Conspiracy of Ravens by Lila Bowen
Narrated by Robin Miles
(The Shadow #2)
Published by Orbit on Oct. 11th, 2016
Genres: Weird West, Western Fantasy
Page Length: 359 pages
Audio Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
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Monsters, magic and the supernatural combine in this sequel to Wake of Vultures, in which a young woman must defeat the evil hiding beneath the surface.
Nettie Lonesome made a leap -- not knowing what she'd become. But now the destiny of the Shadow is calling.
A powerful alchemist is leaving a trail of dead across the prairie. And the Shadow must face the ultimate challenge: side with her friends and the badge on her chest or take off alone on the dangerous mission pulling her inexorably toward the fight of her life.
When it comes to monsters and men, the world isn't black and white. What good are two wings and a gun when your enemy can command a conspiracy of ravens?
Conspiracy of Ravens continues the exciting journey begun in Wake of Vultures as Nettie Lonesome discovers that she, and the world, are more than what they seem.
Note: I received an advanced copy of Conspiracy of Ravens from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.
- I looooooooove weird west and Conspiracy of Ravens continues to deliver on all my favorite parts. Most of the book takes place walking through the wilderness and in a railroad camp, how much more Western can you get?? Plus there are dragons in this one!!!!!
- Nettie makes the full transition to Rhett in this book and I’m very happy that he finally feels comfortable with his gender identity. I had been a bit unsure of how Rhett would have preferred to be referred to after the first book, so it’s nice that he has officially transitioned on page.
- After that killer cliffhanger at the end of the first book, I was worried we would be similarly tortured this time around, but no! Things pick up right where they left off but then there is a nice and satisfactory ending, whew!
- The narration of these books is top notch. There are a lot of different accents introduced in Conspiracy because Rhett runs into a number of immigrants. To my obviously-not-qualified ear, these accents sounded convincing and respectful. Further even within each accent different characters had different tones to make their voices distinct, impressive!
- I’m not trans, so I am interested to hear what trans men think of this, but I thought that Rhett’s sexual relationships were handled well. There is confusion on Rhett’s part on how to engage in sex with the parts that he has since they don’t match his gender identity and there is a lot of learning. I think this book would be very helpful for a mature trans teen trying to figure out how to deal with the body that they are stuck in for now.
- I really don’t know how I feel about some of the sexual content of this book. There is a scene involving non-consensual stuff that happens due to the influence of a god and ughhhhhhh. It’s one of those situations where everyone is drunk and therefore can’t give consent but seems willing in the moment and I really don’t know what the right answer is. I wish that things had been better resolved in this book, but I suspect they will have to be discussed in the next book and I’m really worried about how that conversation will go for Rhett’s sake.
- The structure of Conspiracy is a little odd. The first half is a lot of walking around the wilderness, which worked for me since I was focused on Rhett’s internal struggles, but I can see how it wouldn’t appeal to a lot of readers (such as Lisa!).
Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
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