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Raven 2 "An overdue appointment with the Devil" by Tim Pearsall

RAVEN 2 by Tim Pearsall, book review by On My Kindle Book Reviews
This second installment takes our characters to a whole new dimension, the Astral plane.

Raven slashes a path to Calcutta, while Cairo is all alone and at the mercy of the ghosts of Malta. Susan loses her mind to Boss Bellini, while Richard is lost in the wilderness of the dark continent. Expect much madness and murder!
Source: I received a free copy of this book and opted to post a review.
Genre: Horror, Supernatural/Paranormal, Gothic
Format: eBook, Print
Publication Date: April 8, 2018
Series: Raven

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Reading Raven 2 is a bit like walking around a curiosity shop: it's a mash-up of old, contemporary, grotesque, beautiful, erotic, and mystifying. One minute you're reading about Raven feeding on her victims' anger and pain; turn the page, and you're reading about her naive daughter, Cairo. Tim Pearsall tweaks his nose at genre norms by offering his readers another book that's not quite a horror or a supernatural/paranormal work, and that's what I love about him.

Raven is one of those protagonists that you're going to be fascinated with; whether you love her, hate her, or feel a little bit of both towards her. Anne Rice did this with her protagonist/antagonist, Lestat, in "The Vampire Chronicles" and Tim Pearsall is doing this with Raven; without turning her into some overbearing narcissist who nobody can stand. Pearsall teases readers with enticing glimpses of Raven's past, but he has yet to truly reveal it. I certainly hope he does because I am certain she has lived a very long and interesting life, and I'm dying to know how she became a sort of "psychic vampire."

Susan and Richard's hunt for Raven takes a different turn as Susan discovers another person behind her parents' deaths. Her desire for revenge ultimately drives Richard away. In an attempt to avenge her parents' deaths, Susan dabbles in voodoo and finds herself out of her depth. She isn't the only one out of her depth as Richard tries to make his way home by himself and finds himself stranded. The unlikely allies the couple find on their separate adventures adds just the right amount of suspense and humor to help lighten the tone of the book.

Cairo, Raven's daughter, is also quite intriguing. Her father is mortal but readers will see that Cairo takes after her mother in some ways. Actually, Cairo is one of many examples of how Pearsall works his magic. There really aren't any "extras" in his books; each character is quirky, unique, and contributes to the plot.

Pearsall has a lot of threads in the plot and I'm anxious to see how they will intersect (or collide) in the next book. If you enjoy books with witty dialogue, action and are looking for a writer that doesn't adhere to traditional genre norms, give Pearsall's Raven a shot. I was pleasantly surprised and I think you will be too.

About Tim Pearsall

Tim Pearsall author of Raven. Photo courtesy of Goodreads.
Tim Pearsall, author. Courtesy of Goodreads.
Timothy Pearsall was born in England and grew up in the industrial West Midlands known as 'the black country'. As a young man he moved to London where he began to write fiction as a hobby. The hobby was largely shelved for several years when he married and had children. He now lives in Norwich, England, and works in local government. Now that his children are grown up and he is widowed, he is able to spend more time writing, he has updated and renamed his Domina Mortis/Evelina books and released Raven as the first in a dark paranormal series.

He describes Raven as a "dirty and Stabby" supernatural soap heroine.

He describes himself from the Desiderata poem as an off-the-peg person 'going placidly amid the noise and haste'.

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