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Return to the world of The Raven and the Dove, where winged people rule the skies, a lost kingdom lives at sea, and two star-crossed lovers hold the fate of each in their palms. Perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas, Sabaa Tahir, and Leigh Bardugo! A love written in the stars... Thrown into a world of claws and flame, Lyana and Rafe must work together to survive. Dragons abound. Return to the world of The Raven and the Dove, where winged people rule the skies, a lost kingdom lives at sea, and two star-crossed lovers hold the fate of each in their palms. Perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas, Sabaa Tahir, and Leigh Bardugo! A love written in the stars... Thrown into a world of claws and flame, Lyana and Rafe must work together to survive. Dragons abound. Danger lurks. And the hybrids are out for blood. But perhaps more terrifying are the questions in their hearts. Are they ready to lead? Were they ever truly in love? Or with the prophecy realized, will everything they thought they had fall apart? A clash five hundred years in the making... With the isles now returned to the sea, two worlds have become one. The avians will do anything to protect their homes. The mages will do anything to take them. And without a king or queen of prophecy to guide them, peace is no longer an option. Xander must decide where his loyalties lie—with the ravens he's sworn to serve or the woman he can't help but love. Find the chosen one or face the end of everything... Deep in the skryr's dreams, Cassi bears witness to the prophetess's final vision. A rift mage lives and Cassi is the only one with the power to find her. She'll sacrifice anything to save the world, including her future with Xander, but even the queen of secrets never anticipated the mysteries waiting for her in the mist.


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Return to the world of The Raven and the Dove, where winged people rule the skies, a lost kingdom lives at sea, and two star-crossed lovers hold the fate of each in their palms. Perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas, Sabaa Tahir, and Leigh Bardugo! A love written in the stars... Thrown into a world of claws and flame, Lyana and Rafe must work together to survive. Dragons abound. Return to the world of The Raven and the Dove, where winged people rule the skies, a lost kingdom lives at sea, and two star-crossed lovers hold the fate of each in their palms. Perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas, Sabaa Tahir, and Leigh Bardugo! A love written in the stars... Thrown into a world of claws and flame, Lyana and Rafe must work together to survive. Dragons abound. Danger lurks. And the hybrids are out for blood. But perhaps more terrifying are the questions in their hearts. Are they ready to lead? Were they ever truly in love? Or with the prophecy realized, will everything they thought they had fall apart? A clash five hundred years in the making... With the isles now returned to the sea, two worlds have become one. The avians will do anything to protect their homes. The mages will do anything to take them. And without a king or queen of prophecy to guide them, peace is no longer an option. Xander must decide where his loyalties lie—with the ravens he's sworn to serve or the woman he can't help but love. Find the chosen one or face the end of everything... Deep in the skryr's dreams, Cassi bears witness to the prophetess's final vision. A rift mage lives and Cassi is the only one with the power to find her. She'll sacrifice anything to save the world, including her future with Xander, but even the queen of secrets never anticipated the mysteries waiting for her in the mist.

