Raven Takes a Pearl by Sharon Lynn Fisher
Series: Fantasies in Color (# 2)
Release Date: October 29, 2014
Publisher: West 26th Street Press; Black edition
Source: book provided by the author for review
Pearl knows it was Raven who stole her mama’s heart — a beautiful quartz stone given to her by Pearl’s father right before he died. She sets off alone to the crow-man’s keep determined to bring back the stone, but she’s caught by a servant and taken to the tower. The dark-winged ruler of the keep isn’t at all what she imagined, and he isn’t about to let Pearl go before unlocking all her mysteries — mysteries she never dreamed her body possessed.
Review: I went into this book expecting a steam punk romantic mystery with a Gothic overtone, but what I got was something else. Part fantasy, party historical romance, with a splash of steam punk, Raven Takes a Pearl caught me off guard. Pearl is a woman on a mission to take back what’s rightfully hers. Her mothers’ heart, a quartz stone stolen by Raven. Sheltered, but determined, she sets off on her own. More than that, I really couldn’t tell you. It was more about what happened to her, then it was about her as a character.
The book opens with her beginning her quest and resisting the advances of the town’s mayor. From there we take a strange journey into a world I didn’t quite understand. I wasn’t sure if the antagonist, Raven was an altered human, something that was never human, or a creation that included man and machine. Because I didn’t understand where he was coming from, I couldn’t get into the storyline.
Kudos to Ms. Fisher for taking a unique route in storytelling, but I wish it had been a more clear execution.