Copper Ravens by Jennifer Allis ProvostCopper Legacy #2
Published on June 17, 2014 by Spence City
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Sara should be happy.
She has what every girl wants: a man who loves her, a beautiful home, and wealth beyond imagining. She rescued her brother from the Peacekeepers, destroyed the Iron Queen, and doesn’t have to go to her boring job any more.
And yet… Sara still doesn’t know if her father is alive or dead. Her mother hides in the garden, brooding about her missing husband. Her sister, the Inheritor of Metal, is scared of her own shadow, and her brother spends his days fighting and gambling. To add to Sara’s misery, the new queen (gold, of course) is more than a bit crazy, she misses her life in the Mundane world, and, worst of all, Micah wants to have children. A lot of them.
As Sara wavers between happiness and homesickness, a conspiracy emerges against the Raven clan, implicating them in a plot to dethrone the Gold Queen. How can Sara prove her family’s innocence, and become the consort Micah needs her to be, without losing herself in the process?
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Copper Ravens was a whole different struggle to read from the first book. Second in the Copper Legacy series, it continues the story of Sara, a copper metal Elemental, and her lover (because that’s all their relationship really amounts to) Micah. While I didn’t feel the strong urge to leave the book unfinished as I did with the first, I’ll be honest, I skimmed most of it. And not because of a lack of interest so much as likely about a third of Copper Ravens is recapping Copper Girl.
The book opens to pages (as in plural) of backstory from the last book. It read like an outline. By page 40, this continued and I started my skimming. Page 70, still huge chunks of background. Around page 117 I’d given up on reading any of the backstory (like a detailed, 4-page history lesson of Sara’s Mundane world that never really made an appearance after that). It’s as if you’re not expected to have read the first book to read this one. While I appreciate the sentiment, it came off as poor writing and left the actual story in the slush.
And you can’t just read this book without the first one because you’ll miss the insta-love. Not that it’s ever developed past that in Copper Ravens, something I really wanted to see after being disappointed with Copper Girl. Instead, you’re thrown in and expected to treat Sara and Micah as if they’ve been together for some time now and not a couple months (which I guess is a step up from the week that they initially fall in love during). Their relationship quickly falls into: heart eyes at each other, Micah talking about the kid he’s sure Sara will have, and Sara pretending she wants kids while secretly looking for a way out. But she wants to be married to him, yet complains that they hardly know each other. But wants to have his kids which is the only way to be “married” in his world (talk about messed up…), yet seeks ways to remain childless.
Talk about a bad relationship.
What little story existed outside the romance and backstory wasn’t really a story, but more of a segment of one. If you cut out all the info about Copper Girl and tacked what remained of this book onto the end of book 1, it’d work just fine. I don’t think Copper Ravens really worked on its own but more as a part of a book, as if it was once one work that got broken in two. I just felt like there was no real end reached, only a plot twist meant to leave the reader with a cliffhanger to encourage them to the third book. This felt less like the continuation of a series and more the continuation of a book, if that makes any sense.
If you ignore half of the book, it is an improvement from book 1 and I’m much more inclined now than before to read the final book, Copper Veins, which I’m hoping will forego the abundance of backstory in lieu of a reasonable conclusion to the series. I guess we shall see.