Sophia Kingshill: Between The Raven and The Dove

Raven and the Dove Cover

I received a free digital copy of this book from the publishers in exchange for an honest review.

As far back as she can remember, thirteen-year-old Mag has lived with her father at a home for the mentally ill.
The patients are all clearly mad, so when the usually silent Grace claims that she’s Mag’s real mother – and also a witch – Mag’s world is turned upside down.
As things take a turn for the weird, and Mag sees things that others can’t, it may just be that she is a witch after all.
In this new world, Mag discovers that the difference between good and evil isn’t exactly black and white…

Between The Raven and the Dove is a young adult, fantasy novel set on an island where Mag lives in a home called The Residence that houses the mentally ill. After a spout of dreams that leave Mag confused and restless, she decides to re-enact the events that occur resulting in secrets being revealed that are too good to be true. With the realisation that her Mother has been with her her entire life, Mag’s life changes in so many ways as she attempts to stop the bad guys from hurting her and her family, and righting the wrongs that they started.

Mag is a young teenager at just thirteen-years-old and has always believed herself to be different, mainly due to the The Residence. She hasn’t known anything different and that sets her apart from everyone at school. Mag understands her place in school politics, putting herself out there from the get go when she joins Crossbeams by announcing herself by her unchosen nickname, Maggot. She’s not someone that likes to elevate herself or believes herself to be better than others, but she does know her own mind, making decisions about new side-characters as and when she meets them. However, as the events of the novel unfolds she realises that each of these characters are different and that they play a part within this new magical world that has been revealed to her.

The magic system within The Raven and the Dove is based off of music, and our ability to hear the music of others as well as ourselves. Witches who can hear this music are able to cast spells or manipulate people into doing tasks without them realising. In amongst all the chaos that ensues, there is this sense of calm that comes over our characters (and the reader) as they attempt to seek out the enemies music and stop them in their tracks. It’s like those moments in superhero films where the hero is in the thick of the action but everything seems to slow around them as they try and comprehend what to do next or own their differences.

Between The Raven and the Dove was a quick and light-hearted read that questions who you can really trust when you are told multiple versions of the same story. Who can Mag bring into her confidence, and what does she truly believe? The magic system was interesting and provided tricky elements that could have resulted in Mag failing and the writing was simple but descriptive and informative where needed. I loved the different array of characters and the way they were involved in events providing more people that Mag must question on their loyalty and trust.


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