The Ghosts Of His Past, Formerly Confined To The Misery, Walk With Him EverywhereThey Will Even Follow Him And The Few Surviving Blackwing Captains On One Final Mission Into The Darkness


10 thoughts on “Crowfall (Ravens Mark, #3)

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    Crowfall provides a spectacularly epic conclusion to a trilogy that has the potential haunt your nightmares in its creepiness it s so dark, so bleak and so wonderfully written Everything is brought together here perfectly, a very clever ending indeed And I must admit, I m pleasantly surprised Going into this I felt that there was a little too much to conclude in just one book, but it all slots together Ed McDonald demonstrates his ability for planning as he delivers the final strokes of the story with a bloody flourish Those final few pages left me in a gut wrenching state of suspense because I felt like this could have gone anywhere It could have had a happy ending or a brutal one or something in between the two I really couldn t call it, and that s important because nobody wants to read a predictable book It would be remiss not to talk about character growth here As soon as Blackwing opens, it is clear Galharrow is not a typical protagonist His best is clearly past him as he approaches his middling years in a cloud of alcohol induced depression His enthusiasm for life wanes with each fight he is forced to partake in He is a man that is plodding through life, acting the motions when he is totally drained and inflicted by the memories of his failures Here though it is clear from the very first chapter that he has changed He has found a purpose and is willing to do anything to achieve it he is willing to infuse himself with dark and dangerous magic in order to become so strong that he can face his enemies alone And that s kind of a big deal because he is sworn to carry out the bidding of his master, the nameless god Crowfoot He is playing a risky game and a dangerous one because his enemies could crush him with a thought Everyone is power hungry Hungry for wealth or prestige Hungry for immortality or potent magic And Galharrow has truly had enough He is tired of serving and he is tired of being stuck in the middle of this never ending power struggle So, he has decided to invest in himself and to trust solely in himself to make the right choice when the time comes I was so glad to see it He has always had an independent mind and now he is brave enough to assert it and do exactly what he thinks is right His plan is insane, but it is also the only road he could take because he is in this to win All or nothing This made the book much direct Galharrow didn t spend any time trying to untangle someone else s mess like he has in the past This is the end game, and it is tremendous Never doubt a man who willing to sacrifice everything he is for those he loves Ed McDonald s work is up there with the best of the genre As such this series is required reading for fans of Joe Abercrombie, Peter Newman and Anna Smith Spark I will certainly be reading anything else he writes in the future I d be a fool not to Thank you to Penguin Random House for providing me with an ARC to review for Fantasy Book Review. Raven s Mark 1 Blackwing 4.5 stars2 Ravencry 4 stars3 Crowfall 4.5 starsFBR Twitter Insta Academia


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    Another Heart of the Void The sky is shattered, the rain sends men mad Even the geese are trying to eat us What the fuck do we have to gain by unleashing that kind of power again I received an advanced reading copy of Crowfall in exchange for an honest review I would like to thank Ed McDonald and Ace Books for the opportunity May contain spoilers for Ravencry Crowfall is an engaging and thrilling final chapter to an excellent dark fantasy trilogy I have seen the Raven s Mark series referred to as Grimheart I thought that tag was a joke initially but the I have thought about it the fitting the label actually seems However chaotic, gruesome, or terrible things may seem in this world there are always underlining currents of hope and love This narrative is set six years after the conclusion of Ravencry when Shavada was blasted from the grandspire s roof and the city was saved We see a very different Ryhalt Galharrow Since that event, the Blackwing Captain has been residing in isolation in the Misery Eating the monstrosities that lurk within the land, conversing with the ghosts that haunt it, and every night returning to the Always House, a comfortable country cottage, seemingly unaffected by the magic of the Misery except that it resets once a day The reason for Galharrow s need to be alone and in the Misery of all places is unclear but the Misery has changed him and become a part of him He s become an expert navigator and converses with the Misery frequently He is even referred to as the son of the Misery Although he s been living as a hermit it seems everybody wants Galharrow eradicated, from the Nameless to the men of the Citadel If that wasn t bad enough, the Deep Kings now have an Emperor and are looking to march on the living with their Drudge army Galharrow knows he has an important part to play in the upcoming war.I ve always enjoyed following Galharrow s first person perspective He s such a likable character throughout the series although he really shouldn t be In Ravencry he was traipsing around the fringes of madness however for parts of Crowfall he is as good as insane It s written and presented in expert fashion and as a reader, I tried to analyse reality and exactly what was going on in Galharrow s mind The characters that have been crafted by McDonald are brilliant and jump off the page here Series mainstays such as the aging navigator Tnota and no nosed violence adoring Major Nenn even though she s dead are as important as ever in Crowfall Joining these and other players such as Dantry, Maldon, and Valiya are new and influential characters such as sharp eyed shooter North and marble guardian, First I m not sure what the technical phrasing is but the way McDonald wrote led me to create amazing visuals of all the places frequented and portraits of all the characters in my mind I was so engaged that I almost felt that I was there alongside Galharrow throughout his adventures and struggles I was fully invested in him and the narrative as a whole I won t divulge too much information about what takes place in Crowfall other than that there are so many standout moments and stunning set pieces As the conclusion to one of my favourite recent fantasy series, I was not disappointed by any aspect In a few years time when fans of dark fantasy think of standout characters in the genre, Galharrow is a name that will be uttered alongside Jorg, Geralt, and Locke Lamora The finale was epic, lasted for about twenty percent of the novel and often left me breathless with the battles, showdowns, twists, awesome reveals, and betrayals Essentially it had everything I required on my epic fantasy bingo card Blackwing remains one of my favourite ever books The following two books in the series never quite reached the lofty heights but are still pretty damn awesome This is a series that needs to be read by all dark fantasy and grimdark fans.


