The Raven's Tale

The Raven's Tale

Seventeen-year-old Edgar Poe counts down the days until he can escape his foster family—the wealthy Allans of Richmond, Virginia. He hungers for his upcoming life as a student at the prestigious new university, almost as much as he longs to marry his beloved Elmira Royster. However, on the brink of his departure, all his plans go awry when a macabre Muse named Lenore appea...

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The Raven's Tale Reviews

  • A.G. Howard

    I adore Poe, and really admire how much research Ms. Winters put into this tribute to his teen years. The story almost has a "magical realism" feel to it over straight up fantasy, which gives events a very surreal and dreamlike quality at times. Also, the nods to Poe's prose and poetry throughout are beautiful!

  • ♠️ Tabi ♠️

    Oh, what a tale! While I am not

    with Poe's works to the point I can quote them from any angle, have mused upon the d

    Oh, what a tale! While I am not

    with Poe's works to the point I can quote them from any angle, have mused upon the differing tempos, or sat in brooding thought regarding his stories . . . I do really love the writing of Edgar Allan Poe. I feel like those weird, dark poems and stories

    me, which of course is something strange to say if the first Poe thing you think of is

    .

    Anyways.

    This literally reads like something pulled from Poe's mind. Cat Winters strikes again with her literary talent, reminding me yet again why I love her books so much.

    The amount of research she puts into her books truly shows because every time I am pulled into history and I never want to leave.

    This is a book about Poe who dreamed in dark fairytales and lost loves and beating hearts. There is magic in this story in the form of Lenore, Poe's dark muse. Now did my brain automatically go "

    "?? Yes, of course it it did. There is just so much conflicted tension between these two artists--one of flesh and blood, the other of dreams and feathers--that I couldn't help myself!!

    Yet while this book is about the magical bond between Poe and his muse, an interesting take on where this famous poet got the inspiration for his well-known works . . . it is also about the growth of a young man chained by social expectations into a man who becomes who

    wants to be.

    And that's what really sold me on this, what really made me believe it was if the muse of Poe himself came to the author and helped her write this story.

    read this book okay

  • Lisa Wolf

    In

    , muses are considered dangerous to the soul, yet at the same time, they're acknowledged to exist. The Sunday sermon exhorts the congregation to "Silence your muses!" lest they lead you into temptation and keep you from pursuing an honest, hardworking, upright life. Such is the world in which we meet young Edgar Allan Poe, a 17-year-old devoted to poetry whose foster father wants to see him settled in the family business as a clerk. It's all about respectability!

    Poor Eddy! He'

    In

    , muses are considered dangerous to the soul, yet at the same time, they're acknowledged to exist. The Sunday sermon exhorts the congregation to "Silence your muses!" lest they lead you into temptation and keep you from pursuing an honest, hardworking, upright life. Such is the world in which we meet young Edgar Allan Poe, a 17-year-old devoted to poetry whose foster father wants to see him settled in the family business as a clerk. It's all about respectability!

    Poor Eddy! He's consumed by thoughts of a deadly Richmond theater fire from eleven years earlier, and from his obsession with the fire, his muse emerges into life. His attention makes her more and more real, a girl of smoke and ashes who assumes human form and accompanies Edgar through the streets and in his home, leading him to greater and greater devotion to his writing. Edgar's goal is to escape his awful father and begin his university studies, where he hopes to achieve greatness through his poetry -- but the dream is on the verge of slipping away as his financial situation becomes dire and he's forced into debt and out of control gambling in a futile attempt to pay for his fees.

    The idea of personification of muses is an interesting one (and there's also a secondary muse, who represents Poe's forays into satire). We see how Edgar becomes consumed by his obsessions with his art, and if we didn't know that his friends and family are all able to see his muses as well, we might think he'd tumbled into madness.

    The concept is unique and inventive. The author weaves together her extensive research into Poe's youth with her flights of fancy in his interactions with the muse. Sprinkled throughout are both lines from what will become his published work and other rhymes and verses that are written by Cat Winters in the style of Edgar Allan Poe. It's fun to see the use of his style, and seems credible that his great works could have started in bits and pieces, with all sorts of variations, as they do here.

    Overall, I thought

    mostly (but not totally) successful. It's an interesting and engaging read, but the reality of the muses was not entirely believable. I'm not sure that the balance between established history and invented fantasy really works well, but as someone not previously familiar with Poe's early years, I found the parts based on real-life events especially interesting.

    The writing takes on all sorts of rhythms and moods that feel true to the Poe of popular imagination, and that makes reading

    a treat (despite some of the plot bumps).

    Don't you just love that line?

  • Noura Khalid (theperksofbeingnoura)

    Dark and absolutely marvelous!

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    Got an ARC!! One of my most anticipated! 😍 Can’t wait to start it!

  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    What a lovely tale...

    Wow, I think Cat Winters did a great job on this book!

    I was reading through her author's notes, etc and she was telling how she went about finding out as much history as she could before writing this book. I think she made a remarkable book on fiction and fact to create a young Poe.

    I loved reading about Lenore! The book is written in two POV's; Edgar and Len

    What a lovely tale...

