The Raven Thief by Ashley Olivier
Published by Ashley Olivier on August 9, 2021
Series: The Royal Thieves Trilogy #1
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
Source: eARC from Author
Enya has a few very simple goals in life.
Take down a tyrannical king, give her gang a decent life, become the leader of Skeyya's rebellion, and maybe become slightly more rich along the way.
Okay, so maybe those goals aren't so simple. And everything comes at a cost in the capital streets of Arden; King Eamon is after her head, and shadows lurk around every corner, waiting to spill secrets and blood.
After being captured and sentenced to death in the esteemed royal palace, Enya never expected to run into three princes who need her help—and especially not ones thought to be dead for over a decade. An impossible quest is proposed; an ancient evil is rising, and only they can stop it. The Crimson Witch, a faerie demon imprisoned in the Black Lake, along with her undead army of ghouls.
Enya has now found herself caught in a web of darkness and deceit as she guides these princes and her right-hand man, Carson, on a journey to track down the magical artifacts needed to take down the Crimson Witch once and for all.
Love, friendship, and bravery will all be tested. Can three princes and a thief save the world?
The Raven Thief is a young adult fantasy by Ashley Olivier, & is the first book in The Royal Thieves Trilogy. The premise of The Raven Thief gripped me right away. We have our main character Enya who is trying to take down a corrupt king and Crimson Witch, and while on her quest she runs into three princes who the world thought died years ago. They decide to all team up to track down magical artifacts needed to take down the Crimson Witch. I really enjoyed this book, the characters and the world set up. It is on the shorter side and the pacing is very fast all throughout, so the plot keeps progressing.
I look forward to getting to know the characters better in the next installment because I feel like there was a lot of story setup and plot setup (as is expected) so I didn’t really get to know some of the characters on a deeper level. I would be really interesting to learn more about the Rebels and how they came to be and some of their backgrounds. I think there will be more time for that in books 2 and 3 and I am looking forward to it. Enya was a bit of mystery to me in terms of motivators. I liked her well enough, but I am waiting to see how she develops in the next book before I decide if I love her or not. I did admire everything she has been through and how she handles herself throughout the story. She is a tough cookie. The Princes were interesting, though at this time I do like some more than others, but more on that after I read book 2. I think my favorite part of the book was the friendship between Enya and Carson! Those two are completely adorable and I loved seeing such a strong friendship.
I really enjoyed this book. It was fast paced and I thought it set up the world really nicely. It is a fast paced adventure and it held my attention the whole time. I had some slight issues with the pacing of the story, because a lot happened in a relatively short amount of time. I do hope the next book in the trilogy is longer so I can relish in some of the character and plot details a little more, but overall this was a super fun read and I can’t wait to continue on and see what happens next. Book one ends on a cliffhanger, so bring on book two right now please!
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