Ravencry doesn't retread old ground, and it doesn't try to be something completely different. Instead, it takes everything that was great about Blackwing and builds on it, making for an even better book... Ravencry was everything that I wanted in a sequel.
In all the years I have read fantasy books I don't think I have ever come across a series that I have loved as much this and due to this Ed McDonald has become one of my favorite fantasy authors of all time (up there with Brandon Sanderson & J.R.R Tolkien).
This is top quality fantasy, assured and inventive in equal measure, with the kind of pacing that feels like a surging tsunami- an unstoppable maelstrom building to impossible heights before crashing down in a fury of destruction. I have no doubt this will be one of my best reads of the year.
Ravencry is the perfect sequel and a book every fantasy author would aspire to write.