The Lady of The Ravens by Joanna Hickson (eARC Review)

The Lady of The Ravens by Joanna Hickson


Source: Publishers via NetGalley

Publisher: HarperCollins UK, HarperFiction

Genres: Historical Fiction

Publication Date: 9th January 2020

Synopsis/Blurb (Goodreads):

“My baptismal name may be Giovanna but here in my mother’s adopted country I have become plain Joan; I am not pink-cheeked and golden-haired like the beauties they admire. I have olive skin and dark features – black brows over ebony eyes and hair the colour of a raven’s wing…

When Joan Vaux is sent to live in the shadow of the Tower of London, she must learn to navigate the treacherous waters of this new England under the Tudors. Like the ravens, Joan must use her eyes and her senses, if Henry and his new dynasty are to prosper and thrive.”

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My Thoughts & Review

When HarperCollins reached out to me and asked me if I would be interested in reviewing this book I couldn’t say no, especially after reading the synopsis that was sent to me.

Generally speaking I do enjoy reading historical fiction but I have to admit I did struggle with this one.  While reading this book it’s very clear that the author has done her research thoroughly, but I felt that this book was a bit too fact based. For me this meant the story didn’t flow as smoothly as there were just too many facts inserted in-between.

Although the story its self was not too bad, I struggled to connect and engage with some of the characters. I felt they were a little flat, but saying that I understand the main character is based on a real historical person so I can see that there are limits on how much the character can be changed.

Sadly, this book wasn’t for me but I think it will be enjoyed by many others, so don’t just take my word on this book once again I think I’m in the minority that didn’t enjoy this book.

I would like to thank NetGalley and the publishers HarperCollins UK, HarperFictions for a copy of my eARC in return for an honest and unbiased review.

My Rating


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  1. I hate that disappointment of when a story just doesn’t quite click with you. This one sounds interesting, but I’m a firm believer that the key to historical fiction is how it flows, so I think I’ll skip this one. Great review!

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