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    Galharrow has been monstrously changed by his time in the Misery underneath the transformation, a desperate plan to make himself powerful enough to alter the future And he s not the only one Time has passed and people are not who he remembers them to be Everyone has their own hopes, their own schemes, their own betrayals The Deep Kings are coming And now a new weapon has been found, strong enough to crack open the skies once again But who in this world can be trusted to use it I still had a pistol left, and so long as you have a whisky and a gun, how bad can your luck be Answer pretty bad This is a book of last chances and Galharrow has had than his fair share Meeting him again is a blow, for the Misery is nestled bone deep and his outlook turned bleak enough to chill the heart In every sense, this feels like the end of the road He s a scavenger, a loner, lost to himself in ways that make him almost lost to the reader The madness of the last book is here tenfold, his life a surreal dreamscape that comes close to making him too alien to feel I struggled with his choices in ways I have never done before, asking questions of him as his friends do We cross our fingers and hope that he will hold on, that we can trust him as we always have Because there is a plan, of a sort Or at least, there is his plan As characters converge, old faces and new enemies, the labyrinthine plots of the Nameless become ever clearer, each manoeuvre pushing their human pieces into whatever endgame they have planned There is one last chance to save the world, to prevent the Deep Kings from turning everyone into drudge, but it seems like the side most people are on is their own To say it provides an unproductive working environment is the understatement of the century, but of course it s all fun and games and sly words and tension until someone gets stabbed in the back Actually, if you make that multiple someones and a whole bucket load of inventive ways to die, then you have some idea of how this all goes Especially because so much of the action is set in the Misery Which, for me, is the absolute best part of the whole series Talk about a character arc with some serious surprises I ve loved every second spent in her twisted landscape and this book was no exception It s a place of ghosts and monsters, an ever changing terrain where you can both lose and find yourself As Galharrow has done, in so many different ways Yet it s so much than that, it s a massacre, a memory, a trial, an ending The Misery is Ed McDonald s masterwork and what he does with it here is so far beyond perfection I don t even have the words to describe it, even if it wasn t way too spoilery for this kind of review in any case I have never wanted to see a place so much while at the same time never, ever wanting to go there But I have to be honest, there were some issues with the ending One classic move had been signalled pretty heavily right from the outset and I was getting a bit annoyed at Galharrow not getting it He clearly hasn t been reading the same fantasy books I have or he d known what he was supposed to do, it s been done before A lot It was all a little too pat, a little too offscreen Of course, the way things end is always the most divisive part of any series and this is something you have to decide for yourself Either way, this series is a MUST READ It s clever, creative, and such an intense mix of real unreal that it burns fire bright in your mind I hope this is not the last time I get to visit ARC via Netgalley


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    There is no mistaking the distinctive voice of Ed McDonald and his protagonist Ryhalt Galharrow, a captain of shadowy Blackwings His story ends here If you thought that Ryhalt went through hell, and nothing worse would happen to him, you were wrong Crowfall concludes Raven s Mark trilogy, and it s epic Not only does it reveal schemes and treasons of various parts and characters, but it also riffs on the themes of belonging, love, honor, identity and the ability to find a home in hostile new landscapes McDonald s view of the world is bleak Decaying landscapes, fallen heroes, and superior beings playing humans are terrifying but they don t come close to Galharrow s inner hell He hates himself He slowly loses his humanity and transforms into a feral beast thriving in Misery McDonald portrays his descent into madness with imagination, skill, and excellent timing.The narrative s progress towards the final battle has the ineluctable pull of tragic myth We expect what must come, but this knowledge never detracts from the memorable intelligence of the novel Plus, McDonald proves us wrong repeatedly, so prepare to rethink your theories at least few times I usually prefer low key endings to high tension trilogies and I m not partial to end of the world narratives Despite my preference, Crowfall s ending impressed me with its vivid imagery, readiness to break characters and reshape the world and its mythology Some readers won t be happy with the ending and the way McDonald resolved it But it makes sense so personally, I have no complaints about it.While Raven s Mark trilogy is bleak and brutal, it never uses violence to shock the reader Everything it does has purpose and meaning I consider it one of the best fantasy trilogies published in recent years or does it


