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Reviewed by Faridah Nassozi for Readers' Favorite
Eighteen-year-old Julia's life as she knew it came to an abrupt and devastating end when her father was killed while performing on stage, right in front of her. Soon after, Julia was told that her papa was heavily in debt so his entire estate was to be sold to settle his debts. Left without a penny to her name, no home, and no relatives to turn to for help, Julia must put her grief aside and learn to fend for herself, and she does so working inhumane hours for a mean boss for meagre pay. When Julia discovers a strange black crystal hidden inside a pink Buddha, the visions set her on a journey filled with confusion as she struggles to decipher them, little knowing that therein lies the truth about her papa's death and the rest of the journey she was yet to travel. With some help from dear friends and guidance from the raven that lives inside the sorcerer's crystal, Julia begins to put together the pieces of the puzzle, and by so doing discovers deceitful details about her father's estate, truths about the people in her life, and some about the future.
Finding the Raven is a one of a kind read that will have you buried in this remarkable 1904 setting created by Patty Dickson Pieczka. The style and narrative of the story effortlessly fit the era, taking you over a century back in time in such a surreal and yet authentic way. Patty Dickson Pieczka has an amazing way of capturing moments and emotions that will completely draw you in. The characters are so vivid and engaging and the setting and language so credible. Every new character that is introduced adds something new to an already incredible tale. And just when I thought the story couldn't get any better, Patty Dickson Pieczka threw in one more twist that I never saw coming. I read the book nonstop - it is that good - but when it was over, I was sorry I had read it so fast. I wanted it to go on forever; I wanted to be lost in the story a little longer, or even forever.