Reviewed by Madison Davis
Member of the Paranormal Romance Guild Review Team
In this fifth book of Judith Sterling’s Ravenwood series, we meet Margaret of Ravenwood. She’s imprisoned in a loveless marriage with an abusive, perverted husband in the medieval 11th century. Unexpectedly, when she’s with her best friend, Sigrid, married to an abusive husband as well, she meets a man who shows up from the future, Griffin, who claims to be one of Sigrid’s descendants.
Since both women are quite knowledgeable in magic, they have no problems accepting Griffin. He is a scholar from 1958 who has been very interested in history, particularly his family history. He, therefore, learned as well the language of the Normans as also the ones of the Anglo-Saxon. He didn’t have problems at all switching between the languages and converse with the two women.
Within the short time he spends in medieval times, he understands that he is in danger of being tortured, as also Margaret is endangered to be killed, and when he travels back to England in 1958, he takes her with him.
Of course, with her time traveling, quite a few difficulties arise, but they both master them without any problems and face life to the fullest.
And then comes a time where they are needed back in Margaret’s time…
At this moment, I will stop to reveal more of the book’s plot.
I read book four, ‘Night of The Owl’ in the Ravenwood Series, and, in the meantime, the first three books as well. I love the stories and the basics of the plot idea since I enjoy reading romance.
The problem I have with the book is, once again, that the story picks up its tune and romantically gurgles through the first three quarters. From then on, the plot unknots itself so fast, the single happenings are caught up in a whirlwind of activities.
The last twenty pages confuse the reader with ‘follow-ups’ on further descendants, which nearly made me dizzy.
As much as I love the Ravenwood romances, it would have been wonderful to know the future descendants in a little more detail before being bombarded with name after name.
Also, as a non-fan of time travels, I didn’t mind them within this series. But the paradox’s within the books left me with a hint of regret on my tongue.
Still, to readers and fans of time-travel-history-romance books, I think, The Return Of The Raven’ is an entertaining read with heaps of love.