*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review*
In a life of impossible choices when sometimes death magic is the lesser of the evils, can a dark mage save the world and his own soul?
Corwyn Ravenscroft. Raven. The last heir of an ancient family of dark mages, he holds the secret to recreating the Ravensblood, a legendary magical artifact of immense power.
Cassandra Greensdowne is a Guardian. Magical law enforcement for the elected council — and Raven’s former apprentice and lover. She is trying to live down her past. And then her past comes to the door, asking for her help.
As a youth, Raven wanted to be a Guardian but was rejected because of his ancestry. In his pride and his anger, he had turned to William, the darkest and most powerful mage of their time. William wants a return to the old ways, where the most powerful mage was ruler absolute. But William would not be a True King from the fairy tales. He would reign in blood and terror and darkest magic.
Raven discovers that he does have a conscience. It’s rather inconvenient.
He becomes a spy for the council that William wants to overthrow, with Cassandra as his contact.
Cass and Raven have a plan to trap William outside his warded sanctuary. But William is one step ahead of the game, with Raven’s life, his soul, and the Ravensblood all in danger.
Honestly I had no inkling of how much I would love this book. It was a magical cop drama. And it was AWESOME. It reminded me very much of Kim Harrison's Hollows Series with protagonist Rachael Morgan.
I'm not going to lie, I have a thing for "the bad guy" with a heart of gold. Raven stole mine from the moment he stepped onto the page. Seriously. No "bad" character has had this much of a claim to my affections since Snape, and let me tell you- I am embarrassingly in love with Snape. Just take my word, Raven is irresistible.
Ravensblood was well-written, fast paced, action-packed, and amazing. I cannot wait to read book two.
Have you read Ravensblood? What did you think!?