30 review for The Godborn and the King

  1. 4 out of 5

    Renaissance Kate

    There is so much about this series that I love, and it has been one of my favorite YA series of the past few years . I will definitely buy a physical copy of this book to go with the others on my shelf, as well as continue recommending the series to lovers of YA Fantasy. I was hoping to rate this highly-anticipated finale more than three stars, but certain choices the author made did not click for me. However, there's a good chance these elements could totally work for others, and overall I did There is so much about this series that I love, and it has been one of my favorite YA series of the past few years . I will definitely buy a physical copy of this book to go with the others on my shelf, as well as continue recommending the series to lovers of YA Fantasy. I was hoping to rate this highly-anticipated finale more than three stars, but certain choices the author made did not click for me. However, there's a good chance these elements could totally work for others, and overall I did enjoy diving back into this incredible world and amazing cast of characters. What I liked: The Characters I have loved these characters from the beginning, and only grew to love them more with each book. Rafe and Xander have always been my favorites, but I definitely felt for Cassi and rooted for Lyana every step of the way. Brighty never failed to make me laugh, and our supporting characters really propped up the main cast with the magic, intrigue, and challenges they brought to the story. While the romance subplots were fantastic, I felt equally invested in the friendships among characters and enjoyed seeing how those dynamics developed. The World Avians, dragons, pirates, royalty, and a well-constructed magic system; the world of this series is absolutely phenomenal. Even with its many imaginative pieces, I never felt confused or overwhelmed, but merely invested and immersed in the story. The contrast between the sky cities and the world beneath the mist never ceased to intrigue me, and seeing how these two societies collided, with their different cultures and beliefs going head-to-head, really added to the plot and the challenges the characters had to face as they worked to save the world. The Romances Let's just say that a particular scene between Xander and Cassi in this book made me smile so much I had to put my Kindle down for a moment and press my hand to my heart. Seeing them finally be together and accept themselves, flaws and all, was wonderful after everything they've been through. The same could be said of Rafe and Lyana, and also the steam between them (literally and figuratively) was a great addition after so much buildup over the previous books. What didn't work for me: The Romances Yes, I'm putting this here as well. Because while I was happy to finally see a queer Romance in this series, its execution was lacking. (view spoiler)[I have been waiting for Brighty to have a love interest since we learned her sexuality in book two, but I think Davis's leaving it til the final book was a mistake. Yes, I understand Solvei couldn't come into the story earlier because plot reasons, but as a result her relationship with Brighty felt rushed and a bit forced. Especially with the number of POV switches this book has, I never really had the opportunity to see Brighty and Solvei develop as a couple, especially compared to how I watched Rafe/Lyana and Xander/Cassi change over the course of four books. There didn't seem to be much more to Brighty and Solvei than physical attraction before all of a sudden they were saying, "I love you." (hide spoiler)] The Villains Earlier in the series, I absolutely adored Malek as a villain. One moment I hated his guts, the next I understood his motives and felt sorry for him. So, naturally, I was not particularly happy when (view spoiler)[ Davis gave him a redemption arc and killed him off in book three. Despite my disappointment, I was invested in and terrified enough of the dragon hybrids that they had potential as the main antagonists for book four. Which is why I did not understand Davis's need to add in the subplot with Cassi's long-lost father and sister. It felt SO shoehorned, and both of them came off as Super Evil™ with no depth, merely cruel for the sake of being cruel. (hide spoiler)] Baby Ex Machina I am still baffled by the direction the climax of this book went. Did I miss something where we learned about (view spoiler)[ baby magic/ babies having magic in the womb? Where did all this baby stuff come from? If I missed the buildup to this somewhere please correct me. Also, I was disappointed with how passive Lyana was in this book. She seemed to be constantly recovering from injuries or lying low while Rafe investigated. I hoped at the very least she would return to her badass self when she and Rafe emerged from the rift, but this was not the case. Instead, she was promptly stabbed and nearly died. And the only thing that could heal her? The unborn child in her womb. Rafe could suddenly sense the baby and channels magic through it to heal Lyana. It would have been so much more impactful to see him somehow use his dragon abilities to save her, as a callback to their meeting in the first book when she healed him from injuries sustained in a fight against a dragon. Why did we need to see the fetus in her belly glow? And that epilogue... it cut away from the end of the battle, the end I'd been waiting for, to a future better left to the imagination. I wanted more closure on what had just happened and the impact it had on the characters after four books of fighting, not fluff in the form of Four years later... (hide spoiler)] All in all, this series is still very near-and-dear to my heart, and I will definitely continue supporting Kaitlyn Davis and her future YA Fantasy series. Thank you so much to author Kaitlyn Davis for providing an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kaitlyn Davis

    May 23rd Update I'm the WORST at remembering to update these Goodreads reviews, but even I can't miss this one - THE GODBORN AND THE KING IS ON SALE TODAY!!! Wooohooo!! I hope this fourth and final book in The Raven and the Dove is everything you want it to be! I want to take a moment to thank everyone who has stuck with this series or who might be about to try it for the first time. Ending a series is always bittersweet, but these characters and their story will always hold a very special place May 23rd Update I'm the WORST at remembering to update these Goodreads reviews, but even I can't miss this one - THE GODBORN AND THE KING IS ON SALE TODAY!!! Wooohooo!! I hope this fourth and final book in The Raven and the Dove is everything you want it to be! I want to take a moment to thank everyone who has stuck with this series or who might be about to try it for the first time. Ending a series is always bittersweet, but these characters and their story will always hold a very special place in my heart. There were times after my daughter was born when I questioned whether I would be able to keep writing, times when it took me a full week to craft a single sentence, times when I cried into my phone worrying the words would never come to my sleep deprived mind, but this story pulled me through. It's easy to lose yourself in the title of "mom" and I'll be forever grateful to these characters for helping me hold on to a vital part of who I am. Okay, enough mushy stuff! Here's an early review quote: "I bow to Davis's excellence in storytelling. This book was so amazing, presenting such an explosive finale, that near the end I had my hand on my chest like I could hold my heart. That is how good it was and how much I loved it." - Rebecca Veight, Goodreads I'm so thrilled with all the love this conclusion is getting! If you haven't grabbed your copy yet, here are some links: Amazon (free in KU) | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository Enjoy!! And I can't resist one more photo of the whole series together - with a little teaser from book 4 :) THANK YOU! *** Update We've got less than 10 weeks to publication (May 23rd!!), so it's WAY PAST time for me to get some updates rolling regarding the final book (AHH!) in my The Raven and the Dove series - The Godborn and the King ! Closing out a series is always a bittersweet feeling, but I really think you guys are going to love love love this last installment. I put my heart and soul into this book, so I truly hope it's everything you want it to be. The pre-order for the ebook is live on Amazon, just click here: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU As with the other three books, there's an awesome pre-order giveaway for exclusive art! Check out the amazing character cards of Rafe and Brighty below - I'm OBSESSED :) You can find all the details about how to claim your gift on my website here: https://www.kaitlyndavisbooks.com/p/pre-order-giveaway.html The first official countdown #teasertuesday post was last week, and they will keep coming until on sale. If you want a look at these sneak peeks, be sure to follow me on Instagram or Facebook! Here's the first one if you missed it: I also sent out ARCs last week (eeeek!!) - if you were expecting one, check your email! I can't wait to see what all the early readers think! I think that's it for now! The paperback and hardcover editions should be available to pre-order in another week or so, and I will post an update when I have links. THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR SUPPORT!! This series would be nothing without all the amazing love it's received, and I'm so excited to finally share the end of Rafe, Lyana, Xander, and Cassi's story with all of you!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Aishwarya✨️

