Audiobook Review: Conspiracy of Ravens by Lila Bowen
2.5 Stars , Reviews / November 3, 2016

DISCLAIMER: I normally write spoiler free reviews. In this case I really wanted to talk about some of the diversity features of Conspiracy of Ravens. There may be spoilers in regard to that aspect of the book. Last year, Wake of Vultures was an unexpected hit for me. I just loved the western vibe, I loved the protagonist. As a bonus, it also featured the girl dressed as boy trope. The protagonist for this series is gender fluid, she is physically female, and in the beginning of the first book, while preferring masculine tasks and roles, was still identifying female. The second book, she has had more time to mature, gain experience and is now identifying as a male stuck in a female body. Unfortunately, Conspiracy of Ravens just did not work as well. I felt the over all pace of the story was slower. In the first book, I loved getting to know and understand Nettie/Rhett, learning about the magic and creatures. I loved reading about Nettie’s fight for survival. I never once felt like the book was slow. And the ending of the first book! It was exciting, and promised so much more story to come. That is…

Review: Wake of Vultures by Lila Bowen
4.5 Stars , Reviews / October 22, 2015

Wake of Vultures is a western fantasy doused with folklore, and complete with vampires, werewolves and shape-shifters. Just don’t go into this expecting the sparkling variety of vampires or the happy, hunky type of werewolves. This is a darker book that left me mesmerized by the world and characters. And did I mention, it also features one of my favorite tropes, as Nettie, our female protagonist has taken to living as a man while pursuing a new life for her self. Nettie has an incredibly hard life. She is the only non-white person around (she is what they referred to as “half breed” or “mixed breed”, showing signs of Native American and black descent), and was raised by a couple who told her that when no one else would have her, they showed her mercy by taking her in as a baby. But they show her no love, give her no support, and they certainly never took any steps to try and educate her. She may call them Pap and Mam as if they were her parents, but they treat her as a servant, but without the pay. It really is a loveless and thankless life she has been living. But, she has found a passion, a…