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5+ stars for Raven Crosses the Line: Raven Tales Book Four #humorousfantasy #paranormal #bookreview

Title: Raven Crosses the Line: Raven Tales Book Four (The Raven Tales 4)

Author: J.B. Dane

Genre: Humorous Fantasy, Humorous Paranormal

Book Blurb:

You know how folks say, “you can’t go home again”? Well, it turns out they’re right. Things had changed. And not necessarily for the better.

If you’ve been looking for me in Detroit—real Detroit—and found me missing, well, it’s because I’ve been elsewhere. Really elsewhere. My name is Bram Farrell, also answering “Yo” to The Raven, and I’m a PI. One that uses magic when necessary to bring down miscreants. Ones just passing for human but sometimes humans who have made really bad choices.

I used to be totally fictional, but I’d been out of the book for five months and earning points toward becoming fully human. Of course, I needed to live long enough to snag that prize.

It’s why I mounted a Hell-spat horse, the only way to get into my homeland again. My evil witch creator had slipped into Faerie and the only way I could follow and spoil her plans was through a smuggler’s hole in my original dimension—fictionland.

My Review:

Forced to return to his fictional homeland, Bram crosses over to stop his creator’s wicked plans. Will he succeed and return to his real life, or will he be stuck as a character in a book forever? Raven Crosses the Line is a rip-roaring adventure from start to finish. The plot is imaginative while the dialogue and characters are snarky hilarity. The world-building is immense and original. I couldn’t stop reading until the very end.

Let’s start with the characters. It all starts and ends with Bram. I’ve followed his adventures throughout the series and with each book, Bram sinks his teeth into my soul. He’s a snarky, irreverent hero who’s a fictional character come to life. In this book, the line blurs and the reader is left to determine if Bram is morally gray. I connected with Bram, which in hindsight seems impossible yet in reality is 100% true. He risks it all…but I won’t tell you if it pays off. You’ll have to read it for yourself.

The world-building is once again impressive. J.B. Dane takes on paranormal mythology and gives it her own spin. Sure, some things stay true to lore, yet others are new. The world-building is rooted in reality so it’s very believable. It also makes the reader unable to put this book down.

The dialogue (both Bram’s inner and outer) makes for an entertaining read. The author writes whip-smart, laugh-til-your-sides-ache dialogue and I whipped through the pages.

The narration is very immersive with each scene detailed with precision. The narration allows the reader to visualize what’s going on and plunge into the story.

Another brilliant installment in the Bram/Raven series. I wait with bated breath for what will happen next.

My Rating: 5+ stars

Buy it Now:

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Author Biography:

J.B. Dane is the author of the urban fantasy PI mystery comedy series, The Raven Tales, which includes novels published by Burns and Lea Books, and a series of Indie published novellas and short stories that are prequels and also "between the books" adventures of her MC, Bram Farrell. The 3rd novel in the series, RAVEN'S EDGE, was honored with a spot in the Winner’s Circle for 2022 at N.N. Lights’ Book Heaven. The 4th novel, RAVEN CROSSES THE LINE, arrives the summer of 2023. Quite a few 5* reviews have followed for the novels, in particular, singing praises that should make her blush though she’s too busy proudly polishing her nails against her lapel to do so. She also writes shorter fantasy fiction, many tales of which have appeared in anthologies, particularly her Nick Claus, North Pole Security stories. She writes historical and contemporary romantic mystery and speculative twisted 19th century fiction under two different names, just to confuse people. Or so they seem to think.

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Reviewed by: Nancy


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