The Ravencrest Chronicles: Omnibus One
In the city of Seahaven, dark threats loom around every corner. In such a desperate place, it falls upon the shoulders of thieves, pirates, scoundrels, and even orphans to fight to protect the people from things lurking in the shadows.
The Ravencrest Chronicles Omnibus One includes the first four books of the series: Seahaven, The Hunter's Apprentice, The Giant and the Fishes, and Tales From the Lusty Mermaid.
Within these three novellas and a collection of short stories, flash fiction, and poetry, the world of The Ravencrest Chronicles comes to life with a level of gritty realism seldom seen in print.
Premium Hardcover edition available with alternate art, character profiles, setting notes, an expanded forward by the author, and a piece of original and exclusive short fiction!
Praise for The Ravencrest Chronicles:
"Bass weaves together a collection of novellas, short stories and poems that paint a dark and compelling picture of a bustling port town full of colorful characters that is being haunted by something...supernatural. What I also enjoyed about this story was that Bass keeps you guessing as to who is the good guy and who is the bad. At the risk of spoilers, I will leave it at that. But I did really enjoy how no one is quite as they seem."
"Excellent read. The world feels real and lived in. The characters are alive and personal. You quickly become invested in them and feel their pain and victories. Wonderful introduction to the world. I am hooked! Mr. Bass reminds me of Fritz Leiber in the visual grittyness of his writing. Makes me feel as though I am walking the streets of Seahaven."
"The rich description evokes all the senses, transporting you into the world of Seahaven. I enjoyed the cast of scraggly, rough seaside-town characters and the twisty storyline. Will definitely check out the other books in the series."
"An excellent adventure into the world of Seahaven. Living characters and a vivid city that will draw you in and keep you reading. The author is a master craftsman who weaves a fresh tale of... no spoilers, I wouldn't dream taking the joy of this book from you. It is a MUST read. High praise!"
"I found the story to be very enjoyable and I do look forward to reading the next book in the series. The characters were developed well and there are a few interesting concepts that add to the story."
"This is an enjoyable, well imagined, fairly fast-paced read."
"Can't wait to see what else this author has in store for us!"
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I think what I enjoyed most about BK Bass's the Ravencrest Chonicles is that it was NOT like anything I had read before. I have always read a lot, and I was a huge fan of the Dragon Lance Series as a kid. I've read Tolkien and just about every Stephen King book there is. I can't tell you that he's like Tolkien, or RR Martin, or Stephen King. But if you're a fan of any of the above, you will like Bass's Ravencrest. This writing is the cross-section of Fantasy meets Gothic Horror. Rather than a novel, Bass weaves together a collection of novellas, short stories and poems that paint a dark and compelling picture of a bustling port town full of colorful characters that is being haunted by something...supernatural.
Now, I said in the previous paragraph that his writing wasn't like a particular novel or author, but his setting of Seahaven reminded me of many of the seaside towns I have lived in since ditching the small desert town I grew up in and joining the Navy. I can taste the dank salt air, and feel that bone-penetrating chill that comes from the moisture that never dissipates with the seasons. I can picture Seahaven's close-packed-hastily built buildings nestled against the rising cliffs. A crowd of sorts, clamoring for the wealth of trade coming from the sea, all the while, ignoring the dark shadow hovering over the city above, in the form of the nobility. At the start of the story, I wondered why the hell the people in the town put up with it, but Bass does an excellent job answering that question.
Oh...that's why...You know, I have to admit, I would so be on the first ship out of this place...just saying.
Bass does a great job of showing and not telling in these stories. As previously mentioned, I love Tolkien, and Martin. However, Tolkien's never-ending descriptions left me wanting to scream "are the hobbits ever going to get to the freakin' mountain?" Or in Martin's case, his need to not only describe every detail of a character's appearance, but the ornate and in-depth details of their clothing (I found myself wondering at times, Is this Westeros Fashion week or something?).
Instead, Bass jumps right into the action, showing me his characters. I got the impression of this cutthroat town of Seahaven as being a sort of medieval Mos Eisley. A melting pot of thieves, murderers, pirates, whores and devils. Meanwhile Bass pulls back the layers on a very unwilling protagonist: Gareth Vann, master thief, turned unwilling hero. Gareth along with his rag-tag network of sparrows, young orphans like he once was, and pirate friends, will defend the city against the shadows encroaching from above and below.
What I also enjoyed about this story was that Bass keeps you guessing as to who is the good guy and who is the bad. At the risk of spoilers, I will leave it at that. But I did really enjoy how no one is quite as they seem.
Okay, dammit. I'm hooked. When's the next book, Bass? I'm waiting.
D.M. Shephard, Author