Review: Woods of the Raven by Mary Calmes

Rating: 4.5 🌈

Mary Calmes has written a splendid mystical tale of witches, mythology, dark ancient magical struggle for power and land, and a journey to love.

I found myself instantly wrapped up in the world of Osprey, New York , circa 1825 on the books but actually so far earlier. One whose history extends beyond that of the human race and into the realm of the mythological.

It starts with 32 year old Xander Corey, librarian and witch. Exactly what type will be revealed as the story proceeds. Xander and the ancient family house, and the land on which it rests are the heart of the story.

And they’re a fabulous one. Xander, the house, and the land . All distinct. All inclusive. Calmes’ done an exceptional job in creating a world where all three are believable, rich, and living beings, each in their own unique way. How the reader comes into that knowledge is part of this terrific book.

Chief of Police Lorne MacBain is the other half of the romantic equation here. Lorne’s personality and history is a slow reveal. Only coming about as Xander (and us) finds out what actually brought him to town. It will bring about the change in perspective for his early actions which can be seen in a new way.

The town, it’s people, the events as they happen. All well plotted and exciting. The people are typical of Calmes in that they are beautifully drawn and we come to care for them as greatly as we do the main characters.

We really need to see more of those dogs!

I absolutely was drawn into the suspense and mystery here. I love the magic and the Norse mythology that’s threaded fully into every aspect of Calmes’ narrative. It’s enriched the story in an innovative way.

I’m hoping that this is merely the start of a series and new adventures that the author intends to explore further. It certainly deserves it.

I’m highly recommending Woods of the Raven by Mary Calmes for all lovers of fantasy romance and this author.

Beautiful cover by Reese Dante.

Buy Link:

Amazon.com › Woods-…Woods of the Raven – Kindle edition by Calmes, Mary. Paranormal Romance …


Something wicked this way comes…and it might be too late to stop it.

Xander Corey lives simply, sustainably, on the outskirts of Osprey, a small, quaint town in Upstate New York. He’s a librarian when the town’s budget can afford him, a good friend, kind neighbor, and also, a witch. And while that’s of no concern to anyone around him, there are others, non-humans, who have a vested interest in Xander’s family land. Xander knows something dark and dangerous is brewing. He’s just not quite sure what.

And that’s not the only mystery he’s dealing with. The new chief of police is, by turns, giving him heart palpitations and homicidal thoughts. Xander can’t decide if the gorgeous yet infuriating Lorne MacBain is on his side, or trying to drive him insane. Added to that, the man doesn’t believe in magic, and since that’s who Xander is, their future looks anything but bright.

But Lorne is not the unimaginative, stick-in-the-mud Xander thinks he is. And a rock to anchor him as his life is turning upside down is just the thing Xander needs. Now if only the two of them can stay alive…

By Scattered Thoughts

At over 50, I am ruled by my terriers, my gardens, and my projects. A knack for grubbing about in the woods, making mud pies, and tending to the injured worms, bugs, and occasional bird and turtle growing up eventually led me to working for the Parks. I was a park Naturalist for over 20 years, and observing Nature and her cycles still occupy my hours. From the arrival of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in the Spring to the first call of the Snow Geese heading south in the Fall, I am entranced by the seasons. For more about me see my bio on my blog.

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