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    They say that misery loves company, and in the Misery you re never alone Especially If you re Backwing Captain Ryhalt Galharrow, haunted by the bitter ghosts of the past.This book is raw and emotional in a way I didn t expect It s a very different book to its predecessors, yet is still an almost inevitable conclusion to Galharrow s character arc Watching him fall apart through his own narrative brings a fresh edge of pain to the storytelling This series is ultimately a story of love and remorse, but love may take many twisted forms and remorse can be a blight on the soul For Galharrow, it s all he has left until those very ghosts rise up for one last moment of desperate defiance And then, at last, there is hope.If there s one overriding message here, it s that you re never alone After loss comes acceptance, and then maybe a second chance for the future For a series often called Grimdark, this book has a lot of heart You might almost call it GrimHeart.This series has been truly magnificent from start to finish, and I am grateful for it.


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    When facing duress for long periods of time, sanity can be fleeting It s no stretch of the imagination to see how prisoners, hostages, or fugitives can be driven toward poor decision making when lives are at stake If the stakes are raised to apocalyptic levels, then any form of predictive behavior becomes unreliable Enter Ryhalt Galharrow Savior of Valengrad Captain on the Blackwings Desolate madman Ed McDonald s previous novel Ravencry concluded with Ryhalt leaving Valengrad to go live in the Misery for reasons unknown Crowfall picks up six years later Six long years living in madness, constantly poisoning your body and mind But what is it all for And is it worth it in the end Galharrow is still reeling from losing his love Ezabeth to the phos light He has shunned himself from civilization, only visiting the Range to re up his meager supplies He subsists on consuming the raw flesh of Misery creatures, which also gives him the ability to navigate without needing the moons to point his way Ryhalt begins to become one with the Misery, tapping into its vast, horrific powers but losing his sanity each day Ghosts of his past visit him daily, and the line between reality and madness starts to blur into non existence Why has Ryhalt chosen this path This is one of the great mysteries of the story, and we begin to piece together parts of his ultimate plan as some of his co conspirators come under threat This mystery works both for and against the story Not knowing why Ryhalt is doing what he s doing is enticing, but it also becomes frustrating at times because we don t understand his motivations for most of his decisions I enjoyed how McDonald kept forcing the reader to question Ryhalt s actions, as he is clearly being driven insane Are there enough shreds of Ryhalt s morality left to achieve his goals, or will he lose himself entirely to the Misery New characters and new locations help separate Crowfall from its predecessors, and McDonald takes full advantage of his new cast and environments Themes of treachery, regret, and sacrifice are leaned on heavily, and it culminates into an emotional final act However.The end of the story did not sit well with me Some of the decisions made by the main cast seemed incredibly shortsighted and out of character Some big revelations left me scratching my head, and there was an explicit Deus Ex Machina that attempted to wrap up the story but didn t quite land with me It was difficult not to let the ending affect how I felt about the rest of the book, which was largely entertaining, fast paced, and original But I m still hung up on why certain plans were made, as it felt like a wild deviation from everything up to this point.Ryhalt is a stubborn fool, but he tries to do the right thing usually Getting a first person perspective of him slowly descending into madness is an appealing hook that I quite enjoyed Although I didn t agree with some of the content decisions made at the end of the story, Ryhalt s journey is still well worth taking McDonald s world of elder gods, torn reality, and light magic is dark fantasy at its finest I hope to return to the Misery again someday, and I ll be sure to pack my own lunch 7.5 10


