I received this book for free from the Publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Raven Unveiled by Grace Draven
Narrator: Katharine Lee McEwan
Series: The Fallen Empire #3
Published by Berkley Publishing Group, Penguin Audio on November 8, 2022
Genres: Fiction / Romance / Fantasy
Length: 11 hours 21 minutes
Format: ARC, Audiobook
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A woman with the gift to speak to the dead—and the assassin pursuing her—may be the only chance a crumbling empire has of holding back true evil, in this electrifying fantasy romance from the USA Today bestselling author of Radiance.
Siora has been on the run for longer than she cares to remember, from her past and her gift. Born with the ability to see and speak to ghosts, she has heard their desperate pleas as an otherworldly predator stalks the dead amid the fertile killing fields of the collapsing Krael Empire. The creature’s power and reach are growing with every soul it consumes, but Siora is preoccupied with her own troubles: namely an assassin who has sworn an oath of vengeance against her.
Gharek of Cabast was once the right-hand man of the reviled empress but is now a wanted fugitive. Although his reasons for hunting Siora are viscerally personal, what Gharek can’t anticipate is that when he finally does find her, she will hold the key to saving his world, or what’s left of it. To make good on old debts and protect the vulnerable dead from a malevolent force, Gharek and Siora will both need to make an ally out of an enemy—and trust that will be enough to save each other.
This was good! This is the third book in the Fallen Empire series and I have to admit that I remember very little from those first 2 books. That became evident once I started listening to this book but that is okay since I think that it works well as a stand-alone. It took me a little bit to really get into the book but once I got a feel for the characters and the story, I really did enjoy it.
Siora has always been able to see and talk to ghosts and once served as the nursemaid to Gharek’s daughter, Estred. Gharak served as the cat paw, or assassin, to the former empress and has made a lot of enemies over the years. These two are at odds at the start of this book but grow closer as they learn to work well together. They both care deeply for Estred which helps to bring them together when forced to complete a mission to ensure her safety. The story had a lot of action and I really enjoyed watching Siora really grow into her power over the course of the story.
Katharine Lee McEwan did a great job with this audiobook. I believe that this is only the second time that I have had the opportunity to listen to her narration and I thought that she was a very good fit for this story. I thought that she had a very pleasant voice and I liked the voices that she used for the various character. I had no problem listening to this book for hours at a time and believe that her narration added to my overall enjoyment of this book.
I would recommend this book to others. I thought that this book did a lot of things really well and enjoyed the action, romance, and fantasy of the story. I do hope to read more of this author’s work in the future and would love to see more books set in this fantastic world.
I received a digital review copy of this book from Berkley Publishing Group and Penguin Random House Audio.