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The Curse of the Raven Mocker by Marly…

The Curse of the Raven Mocker

by Marly Youmans

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Series: Adantis (1)

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Darkly beautiful. I wish Marly would write a sequel or two. ( )
  jarvenpa | Mar 31, 2013 |
"Curse of the Raven Mocker" and its companion novel "Ingledove" are truly American fantasies, set in the Great Smoky Mountains and infused with the Scots-Irish and Cherokee mythology of that region. I can't recommend them highly enough to anyone who wants a change from European-based fantasies. "Raven Mocker" is the story of Adanta, a girl whose mother is lured away by the man-raven shape changer of the title. Adanta journeys to try and overcome the evil and reclaim her mother. The quirky and unusual characters she encounters along the way populate a lushly-drawn landscape that is both real and on the borders of mystery. Bird catchers, stolen brides, native plants and animals, and tale-telling spirits are just a few of the alluring details of this world. I also really appreciated that Youmans doesn't give us a comfortable happy ending - it is optimistic, but there is sorrow mixed in too, just like real life.

It is a short novel, but rich in detail and thus not as fast a read as it appears. Marketed at Young Adults, there is enough that is original and compelling about the book that it should not be overlooked by an older audience. ( )
  Sakerfalcon | Nov 10, 2010 |
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Adanta’s sick father has left their Smoky Mountain cottage to find a healing lake mentioned in the lore of the Cherokee. She and her mother, Charlotte, soon have a visitor: James, who Adanta secretly distrusts and calls "the Lean One." When James ensnares and bewitches Charlotte, and takes her from the cabin, Adanta has no choice: she must go into the wilderness, to Adantis, the secret home of the Hidden People deep in the mountains. She must summon up the courage to save her entire family . . . alone.

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After her parents disappear from their isolated home in the Great Smoky Mountains, Adanta discovers the truth of the Cherokee stories her father told her and embarks on a journey to thwart the sorcery that has claimed her parents.

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