Publishing Date: October 2013
Publishers Description: The mystery of the Tower at Ravenscliff is at last revealed, in the long awaited continuation of The Ravenscliff Series. A returning threat roams the halls of Ravenscliff Manor, the mad sorceress Clarissa, but she is only one of many problems facing Devon March. His budding relationship with Cecily takes a hit when he discovers she might be his (gulp!) sister, while his pal Marcus is mysteriously linked with the savage, gorilla-like beast that turns up in Misery Point on nights of the full moon.
Review: This is the third in the Ravenscliff series, featuring our intrepid, hormonal sorcerer, Devon. We finally see why Marcus has a pentagram floating in front of his face and Cecily’s mom’s secrets revealed to all.
The author lets you walk beside some real inductive reasoning retards, where anyone with half a brain could put two and two together and get the desired outcome. Devon still thinks Cecily could be his sister, even though the evidence and her mom say otherwise. It is patently obvious who the werewolf and Clarissa are, but Mr. Dumbshit kid-scorcerer can’t find his butt with two hands. I really don’t think this style of writing adds to the suspense. In fact, I think it detracts. If you want to be suspenseful, make the clues hard to discern and cleverly disguised, not out in plane site, where you, the reader, are left waiting for the imbecilic characters to catch up.
For instance, a werewolf is terrorizing the town and Devon’s friend Marcus has had this pentagram floating on his face for quite awhile. During a full moon Marcus disappears (repeatedly) his parents are acting hysterical and wont let anyone see him, and when they do he is all scratched up and bloody. Hmmmmm. Oh, and when Cecilys best friend decides to walk with Marcus to a rendezvous, she is attacked by a werewolf, but Marcus is no where to be found. Hmmmmmm. And all Devon can come up with is “Marcus, I think you are somehow tied to the werewolf”. No shit Sherlock. Even after the werewolf ghost visits Devon and draws a freakin’ pentagram in front of his face and turns into a ghost werewolf. Another weird event is when Devon is in the past and only briefly thinks about seeing his father, but then dismisses it as not being relevant to the task of saving his friend of less than one year, Marcus. Huh? So, the author builds a MAJOR portion of Devon’s character around his dad, and laments about his loss and involvement in the Nightwing for two prior novels AND has no inclination to go see him. Wow. Talk about falling down on the story-line.
I really shouldn’t like the cover, but it’s good in a kitchy way. The only problem is that the birds are not ravens nor are they mammalian bats. The ratio of body mass to wing length is more like a seagulls. (Hey, it’s the finer points).
Despite the wonders of being young and stupid in a gratingly acerbic way, this was a really good novel. Not as good as the first, but definitely better than the second. Again we have a good story-line and great character development. The scene development really makes the novel what it is. The author really describes his surroundings while continuing the story in parallel. Draws you into the depths of the story. Hopefully the resurrected desire of the readership will avail the author to continue the series to finality.