    I really enjoyed the whole series. But here is what I am feeling as I just finished this last book : I was looking forward to see how they will make the avians accept Rafe in his new form. How the diplomatic relations get healed with the lead of the new King and Queen. How the people below and the people above accept one another. Do the Avians get to know the truth of thier world and the prophecy? ( the whole time I dint agree with the story that they came up with ... it dint have any part where it I really enjoyed the whole series. But here is what I am feeling as I just finished this last book : I was looking forward to see how they will make the avians accept Rafe in his new form. How the diplomatic relations get healed with the lead of the new King and Queen. How the people below and the people above accept one another. Do the Avians get to know the truth of thier world and the prophecy? ( the whole time I dint agree with the story that they came up with ... it dint have any part where it might help Rafe, in being easily accepted.) Will the dragon world heal ? What was that heart that was filled with magic? How did it come there ? What was that ? How will the dragons sustain in future without magic to nourish them? (I thought lyana will heal that world and provide unending nurishment for those poor dragons) And what about the babies ? Part dragons ? What magic do they have ? How did Rafe and Cassi maneuver thier relationship ? I felt like the whole battle with Cassis father dint have to happen, and was mostly a set up to introduce her sister if there will be a series on that in future. Yeh kind of feeling disappointed. But ... I did enjoy reading the book .. just left with a lot of unanswered questions.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Grüffeline

    Leaves me with a grin on my face. Rtc

  5. 4 out of 5

    SincerelyTahiry

    This was such a good conclusion to the series! There were so many moving parts but they all came together at the end and I feel so satisfied as a reader. I love how the author kept you on the edge of your seat the entire time with all the twists without leaving you too confused or lost. Thank you so much to the author for sending me ARCs of the series. As always, I really appreciate the care that went into Lyanna as a Black female main character.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Hayley

    4.5 stars. This was such an unexpectedly fun and intriguing series. I'm so glad that I stumbled upon The Raven and the Dove on Netgalley a few years ago. The Raven and the Dove is an epic YA fantasy Tristan & Isolde retelling, set in a magical avian society, steeped in mystery and tragedy, star-crossed lovers, fate and prophecy. And the series ends with a bang: in the finale, Rafe and Lyana are stuck in another world, fighting for their lives and trying to save the world they might not be able to 4.5 stars. This was such an unexpectedly fun and intriguing series. I'm so glad that I stumbled upon The Raven and the Dove on Netgalley a few years ago. The Raven and the Dove is an epic YA fantasy Tristan & Isolde retelling, set in a magical avian society, steeped in mystery and tragedy, star-crossed lovers, fate and prophecy. And the series ends with a bang: in the finale, Rafe and Lyana are stuck in another world, fighting for their lives and trying to save the world they might not be able to get back to, Xander is desperately trying to make the avians understand how much danger they're in, and Cassi and Brighty are working to find the fated rift mage. I thoroughly loved every page of this, especially the Xander and Cassi chapters. Definitely one of my favourite YA series.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Annette