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    Never alone.All things must end, and the saga of Ryhalt Galharrow comes to a close with one magnificently striking and emotional conclusion All the events of McDonald s Raven s Mark series have brought us to this moment, as the threat of the Deep Kings hovers like a black cloud about to release a cascade of poison rain upon the Misery and beyond Galharrow stands alone against the storm, persevering in the face of failure and forging ahead when the world is set on relentlessly beating him down Crowfall is a story underlining the willingness to do whatever must be done, including the sacrifice of every last bit of yourself, for those you love, of finding purpose, even when surrounded by the bleak oppression of guilt, and most importantly, choosing your own side What begins as a much appreciated Previously on Raven s Mark , quickly becomes a harrowing adventure of life and death as we journey towards the final stand, but the Deep Kings don t realize we bring along with us the pain and wrath of the Son of the Misery This story is dominated by hunger and betrayal, yet ultimately retribution and redemption reign supreme.In the six years following the events of Ravencry, time and circumstance have taken a great toll on the characters we ve become acquainted with, most of whom are but a faint echo of the person they once were After years of subjecting himself to the lands under the fractured sky, Galharrow is beginning to resemble many of the things he has sworn to protect the Range against I ve been vocal about my love of Galharrow since I first dug into Blackwing, and all I can say is that my admiration for him has only grown, regardless of how monstrous he has become His strength has him barreling towards a seemingly hopeless end, but his iron will to fix his mistakes continues to propel him forward Valiya and Amaira have both sacrificed much in the name of duty Tnota is torn between love and loyalty Dantry continues to sow havoc across the states Maldon remains comfortable in his role of prickly genius The Nameless are still gridlocked in their battle with the Deep Kings, who now march under a unified banner And finally, a mysterious player in this game of fate refuses to admit defeat We see a lot of familiar faces, some new, and ghosts of the past insist on fighting to fix this broken and threatened world.McDonald masterfully crafts some of the most intriguing and intelligent landscapes that dig their claws in, unwilling to let go Crowfall allows us to spend some time upon the ever changing sands of the Misery, and we are able to witness its strangeness in a way we couldn t before It has always been known that it s not just a physical place, but also a thing of sentience, which is explored in great detail in this book The howling sky, blood thirsty grasses, and shifting dunes, all evidence of Crowfoot s attack on the Deep Kings the land is just as haunted and pained as it was when he released the Heart of the Void almost a century prior We march to Adrogorsk, the melted remains of a once great city, where Ryhalt Galharrow was born under the battered and broken banner of a silver fist lost in a crimson sea What better place to fight for the future of mankind than where it all began While I knew we d be spending quite a bit of time in these poisoned lands, I was not expecting to venture into the Nameless place of power, a world of shattered ice and solitude a strangeness that seems all too familiar where the secrets to victory lie buried deep within.Like the rest of the series, Crowfall is a first person narrative told through the eyes of Galharrow, and it s blatantly clear how much he has evolved from the beginning of book one to now There s a certain poise and maturity radiating from him that we have yet to see, at times oozing with truly tragic undertones a broken man feeling right at home in a broken world The prose is beautiful, the sentiment is hard hitting, the ultimate goal hidden from readers until the explosive final moments All of the pieces we ve been collecting over the the series 1,000 pages beautifully come together to reach a remarkable climax where the fate of all hangs in the balance Crowfall was one of my most anticipated reads of the year, and I couldn t ask for a fitting conclusion to this series, which I absolutely adore Everything is as it should be I ll admit, I m a little sad I have to say goodbye to Galharrow and crew, and even though all the threads have been perfectly tied up, I can only hope this isn t my last time visiting the Misery If you haven t yet started the Raven s Mark series, you re only doing yourself a disservice and should rectify this right away If you re already a fan of the series, you re in for a treat I highly recommend.


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    Wow That was some fucking ride Dark, monstrously brutal, visceral, grimmer than most grimdark novels but oh, the humanity The wonderful, awful, beautiful, flawed humanity of the book Hope in a dark world shines through and the ending was unexpected and really rather good A fabulous end to a great series Am already missing the Misery.


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    Read the full review at my site Digital AmritIntroductionThe Raven s Mark trilogy is a grim dark fantasy that has shades of Glen Cook s Black Company and Joe Abercrombie s First Law in it It is at turns, weird, fantastic and riveting I am a huge fan of the first two books Blackwing Ravencry With Crowfall, Ed McDonald, brings this epic narrative to an end.CharactersThe characters and the world building have been the stand out features in this series and they continue to be in this concluding book too Ryhalt Galharrow is even broken now and for some reason, behaves like the Fool from Robin Hobb s Farseer Tawny man series Read the full review at my site Digital Amrit


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    Nisam siguran da sam u skorije vreme nai ao na ovakav skok kvaliteta u tre em, zavr nom delu neke trilogije u odnosu na njen ostatak Sve je ovde na mestu, po ev i od sjajne, divne karakterizacije, centralnog motiva kojeg Mekdonald maestralno plete oduvek sam mislio da ne mo e da bude cinik, a da nisi potajno optimista , ritma akcije, produbljivanja sveta, te ljivosti dijaloga, ma sve, ba sve mi je ovde leglo Pa ak i injenica da je kraj, kao i u drugom delu, mo da mrvu suvi e u kontrastu sa ostatkom romana, bledi u poredjenju sa sveop tim utiskom koji roman ostavlja A i, da ne budem ba sitni av, nije to tako drasti na razlika kao u pro lom, te ostaje neki ose aj da je svaki sentiment zaslu en Zaista kvalitetna fantastika, originalna i jedinstvena, su tinski uvek ljubavna pri a u nemila doba lavkraftovskih u asa, pri a o toj najdivnijoj injenici da je ljudska sudbina istovremeno mala, najmanja i velika, najve a.5