Sunday, October 16, 2016

Raven Song

Title: Raven Song (Inoki's Game #1)

Author: I.A. Ashcroft

Genre: Dystopian, Fantasy

Rating: 4 out of 5 Fairies

Where to buy: Amazon

Synopsis: A century ago, the world burned. Even now, though rebuilt and defiant, civilization is still choking on the ashes. 
Jackson, a smuggler, lives in the shadows, once a boy with no memory, no name, and no future. Ravens followed him, long-extinct birds only he could see, and nightmares flew in their wake. Once, Jackson thought himself to be one of the lucky few touched by magic, a candidate for the Order of Mages. He is a man now, and that dream has died. But, the ravens still follow. The nightmares still whisper in his ear. 
Anna’s life was under the sun, her future bright, her scientific work promising. She knew nothing of The Bombings, the poisoned world, or the occult. One day, she went to work, and the next, she awoke in a box over a hundred years in the future, screaming, fighting to breathe, and looking up into the eyes of a smuggler. Anna fears she’s gone crazy, unable to fill the massive hole in her memories, and terrified of the strange abilities she now possesses. 
The Coalition government has turned its watchful eyes towards them. The secret factions of the city move to collect them first. And, old gods stir in the darkness, shifting their pawns on the playing field. 
If Anna and Jackson wish to stay free, they must learn what they are and why they exist. 
Unfortunately, even if they do, it may be too late. 

About the Author: I. A. Ashcroft dwells in Phoenix, Arizona, alongside a wonderful tale-spinner and two increasingly deranged cats. The author enjoys reading and pretending to be other people while rolling dice and wearing fancy hats.
From Ashcroft's writing, you can expect dark fantasy, humor, violence, hope, flawed heroes, human villains, and more than a small dose of mythology.

Review: A fresh and unique take on a dystopian world, Ashcroft has managed to take one of my favorite genres and breathe new life into it. With touches of magic in a world gone south, Raven Song is packed with adventure and intrigue. A page turner you won't want to put down, I highly recommend this book.