    When I started this series I had no idea who Kaitlyn Davis was. I had never read any of her books. I just saw an insanely pretty cover on Netgalley, saw that it was a retelling of Tristan and Isolde and saw that it was an epic fantasy adventure. It was the start of something beautiful. Not just this series, which is an amazing romantic fantasy series deserving way more love than I see it getting. But also from discovering Davis' fantasy backlist. Just two more series to go! This is the last book When I started this series I had no idea who Kaitlyn Davis was. I had never read any of her books. I just saw an insanely pretty cover on Netgalley, saw that it was a retelling of Tristan and Isolde and saw that it was an epic fantasy adventure. It was the start of something beautiful. Not just this series, which is an amazing romantic fantasy series deserving way more love than I see it getting. But also from discovering Davis' fantasy backlist. Just two more series to go! This is the last book in the series and it's everything a last book is supposed to be. Everything we've learned, every character we met, every seemingly meaningless scene, it's all coming back, it's all connecting, it's all leading towards that one future and one solution. It's not easy to get there. Our characters have to fight, for their lives, for the lives of their people, for the world as a whole and for a bright future for everyone. They do it with passion and fire. Even though this is quite a big book I flew through it with ease. Davis has a lovely writing style, with sentences you feel in your heart and soul and vivid images you can picture in your head. Her action is breathtaking and sometimes even very raw. Her love and romance is true and real and unconditional, despite flaws and faults and mistakes. Her characters are real, layered and very clearly changed from the people we met once upon a time. I'm okay with letting these characters and their world go. They got their ending, the ending this series deserved, the ending fitting the story that was told and the characters starring in it. But I will miss them deeply. And I will mostly miss Xander, the boy who has always felt less, had always known that missing a hand will keep him from doing thing he wants, but mostly the boy who learned that there are many things he can do left, that he is loved and cherished and the best king possible. If you didn't start this series yet. If you love your romance mixed with fantasy or your fantasy mixed with romance. If you don't mind big books and loads of characters and worlds with prophecies and secrets and gods and monsters: Please pick up this series and love it as much as I did. Do. ps. If you order this book before it releases Monday May 23rd, make sure to check out https://www.kaitlyndavisbooks.com/p/p... to claim your pre-order present!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Rina

    One of my most anticipated reads and holy moly did it deliver! I really would have loved to read 10 more books set in this world with these characters but like all good things it must come to an end. This series is always going to have a special place in my heart ♥️ Full review to come soon!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Harsha

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This felt like different series from the other 3 books. We had too many POVs with too many personal journeys that ended with a lack luster ending which rested on the shoulders of an unborn baby and a just introduced character. I had a hard time believing what I was reading and that these were the same characters as the first 3 books.

  10. 5 out of 5

    ✨athie’s wife✨

    “Magic might have been the first thing to bond them, magic and prophecy and fate, but this right here, this feeling, this connection, this beautiful adventure, this was forever. ” And this is where we end. I’ve had a great time with this group of people. I’m gonna miss them. The pacing of this book was everything. Everyone was always on the move, gearing up and doing everything to race against time. I loved Rafe and Lyanna’s chapters together. I worked hard to get to this moment where they could “Magic might have been the first thing to bond them, magic and prophecy and fate, but this right here, this feeling, this connection, this beautiful adventure, this was forever. ” And this is where we end. I’ve had a great time with this group of people. I’m gonna miss them. The pacing of this book was everything. Everyone was always on the move, gearing up and doing everything to race against time. I loved Rafe and Lyanna’s chapters together. I worked hard to get to this moment where they could just be. It’s crazy how they’re just like they were in the first book, before everything went to hell and moments were all they had. Her goading him and him being frustrated and annoyed but secretly loving it. Or not so secretly at this point. I missed that so much. Brighty is my favorite character. No doubt about it. She’s my queen. She would be my best friend if I was in this story, and what a friend she is. Her love for Rafe was so touching. Their relationship is my favorite thing to come out of this series. He needed a friend. No expectations. No care for his power, his status, his name. Just a companion. Loyal to the end. They were great for each other. ——-oh, and I FREAKING CALLED IT! I knew her and the savior would get together and it was so lovely. It was a highlight in the story. I’m so happy for them! I do think that things were a bit rushed though. I would’ve preferred more Brighty chapters to see more development here. I also loved Captain Rokaro. She had my heart. Um, there were definitely other characters in this story. I went back and forth with myself trying to remember if I forgave them or not. Brighty made me realize it would take the entire book for me to make peace with it. We are Rafe stans and that’s just that. I was able to move on though. Somewhat. Kinda. Depends on what was said. Cassi did what she needed to do. I respect her for owning her faults and pushing to be better through her actions. She was carrying a lot of this plot so I really liked those scenes. Xander. He definitely aided the relations between avians and mages through his kingly duties. On the flip side, I don’t know. I’m usually a huge fan of brothers and love their relationship. It’s the reason why I was so upset over his and Rafe’s. It’s actually baffling how Brighty met Rafe not too long ago and yet, I never saw the amount of emotion that she delivered in missing her friend in Xander missing his brother in this book. That was really odd to me. I also really hated that statement that Lyanna made about the fact that Xander wouldn’t choose Rafe over Cassi. That would be nothing new in their relationship. Rafe was always the one sacrificing and now he had to quickly release his resentment towards his assaulter for his brother. That’s not okay. I felt validated by Brighty constantly calling him out, as she should. Let me digress though. I just hate when people give their all to someone and it’s not reciprocated, especially when it’s family. Rafe found his solace elsewhere and I’ll always be happy about that. There’s no hate here, just slightly above average judgement. I am a Brighty in real life after all (: Anyway, my queen owns me. I’ll miss my raven-turned-dragon and dove. That ending was so cute. Goodbye to my favs💙

