The Raven, the Elf, and Rachel (Rachel Griffin #2) by L. Jagi Lamplighter (review)

May 14, 2015 All Reviews, Fantasy, YA 0 ★★★★★

The Raven, the Elf, and Rachel (Rachel Griffin #2) by L. Jagi Lamplighter (review)The Raven, The Elf, And Rachel by L. Jagi Lamplighter
Series: Rachel Griffin #2
Published by Dark Quest, LLC on October 17th 2014
Number of Pages: 422
Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Young Adult
Source: Purchased
Format: eBook
Purchase: At Amazon

Before coming to Roanoke Academy, Rachel Griffin had been an obedient girl-but it's hard to obey the rules when the world is in danger, and no one will listen. Now, she's eavesdropping on Wisecraft Agents and breaking a lot of rules. Because if the adults will not believe her, then it is up to Rachel and her friends-crazy, orphan-boy Sigfried the Dragonslayer and Nastasia, the Princess of Magical Australia-to stop the insidious Mortimer Egg from destroying the world.

But first she must survive truth spells, fights with her brother, detention, Alchemy experiments, talking to elves, and conjuring class. As if that were not bad enough, someone has turned the boy she likes into a sheep. Oh, and the Raven with blood-red eyes continues to watch her. It is said to be an omen of the Doom of Worlds. Will her attempts to save her world bring the Raven's wrath down upon her?

This book picks up only minutes after the first book ends. So we get to see how that adventure wraps up, and then the new one starts creeping in. I loved the interactions between Rachel and Gaius, even if I occasionally wanted to smack Rachel. She picked the way I wanted her to pick in the end, so it’s all good.

We got to know some of the secondary characters better in this book. I think I actually might end up liking Von Dread. Though as the book went on, I started liking Princess Nastasia less and less. She’s supposedly Rachel’s friend, but she sure doesn’t tend to treat Rachel well for a good bit of this book.

Sigfried is as brash and focused on battle and killing as ever, though Rachel does come up with some new insights about him as well.

I like how Rachel isn’t perfect at everything, despite her photographic memory. She struggles with some forms of magic, but forces herself to keep practicing. We don’t see much of Mistletoe (her cat familiar) in this book either. But she does finally see that he won’t be following in the pawsteps of his family line.

I really liked the first book in this series, but I think this second book outshines it. If you haven’t read these books yet, you need to go do so.


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