In The Ravenous Dark by A.M. Strickland

My Rating: 5 stars!

Cover Rating: 7/10 it’s a really pretty cover. I think it’s beautiful and simple. My only critique is that it feels a bit generic. I do really enjoy it though.

Publisher: Imprint

Publish Date: May 18th, 2021

Number of Pages: 400

Received: I purchased this at a Barnes and Nobel

Purchase: Amazon


A pansexual bloodmage reluctantly teams up with an undead spirit to start a rebellion among the living and the dead, in this dark YA fantasy by A.M. Strickland, author of Beyond the Black Door, whom Richard Kadrey calls “a storyteller of both grace and power.”

In Thanopolis, those gifted with magic are assigned undead spirits to guard them—and control them. Ever since Rovan’s father died trying to keep her from this fate, she’s hidden her magic. But when she accidentally reveals her powers, she’s bound to a spirit and thrust into a world of palace intrigue and deception.

Desperate to escape, Rovan finds herself falling for two people she can’t fully trust: Lydea, a beguiling, rebellious princess; and Ivrilos, the handsome spirit with the ability to control Rovan, body and soul.

Together, they uncover a secret that will destroy Thanopolis. To save them all, Rovan will have to start a rebellion in both the mortal world and the underworld, and find a way to trust the princess and spirit battling for her heart—if she doesn’t betray them first.

Opening Sentence: There wasn’t much warning the day they came for Rovan’s father.

What I Loved:

This is the book I read that got me back to the feeling I had craved for so long of reading and devouring a book. I couldn’t get enough. I had to know more. To feel more. This book is dark, beautiful, pansexual joy.

Rovan and Lydea. God when these two women were in a room together I felt the heat. I wouldn’t consider this a spicy novel, but the tension and attraction is very much there. Their attraction is instant and so good feeling. I loved every moment they were together.

Rovan and Ivrilos. There’s is the hate to love romance I craved. Add that to the fact Ivrilos can suck the life out of anyone he wishes with a touch and so many layers of tension build. ‘It’s complicated’ is the best way to describe their relationship and I live for it.

Japha. Dear sweet amazing Japha. Their the glue that keeps everyone together. I love them so much. I love their asexual and have that emotional deep connection with Rovan and Lydea. That their a part of the shared love as much as Rovan, Lydea, and Ivrilos are. Asexual relationships are just as deep and connected as sexual ones are. I love that it’s something this novel includes.

Healthy and thriving poly relationship. I deeply appreciate as someone who is open to the idea of polyamory, the way this book handles polyamory. Everyone is so respectful of each other’s desires. Every person loves freely and feels joy for their partners in their other relationships. Everything is handled in an honest and mature way.

Deadly magic. The magic system in this world is so cool. It’s also quite a tragic kind of magic how there’s a legacy to it that results in the death of the parent to give stronger magic to their child. It’s such a layered and unique system that added so much lore and interest to the novel.

All in All:

I highly recommend to read this very enjoyable, beautiful book. It’s romantic and fun and full of heart and mistakes made. The characters are flawed but, that’s what it is to be human. I find it beautiful.

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