  11. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Veight

    Lyana and Rafe have gone through the rift and the world they left behind is threatening to erupt. Mages and Avians are practically at each other's throats. A war is brewing. The prophecy continues with a chosen one that presents an unexpected magic. Finding them might be the last chance to save the world. Will she be their salvation? With a prologue that turns up the heat on the intrigue, we then jump right into the story as we find ourselves in a beyond suspenseful scene. The author knows how to Lyana and Rafe have gone through the rift and the world they left behind is threatening to erupt. Mages and Avians are practically at each other's throats. A war is brewing. The prophecy continues with a chosen one that presents an unexpected magic. Finding them might be the last chance to save the world. Will she be their salvation? With a prologue that turns up the heat on the intrigue, we then jump right into the story as we find ourselves in a beyond suspenseful scene. The author knows how to grab the readers' attention. The POVs interweave with surgical precision to move along the plot, bringing together the many threads in an exciting manner. POVs that divulge the character's innermost thoughts with care, and conviction that we will understand them. I love, love, love these characters. The way the author sets and executes a scene is enviable. The figurative speech screams of imagination, unexpected words gifting us with vivid images, striking the emotion needed. Details you did not know were essential, but yes, they make the description so much better. Events that are unpredictable, but make sense for the story. Doesn't mean your jaw won't hurt from dropping on the floor. An ode to bravery, duty, loyalty, and strength from within as well as from the relationships in our life. A cautionary tale against people who only look out for themselves. Against the fear of change. I bow to Davis's excellence in storytelling. This book was so amazing, presenting such an explosive finale, that near the end I had my hand on my chest like I could hold my heart. That is how good it was and how much I loved it.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sanna

    “A girl who’d yearned for adventure. A boy who’d longer for o home. Two young lovers who, in each other, had perhaps found everything for which they’d always been searching.” 3.5⭐️ What a great conclusion to this avian fantasy series. The journey the characters have taken over the four books is amazing, they’ve come so far. I was in a reading slump (once again sadly) for the first half of the book, but the second half was intense and I was very invested. Lyana and Rafe’s story was on the back burn “A girl who’d yearned for adventure. A boy who’d longer for o home. Two young lovers who, in each other, had perhaps found everything for which they’d always been searching.” 3.5⭐️ What a great conclusion to this avian fantasy series. The journey the characters have taken over the four books is amazing, they’ve come so far. I was in a reading slump (once again sadly) for the first half of the book, but the second half was intense and I was very invested. Lyana and Rafe’s story was on the back burner for a while as old and new characters too the centre stage. I liked learning more about them and seeing how they progressed, too. All the couples were really sweet to read about, and provided moments of relief within the dire situation. The buildup to the conflict and then the actual grand finale had me on edge, I loved it. There is potential for more stories in this world, and potentially with the same characters, given how the book ended. I would be very interested if that was the case. Overall, I recommend this series - it was a lovely ride. Thank you to the author for providing an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    An exciting, action-packed and wonderfully executed conclusion to the Raven and Dove series. There are one or two shocking and jaw-dropping moments as well as some really heart-felt scenes that will bring a tear to your eye. I enjoyed the prologue, it immediately draws you into the story and introduces you to a new character. It’s fast-paced and becomes more intense as the story progresses and the action scenes are riveting. Xander, Rafe, Lyana and Cassi are wonderful characters, with outstandin An exciting, action-packed and wonderfully executed conclusion to the Raven and Dove series. There are one or two shocking and jaw-dropping moments as well as some really heart-felt scenes that will bring a tear to your eye. I enjoyed the prologue, it immediately draws you into the story and introduces you to a new character. It’s fast-paced and becomes more intense as the story progresses and the action scenes are riveting. Xander, Rafe, Lyana and Cassi are wonderful characters, with outstanding character development throughout the series. If you’ve read the other three books you can’t help but become emotionally attached to each one of them. Every relationship is interesting and whether it is a deep friendship or romance their emotional connection shines through. Brighty is still one of my favourite characters, a tough little cookie with a heart of gold and she has an amazing friendship and bond with Rafe. It was so lovely to see her find true love in this book. The writing is beautiful and the author pays great attention to detail when describing the world, magic system, the people and creatures. This avian-inspired world is full of amazing characters, dragons and pirates and is completely immersive and I did not want to leave. The ending is explosive, heart-pounding and a perfect ending to the series. A highly recommended series for all YA fantasy fans and I feel honoured to have been sent all four book as eARCs, thank you Kaitlyn. TWISTED IN PAGES BLOG

