The Rabbit and the Raven

Book Two in the Solas Beir Trilogy

Young Adult - Fantasy - General
320 Pages
Reviewed on 09/25/2014
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Author Biography

Melissa Eskue Ousley is the award-winning author of The Solas Beir Trilogy. Her first book, Sign of the Throne, won a 2014 Readers' Favorite International Book Award, with a Bronze Medal for Young Adult Fantasy.

Melissa lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family and their Kelpie, Gryphon. When she’s not writing, Melissa can be found swimming, hiking, or walking along the beach, poking dead things with a stick.

Before she became a writer, she had a number of educational jobs, ranging from a summer spent scraping roadkill off a molten desert highway to years spent conducting research with an amazing team of educators at the University of Arizona.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite

The Rabbit and the Raven, book two in the Solas Beir Trilogy by Melissa Eskue Ousley, continues the story begun in Sign of the Throne. David, who is now the Solas Beir of Cai Terenmare, Abby, his one true love, Marisol, Jon, and their families enter Cai Terenmare to escape the chaos in the normal world - but chaos, in the form of a bad guy called Tynan Tierney, just follows them. David wants to prepare his kingdom for the war against darkness, and part of this mission is to seek the help of the four oracles. But, of course, getting to those oracles isn't that easy and they might not all be on David's side. And while David and his friends are busy with trying to organize a combined effort against the darkness, Abby has her own demons to fight in her nightmares. And why is the man in her dreams always calling her "rabbit"?

The Rabbit and the Raven by Melissa Eskue Ousley is a believable continuation of Sign of the Throne, and has the right pace for the second book of a trilogy. The reader also clearly gets the feeling that the truly serious trouble is yet to come - and of course that keeps the reader looking forward to book 3. There are questions to be answered and bad guys to be defeated (well, you would hope so). I made the mistake of finishing the book within two days. I should have made it last a little bit longer because it's the kind of story whose characters grow on you. You start to feel as if you live in their world and when you finish the book it is the classic feeling of loss that every reader experiences upon finishing a really good book.