    Wow, I think Cat Winters did a great job on this book!

    I was reading through her author's notes, etc and she was telling how she went about finding out as much history as she could before writing this book. I think she made a remarkable book on fiction and fact to create a young Poe.

    I loved reading about Lenore! The book is written in two POV's; Edgar and Lenore. I must say it's bloody brilliant. I loved the creepiness to the book and the way the author incorporated a muse for different people. It was so freaking gothic and awesome and like I said a bit creepy. If you accept what you have created then the creepiness goes away and you find that you have a friend for life.

    That's all I'm going to say before I sit right here and type a spoiler before the book is even out yet. This is February and this fine book will be out in April; I'm putting it on my birthday book buying list for myself.

    *Thank you to Netgalley and the Publisher for a complimentary copy of this book for review.*

    Happy Reading!

    Mel ♥

  • Hannah Greendale

    An atmospheric and inventive nod to one of literature's most memorable writers. In portraying a young Edgar Allen Poe, Winters has clearly done considerable research to achieve a sense of authenticity, and her idea to characterize Poe's muse as a "

    "* is marvelous.

    Chapters alternate between Edgar and his muse, Lenore, which lends itself to an unfortunate amount of repetition. The stakes are low and, by the midpoint, the narr

    An atmospheric and inventive nod to one of literature's most memorable writers. In portraying a young Edgar Allen Poe, Winters has clearly done considerable research to achieve a sense of authenticity, and her idea to characterize Poe's muse as a "

    "* is marvelous.

    Chapters alternate between Edgar and his muse, Lenore, which lends itself to an unfortunate amount of repetition. The stakes are low and, by the midpoint, the narrative starts to feel stagnant. However, readers who push to the final page are rewarded with a chilling poem crafted by Winters in the style of Edgar Allen Poe.

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    *Note: All quotes taken from an Uncorrected Proof.

  • destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]

    I can't tell if I hate this or am just not in the mood for it, either option being depressing as hell because EAP was my original literary love and I was so pumped for this. I'll pick it back up soon and try again.

  • Emily May

    I'm sorry. I tried. I really tried. I love Winters' writing but I just cannot care about this. I guess I just don't find the life of Edgar Allan Poe anywhere near as interesting as I thought I would.

    🦅

  • Candace Robinson

    Edgar, Edgar, Edgar—what a magnificent writer he was. So when I heard there was going to be this book on a young Edgar Allan Poe, I was so incredibly interested! Lenore, Lenore, Lenore! I want to read about you anywhere forevermore!

    Let me tell you something, my dear friends, I loved Edgar and his struggles and his sensitivities in this book. This boy definitely needed a muse to help him escape his terrible adopted father and all the things that occurred because of him! And Lenore? She was such a

    Edgar, Edgar, Edgar—what a magnificent writer he was. So when I heard there was going to be this book on a young Edgar Allan Poe, I was so incredibly interested! Lenore, Lenore, Lenore! I want to read about you anywhere forevermore!

    Let me tell you something, my dear friends, I loved Edgar and his struggles and his sensitivities in this book. This boy definitely needed a muse to help him escape his terrible adopted father and all the things that occurred because of him! And Lenore? She was such a lovely and horrific creature who was the perfect muse to draw out the tales that one day become famous.

    Now, what I wanted and what I thought this book was going to be about DID NOT HAPPEN! I repeat: DID NOT HAPPEN! I wanted a romance between Edgar and his muse that was so dark and twisted that it would haunt me for days with its beauty, sadness, and passion. I wanted that and needed that ... still do! However, this strange and lovely little book was still quite enjoyable with beautiful writing and real history entwined! 

  • Navessa

    Lately, I’ve stopped writing reviews for books that I DNF, but since I received an ARC of this in exchange for one, I figured a brief summary of why this didn’t work for me was necessary.

    You should know that I adore Cat Winters. This is the first book by her that I haven’t flat-out loved. I will still one-click buy literally everything she writes, so take this review with a grain of salt.

    Usually, I find her prose so enthralling that I tend to inhale her works in a single sitting. This o

    Lately, I’ve stopped writing reviews for books that I DNF, but since I received an ARC of this in exchange for one, I figured a brief summary of why this didn’t work for me was necessary.

    You should know that I adore Cat Winters. This is the first book by her that I haven’t flat-out loved. I will still one-click buy literally everything she writes, so take this review with a grain of salt.

    Usually, I find her prose so enthralling that I tend to inhale her works in a single sitting. This one was a struggle to get through. And Winters for me has always had this haunting, poetic way of writing that stays with me long after I finish reading. For a book about a haunted poet, the writing here wasn’t up to her usual scratch.

    This book read like it once had a lot of info dumps that were heavily edited out and instead shoved into dialogues and inner monologues in a way that felt forced. In the forward, Winters mentioned how much research she did for this. It shows. Not in a good way. Usually I find her world-building to be effortless and organic. This felt stilted and forced in comparison.

    This also lacked her usual elegant prose. Instead, this story suffered beneath the mimicry of a century-old writing style.

    So, brilliant concept, but the execution fell short for me.

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