  14. 5 out of 5

    Fazila

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  15. 4 out of 5

    Cait | GoodeyReads

    4.5 stars Such a good conclusion!!!! 💙 Thank you to the author for an eARC. Full review to come closer to pub.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lacy

    “It’s a story about love and fate,” Xander continued. “It’s a story about a king and a queen. It’s a story about a raven and a dove.” The Raven and the Dove has become one of my all-time favorite series. Each book is better than the last. Lyana, Rafe, Xander, Cassi, and Brighty have all grown on me over the course of four books. (I would definitely be the Brighty of the story.) In the fourth and final book, everyone is at a point of struggling to keep hope (and themselves) alive. Lyan “It’s a story about love and fate,” Xander continued. “It’s a story about a king and a queen. It’s a story about a raven and a dove.” The Raven and the Dove has become one of my all-time favorite series. Each book is better than the last. Lyana, Rafe, Xander, Cassi, and Brighty have all grown on me over the course of four books. (I would definitely be the Brighty of the story.) In the fourth and final book, everyone is at a point of struggling to keep hope (and themselves) alive. Lyana and Rafe are lost to this world. Cassi and Xander are struggling to find a middle ground while fighting on opposite sides of a war. I adored that Brighty became a prominent key character. I love the addition of Solvei. I wish we had gotten more time and more povs from Solvei. She, by far, is the most interesting character. And that's saying something with this beautiful amazing cast. I wish we had gotten more time with Solvei and Brighty together to understand their dynamic better. We are told more about them than shown. And I feel like that lessens their emotional impact, a bit. A laugh spilled from Brighty’s lips, one Solvei desperately wished she could hear. The sound crafted by her imagination would never do it justice, she knew, but still, goosebumps rippled along her skin. Her heart lifted, made lighter by the sight of so much joy on her love’s face, so much hope and so much promise. The future danced in Brighty’s eyes, and as the photo’kine brushed the back of her hand over Solvei’s cheek, for a moment she could see it—the two of them at the bow of a ship, united not only by passion but by purpose, using their freedom to help those the world deemed as less, because they weren’t. Brighty and Solvei were living proof. A once-blind street urchin and a deaf village outcast were about to save the world. All in all, I still can't keep all the magic names straight, but I think everyone's story ended up exactly where it should be. *Thank you to Kaitlyn Davis for such a beautiful adventure. And for allowing me a small part on the journey as an arc reviewer.*

  17. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra

    Thank you Kaitlin Davis for the ARC copy! I'm going to do my very best not to spoil in my review! I'll start by saying that this last installment of The Raven and the Dove series is probably my least favorite of the four. Now, if you look at my past reviews you will see that I really liked the previous volumes, so saying that The Godborn and the King is my least favorite does not mean I didn't like it or that it was bad. If I had to choose I'd say that the second and third are the best of the ser Thank you Kaitlin Davis for the ARC copy! I'm going to do my very best not to spoil in my review! I'll start by saying that this last installment of The Raven and the Dove series is probably my least favorite of the four. Now, if you look at my past reviews you will see that I really liked the previous volumes, so saying that The Godborn and the King is my least favorite does not mean I didn't like it or that it was bad. If I had to choose I'd say that the second and third are the best of the series. As a culmination to the story I thought it was okay, but not as great as it could have been. I've always liked the magic in these books, but in this one I felt like every time there was any mortal peril or some point of no return, there was a new facet to this magic system. I'm generally alright with new previously unknown elements, but I felt like the new things introduced were a bit much. I mean, some of these characters have basically come back from the brink of death more than the main characters in ACOTAR. If you know, you know. The introduction of Solvei was probably the main culprit here. I thought the whole point of the queen of prophecy was that hey power would close the rift. But now there's a rift mage? And at least one other form of unique magic that didn't really amount to anything plot-wise. Unless it was to set up for a companion series, which would be cool. The ending was more- or- less satisfying. I thought the overall outcome was predictable, but the ride there was fun. As with all of this series, Davis' writing is a pleasure to read. Each chapter is from the perspective of a rotating cast of characters, but I don't get the feeling of being jerked around the story like I have with other books that use a similar format. Despite the fact that most of this review seems negative, my overall experience was great! I was certainly entertained and excited to read the next chapter. I think when I read a great book it is easier to point out what I perceived as a fault since there are fewer of them! I definitely recommend this series if you love YA Fantasy and supporting indie authors!

