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The Ravens of Falkenau & Other Stories (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Jo Graham
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The world is a numinous place, for those who have eyes to see it.

Welcome to the Numinous World, where gods and angels intervene in the lives of mortals, and a band of eternal companions unite and reunite over the centuries, striving to make the world a better place despite wars and dark ages, hatred and cruelty. Here are stories from the very beginning of our history, when the Lady of Cats entered the life of a young woman and changed her forever, long ago when farmers first scraped a living from the soil. Here too are stories of the ancient world — of Dion, the peerless scientist of Alexandria, of Lucia, a Roman waif, of a Persian princess and her Jewish sister in law, of Lydias of Miletus who is once and always Ptolemy's man, and of a Nubian girl who begins a long journey toward a strange destiny.

There are stories of the Dark Ages, of a last Roman outpost on the shores of Britain and of an Arab warrior who at last comes home to a white city on the sea, of a Scottish witch who serves the Storm Queen and fears no other magic, and a Knight Templar enslaved by the beauty of the world. Others follow — a messenger boy dragged into the Great Story and a desperate ride dogged by the Wild Hunt, and a mercenary captain of the Thirty Years War who finds his destiny in a remote corner of the Bohemian mountains.

Here too are more modern tales of the Age of Revolution, when Dion, Emrys, Sigismund and Charmian reunite in Napoleonic Paris, and at last we roll into the twentieth century with a young American girl with extraordinary oracular powers. Of course there is also Michael, Mik-el, Mikhael, who watches over his charges as best he may, though the world may change around them.
These are tiny windows into a miraculous world, glimpses through a glass and darkly of all that might be — for those with eyes to see.

Table of Contents

The Ravens of Falkenau 1614 AD
Dion Ex Machina 4 BC
Cold Frontier 505 AD
Small Victories 1800 AD
How the Lady of Cats Came to Nagada 8000 BC
Prince Over the Water 1040 AD
Horus Indwelling 285 BC
Paradise 641 AD
Slave of the World 1203 AD
Little Cat 1012 BC
Vesuvius 79 AD
Unfinished Business 22 BC
The Messenger's Tale 1553 AD
Morning Star 469 BC
Templar Treasure 1188 AD
Winter's Child 1821 AD
Brunnhilde in the Fire 1901 AD

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 182 pages
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  • Editeur : Crossroad Press; Édition : Crossroad Press Digital Edition (21 mai 2011)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00522UPIS
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I have long been a fan of Jo Graham's Numinous World series: her original, extraordinarily well-researched historical novels ranging from the Antiquity to modern times, linked by characters' common destinies. You can follow her heroes as reincarnated in different eras, from the aftermath of the Trojan War (Black Ships) to Alexander's successors nation-building (Stealing Fire) to Cleopatra's Egypt (Hand of Isis); or you can take the books individually and never be puzzled by continuity, since each can also stand alone with a self-contained story. (I would still advise to read her Napoleonic saga in sequence: The General's Mistress, The Emperor's Agent, the forthcoming The Marshal's Lover, etc.) Still, the wait is long between books! But this is a volume of short stories, which bridge both the historical and temporal gaps: from the Middle Ages to contemporary times, each beautifully crafted, original but with familiar echoes. And for Graham fans, there are just lovely snippets, like the Amcient Egyptian tale of the Lady of Cats, which could only have come from an author both very familiar with Egypt, and a cat ownee! A wonderful collection and, to newcomers, possibly the best introduction to Graham's rich, enthralling world.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 "Ravens" is not short on awesome 2 juin 2011
Par Kate Johnston - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The anthology begins with The Ravens of Falkenau, which is the story of the scariest version of Gull/Lydias we've yet seen. This is what happens when Gull's potential and love is stifled and twisted, and Georg is a little bit terrifying at first, because he's going to get the job done, but then he meets his Neas, and it's just amazing. As the centrepiece, Ravens does a fabulous job of letting you see the Numinous World if you haven't already, and sets up the rest of shorts really well by showing you how These People always find each other and reaffirm their oaths.

Anyway from there we take a romp back and forth through history meeting old versions of old friends (DION! HONORE! ELZA! HOLD ME!), new versions of old friends (Georg, who scares me, Jauffre, who might scare me even though I love him, and others), and just plain old friends (LYDIAS + PTOLEMY = BEST FRIENDS FOREVER (LITERALLY!)). It's wonderful to see them all again, meet their new faces and learn how their stories shift (or don't) as they move through time.

I think the kicker, what makes this book absolutely stunning (besides the whole of "Small Victories" and "The Messenger's Tale"), is how nearly every short story left me feeling "Great...NOW WHERE IS THE NOVEL?" because I wanted more. I could read These People FOREVER. Also, there are more than a dozen wildly different historical periods represented, and they are all executed flawlessly. There's just SO MUCH packed into so many tiny packages and, so help me, I WANT MORE.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Marvellous array of tales 14 avril 2013
Par DJP - Publié sur Amazon.com
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A dazzling collection of epoch spanning tales that encapsulate a wealth of history and imagination.
Passion, endeavour, ingenuity, compassion and the endless quest for survival are all writ large in this set of stories.

Whilst about half of the tales are excerpts from other novels in the author's catalogue, and leave you demanding more, some others are complete ideas in their own right.
The eponymous opener, at a third of the length of this collection, is a consummately scripted tale of ambition, duty and honour that pulls a young boy through a turbulent military career to a delicate position as a Bohemian Count, with all the attending clashes of desires and expedience that the political framework of the time displays.

I've read some of Jo's work already (the excellent Lost Things with Mel Scott), and will definitely be looking for more by the colourful characters I've read here.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Wonderful journey back to the Numinous World 22 octobre 2011
Par Sophia - Publié sur Amazon.com
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In "The Ravens of Falkenau," author Jo Graham turns to short story format to present incarnations of her Numinous World characters, from ancient times to the twentieth century. As with all of her work, the atmosphere is wonderfully drawn, the characters are fully realized, and the historical details seamlessly included. It is fascinating to see various aspects of Gull/Charmian/Lydias, from the dark and frankly, frightening Georg to the sweet, tough Lucia - and one of Dion's stories was just icing.

My one comment/complaint is that many of the stories read as excerpts from larger novels. My general thought is that a short story should be self-contained and self-sufficient, but a few of these felt unfinished at the ending.

Still, it's great to see more of the Numinous World. I'm really looking forward to her next novel!
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A Gift Basket from Jo Graham 2 juin 2011
Par M E Hunter - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This book felt like a gift basket from one of my favorite authors. Each story presents characters who, even in their brief appearances in these stories, seem like fully realized people, people I would recognize if I ran into them and generally be delighted to see. These stories both fill in and expand the carefully woven saga of Graham's Numinous World books. If you're new to the series, this is a fun place to start, with each story well crafted and complete in itself. But if you're a veteran Graham reader, the connections and details will fit neatly into the framework already created by her first three novels in the series. Either way, you'll be chomping at the bit for the next novel--I can't wait for 2012!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A box of tasty chocolates 2 juin 2011
Par Rachel Barenblat - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This anthology is like a box of small and delicious chocolates, little tastes of the story of our protagonists as they are incarnated time and again. To a reader who doesn't know Jo Graham's Numinous World series, these might appear to be essentially unconnected vignettes scattered throughout history; to someone who's read Black Ships, Hand of Isis, and/or Stealing Fire, these short pieces offer new glimpses of our main characters through the kaleidoscope of different moments in human history. Really lovely!
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