• The Raven Tower

  • By: Ann Leckie
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (1,896 ratings)

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The Raven Tower

By: Ann Leckie
Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
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Publisher's summary

Shortlisted for the 2020 World Fantasy Award

Gods meddle in the fates of men, men play with the fates of gods, and a pretender must be cast down from the throne in this breathtaking first fantasy novel from Ann Leckie, New York Times best-selling author and winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke Awards.

"Absolutely wonderful...utterly brilliant." (The New York Times Book Review)

For centuries, the kingdom of Iraden has been protected by the god known as the Raven. He watches over his territory from atop a tower in the powerful port of Vastai. His will is enacted through the Raven's Lease, a human ruler chosen by the god himself. His magic is sustained via the blood sacrifice that every Lease must offer. And under the Raven's watch, the city flourishes.

But the power of the Raven is weakening. A usurper has claimed the throne. The kingdom borders are tested by invaders who long for the prosperity that Vastai boasts. And they have made their own alliances with other gods.

It is into this unrest that the warrior Eolo - aide to Mawat, the true Lease - arrives. And in seeking to help Mawat reclaim his city, Eolo discovers that the Raven's Tower holds a secret. Its foundations conceal a dark history that has been waiting to reveal itself...and to set in motion a chain of events that could destroy Iraden forever.

"It's a delight to read something so different, so wonderful and strange." (Patrick Rothfuss)

For more Ann Leckie, check out:

  • Ancillary Justice
  • Ancillary Sword
  • Ancillary Mercy
  • Provenance
©2019 Ann Leckie (P)2019 Hachette Audio

Critic reviews

"Narrator Adjoa Andoh lends diverse accents and impressive power to this compelling fantasy from the author of space operas.... Andoh's skill with a dynamic range of voices will propel listeners through the tales of powerful gods, complex political machinations, and revenge."—AudioFile

"Absolutely wonderful. The god's voice is mesmerizing, tender and careful....feels closer to the register of folk tale than epic, and is all the more riveting for that."—New York Times Book Review

"Leckie's tale takes on a mythic, metafictional quality...and the story's elements weave into a stunning conclusion. This impressive piece of craftsmanship cements Leckie's place as a powerful voice in both SF and fantasy."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Leckie has a gift for using language both as worldbuilding and as plot device ... The Raven Tower spins out its mysteries before gleefully setting fire to them in the last few pages."—NPR