  18. 5 out of 5

    thewoollygeek (tea, cake, crochet & books)

    I am both overjoyed and sad to be writing this review, because I love these books and characters and this is the last book for Xander, Rafe, Lyana and Cassi. This is a fantastic read, just like the three previous books in the series and if you’ve read them , you know you have to read this. (If you haven’t what are you waiting for, the first book is the Raven and The Dove, run now and buy or borrow it - from a library obviously) This is a fantastic return to our friends and I loved the prologue as I am both overjoyed and sad to be writing this review, because I love these books and characters and this is the last book for Xander, Rafe, Lyana and Cassi. This is a fantastic read, just like the three previous books in the series and if you’ve read them , you know you have to read this. (If you haven’t what are you waiting for, the first book is the Raven and The Dove, run now and buy or borrow it - from a library obviously) This is a fantastic return to our friends and I loved the prologue as it pulled me right back in, this is full of action, adventure, excitement, emotion, joy and tears, it brings twists and turns and some really did leave me gobsmacked. As always Kaitlyn’s writing and world building is absolutely beautiful and well crafted. I’m so happy with how everything played out in this (no spoilers) and that ending, wow and just perfection. If you want well written, well crafted fantasy with characters you’ll care for and be attached to, this book and this series is definitely for you. Thanks to the author Kaitlyn Davis for an ARC of this in return for an honest review, I loved these so much I purchased them when they came out too. Can’t wait for the next projects from Kaitlyn.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    World collide in the conclusion of The Raven and the Dove series. Much is at stake, for the world is falling and the rift allows dragons passage, whom cause chaos, setting the world on fire. Lyana and Rafe are separated from the others and need to figure out a way to survive without getting killed and seal the rift forever. Xander has to unite the kingdoms together, but many do not believe the prophecy and choose to hide, still believing they are superior. Cassie's knowledge of the prophecy make World collide in the conclusion of The Raven and the Dove series. Much is at stake, for the world is falling and the rift allows dragons passage, whom cause chaos, setting the world on fire. Lyana and Rafe are separated from the others and need to figure out a way to survive without getting killed and seal the rift forever. Xander has to unite the kingdoms together, but many do not believe the prophecy and choose to hide, still believing they are superior. Cassie's knowledge of the prophecy makes her determined to save all those she cares about, including Xander, and she is willing to sacrifice it all, to correct the wrongs she did to multiple people throughout the series. But Cassie learns of a shocking secret, one that will question her loyalties. As everything comes to a climax, will everyone be able to accomplish their part in the prophecy to have a future? I received this novel as an ARC from Ms. Davis. Thank you! All thoughts and opinions are my own. Check the following link for pre-order details and giveaway: https://www.kaitlyndavisbooks.com/p/p...

  20. 5 out of 5

    Surbhi Das

    3.5 ⭐️ A very satisfying conclusion! This series has a very impressive magic system, an incredible world building and a very well thought out myths and lore. All of which I truly appreciated. Its often that authors neglect the fantasy elements in a fantasy romance, that's definitely not a case here. There's plenty of great romance in this series which is well balanced out with so many great fantasy elements. However, this book is quite jam packed as we follow several characters pov while they tr 3.5 ⭐️ A very satisfying conclusion! This series has a very impressive magic system, an incredible world building and a very well thought out myths and lore. All of which I truly appreciated. Its often that authors neglect the fantasy elements in a fantasy romance, that's definitely not a case here. There's plenty of great romance in this series which is well balanced out with so many great fantasy elements. However, this book is quite jam packed as we follow several characters pov while they try to achieve their goals while also trying their best to prevent the end of the world. So, somewhere along the way, many plot, character and relationship development felt rushed and didn't get enough page time to develop/execute properly. The new villian was also kinda meh. Plus, the ending felt a little abrupt and I would have really liked to see an immediate aftermath of the final battle as opposed to the 4 years later epilogue. Overall, I had a great time reading this series and will highly recommend to all those who like reading a well balanced fantasy romance.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Christa Saccullo

    Ok The last book in the series. It was good, nicely written, keeping you turning pages to see the point of view of different characters. But the overall story felt kind of dragged out... I give this three stars because (slight spoilers): 1: I really got tired of Cassi's woe is me mindset, as Brighty put it. 2: Rafe and Lyana spend about 3/4 of the book in another world surviving and sleeping with each other. Boring... 3: Brighty is gay. I really, really enjoyed her character, especially how she got Ok The last book in the series. It was good, nicely written, keeping you turning pages to see the point of view of different characters. But the overall story felt kind of dragged out... I give this three stars because (slight spoilers): 1: I really got tired of Cassi's woe is me mindset, as Brighty put it. 2: Rafe and Lyana spend about 3/4 of the book in another world surviving and sleeping with each other. Boring... 3: Brighty is gay. I really, really enjoyed her character, especially how she got along with some of the other characters, and the way she'd argue with Rafe (they were hilarious!), but that development, just no.... I feel like Xander was the real unsung hero, as he held everything together, making the difficult decisions...and being just an amazing brother. There are so few sibling relationships like Xander and Rafe. It's nice though that a writer can bring a series to a close without dragging things out forever. Nicely done. Christa

