Raven by Pauline Creeden
(Chronicles of Steele #1)
Publication date: October 2014 28th
Genres: Fantasy, Steampunk, Young Adult

This is the complete Steampunk Fantasy novel – all four parts of the serial in one volume! Also includes bonus features not found in the episodes ~
Human life has value.
The poor living in the gutter are as valuable as the rich living in a manor.
The scoundrel is no less valuable than the saint.
Because of this, every life a reaper takes must be redeemed.
Raven has lived by this first tenet since she was trained by her father to become a reaper. But since his death, she’s been spending years redeeming the lives she’s taken. By her count, she’s even and it’s time for that life to end. If she settles down and becomes a wife, she might just feel human again. But on the way to the life she thinks she wants, the baron of New Haven asks her to complete a task which she cannot ignore… Just when Raven decides to give up on her life as an assassin, she’s pulled right back in.


~Thanks to the author for providing the copy in exchange for an honest review~

Stunning. And I don't mean stunning more than I mean it now. Raven is... absolutely brilliant. No, wait that's an understatement. Raven is right up there. Wow. I just loved Raven. Raven herself was an amazing main character and heroine. But she's a wounded one.Raven pulls through though, with the help of her father's friend Monroe. Captain Jack Grant. A brilliant supporting character. Darius is completely innocent, and while we met Solomon, he was a great character too, protective of Darius. The Beginning was strong, and I thought the plot was well structured and broad. I looked at Pauline Creeden's website after I finished Raven, and I found that she is an award-winning author. Too bad I hadn't heard of her.She's amazing. Now, talking about the middle- The Wood Witch was a formidable enemy for Raven and her allies. This was very fabulous. Touching. Raven in general was powerful and moving. Raven is afraid to fall in love, due to a mistake she made the first time. But Monroe helps her through it, a willing ally and friend, when she needs one. The duke is evil, as expected. Pauline Creeden- a must-read author.

Rating: 5 stars


In simple language, Pauline Creeden creates worlds that are both familiar and strange, often pulling the veil between dimensions. She becomes the main character in each of her stories, and because she has ADD, she will get bored if she pretends to be one person for too long. Pauline is a horse trainer from Virginia, but writing is her therapy.

Armored Hearts, her joint effort with author Melissa Turner Lee, has been awarded the Crowned Heart for Excellence by InDtale Magazine. It is also the 2013 Book Junkie’s Choice Winner in Historical Fiction. Her debut novel, Sanctuary, won 1st Place Christian YA Title 2013 Dante Rosetti Award and 2014 Reader’s Choice Gold Award for Best YA Horror Novel.

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