Weeping for Raven by Mel L Kinder; My Review

4 starsLet me begin this review by saying I can’t wait to read the rest of Mel L Kinder’s trilogy!

Description: In a parallel world where the sun casts darkness, and the moon casts daylight, a population of parasitic predators-wardlows-is on the rise threatening to corrupt the perfect world. Or are they? 18-year-old Gwen wakes to find she doesn’t recognize her own reflection. Questioning her sanity she sets out to find answers alongside the incredibly intriguing Rook Dresden.Gwen’s secret endangers the lives of those around her as she fills the shoes of Alexa Murdock in an epic struggle against all odds; evading the hunters, escaping the slippery clenches of death, and preventing activation of the prism cell. Inducing the Calm, book one in the Weeping for Raven trilogy is an emotional roller coaster with edge-of-your-seat action, and an escape to an extraordinary alternate reality.

Gwen Penn has awakened in an alternate universe. Everything is “somewhat” the same but, at the same time, just a bit off-kilter. Day is night, night is day and her “kind” is hunted down to keep society pure.

I was swept up into the story from page 1 and grabbed by the suspense and excitement. The romance that blossoms between Gwen and Rook is sweet and helps to hold the story together but, it’s really secondary to the tension created by the masterful telling of Gwen’s adventures of learning how to elude the invisible forces tracking her, adapting to her new surroundings and attempting to learn how to combat the “cleansing” of this strange new world.

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The single fly in the ointment is the editing. The beautiful character development and plot building are somewhat diminished by the herky-jerky feel of the narrative, verb tense errors and awkward sentence construction. Despite these minor impediments, the story compelled me to continue reading as I became increasingly involved in cheering Gwen and Rook on to a successful conclusion.

Editing notwithstanding, I thoroughly enjoyed Weeping For Raven and have rated it 4 Stars. Now, I’m antsy for the next book in the trilogy!

Weeping for Raven can be found at:

And Mel can be found at:


About Ol' Big Jim

Ol' Big Jim, has been a storekeeper, an embalmer, a hospital orderly, a medical biller, and through it all, a teller of tall tales. Many of his stories, like his first book, New Yesterdays, are set in his hometown of Piedmont, Alabama. For seven years, he lived in the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world, Amman, Jordan where he spends his time trying to visit each one of the thousands of Ammani coffee shops and scribbling in his ever-present notebook. These days, you can find him back stateside, still filling notebooks.
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3 Responses to Weeping for Raven by Mel L Kinder; My Review

  1. Subhan Zein says:

    Very nicely written review, Jim. It may not be the genre I am interested in, but reading your review is an enjoyable pleasure. 🙂

    Subhan Zein


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