  22. 4 out of 5

    Maria Mejia

    3.5/5 The ending was a little lackluster compared to the rest of the series and all that happened. It's not bad but not how I would have expected it to end. It felt almost too easy after all the crap and prophecy bs that all the characters went through. Also the romance between Brighty and Solvie felt a bit forced and not as fleshed out as all the other romances. There wasn't enough about them that made their relationship believable. Though, Brighty is probably my favorite character. She is comp 3.5/5 The ending was a little lackluster compared to the rest of the series and all that happened. It's not bad but not how I would have expected it to end. It felt almost too easy after all the crap and prophecy bs that all the characters went through. Also the romance between Brighty and Solvie felt a bit forced and not as fleshed out as all the other romances. There wasn't enough about them that made their relationship believable. Though, Brighty is probably my favorite character. She is complex, hilarious, and so relatable. Her relationship with Rafe is just so funny and I love it. Still enjoyed this story and one of my favorite series I've read in a while!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Clodia

    You can find a more in-depth review on my blog. ACTUAL RATING: 4.5 I received a complimentary digital copy of this book from the author. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. When I requested The Raven and the Dove on Netgalley three years ago, drawn by the beautiful cover and the winged dark-haired boy depicted on it, I never would have imagined that it would become one of my absolute favorite series. What can I say, I really liked this ending! But there's one thing I would You can find a more in-depth review on my blog. ACTUAL RATING: 4.5 I received a complimentary digital copy of this book from the author. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. When I requested The Raven and the Dove on Netgalley three years ago, drawn by the beautiful cover and the winged dark-haired boy depicted on it, I never would have imagined that it would become one of my absolute favorite series. What can I say, I really liked this ending! But there's one thing I would like to complain about: although the author wanted to make Rafe and Lyana the main ship, the truth is that the one she gave the most attention to is Xander and Cassi’s. I am a little bitter about this because I would have liked to see Rafe and Lyana together a lot more, but at the same time I fell in love with Xander and Cassi’s relationship and to see them slowly falling in love, fighting against their own doubts, supporting each other and finally accepting all their feelings was wonderful. There were some disarmingly sweet and romantic scenes in this book, especially from Xander toward Cassi, and I couldn’t help but melt as I read them. I really appreciated the introduction of a new character with disabilities, further proof of how inclusive Davis is, and how she is able to build wonderful but mostly realistic characters. However, although I was glad that with Brighty, Davis decided to introduce the LGBTQ+ community into the story as well, her relationship with Solvei did not entirely convince me. That being said, I still loved this book, found it dynamic, well balanced, and definitely a worthy ending to this story! The epilogue made my heart clench with emotion, as did the last chapter with that final revelation that left me speechless! I know many will disagree with me, but I found it super sweet and beautiful. I really hope the author has some novellas in store for us because I really don’t know how I’m going to manage without being able to read more of these wonderful characters who have slipped into my heart like few…thank you, Kaitlyn Davis, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Daph

    The Raven & The Dove series is a MUST read....❤️❤️❤️❤️ If you love drama, adventure, romance, thriller, and most of all magic, its all there. I found this book by accident and was hooked ever since. This author definitely got it right. Im a fan for life now. Do Not miss out on this series, its a must read and will be added to my library, so I can reread it again even though I already did a couple of times. Just cant be helped, its that good. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  25. 4 out of 5

    Billie

    This is a brilliant read. Wonderful well written plot and story line that had me engaged from the start. Love the well fleshed out characters and found them believable. Great drama and romance with wonderful world building. Can't wait to read what the author brings out next. Recommend reading. I read a complimentary advance copy of the book; this is my voluntary and honest review. This is a brilliant read. Wonderful well written plot and story line that had me engaged from the start. Love the well fleshed out characters and found them believable. Great drama and romance with wonderful world building. Can't wait to read what the author brings out next. Recommend reading. I read a complimentary advance copy of the book; this is my voluntary and honest review.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    I received an eARC from the author, Kaitlyn Davis, in exchange for an honest review. I was so excited to read the conclusion to this series and I was not disappointed with the final book! It really brings the whole story together. Kaitlyn Davis gives us a fantasy series that was action packed with plot twists and characters you can’t help but fall in love with.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    Great conclusion of the series. All the moving parts come together beautifully and there are enough twists up to the very end to keep you interested. The story ends wells and doesn't leave loose ends. Great conclusion of the series. All the moving parts come together beautifully and there are enough twists up to the very end to keep you interested. The story ends wells and doesn't leave loose ends.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ima

    Very good end A very good end to a wonderful series. I reread the first three books before this one was released. Everything finally came together in this book.

  29. 5 out of 5

    LINDA STOKES

    hard to read “the end”! I have thoroughly enjoyed it all. My favorite book had been Shanna (Kathleen Woodiwiss), now it is in second place to this series.

  30. 5 out of 5

    M Gregs

    Why was this book so long?

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