The City of Ravens (The Cities #1) (Forgotten Realms)

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Title: The City of Ravens
Series: The Cities
Author: Richard Baker
Rating: 3 of 5 Battle Axes
Genre: SFF
Pages: 324
Format: Kindle



Jack Ravenwild is a dandy, a thief, a magician and an utterly pompous kind of guy. So it isn’t a surprise when he gets 3 different commissions from 3 different beautiful women. But since they all tie together in the end, it makes for a very light and fun adventure.


My Thoughts:
This was so deliberately over the top that I was rolling my eyes the entire time. Thankfully, Baker had enough skill and deftness of touch that I was also laughing while rolling my eyes.

Jack was an irrepressible character and had a flair for the fanciful. While most Forgotten Realms’ books go for the faux-epic feel, or the dark and gritty, this was unabashed mockery of that. Either that or Baker is such a bad writer that he’s a genius.
I wouldn’t be able to take a steady diet of this, but every once in a while something silly is needed to counteract all the ridiculous authors who are miserable and take it out on us the readers.

After the bad experience I had with The Citadels series, I am encouraged that this started out so lightly.

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