I was a fan of the author's Valducan urban fantasy books, so I thought I would give this a shot. i'm really glad I did. The stories revolve around a t..Show More »hief named Ahren, who ends up joining The Tyenee, the secret thieves guild, after he is betrayed on a job. He is branded the Black Raven because of the betrayal, and is convinced by a Tyenee leader that it is a good nickname. In fact, he leaves black raven feathers at the scenes of his crimes as a calling card. He has a series of adventures, with successes and failures, all the while fighting against an enemy that has the power of a demon to assist them. The characters are compelling, especially Ahren, and he has more than his share of failures to go along with the triumphs, including losing someone very close to him. The villains are well thought out, with the actions scenes being exciting an believable. The villains are not over the top Bond villains, but realistically written. I am really excited to see where he takes the character in future books. Any fan of Alex Bledsoe's Eddie LaCrosse books or Brent Week's Night Angel books should really enjoy this book.
The combination of Seth Skorkowsky's outstanding writing and Bob Bray's great narration is enough to sell me any book. This collection of Tales of the..Show More » Black Raven is a Sequel to Mountain of Daggers, another really excellent book. The Black Raven reminds me a lot of Shadowspawn from the Thieves World anthologies. A thief willing to kill when necessary, confident in their abilities, with legendary reputations. The stories in this book take place all over, and deal with some old characters, as well as some new ones I hope to see again. The action is fast paced, with solid plotting and worldbuilding that is excellent, really letting you get a feel of the envitonment. The characters are all well done, especially The Black Raven, Arhen. Whether on sea or on land, there is no situation Arhen can't eventually work his way around. Any fans of tales involving a charming rougue, such as the aformentioned Shawdowspawn stories, shold really enjoy this. Bob Bray's Narration is spot on as always, really bringing the characters to lives of their own.