Thursday, 13 August 2015

Raven's Call by Amos Cassidy

Title: Raven's Call
Series: Crimson (#0.5)
Author: Amos Cassidy
From: Beta then Review Copy
Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Release Date: 30th July 2015
Challenges: COYER Scavenger Hunt, 2015 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (1 point)
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

For wolves like Raven, life is especially hard; his smell leading him to be ostrasised by other wolves. After a rough start in life, Raven finds friends and a pack of his own, but now the Active Pack that protects Civilian Wolves, is standing down and Raven and his friends Roman, Kris and Damon, are summoned to the Culling. While there they are tested to see who has what it takes, but there are other more sinister things at work.

I got so excited about returning to the Crimson world! This novella covers events from before the first book, Crimson Midnight, and centres around the Wolves that play a major role. It was interesting seeing the wolves as younger versions of themselves, though their dominant personality traits came through even this early in their lives.

Raven is an amazing character in the Crimson books and seeing all that he's gone through just because he's gay (something other wolves know because of how he smells) makes him an even stronger character in my opinion. He was coming into his own in Raven's Call and becoming the man he is in Crimson.

The interactions between the wolves have always been entertaining, and Raven's Call is no different. I especially like that Roman and Raven's friendship is so strong with neither of them caring about Raven's sexuality. Though it is a major plot point I didn't feel that any of the main characters reacted in a negative way and it was great seeing that in a book.

I also really liked seeing how Harold came into the fold. He always was more of the outsider, being older and a different temperament to the others in the Pack, but Raven's Call really showed how he became friends with Raven and his pack.

This was a great read with strong characters and definitely added more to the series!